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December 2017

Lindsey Peterson

Business Systems Analyst
Computer and Information Systems
Hometown: Nampa ID? Seattle WA? Overland Park, KS? Tigard, OR? They were all part of my growing-up years.

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How long have you been at SPU? 

20 years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

This may sound strange but the days that I would categorize as “a good day” at work tend to be the ones where I feel most out of my comfort zone. 

Often when it’s my turn to field help tickets, the ticket describes a problem that I’ve never encountered before, and I’m on the hook to figure out how to resolve it. Some of the tickets have time sensitivity. Those days are crammed full of research, team work, testing, and a ton of learning. I go home exhausted, but exhilarated

How does your faith impact your work? 

Working at SPU gives me a chance to observe the character of brothers and sisters in Christ, and to see what it means to be Christ-like. I’m surrounded by people who model aspects of grace, which encourages and challenges me. This is how my work influences my faith. 

I can’t help but look at my disjointed “career trajectory” here at SPU and think this has been a crazy, unpredictable path. But the eclectic combination of jobs that I’ve had (for three VP areas, twice!) have prepared me well for the one I’m in currently, and I see God as the orchestrator. I would describe my job in CIS as “heart-happy” and I love getting to interact with so many people around campus. Thus, my work is an expression of gratitude to a God who saw fit to lead me on this path. 

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

My dad (Dan Berg) was a professor here in the ’80s, so SPU was put on my radar when I was in kindergarten. When it came time to apply for college, SPU was the only school I was considering that wasn’t going to make me decide as an 18-year-old what I would major in; all the others were music conservatories. So I came to SPU as a freshman, and basically never left. (I ended up majoring in Flute Performance anyway. But I didn’t decide on that until my junior year.) 

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

Playing flute has been a big part of my life for more than 30 years. I admit that I sometimes play at work before anyone else shows up. 

Besides flute, I’ve turned into an avid reader lately. Definitely didn’t foresee that being the case, but I typically now have about five books going at one time. If you’re on Goodreads, please friend me! I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I am afraid of birds. Spiders, fine. Snakes, OK, fine, I’ll touch one but don’t really want to pick one up. But birds — yikes! My 10-year-old tells me that birds share a lot of DNA with dinosaurs, so I don’t think my fear is unfounded. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Interacting with people all around campus is my favorite part of my job. I love getting to meet people, renew friendships, tackle problems in ever-evolving partnerships, and learn more about the work that is done all across campus. I’m pretty fond of my teammates here in CIS, too.

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

Motivations intrigue me. What makes each of us tick? I’ve always been curious about why we say the things we do, why we act as we do. For instance, why am I afraid of birds? (The Hitchcock movie has nothing to do with it, but not especially helpful, either!) Why would I prefer to be up on a roof with a hammer tacker than in a kitchen with a skillet? And why are you still reading this? 

Anything else you would like to share? 

One of the life-changing books I read is Kathleen Norris’ Quotidian Mysteries. In it she highlights that the mind numbing, repetitive parts of our lives (the washing of dishes, for instance) is a perfect opportunity to focus on our walk with the Lord. 

It’s time that is built into our day, over and over, and we can use that time to pray, to worship, to be silent. It has changed my outlook on the chores that previously made me grumble. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Lindsey Peterson as the December 2017 Staff of the Month!

November 2017

Carla Orlando

Vocational Discernment Counselor and Instructor
Center for Career and Calling
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Five years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

The day always brightens when I meet with students about an important decision or situation in their lives. 

But being in class with students at SPU is pure joy. To see their anxiety fall away; to watch their deep lives of faith open up with a new prayer practice, reflection paper, or author to discuss; to hear the questions and the compassion they hold for a world that hurts and it’s people who need them: The day can’t get better than that!

How does your faith impact your work? 

I see my work as an expression of my faith life and that contributing to the lives of college students as a great thrill. While an undergraduate myself, I sensed college as a critical time in becoming more fully who I was made to be, and for making choices about how I wanted to live my gifts in the world. 

Unlike others who try many careers, my heart has always been drawn to the spiritual and personal journey of young adults and to those places that value it, like SPU. 

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

I was working in a study abroad context when I realized that students of faith hold their spiritual journey right alongside their questions about their major and their post-graduate life. I wanted to explore this further when I returned to the States and a friend shared that SPU had changed the name of their Center to “Career and Calling.” Brilliant! 

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

My twin daughters are in their senior year at high school, so, I am savoring every second that I spend with them. 

At this time of year, we are watching movies, building fires, attending school events. I am a field-trip mom this year, just like back in the early years, and I’m loving every minute!

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I am a fourth generation Seattle native and realizing, with all of the new growth and development, that I am attached to the Pacific Northwest and trying to let go of my closed mind to change! 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The students!

Anything else you would like to share? 

I do not take for granted the wonderful opportunity to be a part of this Christian college, it’s identity and mission in serving the world. I have a deep and abiding faith in what we do and why we do it. 

Thank you for honoring me and including me in this special way!


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Carla Orlando as the November 2017 Staff of the Month!

October 2017

Jody Johnson

Employment Manager
Human Resources
Hometown: Edmonds, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

I first worked here in the late ’90s, also in Human Resources, and I returned to SPU in 2013 as the graduate coordinator for Student Academic Services. I became the employment manager for Human Resources in 2015.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

I had a mission fit interview with a gentleman with no faith background, and it turned into him asking me a lot of questions about my faith and what it means to me. He was like a sponge. 

At the end of the interview, he was so appreciative. I’ve never had an interview like that. He was so receptive and thankful that I had been able to share with him.

How does your faith impact your work? 

I ask people this question for my job, so this is interesting to have the tables turned! I go to work each day with the prayer that for all the people I encounter, I can be the hands and feet of Jesus. Knowing that the Bible says, “Ask and you shall receive,” I try to live in a constant state of asking God to speak through me, trusting that will happen. 

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

I was a student at SPU; my parents met at SPU; my grandfather ran Plant Services, and my grandmother worked in the bookstore. When I first moved into my dorm room, I discovered that my mom lived in the same room when she had attended SPU. I also met my husband at SPU. 

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

Spend time with my family and our cute dogs, work in the garden, read, and be outdoors walking, hiking, etc.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I officiated a wedding last October for my cousin and a former student worker. While my brother signed the paperwork as an ordained minister, I presided over the event. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

I love working with people, other employees at the University, helping them in the hiring process!

Anything else you would like to share? 

I’m a work in progress ... God’s not finished with me yet and I can’t wait to see where he leads me.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Jody Johnson as the October 2017 Staff of the Month!

September 2017

Lori Honts Tongol

Senior International Student Advisor
International Student Services / Office of Global Engagement
Hometown: Long Beach, California

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Since 2003.

Tell us about a good day at work. 

I love that I am able to freely share my faith in Christ with international students — many of whom have never heard the Word of God and have no knowledge of the Christian faith. Many of our international students have become Christians while attending SPU! 

Learning about culture and global differences on a daily basis is inspiring and an amazing gift. Being able to walk alongside this population of students and share in their lives when they are so far from home and all they know is a daily blessing.

How does your faith impact your work? 

It impacts every part of what I do. I regularly pray for SPU, our leadership, and all who engage in study and work here. I also have the privilege of praying for and supporting our international students in this part of their life journey.

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

After my family moved from Southern California to Seattle, I decided to go back to work part time. My education and career was in student development/support services in higher education, so I began reaching out to local colleges and universities. 

I began working in the Center for Learning in 2003 with a wonderful team of colleagues. A colleague in Student Life was moving to another part of the United States and asked if I would be interested in filling his role in International Student Programs, knowing I had often shared with him how much I loved working with international students. I have worked in ISS for the past 10 years and love the work I do.

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

Spend time with my family and our cute dogs, work in the garden, read, and be outdoors walking, hiking, etc.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I majored in religion/theology as an undergrad. I wanted to work as a youth pastor, but my denomination didn’t hire women youth pastors at the time. I was encouraged me to consider student development/higher ed, which I did, and I’ve loved every school I’ve worked for, and every year I’ve worked in this profession. I didn’t abandon my dream of working with youth — I have worked with youth groups since college and especially enjoy mentoring middle school girls.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Working with international students and getting to know them, learning about their lives, their families, their stories about how they came to the U.S. and to SPU. I’ve also learned a lot about other cultures, customs, and faiths, which has helped me deepen my own faith in God. 

Anything else you would like to share? 

It’s a privilege to have been nominated. Thank you to whoever recommended me! :-)


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Lori Honts Tongol as the September 2017 Staff of the Month!

August 2017

Valerie Conner

Manager of University Welcome Team
University Recruitment and Admissions
Hometown: Sequim, Washington (Mostly)

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Four-and-a-half years as staff.

Tell us about a good day at work. 

Every day is different! But some of the things I love most are: having long conversations with prospective students about how great SPU is; helping my intern team develop professionally and learn great customer service; making frustrated callers feel heard and cared for; and brainstorming recruitment ideas with my amazing co-workers. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

It’s wonderful to work in a place where colleagues can support one another spiritually, as well as professionally. And working on the Welcome Team (aka customer service), we get to learn a lot about giving and receiving grace! I am always amazed at the peace, love, and graciousness displayed by SPU students and staff, even in really difficult situations. I think that’s a direct result of our Christian identity. 

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

I originally attended my undergrad studies at SPU, because I felt a strong calling to this place. I loved my four years here in the English program, and was involved in a variety of programs and activities. After I graduated in 2011 and worked for a couple years downtown, I was excited to return as a staff member at the place that had meant so much to me as a student. 

Working in Admissions is perfect, because I regularly get to tell stories about my SPU experiences! 

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

Spending time with my family and friends, and experiencing new things about Seattle. After living here for 10 years, I’m still surprised at all the new things we find: theaters, museums, music venues, restaurants, and urban hikes.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I played the French horn in an indie rock band for four years during and after college! I still enjoy dusting off my French horn every once in a while to play for church.

Editor’s note: you can listen Valerie’s band here.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

It’s a tie between my amazing co-workers who are super hardworking, supportive, and empowering, and my student-intern team who I get to see grow and develop into fantastic young professionals. 

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

Even though I am sometimes very quiet, I am actually an extrovert! If I have met you, I most likely want to be best friends with you, so just let me know if you want to grab lunch :) 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Valerie Conner as August Staff of the Month!

July 2017

John Larson

Lead Maintenance Painter
Facility and Project Management
Hometown: Arlington, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Eight years and seven months.

Tell us about a good day at work. 

When we deal with emergencies at Facilities I truly love the way our crew comes together as a team and works to accomplish and overcome the issue. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

Knowing that I work alongside many likeminded people such as my self is refreshing. It is nice to be able to share with those around me on a daily basis, including how our faith can help us to overcome challenges and problems we face. 

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

Having worked in the construction field throughout the years in the private sector, I jumped at the opportunity to work at a prestigious university such as SPU where there is a Christian environment. 

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

Serve at a soup kitchen in the town I live in.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’ve had the privilege of serving our great county in the United States Army.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Getting to work with a great group of people at Facilities. It’s a lot of fun to see just how they are able to accomplish the tasks given them. As well as the honor to work with the students at SPU by leading the paint crew every summer. I love watching the students grow into their jobs, gain confidence in themselves, and learn a new skill. 

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

Serving my community throughout the years has been very humbling and rewarding. 

Anything else you would like to share? 

Thank you for allowing me to work at the University, it is truly a blessing and a honor.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating John Larson as July Staff of the Month!

June 2017

Kimberly Petersen

Career Counselor
Center for Career and Calling
Hometown: My family moved a lot during my childhood, so I would say I’m originally from Southern California.

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Two-and-a-half years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

A good day at work usually includes teaching the Major and Career Exploration class, having creative conversations with colleagues, and meeting one-on-one with students. The best days include celebrating small and large successes with students. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith guides all of my work, and particularly my work with students. I think in terms of the whole person. How does a particular major or career align with that student’s gifts, values, and interests? How will their choices help them grow into their potential? And how is their sense of calling expressed through their work, or in their life? 

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

I had been working in a similar role at another university when the opportunity to join SPU became available. I was hoping to find a more flexible environment that allowed me to creatively support student development. As I learned more about the Center for Career and Calling, its amazing staff and good work, I realized I had found what I had been seeking, and more! 

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

To spend time with family and friends, ideally in beautiful natural environments.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I was a first-generation student! I’m happy to talk with any current first-generation students about navigating their college experience.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Whether working individually with a student, collaborating with colleagues, or teaching a class, I love finding creative ways to empower people and programs. 

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

I am incredibly grateful to do work that I love! Because it took time and a variety of experiences to find work that is meaningful to me, I am motivated to support students on their own journey of exploration. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Kimberly Petersen as June Staff of the Month!

May 2017

Jason Herrman

Director of Marketing Technology
University Communications
Hometown: Connell, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

I transferred here in 2006.

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

A good day in UC usually involves delicious baked goods and laughing at jokes on Slack (a collaboration tool). 

How does your faith impact your work? 

It adds a level of compassion between co-workers that I have not found anywhere else.

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

After my sophomore year of college, I decided to transfer to SPU. Seattle was a big part of that. I found a great group of friends while working at the CIS helpdesk that summer. Residence Life also placed me next to my future wife, Asa.

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

Take a break from sitting at a desk all day — gardening, cooking, and home improvement projects.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

My dream job is to start a small BBQ restaurant.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Tech never stops changing. It can feel overwhelming at times, but there is a lot of satisfaction in keeping up with this field. I also love interacting with our student workers. My goal is to add relevant work experience to their education at SPU, and provide a fun place to work. I really appreciated that opportunity during my time as a student.

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

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Drawing a blank on this one. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Jason Herrman as Staff of the Month!

April 2017

Judy Flathers

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing
Enrollment Management and Marketing
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Going on seven years.

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

Recently a mom from the neighborhood, whose son was an admitted student, was on campus and wandered through our building. She saw our “VP of Enrollment Management & Marketing” sign, came in and raved, “My son has received communications from several universities, but I have to tell you: SPU outshines them all! The communications are artistic, consistent, engaging, on-point, and personal.” 

It made us so proud of our employees. So I shared the good news with several of our staff and — get this — a few days later one of them heard this lady in her church foyer telling someone the same story! That’s a GOOD day for me — realizing our work makes a difference.

How does your faith impact your work? 

I grew up in a pastor’s home with two brothers and five sisters. Ministry was the lens through which we viewed the world. Up to the time he died, my dad ministered to other people, encouraging them and pointing them to Christ. That rubbed off on me. 

We’re all pilgrims on this journey, sometimes bumbling along, sometimes skipping along, but we have a Healer and Friend leading us. I love being able to work in a faith-based community, able to share stories of healing and grace among us.

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

I was part of thousands in the city out of a job during the recession several years ago. I had been managing executive development programs and never thought I’d go back to being an assistant again — that just wasn’t on my radar. But my cousin (an alum and adjunct professor) emailed me the link and said, “Judy, your name is all over this job description.” A month later I was on the job.

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

Binge-watching murder mysteries (a great cure for sleepless nights), reading, and poking around coastal towns or antique shops with my sisters or friends.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I lived in a tiny log cabin in Alaska when I was a music minister at a growing, thriving church back “when.” We had a weekly television program, so on Saturday mornings at 7:30, my musicians would show up at the little TV studio and tape the shows. Talk about dedication! (Well, there wasn’t much else to do in Alaska, believe me!).

I also taught home ec at the Christian school they had just opened. Totally unqualified, I was assigned four teenagers and told to teach them how to cook. So I’d bring them over to my log cabin and say, “Today we’re going to learn how to make my Grandma Carey’s baking powder biscuits” (PDF) (or whatever). Then we’d eat the meal on my mismatched china and rate the flakiness of the biscuits, the tenderness of the meat, etc. We had a blast. Years later, I ran into one of the guys and he told me that he still makes my Grandma Carey’s biscuits! And yes, I did have a Grandma Carey.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

The interactions with our amazing staff, and being able to use my spiritual gifts to help others.

Anything else you would like to share? 

I am so blessed to work in Enrollment Management and Marketing. Working with the other VPs’ and President’s offices, our amazing EMM staff and then getting to know more faculty and staff through the work of our VP, Nate Mouttet. 

I love having prospective students come through our office. We serve the most wonderful, ever-changing group of students, and I love hearing their stories.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Judy Flathers as the April Staff of the Month!

March 2017

Jasmine Hairston

Senior Admissions Counselor, Multicultural Outreach
Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Six years (including time as a student).

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

The most recent memorable good day at work was the day that Queen Beyoncé announced to the world that she was having twins! (Congrats, Bey!) 

That day I had a group visit from one of my favorite schools in Tacoma. I started the admissions presentation playing “Love on Top” by Beyoncé with the students and they were SO into it. I had one male student just completely kill it on a high note, the high school counselor was singing along, and the students were definitely channeling their inner Beyoncé, dancing along in Demaray 150. 

I then transitioned into our presentation saying that like Beyoncé, SPU was recognized as being a top university by US News & World Report by being the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to receive a national ranking. I was very proud of that moment. However, that day was also great because I was able to take time to really mentor, advise, and equip these students in entering higher education. I also had them practice self-affirmations and affirming each other. It was such a great day!

How does your faith impact your work? 

In my work with students of color and LGBTQ students, I see that they are being told lies every day that they are not enough. They sometimes hear these messages from their peers, family, mentors, and everyday through the structures and systems in our country that seek to stomp out rather than uplift their life.

I look at the work that I do as restoring their view of the Imago Dei in themselves — to remind me that they have intrinsic value, ordained by God and are capable of excelling in all that they want to achieve. When a LGBTQ or student of color believes in themselves, they are pressing into God’s declaration that they are good and that their goodness is intrinsically bound to God’s, they are defying the messages of this world, and they are living into the Kingdom of God’s intended reality for this world. This is my calling and this where I see my work.

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

Now working in admissions, I am amused by how my story, which I thought was so unique and monumental, actually fits into the admissions cycle and funnel. 

I heard about SPU from a friend, came and visited, and just fell in love with campus! Everything about the visit was perfect — it was a sunny day; I fell in love with the mission statement; there was bacon in Gwinn; I saw other black women walking around campus and they told me where I could get my hair done in the area (very important for a black woman); and I just knew that this was the place that God was calling me to be.

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

My favorite thing to do is definitely hosting people! I always feel so full when my house is filled with friends, food, and laughter. 

If you ever come over to my house, you will be fed (probably with brie and jam), tucked in a blanket, and we will talk and laugh about life! And of course, we will light some candles and listen to the Queen Beyoncé.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

A fun fact about me is that I used to do background acting when I was younger, so you could see me in past shows like That ’70s Show, CSI, The Jersey, and in commercials for Burger King, McDonald's, and Cap'n Crunch!

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Definitely the students! I absolutely love my students! They are incredible, resilient, and such an inspiration. I have the best conversations with students — conversations filled with heartache, horrible puns, Black Girl Mantras, and empowerment. 

As much as I like to think I am encouraging and mentoring students, they definitely do the same for me! There have been times when students will give me a word, pray for me, and encourage ME! I feel so privileged to know so many incredible students and to be in this season of their lives.

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

I fiercely love the people in my life. I fiercely fight for my students, for those marginalized, and for the systems and structures of this world to better reflect the radical and equitable Kingdom of God. I will fiercely laugh way too long at whatever meme I see on the internet. And I will fiercely slay that Flower Crown filter on Snapchat as I channel my inner Sasha Fierce. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Jasmine Hairston as the March Staff of the Month!

February 2017

Elaine Stevens

Assistant Director of Mailing Services
Mailing Services
Hometown: Edmonds, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

11 1/2 years. 

Tell us about a memorable good day at work? 

I hate missing work, because I know that it is a burden on others to share my work load. So when I was told I needed a six-week medical leave, it was not welcomed by me at all. 

The first day back, I was surprised to see my student workers and co-workers had wrapped everything visible in my office in wrapping paper. I could barely get into my office because of all the balloons and streamers. The students and staff had even made T-shirts that said “I heart Elaine” that they wore that day. They even had taken photos where they used their bodies to spell out “Welcome back Elaine.” 

I have kept the pictures up on my wall to remind me every day what an amazing blessing God has given me and of the amazing group of individuals that I get to work alongside each and every day. I still wonder if they did it because they kind of like me or if it was because they didn’t have to do my job anymore. All the daily budget reports balanced too!! That was a very good memorable day.

How does your faith impact your work? 

I have always considered my job here at SPU to be my ministry field. My faith is the backbone of how I treat others, how I speak to others, and how I can serve others. I am so blessed to be able to work alongside such an amazing community of students, staff, and faculty where I’m able to show and receive grace daily. 

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

My journey to SPU is a total God-thing. After working in a toxic environment for two years in which God and I had several chats as to whether I should leave or stay put, God finally released me from the stress. 

My good friend, Connie Kieling, emailed me one day saying there was a position in the Mail Center that she thought would be something I would enjoy. My mother had worked here in the ’70s in the vice president’s office, and my siblings all attended SPU, so I knew the campus well. It seemed that this might be a good thing. Well, I totally blew the interview — or so I thought. Another chat with God ensued as to where else I should look for work. The next day I got the call inviting me to be the lead processor in the SPU Mail Center. God even threw in the tuition discount for my daughter who at the time was looking at colleges. Only in God’s timing! Hopefully in 15–20 years, I will still be here with my walker and hearing aids to serve the SPU community.

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

My husband and I love to travel or do road trips. The beach is my happy place. Taking time to sit and read is a favorite pastime. I also love to host tea parties. I don’t really care for tea but I love the process of putting on a tea party and making others feel pampered. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’m a secret pastry/baker wannabe. Someday I would love to take classes on how to make all kinds of pastries or baked goodies. I would love to open a small shop where people can come eat, read, or just visit. My daughters are having a good time coming up with some very unusual names for it already. 

I’m also a recovering perfectionist. 

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Hands down the most favorite part about my job is that I get to work with some very amazing and unique individuals. I love being “Boss-Mom” to my student workers, they allow me to provide goodies for them to enjoy. I love that many come back just to say “hi.” 

I’m very much a believer in team building. I believe that makes the work place a more cohesive environment and productivity is at a high level. So you will often find us having “Bake-Off” competitions. We invite anyone and everyone to come taste and judge. I enjoy the actual work that I do, the feeling of having everything balance is very rewarding. It’s just the best place to work at!

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

Keep me caffeinated with an iced grande white chocolate mocha — one pump of the syrup, nonfat, light ice — and nobody will get hurt. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Elaine Stevens as the February Staff of the Month!

January 2017

Joan Teeter

Assistant Controller
Finance
Hometown: A small MK school on the Amazon in Brazil, and Mt. Vernon, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU?

21 years.

Tell us what makes a good day at work? 

When I can keep up with the emails I receive throughout the day!

How does your faith impact your work? 

My relationship with the Lord is very important in all aspects of my work. It is a great encouragement to know that he is there to help with even the smallest decision or interaction.

There is also a peace knowing that the Lord has me here for a reason and that he will give me strength for the day. I find that serving the Lord can bring joy to even the most difficult or mundane tasks. 

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

When I was ready for a new job, I was looking for an opportunity to work for a nonprofit where I could support their mission and feel comfortable working. I had graduated from SPU, and both my parents and my sister had also attended, so I was also a little familiar with SPU. When I saw the opening, I felt that this was the place the Lord was leading me to. 

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

I enjoy spending time exploring the outdoors with my family: whether through a road trip, hiking, birdwatching or just sitting by the fire at a campsite. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’m sure I could list quite a few things as I am pretty quiet and don’t get out of our office very much.

One fun thing is that I enjoy fishing — usually only a few times a year now. It started years ago when I was growing up on the Amazon. Mostly we fished for catfish, however the occasional piranha added some excitement.

What’s your favorite part about your job? 

Helping others and being able to answer their questions. I also enjoy researching and working through large projects, such as our annual audit. Most importantly, I have the privilege of working with a great group of co-workers and friends.

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

That I feel blessed to work here at SPU with so many caring and dedicated people. 


Please join Staff Council in congratulating Joan Teeter as the January Staff of the Month!

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