What is your position and role at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare? I am the Manager of Research Administration. I oversee all aspects of the research process including administrative, financial and scientific. You might say I’m the person who—along with my team—opens doors for research at Gillette, making the process run smoothly for our doctors, clinical scientists, and patient families who choose to participate.
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? Over the past 24 years I have accumulated many memories. It’s hard to pick a favorite but the everyday moments really shine through. I have seen successes and failures, cried and laughed with families and co-workers. I have celebrated with families when their child has walked for the first time, been able to carry their violin up on stage to play without having to use a walker, and actually been able to run for the first time after surgery.
In my current role, I don’t get as much patient contact and I miss that. But I know that the work I do now is still helping in a broader sense (the balcony view) as we work on the research trying to figure out the best way to provide care for the kids seen at Gillette.
What do you like best about working at Gillette? I love creating and developing – something I get to do a lot of in my role as a manager. I am proud to have helped grow research at Gillette to where it is today. I have a great team, and get to work with people from across the organization to provide opportunities for families to participate in research and to help figure out how to optimize outcomes for our patients.
Do you have any children or pets? My husband and I live on a hobby farm down by Cannon Falls with 14 grass fed cattle, which we raise and sell, a big garden and an orchard where we raise vegetables, berries and fruit trees. We have four children ages 13, 16, 17 and 20 and a rescue dog.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? My husband and I would love to travel to Italy and enjoy all of the great fresh foods and sights!
What is one fun fact about you? My training was as a physical therapist. I have worked at Gillette in several different areas include Rehab, the Center for Gait and Motion Analysis (where I became passionate about research and the process of discovery), and then in the Research Administration Department. I am currently working on my PhD in Rehabilitation Science looking at the impact of fatigue on the electrical activity of the muscle in boys who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.