This month, we are shining the spotlight on Florencio, a Dream Team alum and scholarship recipient from the class of 2007. Florencio is now working in New York after earning his college degree, and he’s a new dad! We are incredibly proud of him and his fantastic representation of Dream Team Alumni.
High School Attended: Northridge High School Class of 2007
Institution Attended: University of Northern Colorado and Brooklyn College
Field of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Business & Society
Where are you working/what are you doing for a career?
Currently, I am an Associate Director of Revenue Cycle Systems at NYC Health + Hospitals. In this role, I ensure that our financial systems can complete various tasks, such as receiving and processing insurer remittances efficiently and enrolling our facilities in programs such as HRSA’s COVID 19 Uninsured Testing and Treatment Fund. My role is vital in accomplishing our mission to provide high-quality healthcare to all New Yorkers regardless of their ability to pay.
What is the best thing that has happened to you since being out of school/Dream Team?
Personally: having my daughter during the height of the pandemic.
Professionally: beginning my career with NYC Health + Hospitals as a consultant in 2014, then subsequently promoted twice and hired full-time in 2018. Getting to lead multi-million dollar projects that benefited our patients has been really satisfying.
What aspect of being in the Dream Team has stuck with you? How has being part of it impacted your life?
The validation that perseverance and hard work pay off, even if you may not be “perfect” in everyone’s eye. It is because of this that I believe my Dream Team Advisor recommended I apply for The Daniels Fund Scholarship.
The Greeley Dream Team was a driving force in my life. I was instilled with the belief that regardless of one’s current situation, one could persevere not just to survive but thrive. Having had the opportunities to visit various campuses, listen to the life stories of not just external speakers but also the Advisors themselves. I knew that I was in a supportive environment.
I know now that it is okay to own your struggle and to dream big. I will always be grateful for the folks at The Greeley Dream Team.
What are your goals for the future, and what goals have you achieved?
Future goals include purchasing a home for my family. Professionally, I would like to continue to make a difference for the underserved. I would like to expand within healthcare, learning as much as possible.
What is one of your best memories of being in the Dream Team?
Being exposed to the real possibility of being able to attend college made it a reality for me. I remember teachers and counselors mentioning college throughout elementary and middle school, but it seemed unattainable. Having the Advisors I had and going on the campus visits truly made a difference in my life.