Meet Nichole & Jennifer!

In preparation for the new year, our team is growing!  We are so excited to welcome new Chief Financial Officer, Nichole Herr, and new Administrative Assistant, Jennifer. To learn a bit more about who they are, we interviewed them on their careers, home, and things they love.

Nichole

What led you to finance? 

I fell in love with finance at my first job out of college. My desk was located right outside the CFO’s office, so I got to listen to him work and learn from him.  This triggered my passion for finance, and I decided to go back to school to take a few accounting classes. Then we I moved back to Buffalo, I was an Office Manager for Altus Management, LLC, where I oversaw the establishment of the accounting and human resources departments. Plus, I reported to the CFOs of each hospital in our network.  This is where I really got my hands-on training. 

What is something you love about where you live?

I am originally from Cuba, New York which is about an hour and a half southeast of Buffalo in the Southern Tier, Allegany County. We are known for Cuba Cheese, not Cuban cigars—which seems to disappoint some people. It is a very small town with one stoplight, and they got a McDonald’s after I moved away.  It is located in a valley, so the drive down into the town is very picturesque and scenic.  

What is one (non-financial) thing you know a lot about? 

I studied Spanish Language & Literature in college. I loved Spanish class in high school and love the Spanish culture overall. While I have never been to Spain, I have been to Mexico several times and used my Spanish skills there. I am not as fluent as I used to be, but I love being able to speak or translate for others whenever I can. Just recently I was at the bank and help translate being the customer and the bank teller. At the firm I used to work at, I would help translate between attorneys and clients when needed. 

What is your favorite holiday? 

My favorite holiday is Christmas—when I lived in NYC I loved going and seeing the Christmas tree and ice rink in Rockefeller Center.  

What is the last movie you saw in a theater?

While I haven’t gone to a movie theater and saw a movie in a while, I have recently been binge watching the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.  

What is one thing you are looking forward to about working at Berardi?

I am really looking forward to learning more about immigration law—I have worked at other law firms, but none practiced immigration law. I am excited to become more familiar with this area of law. 

Jennifer

What are a couple qualities that you possess that you believe will contribute to your success as an Administrative Assistant?  

I have a willingness to learn, I’m open-minded and not afraid to ask questions. I’m also a team player. I think these are necessary qualities to be a successful Administrative Assistant. 

What is your favorite hobby?

I like taking landscape and architectural photography. Recently, I started branching out into portrait photography as I think it is good to set goal and try something new. I also love to write poetry and reading science-fiction and fantasy books.

Is there a kids movie you have watched way too many times? 

Oh goodness, there are too many kids’ movies to name. However, anything relating to Spider-Man seems to be our go-to. [Jennifer has two children, Logan and Lilyana]

What is your go to snack food? Favorite Holiday? Last Movie You Saw in a Theater?

My go to snack food has to be sweet peppers with hummus. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. And the last movie I saw in theaters was Avengers: End Game. 

What is one thing you are looking forward to about working at Berardi?

I am really looking forward to being apart of the team here at Berardi. I like how everyone in the office pitches in to get the job done. It is evident that this working environment is unique to Berardi Immigration Law and I feel very lucky to be part of this. 

To read more about Nichole and Jennifer, take a look at their profiles on our website!