Infectious Diseases Staff Profile – Kimberly Rogers

I’ve been at UVA for almost two years as a Grants Administrator. I came here after leaving my job of 14 years at a large corporation in Richmond, Virginia. My first job out of college was at VCU Health Systems as a Grants Accountant, and I always loved the work. I am happy to be back in this field! I now live in Bumpass with my many rescue dogs!

Why Research?
My dad was in research and talked about it non-stop when I was a kid! I believe that research is important and fascinating!

What brought you to Charlottesville?
I still live in Bumpass, about an hour away, but I love the Charlottesville area! It is beautiful, and I wanted a change from Richmond.

What excites you about your work?
I get to work with some of the absolute best doctors in the world, and it is fascinating to hear about their work! Also, I love numbers, and doing budgets excites me!

Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
I’ve been involved in the rescue of hundreds of dogs and a handful of cats as well. It is my passion. There is nothing I love more than dogs!

Next life?
I will become a Pharmacist. That was what I originally wanted to do!

What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Every Saturday morning, without fail, I do a long run with a couple of close friends. On Sundays, I typically spend time with my dogs and clean the house. When we are not in a pandemic, my boyfriend and I usually go out to dinner on the weekend.

How did you meet your partner?
On a dating app… it seems to be the thing these days! We just celebrated our third anniversary!

What’s one thing you always have in your fridge?
Soymilk, I have to have it for my coffee, or I flip out.

Favorite vacation/activity spot?
I’m not a vacation type of person, so if I’m out of town, it’s usually because I have an out of town race that I am running in!

Most admired person, and why?
The frontline workers of this pandemic! They are the heroes of the world, and I cannot express how much I appreciate them.

Best advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep!

What about you would surprise us?
I have been a vegetarian since I was eight years old!

What is a talent or skill that you don’t have that you wish you did?
I never learned how to swim! I tried to take lessons as an adult and was told there was no hope! I think it would have been easier to learn as a child.

Favorite fictional characters?
The Grinch, I’m sorry, but I love that story!

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
2007 so that I could see my grandma one last time.

What is the last book you read for pleasure?
I can’t remember the name, but it was a dog training guide.

What is the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?
I don’t eat anything unusual unless you count tofu!

Do you collect anything?
Not currently, but I used to be obsessed with collecting beanie babies!

What was your first job, how old were you?
I was a Pharmacy Technician at an outpatient hospital pharmacy, I was seventeen.

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