Staff Council

Staff Recognition

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 February 2018

Teresa Lewis

Accounting Assistant II Senior
Finance Office

Hometown: Bonney Lake, Washington

How long have you been at SPU?

Working on seven years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work.

More like a memorable good year! I love the people I work with and around; they’re more like family than co-workers. They’ve always been very supportive, but none more so than over the past 1+ years when I’ve required a lot of prayer and support for personal health reasons. They have allowed me to come and go during the day in order to take care of last-minute appointments, they covered my job (affording me the ability to take an extended leave) at a time Finance is very busy.

The SPU community as a whole, has been great over this past year, and I’m thankful every day, to be a part of it all.

How does your faith impact your work?

I would say that my work impacts my faith, more so than the other way around. Working in a Christian environment has been a blessing.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?

A LOT of prayer! I was in real estate, and when the market crashed, so did I. I was out of work for a couple years, doing odd jobs just to pay my bills, when a member of my church (Steve Whitehouse) approached me about an opening in the Finance Department at SPU. Never saw myself commuting to Seattle for work, but God had a plan, and here I am.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Relax! But let’s get real, I rarely have time for that. I love to snow/water ski, but haven’t had much time to do either lately. I try to visit family (mom and aunt) and friends as much as possible, and I thoroughly enjoy planning our ladies annual retreats at church (two yrs ago we went to Camp Casey).

I also love sports of all kind, and still play on the church co-ed softball team.

What’s something that few people know about you?

I’m a deaconess at church, the past president and current member of the Tacoma Downtown Lions Club.

On a more fun note, I’ve jumped out of an airplane on a static line (that means all by myself!), which is possibly one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done, besides swimming with the dolphin’s in Bora Bora.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The people! Sitting out front allows me the opportunity to meet new and existing, students/staff/faculty daily. I love laughing with and getting to know them all on a more personal level. It’s what makes my commute worthwhile.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love my little Chihuahua, Shelby. She brings me great joy. :-)

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Teresa Lewis as the February 2018 Staff of the Month!