Maricela Escutia marks 20 years on Wilshire staff.
Maricela Escutia will be recognized during worship today for her 20-year anniversary on Wilshire’s staff. “It doesn’t feel like 20 years,” she says. “It feels like I just started yesterday.”
Maricela started at Wilshire in 2002 and was recently promoted to facilities staff supervisor. She manages and schedules the team responsible for room setups, supplies and the readiness and appearance of the building.
Maricela reports to Director of Hospitality Holly Irvin, who says Maricela’s promotion was well deserved: “She is a great leader and delegator and sets a great example for the rest of the staff. She communicates well with the facilities staff and with other staff members. And there’s nothing that she’s not willing to take on.”
Holly says Maricela is “our go-to person” for anything building-related. “If you want to understand how things work around here, she’s probably got an answer. If you’re looking for something, she knows where it is.”
Maricela and her husband, Juan, have four children ranging in age from 11 to 32. The family lives in Garland and attends Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Over the years Maricela has recruited relatives to work at Wilshire, including a sister and niece who are currently on staff. “We’re all very hard workers,” Maricela says of the facilities staff, “and we always strive to get the work done as a team.”
“Thank you to everyone who treats me like family,” Maricela says. “Wilshire is like my second home, and I love being involved in everyone’s lives here. I would like to thank [former facilities manager] Dale Pride because he gave me the opportunity to start this journey, and Holly Irvin for leading me to my growth, and both of them for always being there for me.”
Holly says, “Maricela dedicates her whole self to her work. She is full of faith and integrity. I consider it to be a privilege having her on Wilshire’s staff. She brings so much to the table — the encouragement, the dedication and the desire to serve. She definitely has a servant’s heart.”