SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for March 2014
Associate Director for Human Resources
Hometown: Renton, Washington — but I was born in Hollywood! (We moved when I was 8). I currently live in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood with my miniature pinscher, Buddy.
Time at SPU: 10 years
What brought you to SPU? I came to a “Young Author’s Conference” when I was in fifth grade and fell in love with SPU. I still have the mug that my mom bought for me at the Bookstore. I majored in accounting, worked on campus as a student, and graduated in 1994. I never anticipated I would return following my graduation, but returned due to a well-timed opening in Student Life — and a well-placed friend in Finance (Cherry Gilbert).
Tell me about your career history: I worked for two-and-a-half years as a CPA in public accounting and then as an accountant/controller for a wonderful retirement community. I found that I really enjoyed working with seniors and their families and helping them apply for Medicaid benefits, but that was only a small part of my job.
I left in search of something other than accounting, and I felt led to mission-based service. I pursued discipleship training with Youth With A Mission and raised support in order to volunteer with Mercy Ships. A quote that’s meant a lot to me is by Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” But for some reason, when I asked God to place me in service wherever I was needed, with my own caveat that it not be in accounting, I found myself working in accounting in different parts of the world. My longest stint was in Newcastle, U.K. (where Sting is from — and those who know me know that this is an important fact). The best part? Helping others, seeing the world, and making life-long friends. The worst? Hands down: cockroaches in Western Africa!
Once I returned to Washington, I worked part-time as a barista at Starbucks, and then found a part-time position at SPU in Student Life. After two years, I applied for another job on campus, and was a candidate in the final stages of selection when I felt a new leading. I pulled my application. Soon after, the position in HR opened up, and I have been here for the last eight years.
What is the best part of your job? Being able to serve others by answering questions and providing solutions and resources.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you over the last year? World peace, global warming, bathing suit shopping. Kidding aside: We could probably all agree that health care reform and resulting changes to our health plans has been a challenge. Add on the process of learning about it in depth, explaining and experiencing those changes with more than 600 employees (and their spouses) — it’s been a busy year.
What is something that few people know about you? I have car “issues” — some might even say I’m a magnet! I have had two cars stolen, seven break-ins, and have had a standing-still vehicle hit three times. (I have a great auto body shop for you on the north end, if you’re looking.)
What is something you’re embarrassed to admit? I watch a ridiculous amount of reality TV.
What is your favorite book? Saving Fish from Drowning, by Amy Tan.
What inspires you? When you hear about people who selflessly volunteer, yet have no faith background — we should be loving and doing at least as much!
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Carrie McCrimmon as Staff of the Month!