Omnitrans is pleased to welcome aboard Christine Vega, its new administrative secretary. Christine was a longtime employee of the County of San Bernardino, most recently as a secretary for the department of behavioral health. Her extensive experience in the government and business sectors, and exceptional office skills, will be a valuable asset to the Omnitrans team.
Christine has worked as a secretary all her professional life.
“I’ve always loved to type ever since I took typing classes back in high school,” she explains with a smile. “When IBM came out with their selectrics, I was a goner. I was just in love. And it just was a natural progression. After high school I went on to take business classes at Riverside Community College and worked in offices. I think my first job title was junior steno clerk because I also took shorthand. I had to memorize the shorthand dictionary and everything! In fact, I did that for a meeting I was at just yesterday. But what I like now is to sit in a meeting with a laptop. After doing it for so many years, you develop a sort of filter. It comes in your ears and goes out your fingers whether you’re writing it or typing it. Sometimes I can walk out of a meeting and think what did they all say? Then when I sit down and look at my notes, it’s all there.”
Still, if times had been different, Christine confesses her career choice might have been a little more unusual.
“At the time I graduated high school, women were expected to become secretaries, teachers, nurses or something like that. In my heart of hearts I wanted to be an astronaut, but that was unheard of back in those days. The first moon landing happened when I was a teenager, and it was all so exciting. I thought to myself I want to do that. But those doors just weren’t open, not really.”
Now she satisfies her love of travel and adventure by taking trips to Europe with Joe, her husband of 35 years. The two have passed on their passion for exploring places to their 19-year-old daughter Maribeth, who is currently an Airman First Class in the Air Force.
Christine decided to come to Omnitrans because she was looking for a different challenge. Interestingly enough it was sbX that first caught her eye and prompted her to look at a career with the agency.
“When sbX went live back in April, all the county employees got emails about it because there was an sbX station right there on Hospitality. I remember reading about it and thinking how cool it was. At the bottom of the email, there was a section on job opportunities with Omnitrans. When I clicked the link, this administrative secretary position was the first one that popped up. It seemed like a wonderful opportunity with great benefits so I applied.”
With just three days under her belt, Christine is already settling in and making her mark.
“Coming down the 215 this morning I was so jazzed about coming to work and thinking about all the different things I would be doing. I was so excited I just flew right past the 5th Street off ramp,” she laughs. “I’m very glad to be here.”
– Juno Kughler Carlson
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