10 Questions With...

September 9, 2015

What brought you to KS&R?
As I'm sure is the case for many, my job hunt was tough after graduation. I applied to job ads on a weekly basis. In December 2007, I noticed an ad in the Sunday newspaper indicating that KS&R was "seeking a fast learner with SPSS experience". It seemed like a good fit, and a week later I was hired. It was a great Christmas gift for a college graduate!

Congratulations on your recent promotion! What is the key to your success in the workplace?
Thank you! First, it is essential to be flexible when supporting multiple research teams at KS&R. Also, managing a study from an I.S. stand-point involves applying certain standards, rules, and logic that are essential to a quality end-product. I guess the key to success is to be able to do both at once.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a small part of a very large family. My mom is one of 10 children, all of whom emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I have more than 50 first and second cousins! Our family gatherings would probably be overwhelming to most, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

We've all got a little hipster in us. What did you like before it was cool?
Facebook. Now everyone and their mother [(including mine :)] has a Facebook page.

What is in your refrigerator?
Mostly fresh produce and eggs, and usually leftovers that get reused for lunch. I hate when food goes to waste!

What is the one question you hate being asked?
"What have you been up to lately?" I feel that I need to have an exciting answer or story to tell, and if I don't, it makes me feel very boring and dull.

What are the top 2 songs on your playlist right now?
"The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" by Brand New is up at the top. I saw them in concert a few weeks ago and they were awesome! I'm also really into anything by Ed Sheeran.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
A photographic memory. I've wished for one countless times at work and at home.

What one thing have you not done yet that you really want to do?
I'd really like to take an extended vacation to explore Alaska with my husband. What an amazing trip that would be!

If you could tell your 17-year-old self anything, what would it be?
"Don't sweat the small stuff. Much of this won't matter in 5 years."