How long have you worked at Seattle Children’s?
I’ve worked for Seattle Children’s for over nine years. I started at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in June 2007 as a contract employee in the Office of Sponsored Research. That was where I met Brenda Majercin from Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation, who hired me to manage the non-research grants awarded to the foundation. I worked in the foundation office for over five years, and eventually accepted a position as a grants and contracts administrator in the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies in March 2013.
I recently joined the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) thanks to my dear friend Krystal Abbott, who spoke very highly of the people and the work in the center. Krystal and I became friends when she was my interim center business manager in the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies back in 2014.
What did you do before?
Before coming to Seattle Children’s, I worked as a regulatory affairs administrator for two of the largest health plans in Washington. The job paid well, but at the end of the day I wasn’t contributing to anything but the organization’s bottom line. I love Seattle Children’s mission! It feels right to work here.
What do you like best about your job?
I sincerely enjoy the people that I work with every day. Everyone is great.
What is the most memorable moment working at Seattle Children’s?
The day I called an investigator to ask a question, and they broke down into tears on the phone because they had lost a patient that day. I doubled down on my commitment to Seattle Children’s mission right then.
What’s one thing people might be surprised to know about you?
I am secretly afraid of teratomas (a tumor consisting of different types of tissue, such as skin, hair and muscle, caused by the development of independent germ cells). I didn’t even know what a teratoma was until I went to the Bodies exhibition in Seattle a few years back, and they included three of them in the exhibit. Oh my gosh!
What are some of your hobbies?
I love to garden (although you couldn’t tell by looking at my yard). I also love to go walking every evening if possible; and I love to travel.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m very happy to be a team member of CCTR.