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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

July 2019
Jake Carlson

Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
School of Business, Government, and Economics

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

 Learn more about Chloe ...

How long have you been at SPU? 

5 years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

A good day at work for me is when I get to work with a variety of students, staff, and faculty in diverse settings. A day in which I get to meet with students in my office about registration, teach in the classroom about Christian Scripture, coordinate with my good friends in Demaray Hall, and lead an info session for prospective students is a good day.

How does your faith impact your work? 

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a faith modeled for me that embraces curiosity over certainty. Inherent to asking a question is the assumption that the answer matters. When one questions everything, it’s impossible to find anything simply ordinary. This makes me a “joy” to work with on committees.

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

I wish I could point to a single piece of my life journey that brought me to SPU, but in reality it was a mixture of people, events, and circumstances. At risk of neglecting all of the other factors, I’ll give just one piece of that journey – Christina Longcor teaching me about “transferrable skills.”

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

Not work! Rest, explore, play.

What's something that few people know about you?

Every day I take a Swedish fika. Google it.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The interactions with students, staff, and faculty. If I were only interacting with Banner and Outlook all day, I would go insane — mainly due to Banner.

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

That I care.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I’d like to share an office with Damon Smith Jr. but we wouldn’t get anything done …

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Jake Carlson as the July 2019 Staff of the Month!




June 2019

Chloe Hays

Program Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapy

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

 Learn more about Chloe ...

How long have you been at SPU? 

A little over a year.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

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’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 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 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?

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? 

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 want people to know about you? 

I like to move past small talk and dive into deeper conversations quickly.

Anything else you'd like to share?

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

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




May 2019

Dorothy Doyle

Stewardship and Donor Relations Manager
University Advancement

Hometown: The Dalles, Oregon

 Learn more about Dorothy ...

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!

April 2019

Renee Corcoran

Administrative Assistant
History and Sociology

Hometown: Port Orchard, Washington

 Learn more about Renee ...

How long have you been at SPU? 

One year in May.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

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? 

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 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? 

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 have 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? 

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? 

In 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 Renee Corcoran as the April 2019 Staff of the Month!

March 2019

Jonathan Faddis

Security Officer II
Office of Safety and Security

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

 Learn more about Jonathan ...

How long have you been at SPU? 

About two years.

Tell us about a memorable good day at work. 

Really 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? 

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? 

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? 

Some of my favorite things to do when I’m not at work are to spend time with my amazing girlfriend and my friends/family.

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I’m allergic to most fresh fruit.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

My 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 am 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 Jonathan Faddis as the March 2019 Staff of the Month!

February 2019

Brenda Baker

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

 Learn more about Brenda ...

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

 Learn more about Daniel ...

How long have you been at SPU? 

1.5 years.

Tell us about a memorable good 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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