How long have you been at SPU?
Two years and eight months.
Tell us about a memorable good day at work.
Having the opportunity to participate in Ivy Cutting the past two years and Graduation last year have each been a highlight and a true privilege. I loved the interaction with graduates, their families and staff – celebrating long-standing traditions that mean so much to the SPU community.
How does your faith impact your work?
Honestly? In my work I feel like I have so many details to coordinate without any actual control over the outcome that I find myself praying over many of the projects I work on!
Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?
I earned my undergraduate degree from Judson Baptist College, which closed shortly after I graduated due to financial difficulties. Several of my friends had transferred to SPU and when I earned an MEd in higher education/student personnel a few years later, I had hoped to someday work at SPU.
Years passed as I worked in fundraising and marketing for nonprofit orgs. I was feeling God’s nudge to shift my career. This led me to apply for my current role. In the busyness of life as I supported and raised my family, I had actually forgotten about my dream to work at SPU but God hadn’t!
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I love hiking and, since moving to Seattle from Bainbridge Island three years ago, have enjoyed “urban hiking” with my best friend and husband, Al, as a way to get to know different neighborhoods. A perfect day for us would involve “hiking” to a coffee spot where the barista does not ask “what size?” when we order our cappuccinos, lingering over a good book, lunch in a scenic spot with lots of walking to, from and between destinations.
What’s something that few people know about you?
I’m good with animals … one example is that I taught my cat, Pelly, to walk on a treadmill.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Interacting with SPU students is my favorite part of my job. I love hearing about the great things they are doing and planning to do. I am inspired and energized by conversations with them.
In connecting SPU supporters with the students who receive the scholarships they support, I routinely ask students to write thank you letters, share about their lives, and attend gatherings with donors. I am astounded by the gracious response of students as they agree to add more to their already overflowing schedules. The quality of students at SPU is remarkable.
What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?
I am fascinated by how God has made each of us with different passions, gifts, and directions. One of my goals for 2019 has been to learn about the Enneagram (Richard Rohr style through Suzanne Stabile) and through this journey, I am discovering so much about how God has made me and how I can become a better person. I love talking about this with friends who also are interested in learning about their motivations. Yet another way to encourage one another to grow toward what God wants for our lives!
Anything else you'd like to share?
I’m grateful for SPU and continually impressed by the students. I love the passionate pursuit for Christ in their lives and the courage exhibited as they ask tough questions. God is big enough for all our questions!
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Dorothy Doyle as the May 2019 Staff of the Month!