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: Academic Program Manager for Colangelo College of Business
Job location: Main campus
What attracted you to GCU? I am an alumni of GCU and fell in love with the culture. I transitioned from graduation to work with Enrollment and Student Services after being a student worker in that department. My husband, Timothy, and I were selected to move overseas two years ago for his military career, and when we finalized the decision to permanently relocate to Arizona again, I knew GCU was my home. It was my first contact to seek employment again.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I love hiking and outdoor adventures! It’s convenient being a dog mom and being able to take my labrador, named Boston, to all the vast hiking trails and mountain ranges Arizona has to offer. He pulls me up the mountain, I pull him down.
What are you passionate about? Traveling! I’m down to go anywhere at any time.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I love going to live music festivals or concerts. We have some great bands that come into town.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am also a Swiss citizen and have dual citizenship. I got the citizenship through birthright since my mother is Swiss and didn’t come to the states until she was 23. She applied when I was a baby and I got approved.
What are you most proud of? My husband and his service in the military.
Job title: University counselor
Job location: Main campus
What attracted you to GCU? I’ve always dreamed of being a Lope! Actually, I’ve always heard great things about GCU from the time I began working at Little Canyon Residential Treatment Center, which used to be located behind the campus
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? Hike, work out and spend time with my family.
What are you passionate about? Education! I have been a special education teacher for 23 years, mostly as a self-contained teacher for behavior disordered or emotionally disturbed kids. I have loved the work dearly, but it’s time to switch to higher education.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? Cardinals games! Coyotes games! Diamondbacks games! I’m a Bostoner, so I support all the New England teams along with the Cards.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I spent four months in Kenya in a study-abroad program, and it was amazing. I went to a Christian college and we got to travel between various missions, so we got to get waaaaayyy off the beaten path with a safari and other experiences. Jambo Bwana!
What are you most proud of? My education, my kids, my kids’ education and surviving 23 years as a special education teacher!