Staff Spotlight, Molly McCann
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Molly McCann, and I am the office manager at the St. Paul Outpatient & Day Treatment for Adults and Adolescents site in Minnesota! I studied communication for my undergrad and absolutely love administrative work. I started with The Emily Program in October 2020, so I have been here for about two and a half years.
What motivates you to show up for work each day?
I find a lot of meaning in my work here at The Emily Program. While I might not be directly working with clients, I know the work I do allows clients to access care. I really view my job as the backbone of the site – coordinating all the things people wouldn’t necessarily think need to get done so clients can receive treatment. Knowing my work indirectly impacts every client that walks through our doors is what motivates me to show up!
What have our clients and your colleagues taught you?
Our clients, as well as my colleagues, have taught me a lot about resilience. Both providing and receiving eating disorder treatment are hard work. So often in life, I wish things were easier – that I could just snap my fingers and make hardship disappear. Life just doesn’t work that way, unfortunately. More often than not, things take time. It’s a process. Watching clients work their way through the care journey and seeing staff guide them in that process is such a beautiful thing. To see clients truly show up for themselves and engage in the process of recovery is such a privilege and very inspiring.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When I’m not working, I like to be at home with my two cats, curled up reading a book or listening to Taylor Swift (I’d like to say I’m her biggest fan, but I know I have some competition…). I am very much a homebody and enjoy quiet evenings with no plans. I also am very invested in my church and enjoy volunteering with youth. As a volunteer, I’ve followed a group of girls through their high school years, and it has been so fun to watch them grow and come into themselves!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
For the majority of my life, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. I’ve always loved caring for people and was very interested in biology and medicine. I actually went through two and a half years of nursing school before realizing nursing wasn’t for me. I switched to communication studies with a relational emphasis, thinking I’d like to become a therapist. I took this job at The Emily Program thinking it would be a good way to gain exposure and experience in the therapy world. Little did I know I would truly fall in love with administrative work. I know I am exactly where I need to be!