Employee Spotlight: Syrena Poulos

Syrena Poulos, a member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, loves hiking and camping, the beach and bonfires. Originally from Kodiak, she moved to Oregon after high school to go to college and explore what the Lower 48 had to offer. She returned to the island two years ago and in 2016 she came to KANA to work as Front Desk Receptionist. 

Syrena was recently promoted to the position of Finance Accounting Technician at KANA. “I am so proud of Syrena and what she has accomplished in just a short amount of time,” states Jennifer Sayers, Executive Office Manager and Syrena’s former supervisor. “I am confident that she will continue to add value to the organization as she continues to develop professionally. We are proud to feature Syrena as this month’s Employee Spotlight.”

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Kodiak. After high school I moved to Oregon.

What’s your favorite thing about Kodiak?

I like that it’s a small town, being close to my family. I especially like the outdoors, fresh air and being close to the ocean.

What do you enjoy most at KANA?

I like being able to learn about all the different programs KANA has to offer and what they can do for the patients. I like the people we serve and my co-workers are awesome.

Why did you apply for the Accounting Technician positon?

I am going to school through the University of Alaska for Accounting and Business Management. I wanted to challenge myself and apply what I’ve learned.

What do you like doing in your free time?

Anything that has to do with sports or the outdoors. 

What does “To Elevate the Quality of Life of the People We Serve” mean to you?

It means treating people well, regardless of the kind of day you are having, make sure they are happy—patient or co-worker. If I see someone in the hall, I smile and say ‘Hi’. If they need help, you help, even if it’s getting them a cup of coffee. It’s making sure you provide the best service and positivity you can wherever you work within KANA. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully still enjoying life and traveled around traveling the world. I’d like to see Greece, Australia, Ireland, Egypt, and anywhere in South America.