Antelope Intros: Charmaine Hill and Brad Leonard
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 title: Online enrollment counselor
Job location: Peoria
What attracted you to GCU? GCU seemed like a great place to work. When I was looking to relocate to Phoenix from Flagstaff, I would tell people the places I applied to and every time I told someone I was applying to GCU, they had nothing but great things to say about it. I am so happy to be a part of it.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love hunting and spending time outdoors. In my down time, I like to spend as much time as I can playing with my two dogs, Scout and Kaya. They like to watch TV with me although Scout doesn’t like it when he sees animals on TV — he barks at them, making it very difficult to watch Animal Planet or Discovery Channel. Recently, I have enjoyed spending my down time at the gym.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about helping people achieve their dreams. I always have liked seeing others obtain their goals, and I am glad that I have the opportunity to help others.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I enjoy going to spring training games and I am really excited about baseball season starting up.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: Tonto (the late Jay Silverheels) from “The Lone Ranger” is my cousin.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my younger sister, Sierra, who has overcome a serious illness. If you were to meet her for the first time today, you would never know that she had a major setback in life.
Job title: Military billing liaison
Job location: Peoria
What attracted you to GCU? The focus on both internal and external community. I love that GCU encourages its employees/students to actually hang out and have fun together. I also grew up and currently live about two miles away from campus, so it is exciting to see the school branching out to make an impact on the surrounding community.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I have the most fun when I’m being active, whether that’s snowboarding up north, playing sports in a city league or just hitting the lake to cool down in the summer.
What are you passionate about? I love working with computers and technology to create artistically. My goal is to develop my skills in design, photography, Web design and animation to help brand and market small businesses.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? The weather here is awesome 90 percent of the year (aside from those few days when it’s so unbelievably hot that you run from the air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned building), so my favorite things to do are all outside. I enjoy the drive-in movies, hiking and eating outdoors, especially at Oregano’s!
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: When I was young I hit my head on things … a lot. When I was 5 I threw two horseshoes in the air only to have one come back down on my head. I also fell off a chair and split my head open on a window seal, and once while playing basketball I ran right into the corner of a brick wall — just to name a few.
What are you most proud of? My ability to still function after hitting my head so many times as a child. Also, the amazing journey that God has me on and the choices He has been guiding me to make that allow me to reflect Him more.