Posted in Staff Spotlight
April 1, 2022
Research Program Manager, Department of Family Medicine
- How long have you worked at GUMC?
- What led you to your position here at GUMC?
I started with Hoya Staffing and worked in a few different departments, including a placement in the Department of Family Medicine. I came back to the department when a permanent position opened in 2008.
- In your role, how do you interact with the GUMC community?
I work directly with a principal investigator and a team of project coordinators, research assistants, and undergraduate, graduate and medical students to conduct community- and patient-oriented clinical studies. I also frequently work with other departments that support sponsored research across GUMC, including pre-award, post-award, financial and regulatory activities.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s a very dynamic environment. I use my analytical background to problem-solve and connect many moving parts — departments, institutions and processes — that go into managing a research program. I am also fortunate to work with a close-knit and supportive team, and I regularly interact with many great collaborators within and outside GUMC.
- What is a skill you have that might surprise people?
Though I grew up and lived in cities my entire life, I spent a decent amount of time backcountry hiking and camping. My perspective on life changed dramatically after I spent a month in the wilderness.
- What did you learn about yourself as a professional during the pandemic?
I learned the value of celebrating small wins, especially during these times of uncertainty. Even a small gesture of acknowledgment can help a larger goal seem less daunting.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
Before the pandemic, I loved seeing live music and traveling abroad. These days you can find me taking walks with my dog and learning how to play the guitar.
- What is your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?
Completing my Master of Science while working full-time, especially after being out of school for over a decade.
- What is the best lesson you have learned from working at GUMC?
Oftentimes the best way to learn is through experience.