I have been associated with UVA Medical Center since 1978. As a UVA undergraduate student I started working in a research lab in Jordan Hall. I have worked in numerous labs and departments off and on since then and enjoyed learning from coworkers with different backgrounds and areas of expertise. My favorite part of working at UVA is the opportunity to meet people from other cultures. I love to hear stories about their traditions and their lives at home. I live near the hospital with my husband, Steve, my daughter, Emily, our standard poodle, Madison, and guinea pig, Louie.
I have loved science since I was young. As a child, I would often take things apart to see how they worked and ask questions about how and why things happened. I never really outgrew it.
What brought you to Charlottesville?
My family moved here in 1972 when I was in 9th grade. Having moved many, many times before, I was happy to put down roots in Charlottesville. Even as the city has grown and changed over the years, it still feels like home to me.
What excites you about your work?
Learning something new. Working in research gives me the chance to continue to take things apart and ask questions. I also like the chance to teach others what I have learned. Working at UVA means there will always be new staff and students- in-training who are full of questions. I enjoy working with them and teaching what I can.
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
Adopting my daughter from Russia in 2001. It was a very stressful but wonderful adventure.
I would teach math or science to children and hope to spark their interest as mine has been. Or become a professional photographer so I could travel, see new things and create art with my camera.
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Helping my daughter with homework, visiting with friends and family.
How did you meet your partner?
Steve was working at UVA when I was in graduate school. A mutual friend suggested he and I see a movie together. I am grateful to our friend for her suggestion. We will celebrate our 25th anniversary this fall.
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
Take a trip anywhere. I love to travel and I love the ocean.
Most admired person, and why?
My daughter. She is an amazing young lady. She had a rough start in life but has blossomed in spite of it. She is joyous and full of life. She keeps me young in spirit.
Best advice anyone ever gave you?
“Just keep swimming.” Dory, in the movie “Finding Nemo.” Don’t ever give up. She was a very wise little fish.
What about you would surprise us?
In 1976, I was on the UVA diving team, and I currently drive a scooter to work.