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December 2015

Karen Altus

Associate Director, CDC
Center for Career & Calling
Hometown: My family moved a lot, so among the places I’ve called home are Mt. View, California; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Seattle has been home for 28 years.

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How long have you been at SPU? 

10 years. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

I am privileged to be invited into a sacred conversation about finding one’s calling and making big life decisions. I don’t pretend to have any answers, but I trust that God will work through me to provide a safe space for reflection and discovery.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was a mental health counselor before my kids were born and, when it was time to return to work, I knew I wanted to do something different. Networking and informational interviewing led me to the CCC and a few weeks later a part-time temporary position opened up when a career counselor left for maternity leave. She never returned, and here I am, 10 years later. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

I love to garden, and to walk with my dog, my husband, and my friends. I do have a few favorite TV shows, but I’ll not reveal too much … My very favorite thing to do is spend time with my kids, but that only happens a few times a year now that they are on their own.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

It’s not really a secret to those that know me well, but I’m a Disney fanatic. I’m also somewhat of a music groupie for a few small bands. 

What's your favorite part about your job? 

There are many! I love working with students and seeing them discover things about themselves or the world around them that inspire them to take action. I love the people I work with, the view from my office, that I work within a community of faith, and that I have friends across campus. I also really like the seasonality of our work, and the variety of things I get to do, including teaching, counseling, event planning, marketing, mentoring student leaders, and collaborating with others. 

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I enjoy doing good work. 

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Karen Altus as Staff of the Month!

November 2015

Mark Moschetti

Assistant Director, Sports Information
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

I'm now into my eighth year. 

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I worked at a daily newspaper south of Seattle for 33 years. When it was sold, the daily was converted to a weekly, and other significant changes were made. I stayed for a while, then started looking, and landed here. It has been the absolute perfect fit, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. 

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Working with our athletes, coaches, and even some of our distinguished former Falcons and telling their stories. The beauty of being a “print” or website reporter / writer (as opposed to being “on camera” or “on the air”) is that it allows me to stay completely in the background and let the spotlight shine entirely on the person or people or the team in the story. Not only do our athletes and coaches make this job so enjoyable, so do the people in our Athletics Department office. They are all outstanding at what they do, and their support allows me to work hard at what I do. 

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Mark Moschetti as Staff of the Month!

October 2015

Samantha Davis

Graphic Designer
University Communications
Hometown: Mill Creek, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Three years, four years if counting my years as a student intern in University Communications.

Tell us about a memorable “good day at work.” 

One of my favorites happened the day after my recent 30th birthday. I came back into the office after lunch and found my desk adorned with most of UC’s party decorations — and a poster with my face photoshopped onto Jennifer Garner from the movie Thirteen Going on Thirty. This sort of thing happens frequently in UC. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

I know God put me right where I am at UC, and he gave me the skills to do my job well. I’m thankful for that every day. I’m also blessed to work in an environment where faith is a shared reason for each staff member being here. I’ve spent time in secular work environments, and am amazed at how refreshing it is to have devotions as a staff. 

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I chose to attend Seattle Pacific because it was close to home and had a pre-veterinary program. I wish I could say I did the responsible thing and applied to multiple universities, but, no, I only applied to one, got in, and it turns out it was the right one! Halfway through my freshman year I realized I missed being creative and switched to the visual communication program. Senior year, I landed an amazing internship at the UC office, which set the bar way too high for what I wanted in a job. I’m so glad to be back. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

Reading. Taking a few hours and getting lost in a good book is the ultimate getaway for me. I also take being an aunt very seriously, by not being serious at all when I’m around the kids. I have six nephews and one niece, and they range in age from one month to 16 years old, so they keep me busy! 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I was so shy as a kid that I wouldn’t order my own food in restaurants until I was 12 or so. I’ve overcome a lot of that shyness, by I still much prefer to order pizza online than over the phone. 

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Cliché, I know, but the people I work with are my favorite part. The people, and the candy bowl. That is a close second.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I do all my own stunts.  

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Samantha Davis as Staff of the Month!

September 2015

Jobe Korb-Nice

Senior Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Hometown: Camden, Maine

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Thirteen years — since 2002. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

I intentionally sought out, and chose to work at, a place that values faith. I also wanted to work alongside people who incorporate faith into all aspects of their work and lives. It’s a privilege to work at SPU and push our clear message to people around the globe. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I was a collegiate athlete and ran cross country and played baseball. Now I run as part of my commute to and from work — and I’m often looking for my next victory moment along the Burke-Gilman! 

What’s something important that you’d want people to know about you? 

I love the opportunity to shepherd and create experiences for young people, especially my 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. My family recently returned from Norway. My wife and I took the kids to visit family members who still live in Norway. It was important to me to share our family heritage with them. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

I love my family. We’re an active bunch and are constantly on the move between the kid’s activities, hosting people at our house and exploring the great Pacific Northwest. And, of course, rooting on the famed Red Sox and Seahawks is part of what we do! 

What’s your favorite part about your job?

A hallmark of working at SPU is the opportunity to work alongside talented and capable people. I’ve learned a lot from numerous faculty and staff over my years at SPU. The learning continues with each new challenge or goal faced, which brings a lot of satisfaction. 

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Jobe Korb-Nice as Staff of the Month!

August 2015

Danielle Richmond

Student Employment Coordinator
Student Financial Services

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Danielle “Dani” Richmond has been at SPU for almost eight years. A transfer student, she entered SPU as a sophomore and two years later received her bachelor of arts in Christian theology in 2010. 

Before college, though, after graduating from high school Dani took a gap year during which she backpacked through Europe. Guided by her love of history and cultures, she traveled to England, France, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Where does she want to visit next? New Zealand or Norway for their natural beauty, she says.

While an undergraduate, Dani worked in Student Financial Services as a student employee, then as a temporary employee, and finally as a regular full-time employee. During her time as SFS front line staff, she wore almost every hat possible — from working with third-party billing and payment plans to working with financial aid for study abroad. 

Now the student employment coordinator, Dani is the project lead for the newly launched SPULink website, where students and alumni can search for jobs and internships, as well as see volunteer opportunities. Dani says she has grown a lot through this process and has never managed a project on this scale before. 

But it’s not all about work. On a typical Saturday, you may find Dani at a local farmer’s market buying produce, hanging out with friends from church, or playing with the kittens she fosters. A huge animal lover, Dani has two cats and a dog but she began fostering kittens two years ago for a local animal shelter when she realized that the kitten stage was her favorite.  

Close to her family, Dani talks to her mother almost daily on the commute to or from SPU. She is also heavily involved with her church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Capitol Hill. At St. Mark’s, she is the chair of the adult faith formation ministry and a member of the governing board called Vestry. 

She loves doing puzzles and has been an avid puzzler, doing 1000+ piece puzzles since she was 5 years old. We can’t promise that those kittens aren’t trying to help her by batting around a puzzle piece or two!

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Danielle Richmond as Staff of the Month!

July 2015

Michelle McFarland

Director of Operations & Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost

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Michelle has worked at SPU for five years and has an international relations degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a TESOL certificate from Portland State. She studied abroad in Japan, Mexico, and Central America, and she spent a year teaching English in Chile.

She grew up in Newport, Oregon, and because her dad is an Oregon State University marine biologist specializing in whales, Michelle and her family have had many unique experiences. 

Michelle attended the Lutheran church, but really embarked on a personal relationship with Christ after her high school graduation as a result of a friend’s injury and subsequent healing from a serious car accident.

Though she describes the majority of her job as being “other duties as assigned,” Michelle specifically supports the Provost and the Provost Leadership Team. She facilitates faculty hiring, and she coordinates all of the Commencement, high ceremony, and academic events involving faculty. 

SPU’s focus on racial reconciliation is near to Michelle’s heart. She loves it that, at SPU, it’s all about the students — next to God, of course — and she values the opportunity SPU gives her to serve side by side with believers from different Christian traditions. Michelle recently returned from serving as cook for 70 high-schoolers on a mission trip to Jackson, Mississippi, where they had the opportunity to continue to learn from Dr. John Perkins.

Michelle and her husband of 19 years, Chuck, have three children: a daughter who is a junior in high school, a son in eighth grade, and a daughter in fifth grade. They attend Bethany Presbyterian Church on the top of Queen Anne and live right around the corner, which, she says, explains why they are always late to church. She and Chuck love working with college students and Young Life in any supportive role they can find. Michelle loves to garden, hike, hang out with friends and family, and she is not ashamed to say that she still loves ’80s music.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Michelle McFarland as Staff of the Month!

June 2015

Laurie Mendes

Admin Assistant
Science, Engineering - College of Arts and Sciences

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Laurie Mendes, Administrative Assistant to the Math, Engineering, Computer Science and Physics departments, is a 1979 SPU alumna with a BS in nursing. She has been employed by SPU for thirteen years, but for the last 12 years she has worked from her office right off the lobby in Otto Miller Hall. Laurie spent her early years blessed by a Christian home and family in the Wedgwood neighborhood of northeast Seattle. At age fourteen she attended a summer program at Camp Firwood and there she dedicated her life to following Christ.

Laurie is involved in the prayer tree ministry at her church, she volunteers in the White Center Heights Elementary School, and she has been a coordinator for the annual United Way Day of Caring at SPU for the last two years. Her desire is to soon be involved with NEST, Northeast Seattle Together, a program that meets the daily needs of senior citizens, thereby allowing them the independence of remaining in their own homes.

Laurie sees the students and staff at SPU as examples of faith in action, especially in the last year. She is inspired by our students who mirror the love of God both within the SPU community and beyond the campus to the wider world. 

Laurie is an avid reader, an ardent fan of UW football and basketball, and she is intent on honing her skills as a gardener, quilter, and writer. She and her husband, Jim, have a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, and two dogs, Lofa Tatupu and Russell Wilson. These days, however, her delight is to anticipate the arrival of her first grandchild around Thanksgiving.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Laurie Mendes as Staff of the Month of June, 2015!

May 2015

Ronda Reid

Student Payroll Technician
Finance Office

Hometown: Philomath, Oregon. Philomath means "love of learning". It's a college town.

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How long have you been at SPU?

11 years.

How does your faith impact your work?

It’s a chance to reflect God’s love.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Quilting! I love quilting and do it by hand. It’s a huge part of my life; in fact, I’m a fourth-generation quilter. Quilting has become part of my ministry. I see the warmth of a quilt like the warmth of God’s love. I love to make them for everyone and all occasions: births, marriages, other special occasions. I even made one for a particularly tall coworker who commented that it was his first blanket that “covered him from his toes to his chin.”

What’s something that few people know about you?

I’m left-handed.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Interacting with and helping students. I love to help nervous students by explaining things like how to fill out a W-4 for the first time. Seven years ago, one of those nervous freshman eventually became my daughter-in-law!

What is the best Christmas or birthday gift you’ve ever received?

When Mark Reid (SPU Director of Safety and Security) and I were first married, we were unable to afford a diamond ring. So in 1992, there was a box under the Christmas tree. I said, “What’s that?” Mark replied, “It’s a dirty old shoe. I opened it, and indeed it was a dirty old shoe — but next to the shoe was a diamond ring, Later on, my son asked me, “Mom, why did you cry when you got that dirty old shoe?”

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?

I’ve always struggled with feeling like I’m good enough — socially, spiritually, mentally. Over the last several years God has been teaching me that my value comes from being a daughter of the King. We are each his work of art, beautiful and full of purpose. God hates sin because it hides our beauty and keeps us from being all he created us to be. Now, I’m learning to see myself as he sees me. It is my daily prayer that God will use me to reflect his love to others.”

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Ronda Reid as Staff of the Month of May, 2015!

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