January 01, 2018
We welcome in the New Year by congratulating our January Super Staff winner Mr. Steve Cruz! Steve is our amazing Facility Technician and has been at Foglia for over a year.
Steve was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, with his two younger siblings. He went to Waukegan High School and graduated class of 2012. He worked at the Holiday Inn in Gurnee in the Housekeeping Department until he joined the maintenance group. He was an integral part of the renovation team, assisting wherever he was needed. He started his Y career at the Buehler YMCA in Palatine. It was at Buehler he learned that his “can do” attitude was exactly what the organization needed.
As a Facility Technician here at Foglia, Steve wears various hats. He is our “Mr. Fix It”, and we call on him when problems arise! He is always eager to learn new skills and areas of maintenance so he can help whenever and wherever is needed. He is happy to assist members when the opportunity arises, and he is a dependable support player to our entire Y staff. He cheerfully completes all tasks as assigned. Steve is also bilingual, offering his services to members and guests who may need assistance.
When Steve is not at work, he is spending time with his family. Nothing is more important than his fiancé, and his pride and joy, Annasophia, Steve’s two-year-old daughter. Steve loves to spend every available minute with her. They like to visit various indoor play facilities; it is a great way to help expend all of that two-year-old energy. He also takes pride in teaching her all about his family values and traditions. Steve says; “I like working at the Y because of the family mentality. Foglia is a great place to bring Annasophia to and teach her that she can be anything she wants to be. The facility and programs are terrific.”
He faces challenges head on. He is resourceful and we are so lucky to have him on our team! Thank you, Steve, for everything you do!