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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 !


2019 Staff Members of the Month

February 2019

Brenda Baker

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? 

Since November 1, 2016.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

My 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? 

“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? 

In 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? 

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 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? 

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?

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 Brenda Baker as the February 2019 Staff of the Month!

January 2019

Daniel Wright

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? 

1.5 years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

I 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? 

For 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? 

God 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? 

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 enjoy cooking.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The day to day interactions with fellow employees and students.

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

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


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


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