Antelope Intros: Jennifer Pellish and Tara Condon

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.

JENNIFER PELLISH

Jennifer Pellish

Job title: Full-time Faculty Online Division, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Job location: 27th Avenue campus

What attracted you to GCU? GCU’s reputation for high quality and growth attracted me. I feel blessed to be part of this community, and I am certain that I have the best co-workers on campus. Shout out to CHSS! 

What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? Don’t groan, but I really enjoy physical exercise. I work out at EOS several times a week, and I am part of a weight-training exercise class on Saturday mornings at Hitz. I also enjoy hiking during the cooler months -- Piestewa Peak is my favorite spot.

What are you passionate about? My greatest passion is the Lord Jesus Christ. The power of His love and forgiveness still amazes me! I am also passionate about learning. The older I get, the stronger my desire to learn grows. 

What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? First Fridays in downtown Phoenix -- what an eclectic experience! Harkins Theater -- for the best popcorn and reclining seats. Ethington Theatre -- several of my former students have been in productions, and I enjoy seeing them perform. "Free to Laugh, Laugh to Free" -- comedy fundraiser to support anti-human trafficking efforts. Chase Field -- baseball is a favorite family event.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: Having a background in theatre, I often have directed shows or been involved in the behind-the-scenes shenanigans. However, I had always wanted to play a villain. After a failed attempt to be the Wicked Witch of the West, I landed the role of Fruma Sarah in "Fiddler on the Roof." Appearing in my full grave-attire costume, my youngest (who was 5 years old at the time) didn’t recognize me and was deathly afraid to come near me. Every once in awhile I will shriek out “Lazar Wolf” to haunt him. (Don’t worry -- he’s now 18 and fully capable of processing fear.)

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my husband. He is one of the pastors at Bethany Bible Church and a rock star in my eyes! He also is the founder of "Free to Laugh, Laugh to Free" and has raised nearly $500,000 in the fight against human trafficking. His passion and drive are contagious, and he is relentless in his pursuit to end modern-day slavery. Go, Brad! 

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TARA CONDON

Tara Condon

Job title: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Job location: Lopes Performance Center, main campus

What attracted you to GCU? I was really attracted to the new environment and forward momentum of the school. Being a part of GCU truly makes it easy to grow as a person and professional since growth is instilled in the very nature of the University.

What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I really enjoy cooking -- it is one activity that helps to make the West Coast feel like New York.

What are you passionate about? People -- I enjoy getting to know a person and what they want to improve on. Whether it is sport or something else in their life, meeting new people from different backgrounds helps to cultivate a greater worldview.

What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I absolutely adore downtown Phoenix. From the art on Roosevelt Street to the stadiums down the road, the downtown area has a wide range of activities that can entertain a wide range of audiences.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I spent four months in Ireland where I worked as an athletic therapist and played Gaelic football. Gaelic football is one of three main Irish sports played in Ireland as a part of the Gaelic Athletic Association. It’s mainly played in Ireland and major cities in the U.S. with Irish populations. There is a league in New York City that I learned about growing up from my friends. The sport is a combination of soccer and handball and played over a field that’s twice the area of an American football field. It’s fast, exciting and a bit crazy.

What are you most proud of? Being able to have the success I have had in my professional and educational career and the opportunities it has given me despite my age.

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David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when He appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel — I will celebrate before the Lord. (2 Samuel 6:21)

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