Where are they now? Starlena Fornis

Jul 10, 2024 at 07:00 am by Arthur-RB

Starlena Fornis is the proud owner and founder of On Task Virtual Assisting, an online based firm that has been helping professionals get organized and form a better vision for their endeavors since 2022.

Fornis has familial roots in Plymouth, attending the Washington County School system for a time before eventually leaving town and relocating to the Greenville area where she completed the remainder of her schooling.

After graduating from Winterville’s South Central High School in 2009, Fornis attended Pitt Community College where she initially pursued graphic design. However after a short time, she eventually switched her focus to general education.

“When I got to Pitt I originally went for graphic design,” Fornis says. “I originally went for graphic design because I’ve always been able to envision things, take something into my mind and re-create it into something a little bit better…At that time, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do so I switched to general education.”

Fornis’ pivot into education ended up paving the way for the next avenue of her journey. After graduating, she went on to work at her alma mater, something that would define the next decade of her working life.

“When I got hired on I did some instructing mostly during the summers but I also worked with the elder population and I taught classes for them,” she explains. “However for the majority of the time that I was there I worked as an administrative assistant but I did change positions and duties every so often as needed.”

Early on, her work at college would provide a solid and dependable foundation while she built her family.

“I ended up working at Pitt Community College for the next 11 or 12 years. During this time I got married, had my baby and started building my family,” Fornis says proudly.

However, it wasn’t long before Fornis experienced a familiar divide that many workingwomen encounter while balancing a full-time career and their families. However, Fornis’ situation was further complicated by the COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020.

“After I had my first baby I went back to work and 11 months later, I had another baby. After my second child was born, I had hoped to work from home,” she recounts. “All of this happened during COVID so I asked if I could work from home and I was told no. So I told them not to worry about it and that I wouldn’t be returning.”

Despite the setback, Fornis took the development in stride.

She wished the college well and returned home, becoming a full time mom for a time. During this period, the potential for a new venture would reveal itself and would be just on the horizon...

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