Suanil Maya

Suanil Maya
Administrative Assistant and Interpreter, Geriatric Outpatient Mental Health Clinic

Suanil Maya has, in a sense, grown up at JASA. She was intrigued by the work the Agency does when she first came to the outpatient mental health clinic as an intern. Her bilingual skills, hard work, and eagerness to learn made her a valuable asset, and she soon was working at JASA full time. She’s now been with JASA for almost 12 years, and couldn’t be happier.

There are 23 people in her office, and Suanil organizes the workload for pretty much everyone, coordinating meetings, helping book social worker home visits, processing client information, billing, data entry, and assisting with Spanish/English translation.“There are so many aspects to this work, I feel like I am really helping the community here,” she says.

Suanil enjoys the field of behavioral health and notes that over the years she has learned a lot from the staff. “In addition to being able to contribute more on the job, what I’ve learned has helped me in my own life.” She cites the passing of her mother this past year, and how the team helped her grieve. “They really understood.”

JASA’s New York State-licensed geriatric outpatient mental health clinic in the Bronx offers a range of treatment options for seniors suffering or recovering from mental health issues and Suanil is integral to it all and loves being part of the JASA team. Still, she is quite modest about her contribution.

“I’m so flattered that people are interested in what I do,” she said. “I’d like to dedicate this Heroes story to my mother’s memory. She’d be really proud.”