Featured Colleague: For Marcey Camacho, Valencia Provided an Anchor and a Source of Pride

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.

12 Comments

  • Jeffrey Filko said:

    I can vouch for how awesome Marcey is; she has helped me so many times in sorting out invoices, payments…even my own expense reports!

    PMTue, 02 Feb 2021 18:45:33 +0000Tue, 02 Feb 2021 18:45:33 +0000pm21,6:45 pm

  • Shauna Anstey said:

    Well deserved recognition! Congratulations Marcey, and thank you for always being so helpful!! What will we do when you retire?!!

    PMTue, 02 Feb 2021 18:45:49 +0000Tue, 02 Feb 2021 18:45:49 +0000pm21,6:45 pm

  • Jackie Lasch said:

    Marcey is a true superstar, and I am so happy she is being recognized after 30 years of exemplary service. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with her over the years!

    PMTue, 02 Feb 2021 19:31:51 +0000Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:31:51 +0000pm21,7:31 pm

  • Sue Fagan said:

    Marcey is the best! She is always willing to help! I appreciate her big smile and friendly disposition, not to mention her vast knowledge of AP. Thanks for making everyone's day a little brighter, Marcey!

    AMWed, 03 Feb 2021 07:33:27 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:33:27 +0000am21,7:33 am

  • April Montallana said:

    Marcey is amazing! She is always so helpful and hardworking. She helps the Allied Health department tremendously and I am so grateful for her. I am sad that you are retiring next year Marcey, but I congratulate you on a great career at Valencia and you deserve the best that the future holds. Also, I didn't know you were originally from Chicago – I am too! Thank you Marcey for your kindness and all of your hard work — it has a great impact on everyone you interact with and the college as a whole.

    AMWed, 03 Feb 2021 08:22:13 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 08:22:13 +0000am21,8:22 am

  • Solange F. del Pino said:

    Marcey is amazing, and simply the best! Thank you for all you do!!

    PMWed, 03 Feb 2021 13:01:03 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:01:03 +0000pm21,1:01 pm

  • Pauline Chang said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Marcey for a few years, and she is a saint! Marcey is very patient and takes pride in her work. She's always willing to help with a smile on her face, even when the stack of paperwork is sky-high on her desk. We also had a lot of fun times together. Thank you for all that you do, Marcey!

    PMWed, 03 Feb 2021 13:47:40 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:47:40 +0000pm21,1:47 pm

  • Noelia said:

    Marcey is just wonderful to work with. Incredibly knowledgably in our processes and policies, and quick to provide assistance when we most need it. It has been a great pleasure working w/ Marcey all these years, truly.

    PMWed, 03 Feb 2021 14:32:27 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:32:27 +0000pm21,2:32 pm

  • Chris Borglum said:

    Most faculty probably don't have the opportunity to interact with Marcey, but she's helped me out dozens of times with Brain Bowl budgeting and purchasing. She's fantastic! Thanks for all your help through the years, Marcey!

    PMWed, 03 Feb 2021 16:21:51 +0000Wed, 03 Feb 2021 16:21:51 +0000pm21,4:21 pm

  • Lashon Henderson said:

    Marcey is a great person and a pleasure to work with! Also, Marcey makes the BEST coffee, which I truly miss! Thanks for all you do. Marcey!

    AMFri, 05 Feb 2021 07:48:22 +0000Fri, 05 Feb 2021 07:48:22 +0000am21,7:48 am

  • Anne Moliere said:

    Marcey is AMAZING, well deserved recognition.

    AMFri, 05 Feb 2021 09:25:01 +0000Fri, 05 Feb 2021 09:25:01 +0000am21,9:25 am

  • Jennifer Bhagirath said:

    What an amazing feature, thank you for all that you do for the college Marcey.

    PMTue, 02 Mar 2021 16:42:30 +0000Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:42:30 +0000pm21,4:42 pm

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