The May Face of Ensemble is our Development Accounts Payable Specialist (Long Beach), Leewa Frogosa.
When did you join Ensemble and what do you do?
I joined Ensemble as a temp and was hired by Laurie and Robert to join the Accounting team officially in March 2017.
What do you like most about working at Ensemble?
I admire the professionalism of everyone at Ensemble and I like our beautiful office and location of the 444 building.
Why or how did you get into your current line of work?
My first job while studying Accounting was as a data encoder at the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines (IRS) using 10 keys processing checks, which is now obsolete. I cannot remember my salary 40 years ago but I know it helped with my school expenses during those times. After college, I worked at the Philippine General Hospital in the Accounting Department before coming to the United States.
Where did you grow up and what was your first job?
I was born in the Philippines and married a Filipino American who brought me to America. My first job in the U.S. was at the Security Pacific National Bank in Accounting before it merged with Bank of America. My first job was cut short after the merger but I found other opportunities.
What do you do for fun after work?
My husband and I love the company of close friends after work. We are blessed with good friends and we travel a lot with them. For us, it is educational to travel and to learn the culture of other countries is a rewarding experience. Life is short and we enjoy it while we can.
What is your favorite or most memorable vacation spot?
Venice, Italy was the most unique place I have seen because of the water in the city. Also, the tour inside the Mercedes Benz Factory and Museum in Stuttgart, Germany was also memorable for me. I want to see Jerusalem someday.