Title: Administrative assistant, Office of Graduate Studies.
Duties: Fielding questions about the program from prospective students; organizing applications and recruitment visits; enrolling new students; helping incoming students settle in; organizing classes; keeping track of grades, tests, and evaluations; organizing annual committee meetings for each student; scheduling students' thesis defenses.
Started at TSRI: 1996. "The graduate program had less than 100 students when I started. Now there are about 170."
Goal: "I want the students to feel comfortable coming to me if they need anything."
Thoughts About the Job: "I've got the best job at the institute. I like the variety. Every day is different. I enjoy interacting with the students and watching them progress in the graduate program and in their personal lives."
Background: Grew up in Washington State, north of Seattle. Associate of science degree from Kelsey-Jenney College. After graduation, work in the dean's office at her alma matter.
Extracurriculars: Crafts such as quilting, sewing, cross-stitching, and jewelry-making; outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, and canoeing with her husband, Tom.