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Nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council, the staff members below exemplify service to the University, showing leadership in their staff role and elsewhere. Below is a list of current and past Staff Members of the Month. Click on each staff member's name to learn more about them!

Do you know someone who should be the Staff Member of the Month?  Nominate him or her today !


2018

2019 Staff Members of the Month



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Executive Assistant for Risk Management and University Counsel
Risk Management
Hometown: Redwood City, California
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June 2019

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Program Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapy

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

I began in December 1998A little over a year.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. One special memory is from an OPA/OBF joint summer picnic a few years ago. We organized the event for a nice afternoon in August at a beautiful park. We planned all sorts of outdoor fun activities for our staff and families. The prediction of “chance of rain” was concerning. We kept hoping and waiting for the forecast to change to “sunny” or “cloudy” would have been fine too.  But the day before the event the prediction was “100% rain.” So we made the decision to go indoors … Thankfully Gwinn was available! We were able to switch gears and make it a fun event. As I looked around at people having a good time and also gazed out at the pouring rain, I had a smile on my face and thanked the Lord! 

The opportunity to experience the excitement alongside students who are newly admitted into our MFT graduate program is certainly one of my favorite times of the year.

It’s wonderful to witness someone’s hard work come to fruition and watching them take those first steps of the grad school journey into the next stages of their career!

How does your faith impact your work? I have faith in God, and that he is in control, and that everything happens according to his plan. 

I’d like to think my faith impacts my work by deeply caring about the people I work alongside and the students our program supports. I certainly hope I come across as compassionate in this way.

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

I grew up at Peninsula Free Methodist Church in the Bay Area, so I knew about SPU. While living in Southern California, I worked at a college and loved working with students and in a college environment. When we moved to Seattle and I started looking for a job, the first place I looked was SPU. I am thankful that there was an open position in Planning and Administration. I’ve been in the same office (now Risk Management) for the last 20 years! I’m really thankful that I was able to work part time for many years and job share with Ruth Jacobsen.graduated from SPU in 2013 and had the wonderful opportunity to work as a peer career advisor while on campus in the Center for Career and Calling. As a student and student employee, I always felt SPU was a special place. I knew I’d like to end up back on campus again. Sure enough, here I am!

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

  • I find joy in scrapbooking and crafting. (But these days don't have much time for this!)
  • I enjoy watching my kids play sports (e.g., baseball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and softball).
  • I like the Seattle Mariners!

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I love taking my puppy, Skye, to the dog park with my husband. It’s always incredibly entertaining — and muddy!

What's something that few people know about you? While in college, I felt the Lord leading me into missions to Japan. When I graduated, I spent two years in Japan as a short-term missionary. After returning to the U.S. and working for a few years, I wanted to become better equipped and completed a MA in cross-cultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. While I still have a heart and love for Japan, the Lord had other plans for me and my family.

My husband and I happened to be in Ireland in the midst of a hurricane back in 2017. Luckily, we squeezed in the Cliffs of Moher before the storm hit. It had been over 60 years since Ireland’s last hurricane. It was quite the unexpected adventure.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Working with amazing people in the SPU community.

What's Building relationships with prospective students and supporting them throughout the beginning, middle, and final stages of their application and decision-making processes. I also thoroughly enjoy interacting with our current students and celebrating their tremendous accomplishments.

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

I love the Lord and desire for all to know him. And I feel tremendously blessed. like to move past small talk and dive into deeper conversations quickly.

Anything else you would 'd like to share? My husband, Derek, started teaching this year at SPU as an adjunct faculty in the Engineering Department. I have three kids, Andrew (18), Mari (16), and Brian (14) -- and a sweet dog, Lucky

If I could have a cup of coffee with anyone, it would be Abraham Lincoln.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Audrey Chloe Hays as the December 2018 June 2019 Staff of the Month!









Budget and Finance Manager
Financial Affairs
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Stewardship and Donor Relations Manager
University Advancement

Hometown: Chino The Dalles, CaliforniaOregon

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Eight years as an employeeTwo years and eight months.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. A memorable good day in budget and finance is when you spend hours or days on a spreadsheet and you finally get it to balance. It’s the small things in life that make a day good

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? I believe that a person’s values and faith should be reflected in all aspects of their daily life. In my work, I strive not only to deliver results for my department and for SPU, but also to complete my work from a place of love. My hope is that my attitude, my interactions, and the way I solve problems all come from a place of love

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? 

Well, I came to SPU for my undergraduate degree and I never left! I graduated as a sociology major and immediately started working in the Office of Safety and Security as the office and transportation manager. A few years ago, I moved over to Financial Affairs.  In addition to all this, I just graduated in June with my master's in business administration. One might say that there’s a lot of SPU in my blood.

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

When I’m not at work, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wonderful wife. We love to travel locally and internationally, backpack, practice yoga, and watch reruns of The Great British Baking Show and Harry Potter. I also love creating things with my hands.  This often takes the form of cooking, baking, brewing beer, and gardening.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

My wife and I live on a floating home on Lake Union. Think Sleepless in Seattle, but one-third of the size. We love it!

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

I love helping people. Among other things, my position provides me with opportunities to help departments find creative solutions to problems and to help faculty with the financial aspects of grant proposals.

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

My life mission is to leave things better than they were when I arrived.  I take this into every aspect of my life. If I can make positive impacts in our society and in our world, even in small ways, then my mission will be fulfilled.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Garrett as the November 2018 Staff of the Month!
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Administrative Assistant
Humanities

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

10 years, plus the two years I worked from 1985 to 1987..

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

Every day is a memorable day. I do a lot of little things, helping people, ordering supplies, making photocopies, filling out reimbursement requests, etc. I also enjoy getting to know the students, staff, and faculty. This is a wonderful community!

How does your faith impact your work? 

Prayer has always been an important part of my life and I love to see how God answers the biggest and smallest requests. I am constantly praying for God to give me wisdom in making decisions throughout my day, and I see his hand guiding and directing me.. 

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

I came to SPU in 1985 and worked as the administrative assistant for Professor Ed Bauman in the Electrical Engineering Program. My supervisor was Jacque Hancock and she later became my mother-in-law. My husband, Jeff, is a 1988 SPU alum and, since I loved working here so much and Jeff loved his EE program, we decided I would come back so our kids could have the option of attending, if they so desired. Our oldest graduated in 2017 in nursing and is a labor and delivery nurse at Evergreen Hospital, the hospital where all of our kids were born. Our younger two will be juniors this year, mechanical engineering and exercise science. (They’re not twins; one took a gap year with YWAM.)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? 

Spending time with family and friends, reading, walking, running, hiking, biking. 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 toured three times with the Continental Singer back in the early ’80s and traveled around the U.S., Asia, Canada/Alaska and South AmericaI’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? 

All of it! I love my job!

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

More than anything, I want to be more like Jesus.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I’ve run eight half marathons and two full. Completing my first full marathon was one of my proudest moments.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Marilyn Hancock as the October 2018 Staff of the Month!

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Multi-Skilled Trades 11 Mch/El
Facility and Project Management

Hometown: Vernonia, Oregon

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How long have you been at SPU? 

17½ years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

Everyday working here is a good day at work.

Also, there was the time I was allowed to shadow my child who was in the 4th or 5th grade at the time. His class was visiting campus, and I was allowed the time off to join him in a tour of the campus, which made for a memorable time for the both of us.

How does your faith impact your work? 

To always be open to teach, or be taught, with an open mind, while striving to do the work with an attitude of humility. 

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

I was unhappy at my previous employers and was looking for a new job when I came across the job posting. Also, I wanted to work in a Christian workplace. I applied and was hired.

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

Bicycle riding, camping, and enjoying my 3-year-old granddaughters. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I was born at home.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Being tasked to find workable solutions to the issue at hand. 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? 

That I can find good in almost all challenges in life. Also it's about working smarter, not harder.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I feel really blessed and grateful to have a welcoming place to work.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Neal DeWitt as the September 2018 Staff of the Month!

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Operational Engineer
Facility and Project Management

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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How long have you been at SPU? 

11 years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

Whenever I solve a heat and ventilation issue on campus, that is a good workday for me. 

One day I was checking boiler rooms as usual. I walked into the Ames Library boiler room and found a waterline raptured. It had started flooding the floor. First, I just shut down the main waterline and, second, I reported to the host what I did.

I feel lucky that I was there on time to save the damage, and that is one of the good days I remember.

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith helps me to be positive and friendly at work. And I always pray for my work to be accomplish correctly. Thanks to God that so far nothing has turned out to be bad. 

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

I was born and grew up in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is located in the East side of Africa. 

After I finished technical school for auto mechanics 1984, I started working at a shipyard as a mechanic. Later, after a year, I was assigned to work on cargo ships. That gave me a chance to see the world — ports in Djibouti, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Yemen, India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Germany, and Sweden.

In November 2002, I came to the U.S. My first entry city was Las Vegas. But I noticed Vegas is not convenient for living. I moved to Seattle in February 2003 and started working in maintenance.

I learned about SPU from my longtime friend, Michael Tesfaye. Michaël Tesfaye and I have known each other since back home.

I applied and was hired by SPU June 2007.

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

Playing soccer and watching sports. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I come from a family of 10. Two of my sisters and one of my brothers live in Seattle.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Every day facing different challenges, that is my favorite part of my job. 

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

I want people to know that I am so happy to be part of SPU family. 

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 just want say thanks for recognizing me as Employee of the Month. I never think of myself as a hard worker.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 Yohannes Abasseran Dorothy Doyle as the August 2018 May 2019 Staff of the Month!




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Director, Business Systems
Computer and Information Systems
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Administrative Assistant
History and Sociology

Hometown: Bothell Port Orchard, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Nine yearsOne year in May.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

One of my favorite memories from my time at SPU was when we were working to roll out EMS for room management on campus. 

It was a chance to get to know many people around campus better, solve interesting problems, and build something that makes it easier for students and employees to find space on campus.

How does your faith impact your work? 

In my role, I get to be involved in a lot of big changes to how various offices do their day-to-day jobs. I take that role very seriously and am constantly looking to the Lord to help me find the insights needed to make something work well and to give me the wisdom in which route to go. All so that the end result serves the people using the system, the departments involved, and the University at large in the best way possible. 

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

My family has a lot of ties to SPU. Both my grandpa and dad served as pastors in the Free Methodist Church. My grandma, mom, brother, and many other relatives graduated from SPC/SPU. When I came to campus as a high school senior to preview campus, though, it was the community that convinced me to apply and enroll. 

After graduation, I went out into industry in firmware engineering, and that (SPU) community was the biggest thing I missed. When my company decided to downsize its operations in 2009, my old boss from when I was a student worker told me that, while he’d happily provide an excellent reference for me, he had a position open that I might be interested in. I took him up on the offer and have never looked back. 

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

I really enjoy the new board and card games that have come out in the last 10 years or so. We have a group of people here at SPU who get together to play games once a week over lunch in our conference room. I also have two monthly game-nights with different friend groups. When it comes to board games, I can’t get enough. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’ve recently started dabbling in baking. It’s pretty much exclusively breads at this point (nothing too fancy). A love of hearty breads was instilled in me by my babushka at a young age, so that’s driven me forward, and I find that I’m never at a loss for finding an appreciative home for a loaf when I end up baking too much.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Helping people. At the end of the day, that’s what brought me to this role. I want to be able to help people do their jobs and do them better. The biggest reward for me is when we finish resolving a problem, or implementing a system, and others can get back to doing what they do best, hopefully in a better and more efficient way than before. 

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

I’m a people person. I’m not naturally outgoing, but love meeting people and getting to know them. So, don’t hesitate to come up and introduce yourself if you ever see me around campus. I’d love to meet you and would be happy to talk about your department, baking, board games, or anything that comes up! 

Anything else you'd like to share?

I love that I get to work with, and commute to SPU with, my wife, Kristi (SOE); we have lunch together as often as our schedules allow. We have two sons: Caleb (3) and Daniel (1).

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Josh Kanehen as the July 2018 Staff of the Month!

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Executive Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement
University Advancement

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Almost 18 years

How Not to be cheesy, but every day in the office is a good day! I immensely enjoy working with everyone here at SPU; it truly is a “grace-filled community.” The faculty in both my departments have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome, and my fellow staff members have been graciously patient and encouraging as I learned the ropes at SPU. I did not have admin experience before I came to this job, and it has been fun learning new skill sets and knowledge.

How does your faith impact your work? 

I am so blessed to be surrounded by co-workers who live out their faith every day at work. We genuinely care about each other, pray together, and encourage one another daily.

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

Going way back ... This may sound corny, but as a young person I loved looking at my parents’ SPC yearbooks (both are grads of the Class of 1950). I dreamed about attending someday, as I poured over the photos of their experiences here. They met many of their lifelong friends in college and both continued to stay very involved here throughout my life.

My dream came true as I enrolled, got my first job (cleaning bathrooms at $1.60 an hour), met my husband, and graduated with a degree in education. 

I stayed involved in alumni activities through the years and in the late ’90s I was asked to join the SPU Alumni Board. A few years later, my oldest son decided to apply here, and at the same time a position in the Alumni Office was posted. I applied and was hired. 

It was the perfect fit and I loved it. (Of course, the tuition discount was especially helpful!) Since then I’ve also been privileged to work alongside three vice presidents.

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

I have a few favorite things:

I’m a bargain shopper. On Saturdays you can find me driving around, looking for the best price on almost anything! 

I also love to take walks with Ken, my wonderful husband of 40 years, and our 7-month-old puppy, Fynn.

And I do enjoy watching movies and binge-watching British crime dramas ...

What’s something that few people know about you? 

My paternal grandparents’ wedding was officiated by  Alexander Beers .

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Coming to work is a joy. Every person that I work alongside is so gifted, and I’m continually thankful for the work and time they spend with our faithful donors.

I love helping my co-workers with their jobs however I can, even if it’s just answering a question! 

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Lynne Hall as the June 2018 Staff of the Month!

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Communications Specialist; Senior Response Writer
University Communications

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

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How long have you been at SPU? 

30 years

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

To be a “teller” of SPU stories is one of the best jobs in the world. A good day at work is when I can interview a student, a donor, or a faculty/staff member, see them light up at what God has been doing in their lives, and then capture the story in 500 or 1,000 words or more. 

Strange to hear, probably, but I am especially captivated by the Footnotes section of Response magazine where in 75 words or less, I must provide snapshots of some pretty amazing lives — and passings. Obituaries are fertile ground for storytellers. I’ve had the honor of interviewing dozens of interesting Falcons, including POW Jake DeShazer, data scientist Christalyn Steers McCrum, and, posthumously, Kassa Wolde-Mariam, secretary to King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

Part of SPU storytelling is drawing out the various ways that the Holy Spirit moves in people’s lives, be they Harold Crawford, the carrot king, or Bonnie Prather, Broadway wardrobe assistant. To handle the historic letters of one-time slave trader John Newton or hear hair-raising tales of jungle medicine from career missionary Marti Ensign, is to tell God’s story through his human agents. 

My faith allows me to write as boldly as they tell their stories. To share that faith with all of them, and with all my co-workers — through weekly devotions and prayer — is an unbelievable blessing in this secular and chaotic world. My faith is the reason I applied to SPU. I had wanted to work in an authentic Christian community and SPU is exactly that! I wholeheartedly believe in our mission of providing a Christian liberal arts education; it was during my college years on a Christian campus that I encountered Christ, both in the classroom and in the professors and students. It radically changed my life. My university experience gives me an understanding of how crucial a Christian education are for college people. This appreciation imbues meaning into day-to-day tasks of my work.

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

Before I was freelance writing and producing Northwest Christian News, a monthly for churches in Snohomish County, when I attended a writers conference at SPU. A fellow writer friend and SPU grad, Alice Kalso, was at that conference, told me about the job opening in University Communications, and urged me to apply. My only degree was an associate’s degree, and that in forestry, and my portfolio of published articles seemed all-too-thin. But I applied and, after running a gauntlet of interviews, was hired by John Glancy, who then was director of UC. came to SPU I was in the food industry and I desired to leave it. A friend saw the ad on the SPU website and encouraged me to apply – and I’m very glad I did!

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

Read, sit on the dock of the bay, and spend time with my four kids and six grandkids. I guess that’s three things, but they sometimes merge.

I was recently in the shadow of Harborview Hospital with my daughter and two of my grandkids watching 120 goats clear six acres of weeds and tall grass. Did you know that a goat is considered “an old goat” at about 13 years? Same age as my grandson! Somehow it made me feel better. I am a reader, and I love discussing and chewing on ideas and having (most often impassioned) discussions with my friends and family. Being in the mountains is my other favorite thing.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I and a team of others ran a 24-hour marathon and set a world record for the most collective miles run in one place in one day as recognized by Runner’s World magazinehave four sisters who are my dearest friends and the joy of my life. Three of them live on Bainbridge Island, and I feel like I won the lottery in having such a close family.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Working with my talented and creative UC teammates. Among them are graphic design, web design, and web development experts; management gurus; editorial geniuses; grammatical wizards; and social media savants who are just plain fun and inspirational to be around.

My favorite part of my job is being in an academic environment. My college experience was highly enjoyable, and it's interesting to see what makes a university run.

And it has been highly enjoyable learning so many new things (from generic admin duties to SPU’s internal workings) in this position. 

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

That God is my rock, my shield, and my deliverer. Almost half my life has been spent at SPU and it has been the Lord’s immeasurable blessing all the way.

Anything else you would like to share? 

Will work for baconIn an ideal world, I would be a student for life. I would love to go back to school and continue studying the humanities

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Clint Kelly Renee Corcoran as the May 2018 April 2019 Staff of the Month!




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Communication Office/Dispatcher
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Security Officer II
Office of Safety and Security

Hometown: Seattle Corvallis, WashingtonOregon

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How long have you been at SPU? 

16 About two years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. There

is no one specific day that stands out. A good day is when we are emergency free. When I have helped someone in even a small way maneuver through a difficult situation and see them find a solution, it is so rewardingReally any day that I get to assist people that are in a difficult situation. The recent arson fire in November and other events that happened that night are memories that I will hold for a long time

How does your faith impact your work? 

I believe in an all-powerful God. There are times at work where I have been able to stop and pray over a situation and then watch God change it.

Also, I'm so blessed to be given a chance to share Jesus love with the students and staff. My faith impacts my job by helping to keep my priorities aligned and my interactions positive throughout my daily work, which can include interacting with difficult/mentally ill people.

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

My friend Daphne, who worked for SPU, encouraged me to apply. I have always had a heart for missions and have been blessed to be able to continue sharing my faith in our community.I am the third of my siblings to attend and graduate SPU, so I have been able to be a part of the community here for many years. After finishing the majority of my degree and walking at graduation in 2016, I worked at C.C. Filson in Sodo, and chose to come back to SPU and work with OSS in order to get experience for my future career plans. 

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

Spending Some of my favorite things to do when I’m not at work are to spend time with my nieces and nephews, whether playing games, bowling, swimming, or just sitting around talking. amazing girlfriend and my friends/family.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I spent some time with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a helper to missionaries in the PhilippinesI’m allergic to most fresh fruit.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Interacting with a student who is excited about the University and sharing in their dreams and hopes. 

It is so refreshing to greet the new students and experience their enthusiasm, seeing the University in a fresh way through their eyesMy favorite part about my job is that every day has the possibility to be different than the day before. I’m often times not confined to a desk and am out and about on campus.

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

I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and will not back down in how I believe. The Bible stands as complete truth, and I will not soft pedal the gospel to be politically correct. 

Anything else you would like to share? 

No matter what, God is able and his word is trueam someone that tries to see the world and the realities of daily life from many different points of view and I like being around multiple different types of people

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Donna Coombs Jonathan Faddis as the April 2018 March 2019 Staff of the Month!




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Director of University Services
University Services

Hometown: Renton
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February 2019

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Assistant to the Dean and Office Manager
School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Hometown: Olympia, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? This is my fourth year at SPU

Since November 1, 2016.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

My most memorable days are when my team and I see the culmination of a project that has been months in the making — a new software platform going live, the birth of Falcon Funds, the start of newly designed meal plans, a new process rolling out to students, etc. I love seeing our hard work put into action to expand or make our services to students, staff and faculty better. With eight different units under the umbrella of University Services, we get to see a lot of good memorable days!work days are all “good days” filled with laughter, camaraderie, and productivity. Beyond the day-to-day office routine, I cherish the times when our entire campus gathers together for learning and fellowship. The day we spent with social justice activist Bryan Stevenson was a deeply enriching experience that continues to influence and enhance how I conduct myself. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

I believe that every job is an opportunity to do God’s work whether in a secular organization or a Christian one like SPU. God chooses to love people and distribute his gifts through our work. This is of particular encouragement to me, as University Services often works behind the scenes in a supportive role. 

Though often unseen, our work helps others flourish through our efforts. Since all work matters to God I try to ask myself daily, “how does God matter to my work?” and challenge myself to let him shape and effect my motivation, responses, and actions. “God grant that I may never live to be useless!” John Wesley

Growing up in the Methodist church, I observed our large congregation’s generous and consistent gifting of talent and time. This fully informed my work ethic. We’re created to be useful, and God wants us to realize and engage our unique gifts. My role at SPU is satisfying because it exercises a wide range of strengths God created in me as I work side by side with hard-working, faithful, and talented people.  

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

I’d lived in New York City and worked at NYU for 13 years when my husband and I felt called to return to the Seattle area to be closer to our families. I loved working in academia, but I really wanted to find a smaller campus where I could be more connected and make a greater impact. I was very intrigued by the SPU position and thought it would be a wonderful bonus to work at a Christian University. 

I interviewed for the position just a few days before leaving NYC. We decided to spend a week on the road (we love cross-country road trips) and somewhere between Idaho and Oregon, I got the call that I had received the position! It was such a confirmation and relief to roll into town with a new position, though my husband was annoyed since it was the only one I had applied for! 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I love to make things and have tried just about every kind of craft like sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, jewelry making, cake decorating, wood burning, and pretty much everything in between. 

Right now I am the costume co-chair for my daughter’s elementary school play, responsible for the production of 130+ “Beauty and the Beast” costumes! So in my spare time you will most likely find me in my craft room creating something new.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The best part of my job as director of OUS is finding ways to improve our operations. Designing, implementing and managing processes brings me a great deal of joy. 

The easiest part of my job is managing a truly exceptional and hardworking staff. They make it a pleasure to come to work each day and serve beside them. 

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Alexis Cruikshank as the March 2018 Staff of the Month!

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Accounting Assistant II Senior
Finance Office

Hometown: Bonney Lake, Washington

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How long have you been at SPU? 

Working on seven years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

More like a memorable good year! I love the people I work with and around; they’re more like family than co-workers. They’ve always been very supportive, but none more so than over the past 1+ years when I’ve required a lot of prayer and support for personal health reasons. They have allowed me to come and go during the day in order to take care of last-minute appointments, they covered my job (affording me the ability to take an extended leave) at a time Finance is very busy. 

The SPU community as a whole, has been great over this past year, and I’m thankful every day, to be a part of it all. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

I would say that my work impacts my faith, more so than the other way around. Working in a Christian environment has been a blessing. 

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

A LOT of prayer! I was in real estate, and when the market crashed, so did I. I was out of work for a couple years, doing odd jobs just to pay my bills, when a member of my church (Steve Whitehouse) approached me about an opening in the Finance Department at SPU. Never saw myself commuting to Seattle for work, but God had a plan, and here I amIn 2011, we moved from a sweet 1930s' farmhouse on 20+ acres to a tiny condo in a modern building so our daughter could pursue a career in ballet. I took a job in admissions and communications for a small, private high school, and quickly transformed from Country Mouse to City Mouse. (My friends were astounded.) Seattle’s independent school scene is fiercely competitive soafter devoting several years to admissions efforts that depleted meI decided to seek more nourishing work. I was disciplined and determined in my job search, and it took me a very long time to find the right fit. The moment I read the posting for the School of Psychology, Family, and Community position — I knew it was the one. I feel so fortunate to spend my days in this positive, purposeful, Christ-centered work environment.

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

Relax! But let’s get real, I rarely have time for that. I love to snow/water ski, but haven’t had much time to do either lately. I try to visit family (mom and aunt) and friends as much as possible, and I thoroughly enjoy planning our ladies annual retreats at church (two yrs ago we went to Camp Casey). 

I also love sports of all kind, and still play on the church co-ed softball team.If I’m not at work, I’m probably playing with paint, paper, scissors, and glue, or exploring Seattle like a tourist.. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’m a deaconess at church, the past president and current member of the Tacoma Downtown Lions Club. 

On a more fun note, I’ve jumped out of an airplane on a static line (that means all by myself!), which is possibly one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done, besides swimming with the dolphin’s in Bora BoraI majored in Broadcast Production and have a master’s in Media Management. I occasionally blog at brendabakerproductions.blogspot.com. I’m really inconsistent about posting things, and my mom may be the only one who reads it, but it’s still fun! My fantasy jobs would be doing stand-up comedy or taking over Martha Stewart’s homemaking empire when she retires.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The people! Sitting out front allows me the opportunity to meet new and existing, students/staff/faculty daily. I love laughing with and getting to know them all on a more personal level. It’s what makes my commute worthwhile.My job entails a wide range of tasks and responsibilities so every new day is interesting. Variety keeps things lively, fresh, and requires skill. I do like a challenge!

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

I want to be helpful. If there is a piano to be moved, I’m not just going to pick up the bench.

Anything else you would like to share? I love my little Chihuahua, Shelby. She brings me great joy. :-) 

In my previous job, on a particularly discouraging day, I remember saying, “I just want to work with people who love each other!” I feel loved at SPU, and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to be here.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Teresa Lewis Brenda Baker as the February 2018 2019 Staff of the Month!




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Associate Director, Academic Counseling
Student Academic Services

Hometown: Kirkland, Washington
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Biology Laboratory Coordinator and Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology

Hometown: Paradise, California

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How long have you been at SPU? 

11 1.5 years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

I love the busy days: Registration week, first week of the quarter, New Student Advising, Commencement, and that random Tuesday when you get an extra helping of student emails. Those days all have their crazy moments for sure, but they’re made fun when working with a great, supportive team. It’s also fulfilling to help students take something initially complex or overwhelming, and either make things more simple, or help them feel empowered to research and decide for themselves.think the most memorable day for me was my first time going to the Blakely Island Research Station. The opportunity to work there for the weekend was an amazing experience. It was a lot of fun taking students into the outdoors and for some it was their first time leaving the city streets and taking on dirt trails. 

How does your faith impact your work? 

What a gift to work at a place where faith not only matters, but can also be lived out in our every day with students and colleagues. 

My own educational background included eight years of Jesuit education, and so practical Jesuit spirituality easily (and often unknowingly) finds its way into my work. A simplistic list would include concepts like cura personalis (care for the entire person), discernment, and finding God in all things. These are all very helpful in academic counselingFor me the ability to work with people that have the same core beliefs and are working towards the same goals is fulfilling

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

As an undergrad (at Gonzaga), it took me a long time to figure out that working in higher education was an actual thing. That was pretty silly, because I was lucky to be involved throughout college and had been working with lots of folks who were doing just that. 

The turning point was in the last week before graduation. I had just packed up an office and was holding a box of stuff in the doorway of our dean of students when she mentioned this (obvious to her) opportunity for me. Thanks, Dr. Hellwig!

That set me off on lots of conversations, including informational and real interviews with so many helpful people. I eventually connected with Ruth Adams (who like she always does) connected me with others, including Jordan Grant, who hired me in my first job at SPU to help with the great work in Student Financial ServicesGod has opened and closed many doors for me to direct me to where I am today. I’m just now am in the part of my story where you don’t know how its going to end up.

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

I love to read more than anything, but I never make enough time for this!When I’m not at SPU I’m working a second job. When I’m not working I’m taking my dog on a hike or walk. I really enjoy the outdoors and try to spend as much time as possible exploring new areas. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I thought I didn’t like ice cream for the first 15 years of my life because my family only ever had mint chocolate chip — and I have a “strong dislike” for mint. I now love cookie dough ice cream, btw.enjoy cooking.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The people. I get to work with incredible people every day, on my own team and in my department — but also all over this campus.

Students are amazing and hilarious and frustrating and teaching me new things every day. When my millennial-peer friends ask why I’ve been at the same one place when they’ve been at four, I always say it’s the people.

day to day interactions with fellow employees and students.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? I’m only bored when I’m not learning! 

If you want to get to know more, come talk to me, Eaton Hall 212.


Please join Staff Council in congratulating mark Sullian Daniel Wright as the January 2018 2019 Staff of the Month!