Meet Boss Lady Claire Brubaker

It's Member Monday and we are featuring Claire Brubaker, executive information coordinator at SMA Behavioral Healthcare and owner of CE Photography. We love her zest for life, love for community and willingness to always lend a helping hand to her fellow boss ladies. Follow @clairesnapsphotos on Instagram or check our her website for more information.  

What is your business/career and/or side hustle? 

I’m the Executive Information Coordinator at SMA Behavioral Healthcare. SMA specializes in providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services in 4 counties: St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, and Volusia. Now expanding to primary care support in Volusia. My side hustle is my first love..Photography! I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Technology from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. Eager to capture life through the lens – I developed a photography business, CE Photography. 

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

I was voted ‘Nonprofit Professional of the Year’ with inclusion on the 40 under 40 list for the Volusia/Flagler area! Yippie! Community service is important to me. It has been incredibly fulfilling to watch our community flourish and to feel like I get to be apart of it.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions? 

Balance. Aim to find and embrace balance. As boss ladies.. we tend to be above & beyond ambitious to take on the whole world in one big bite... and usually in the style of a one-woman-band jam. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Or, to carve out some “me time". Put that oxygen mask on yourself first and foremost.. and then you can break down all the walls, ceilings, and stigmas we face. 

What do you want to be known for? I want to be known for my compassion and my creativity. 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most? I probably sound like a broken record… but our community. Our community has been my most valuable asset. The Leadership Daytona program gave me the tools I need to be a better leader, and a behind the scenes view of the gems that make up our beautiful city. The Volusia Young Professionals Group introduced me to a vast gathering of young movers & shakers. The MOAS Young Philanthropists has showed me ways to support the arts & culture of our area. Idea Dinners has offered me engaging connections and intimate conversation.The Boss Lady Community has guided me to embrace a stronger sense of female empowerment and an unstoppable woman-warrior bond… or, as the Parks & Recreation character Leslie Nope would say “Uteruses-before-Duderuses”, and “Ovaries-before-broveries”. The people around me and the organizations I’m a part of continue to shape and inspire me. <3 

Lacey McLaughlin