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JBLM spouse balances the books, family and PTA

Volunteer of the Month works with Beachwood PTA

Northwest Guardian

Published: 03:48PM June 19th, 2014

Before the sun rises each day, Andrea Mullin is already up ready to greet the day.

If she’s lucky, she’s gotten little more than six hours of sleep before she’s busy getting her three daughters ready for school.

The mother of three balances taking care of Faith, 14, Cassidy, 10 and Katherine, 5, while her husband, 1st. Sgt. James Mullin, is in Afghanistan with the 109th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Between keeping up with her home, a part-time job and shuttling her daughters to dance lessons in the evening, Mullin also finds the time to volunteer with the Parent-Teacher Association at Beachwood Elementary School.

Mullin uses her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Colorado Technical University to help her with her volunteer duties as PTA board treasurer.

“A lot of the stuff that I do is to be with the kids, but then I am also finding some accounting experience that I can put into my resume for later on,” Mullin said.

Mullin’s work has earned her the distinction of JBLM Volunteer of the Month for June.

Donna Handoe, PTA president, nominated Mullin after seeing her hard work in balancing the PTA duties with her home life.

“She is first and foremost our treasurer so she balances our books, writes the checks, she’s the only one that understands what’s happening with the money,” Donna Handoe, PTA president said jokingly. “And of course she helps us with anything else we do.”

During the past school year Mullin worked part time for an insurance company, but has since decided to step away from that so she could focus on caring for her girls and her volunteer work.

“I am a stay-at-home mom for the most part, but I found that I enjoyed doing the volunteer work more than doing actual work and it gives me a little bit more freedom to be able to spend time with my girls,” Mullin said.

In addition to keeping track of the books, Mullin stays busy as a volunteer for the Girl Scouts, serving as the Yearbook Chair and working with Spirit Wear School Apparel.

But she said the part she loves most about volunteering is seeing how excited the kids get about school events. Mullin helps out with the fun stuff like field trips and fundraisers, but her accounting degree also enables her to tackle the tough stuff.

This past year she handled the tax reports for different PTA committees.

“I know it’s hard and it’s a lot of work,” Handoe said. “She worked a lot of hours on that so I knew she was well deserving of the award.”

Handoe said volunteers like Mullin are in integral part in helping a school run smoothly.

“The parents that step out and help, just enhance the whole experience for both the teachers and the students and the other parents as well,” she said. “We support one another and we bring something extra to the school.”

While Mullin’s husband is away she finds it difficult to get to bed early, but by 11 p.m. she said she’s finally ready to wind down and get some rest.

Just six more hours until she starts the day again.

“I’m hoping to get a break this summer,” she said.