MODESTO, Calif., June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellen L. Behrens is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a 2016 Pinnacle Professional in the field of Social Services. Ellen is a Software Developer / Analyst III with the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency which provides a wide range of services for Stanislaus County, California.
Ellen specializes in Web Design and Programming. She is currently branching out into the design of Apple applications for the Agency. She also has experience in Government Computer Purchasing, Software License Compliance, and Physical Inventory. Ellen began working with computer companies in the Bay Area, and now, located in Central California, she progressed to her current technical position as Software Developer.
Additionally, Ellen has assisted in the production of media for the Community Services Agency, and worked on producing the 2012 calendar for the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC).
In order for Ellen to be where she is today, she invested time and funds in educating herself, and by taking advantage of opportunities at work to do her job to the best of her ability. A major obstacle she has faced throughout her career has been criticism by others due to her degree in Music- people would often ask how she got into computers from a musical standpoint, but at the end of the day, Ellen says all experience can provide knowledge which can be used in other situations. Her advice to young professionals starting out in the industry is to "Make use of every opportunity you are given.
Learn what is there to be learned. Don't hold yourself above doing the small things because they lead to knowledge and so often to other opportunities."
One of her greatest professional influences was her former employer, Sigrid Lorenzen Rupp, who was an architect. She was a very independent woman and encouraged Ellen to be so as well. Rupp greatly supported Ellen during her time as an independent consultant, and she says she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for Sigrid. Ellen also seeks encouragement and determination from her life coach, Kerry Tepedino. In working with Kerry for two years, Ellen has seen a true change in herself and has excelled in areas she thought she never would.
When asked what has kept Ellen in her career for so long, she states: "I love the learning. There is always more to learn. Also, with my background in a non-technical subject (Music), I have the ability to explain technical things to non-technical people and I enjoy doing that."
In her spare time, Ellen enjoys dog obedience, fiber arts such as knitting and crocheting, and reading. She recently opened her home to a five year old Shetland Sheepdog rescue named Peavy. Ellen is also a member of Toastmasters International. She received her Competent Communicator (CC) award last June and is President of the CSA Crusaders Toastmasters club.
One of Ellen's favorite pastimes is travel, and she enjoys vacationing with one of her close friends. Her friend, Phyllis, is the Chair of the Department of History at the College of Charleston and a medieval historian, therefore each trip they take is always fun and insightful. Together, they have been to Germany, Ireland, England, and Scotland.
Ellen attended Stanford University where she graduated with distinction, and received an A.B. in the study of Music. In addition, Ellen earned a Russian Translator's Certificate for written Russian to English translation. She is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Science in Mobile Development at Full Sail University.
Ellen looks forward to earning a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in a number of years and, when it's time to retire, donating her knowledge and expertise to local organizations.
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SOURCE Continental Who's Who