Antelope Intros: Megan Hart, TJ Clark and Nicole Lavonier
Antelope Intros is a recurring GCU Today feature that introduces some of our new employees to the people around them in a way that is fun and informative. Employees are eligible to be featured in the month following their orientation.
Job location: Millville, N.J.
What attracted you to GCU? I was attracted to the academic excellence and Christian values of GCU. While in training I was amazed at the beauty and quality of the campus, the training and the spiritual connectedness.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love to take pictures and shoot video. I love capturing events and the people I love and care about and making them something beautiful to remember that event. I do this on a volunteer basis and am the media ministry leader at my church, Life Church in Williamstown, N.J.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about community outreach. I served as a pastor of a nursing home for 5½ years and am currently the site leader for Adopt-a-Block from Life Church, where we help people in need every other Saturday at a motel by meeting basic needs and praying for them. I am also a missionary with the Assemblies of God and through my church. I have been through hard times and faced many life challenges, but I have a heart for helping and serving others and make a conscious decision each day in faith to trust God and move forward. As I go about the business of my Heavenly Father, He takes care of me in every way.
What are your favorite places or events that you like to visit? I love the shore, and I love traveling with my daughter, Mackenzie. We love roller coasters, so any theme park will certainly be on our itinerary. While training in Arizona, I visited Sedona and absolutely loved it!
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am writing a devotional book based on everyday life experiences (parables).
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my beautiful daughter. She’s 10 and is my greatest gift from God. Mackenzie has the same desire to help others and has a kind and compassionate soul. She has served with me in ministry and community outreach, and I cannot wait to see all God is going to do in her life.
Job location: Main campus
What attracted you to GCU? I know a lot of people here and I love IT. I am totally loving it here. My co-workers are amazing, the campus is beautiful and I can’t wait to get even more involved. I am gonna buy season tickets for basketball and rock purple everywhere.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I play basketball, swim, sing, dance, hang with friends, Xbox, go shooting and recently I started boxing!
What are you passionate about? Music! I love to sing, and if I could do one thing (other than work here, of course) it would be as a full-time singer.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? Suns games! I also like hiking to places like the Hole in the Rock or going to the desert and shooting.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am a hairstylist. I got my cosmetology license in 2006 and did hair for a couple of years.
What are you most proud of? I am proud of my family because we have been through a lot and still come out loving each other. I am proud of where I am going in my life. I have had ups and downs but try to always keep a positive attitude and continously count my blessings – I have a roof over my head, a great job, great friends and great support from everyone around me. So I am happy and very blessed and very grateful for that.
Job location: Tempe
What attracted you to GCU? I was attracted to GCU by the culture.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I like to go camping and fishing in Prescott, Flagstaff and Strawberry.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about teaching, lifelong learning and religion.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I enjoy the wine cellar, Kazimierz World Wine Bar in Scottsdale, which has live blues, disco and jazz music.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: An un-American as this is, I don’t like pizza.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the relationships I have with my family and friends.