Getting up for work each morning no longer feels like a chore for Dallas Mallery, the new Human Resources Coordinator here at the ASO office. Instead, the very thought of returning to the Y each day is one of the motivating factors that gets him out of bed, and out the door—he loves his job.
“The Y doesn’t even really feel like work, it’s just a fun time.”
Dallas recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources. Though he wasn’t completely sure what a job at the Y might entail, he applied hoping he might finally be able to put his degree to use.
“I didn’t know a lot about the Y at first, but after coming in for my interview and meeting everyone, it became a really attractive option for me. Being here definitely feels like I made the right choice.”
In his position, Dallas says he discovers something new every day—whether he is learning more about the countless number of services we offer to community members, familiarizing himself with proper policy practices, or answering questions for new and returning employees, he is always willing to drop everything in order to help others.
Though his work here can vary greatly from day-to-day, Dallas loves the diverse range of projects he is tasked with completing—he is positive all work experiences with the Y will benefit him in his professional career moving forward into the future.
“Being a resource for other people and actually feeling valued in my position at the Y is something that brings me great happiness, and it’s something I’ve never really experienced before with any other job.”
Dallas is thankful for all the people in his life who have helped make his dreams of working in Human Resources a reality. He is especially thankful for the support he receives from his parents, and for the encouragement and advice he receives from a former college professor—someone he remains close with to this day.
Dallas is also grateful for his work family here, who are always willing to offer him a helping hand when needed.
“The people I work with in the Human Resources department have been fantastic. They’ve really embraced me as part of the team, and part of the Y family. It has been one of the easiest work transitions I have gone through and I credit my co-workers completely.”
During the month of November, Dallas was tasked with leading Planksgiving for the Human Resources Department. Planksgiving involved Y staff, volunteers and members, and encourage them to participate in daily fitness challenges to embrace and embody healthy living ideals in their own lives.
Dallas hopes to continue these monthly challenges in the future, and is even considering pitching a new healthy living challenge for the month of January, in which he wants to help members from the Y family stay true to their New Year’s Resolutions.
As for the future of the Y, Dallas hopes we can continue to strengthen our relationships with both existing and new communities.
“I really hope the Y continues to embrace its community image and is able to serve even more areas in the future, that we might not be able to serve today. I hope the Y can reach a greater number of people and continue to provide help to all those that need it.”
In his free time, Dallas enjoys spending time outdoors and watching sports—he is especially fond of the Portland Trailblazers and Oregon Ducks.
Dallas looks forward to making new connections with people at The Y in the future, and hopes to continue advancing his knowledge of the Y—as there is always something new to learn.
“Reach out if you need help, I am always here and I am always willing to offer my assistance.”
Thank you Dallas for your willingness to serve others in your position as Human Resources Coordinator and for continually bringing joy to our office with your contagious smile.