Changing Lives Together

Employee Spotlight: Ruth Rivas

Ruth Rivas, Supervisor with Healthy Families Montgomery, discusses her role supporting families, what motivates her, and much more. 

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Venezuela, where I studied to become a lawyer before moving to the United States. Before starting my career as a social worker, I also graduated from culinary school in Washington, D.C., and I love to cook and bake! I am the proud mother of three amazing adult children and am fortunate to have a wonderful family that I love spending time with. 

Tell us about your role at Healthy Families Montgomery.

I am a supervisor for Healthy Families Montgomery, a program that helps support parents and families through the challenges that come with the birth of a new baby. Healthy Families Montgomery is a home visiting program to support first-time parents in their new role. Our team helps families gain the skills necessary to become strong, confident, and nurturing parents to support their children as they grow. 

Tell us about your career path at Sheppard Pratt. 

I started working for Sheppard Pratt in 2004 as a Case Manager for residents of the City of Gaithersburg. I have worked in many roles within the organization since then. I first became a home visitor for Healthy Families Montgomery before being promoted to a Supervisor for a program serving families in the Silver Spring area. Two years later, I started the Neighborhood Opportunity Network, and in 2011, I started a position as a Supervisor for Early Head Start. In 2016, I moved into my current role as a Supervisor with Healthy Families Montgomery and have been here ever since!

What is your favorite part about working for Sheppard Pratt?

My favorite part is being able to improve the lives of others and make a difference for the children and families we have the opportunity to serve.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by my family, my team, and being able to help people every day. I continue to love this work because I get to see the success of our participants and the positive impact on the children who graduate from our services.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

The most fun I’ve had on a work project was planning monthly gatherings with families in our program to increase their social network and provide socialization opportunities for their kids. We planned trips to places like the National Zoo, the Natural History Museum, and the pool; had a picnic at Wheaton Park every summer; and celebrated yearly holidays like Mother’s Day and graduations together. 

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I love cooking, crocheting, and all kinds of arts and crafts. I spend a lot of time with my friends and take long walks with my dog, Luna! 

Fast Facts About Ruth

Healthy Families Montgomery

A nationally accredited in-home service providing early intervention parenting support to ensure that first time parents in Montgomery County begin their families successfully.