Monday, February 1, 2021
By Claudia Zequeira
She giggled as she recounted how she’s been called “Saint Marcey” as well as “The Guru” of the Accounts Payable department, but Marcey Camacho has been more than that to the College.
For more than three decades, Marcey, accounts payable specialist, has dutifully and painstakingly processed, payed and filed an untold number of invoices to make sure that vendors were paid for services rendered to the College.
“They always say ‘Oh, Marcey, you’re so nice,’ but I’m just a very patient person. I like to help other employees” she said.
“And I pay attention to detail … I’m good at playing detective and solving issues like a discrepancy.”
Although seemingly impersonal, invoices handled by Marcey and her department touch almost every aspect of Valencia College, ranging from employee travel to student activities to payments to the Campus Store, among many others.
Her love of accuracy and strong work ethic are sources of pride for Marcey, and she said she feels those talents have been appreciated at Valencia, where she started working in 1990 after moving to Florida from her native Chicago.
Katrina Manley, director, accounting, can attest to Marcey’s talents.
“Marcey puts the ‘extra’ in ‘extraordinary.’ Her commitment to Valencia’s success is a source of pride and inspiration to all of us,” said Katrina. “Marcey excels in her role, and she’s always willing to assist others when they need help. Her pleasant disposition makes her approachable when trying to glean from her 30 years of Valencia knowledge. She’s unfailingly cheerful, goes above and beyond, and remains positive during difficult times. Marcey is a supervisor’s dream come true; she’s a well-rounded team player that creates a harmonious work environment.”
Debbie Gill, accounts payable coordinator and Marcey’s direct supervisor, also praised her “calm and helpful demeanor.”
“That, along with her wealth of knowledge and information makes her a tremendous asset to Valencia and someone we are lucky to have as a co-worker and friend.”
In her time at Valencia, Marcey, has worked for the same department and performed similar functions, a testament to the affection she feels for numbers. Marcey said she has also stayed because she’s been inspired by fellow employees, whom she says constantly go the extra mile to help each other and the community.
“I am amazed by all the accomplishments of our employees,” said Marcey, “All the community work they do and all the help given to other groups and organizations outside the College is incredible. I sometimes say to myself, ‘Wow, I don’t know how they do all that!’”
She is also appreciative of co-workers and supervisors who have supported her along the way, including during difficult times after giving birth to youngest daughter, who was born with a disability.
“I like that everyone is really helpful. It’s a nice community and I really enjoy it,” said Marcey.
“When my daughter was born, they were really compassionate. I felt I could share my feelings with them and … they understood when I needed to take time off. I also felt they could see that I worked very hard.”
Marcey, who completed high school and took some college level courses in her native Chicago and at Valencia, had initially wished to take accounting courses and pursue a post-secondary degree, but motherhood’s pressures and her particular circumstances caused her to put her education on hold.
Nevertheless, she strongly feels Valencia helped her raise a family as well as provide a future for her three children. It also offered her a network of support through the expertise of other colleagues as she sought advice to provide the best possible educational accommodations for her youngest daughter.
In time, all three of Marcey’s children graduated from Valencia: one became a nurse, another an engineer and her youngest, who recently earned an Associate in Arts degree, is now a substitute teacher and is attending the University of Central Florida.
“They’re so helpful here,” she said. “Valencia employees really do their best to try to get students to go to school and provide a positive influence on them.”
In her free time, Marcey enjoys binge-watching shows with her family and reading books.
As she’ll be retiring next year, she is especially looking forward to traveling with her grandchildren, who are 17 and 11. As for future plans and hobbies she might pursue post retirement, she said she’s still pondering those.
“I’m still trying to figure myself out,” she said as she laughed. “But I look forward to enjoying a little bit more of my life.”
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. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.