Featured Colleague — Diane Fahr


By Joy S. Jones

“Working at Valencia provides opportunity for a career path, personal growth and continuing education for all employees,” said Diane Fahr.

This is a truth Diane knows well, as Valencia has not only afforded her, a first-generation college student, the opportunity to earn her associate degree, but it instilled in her a desire to learn and pursue her education, which led her all the way to earning an MBA. What’s more, the College has served as a catalyst, helping her recreate herself from a small business owner to the current director of financial services.

Prior to working at Valencia, Diane had held a variety of jobs until opting to pursue an entrepreneurial path and start her own business, a commercial and residential cleaning service, which she owned and operated for seven years, before deciding that she needed to pursue completion of her education.

Thereupon, she returned to Valencia — first as a student — where she completed her associate degree before joining as an accounts payable specialist in 2001, a position she held for nearly four years.

“While in the accounts payable department, I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Grapevine Award. Those awards are some of my most memorable recollections, as colleagues generate the awards,” she said.

Still working full time, she continued her quest for education, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration in fall 2003. This milestone led her to embrace other opportunities at Valencia, and she moved into the grants department as an accounting specialist. After just one year working in grants, she applied for and was hired as the director of financial services where she has found numerous opportunities to grow her skills and expand her knowledge and abilities.

“I have been fortunate to be in this position during many significant changes in the department. I was part of the Banner implementation team, reorganization of property management and the deployment of the new asset management system. These significant challenges have been excellent opportunities to learn, grow and adapt for the department and myself,” she said.

Spurred on, Diane set yet another educational goal — to earn a Master of Business Administration degree, which she did from DeVry University’s Keller School of Management with a concentration in accounting. Recognizing the importance of education and staying current in one’s field, she sought the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) certification, which she earned in January 2015.

Reflecting on her career and educational pathway, Diane said that though she is proud of those accomplishments achieved as a non-traditional student, the most rewarding aspect of her career is the good fortune to be in a position to help other people, whom she refers to as “the most valued assets,” along her journey.

“I view my leadership role as adding to the culture and solid workforce at Valencia by cultivating and promoting talent, and I really enjoy being mentor to my staff and peers,” she said. “Taking time to know other people’s hopes and ambitions and instilling in them the importance of communicating, sharing and accepting other views, is important.”

Diane takes the responsibility to develop employees quite seriously, and she encourages others to take her lead and be open to new challenges. As her career demonstrates, it is these opportunities that spread and create changes in more areas.

Dana Scott, accounts payable specialist, has been on the receiving end of Diane’s tutelage and beneficence.

“Diane inspires and supports her staff and has a fantastic sense of humor. She is absolutely, unequivocally super supportive and always inspires us to go above and beyond and do more. It makes working here so much fun and easy.”

“I love having an impact!” said Diane.

Know of someone doing great work at the College, who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu so he or he can be one of our featured colleagues.



  • Venecia Green said:

    Congratulations Diane! You are an amazing person and a wonderful colleague!

    AMWed, 18 Feb 2015 09:44:37 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:44:37 +0000am15,9:44 am

    • Diane Fahr said:

      Thanks Venecia. I love working at Valencia. I think that makes a HUGE difference. I appreciate your kind words and look forward to working closer with you in the future.

      AMWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:34:17 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:34:17 +0000am15,10:34 am

  • Amanda King said:

    Great article! Congratulations!

    AMWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:31:00 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:31:00 +0000am15,10:31 am

    • Diane Fahr said:

      Thanks Amanda. Its a true pleasure to work here.

      AMWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:46:51 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:46:51 +0000am15,10:46 am

  • Amy Bosley said:

    It was great to learn more about you, Diane. I appreciate all you do to keep us celebrating the big and little things… and can't wait to participate in next year's Halloween Parade!

    AMWed, 18 Feb 2015 11:27:17 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:27:17 +0000am15,11:27 am

    • Diane Fahr said:

      Thanks Dr. Bosley. We are looking forward to Halloween 2015!!

      PMWed, 18 Feb 2015 12:57:02 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:57:02 +0000pm15,12:57 pm

  • Patti Riva said:

    It is my hope everyone at Valencia reads Diane's Featured Colleague article. I appreciate Diane's focus when working with other departments. She was a tremendous help to the Department of Sustainability this past fall. She always had the "can do" attitude. I admire, respect and appreciate Diane as a leader, colleague and friend. And, yes, that sense of humor is truly fantastic. Thank you, Diane, for all you do. Oh, and can I be included in the Halloween Parade next year?

    PMWed, 18 Feb 2015 12:34:36 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:34:36 +0000pm15,12:34 pm

    • Diane Fahr said:

      Ms. Riva, you most certainly may participate in the Halloween Parade 2015 and every year to follow. Its a tradition we will keep alive and thriving. Thank you for the recognition and kind words. Life is a journey and every single day is an opportunity to serve in some capacity. At the end of every day I ask myself what I learned today. Then I ask who I helped and how did I serve my purpose today. Most days I have an answer. The days I find it difficult to answer, I tell myself I shall try again tomorrow.

      PMWed, 18 Feb 2015 13:03:49 +0000Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:03:49 +0000pm15,1:03 pm

  • Vilma Miller Flores said:

    Congratulations Diane on being featured in the Grove!
    Your hard work and dedication guided you to your success. Thanks for always be there offering your helping hand, during Budget Season, when rough waves come and go.

    AMThu, 19 Feb 2015 11:28:31 +0000Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:28:31 +0000am15,11:28 am

  • Rhonda said:

    Diane, enjoyed reading the article about your career growth and mentoring…you are an awesome role model!

    PMThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:01:32 +0000Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:01:32 +0000pm15,5:01 pm

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