What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
I worked at the Saturn manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. I started working there when they were still blasting the bedrock for some of the buildings. It’s not often that you get the chance to be part of a car company starting up. But probably the most memorable part of that experience was the people and their dedication to making the cars, they produced something to be proud of.
Where did you go to college?
I actually attended 4 colleges before I graduated – Washington State University, University of Washington, Idaho State University, and University of Puget Sound. I graduated from UPS with a BA in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology.
What language(s) do you speak?
I can’t really claim to speak anything other than English, since I’m out of practice. But I started college as a language and linguistics major, where I studied German, Spanish, Russian, and French. Later, I took Japanese classes for fun.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I’ve had several craft hobbies, including stained glass and pottery. In the last few years, I’ve really gotten serious about sewing and machine embroidery. I’ve taken a number of workshops and classes, and am at the point where I’ve started creating some of my own clothing and bag designs.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
What I enjoy the most is making sure all of the pieces fit together. There’s so much more than technology involved in a successful project. There’s building a team that works well together and being able to leverage people’s strengths while looking for ways to help them grow their skills and knowledge. Then there’s understanding how business processes can and should interact with the technology. Finally, there’s the element of helping the organization plan, manage and adapt to the changes that result.