Employee Spotlight: Gabby Orellana

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Gabrielle “Gabby” Orellana joined Riverside Dental Ceramics in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant in the Human Resources department. Over the years, RDC has given her the opportunity to learn and grow professionally into a primary human resources role for the lab.

What was your early career like with the company?

At first it took some getting used to. But my manager provided me with great guidance along the way, and the more comfortable I became with my role in HR, the more I realized I really enjoy having a hands-on approach to helping our employees.

How has RDC supported you in your career?

I’ve been encouraged to continue my education, and I recently started the HR Certification program through Cal State Fullerton, which I’m really enjoying. Because of the way RDC is structured, I have had the opportunity to learn about a variety of aspects of HR, which has given me an advantage over my classmates. In some of my classes the instructors call on me a lot to share, simply because I have so much real-life experience at RDC. Of course, I’m always happy to talk about my experience.

What do you enjoy most about working at RDC?

I really enjoy my team — everyone is just so helpful. RDC President Mark Anderson has been terrific for giving me the opportunity to grow in my position. I’ve had the good fortune to work with people who have been able to teach me a lot, and everyone is willing to step in when needed. We’re all like family here because we know each other so well. Even though everyone works with different products and in different divisions, we all still come together to try to help. When one’s down — whether it’s a person or a department — we all rally around to support each other.

Gabby has a natural gift for helping people. On weekends, she enjoys organizing events at her local church.

What do you do with your time outside of work?

Shortly after I turned 19, I decided that I want to help make a positive impact in young people’s lives. I made some bad choices in my youth but as I grew up and got my life on track it’s been important for me to give back. Now, I lead a youth mentorship program through my church in Moreno Valley, California. A big part of this ministry is about helping young members of my community get away from self-destructive lifestyle habits they’ve been exposed to or helping families through our different outreach programs. On weekends we like to organize fun events and invite the community to come together in a safe environment. Nothing gives me more joy than the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life — whether it’s through my church or at work.

Gabby uses the leadership skills learned from her position at RDC to help at-risk youth in her community.

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