Monthly Archives: September 2013

Red-Vested Rockstar: Doreen Schlangen

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Doreen!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 “My first real job was in the medical field.  I was a medical lab technician at St. Cloud Hospital for 5 years full-time and 2 years part-time, then I went back to school for computer programming.  When I left the medical field, I promised myself that one day, when the time was right, I would find my way back into medicine in a different capacity.  The only thing that I could do without a salary was volunteer.  Twenty years after leaving the medical field, I started volunteering at Children’s and have been here for the past 11 years.  When you are successful and have much to be thankful for, it is your responsibility to give back. Volunteering lets me do that.”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“Anything athletic or outside – working out at LifeTime Fitness, biking, running, golfing, etc.”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?


  If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“It would have to have nuts, chocolate and caramel with an almond cream filling.  I’d call it ‘Alnutso.’”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“The most rewarding nights in the NICU are when you have a baby that has had issues all day long, but when you rock them, they settle in quickly and are quiet for the entire time.  That is why I chose to come here.”

Thank you, Doreen, for providing that extra TLC to our little patients!

Volunteer Services Welcomes Kristin Schumacher!

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is excited to welcome the newest member of our Volunteer Services team:  Kristin Schumacher!

 What better way to get to know Kristin than have her answer some fun questions?  Read her bio and check out her answers below!

Kristin is a past Children’s volunteer and Child Life intern! She recently moved to the cities from Duluth, where she was working as a Child Life Specialist in a Surgery department. Through her experiences in Child Life and as a volunteer, she realized the incredible importance and value of volunteers, and is thrilled to work with them in the Volunteer Services Department. Welcome back to Children’s, Kristin! 
 1. What excites you most about working at Children’s?

“The people! I am so excited to meet the staff and volunteers and work with each of them!”

2. Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“Arts and crafts! I love making cards, sewing and taking on do-it-yourself projects.”

3. Something unique or interesting about you?

“I have recently taken up hiking. This summer, I hiked to the highest point in Minnesota:  Eagle Mountain.”

4. Favorite Superhero?

“Iron Man.”

5. Do you have any pets?

“I don’t, but I LOVE animals!”

6. What words come to mind when you think of a volunteer?

“An important, enjoyable, amazing, and incredible person that I want to be around!”

7. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I would create a s’more-style candy bar with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and peanut butter. I would call it ‘S’more, Please!’”

Welcome to the team, Kristin! We are excited for you to share your talents and get to know the staff & volunteers at Children’s!

Buds in Scrubs: Perla Morley

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Perla:

“I am a staff Spanish interpreter at the Minneapolis Campus and have been working at Children’s since 2004 (9 years)!”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I enjoy taking it easy with my husband and two sons.”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“Besides my two boys (ages 7 and 3), we have a cat called Maribel.”

4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“I don’t think that I have ONE favorite book, but one that made an impact on me was To Kill a Mockingbird.  Here’s one of my favorite quotes from it:

‘“Atticus, he was real nice.”

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”’

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“Wonder Woman.” :)

6.   Who is your hero now?

“Mother Teresa of Calcutta and people like her.”

7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I am not very original. It would have walnuts, sesame seeds, peanuts, cashews, etc.,  sweetened with honey and dried fruit. I am a nut lover, so it would probably be called ‘Going Nuts!’”

8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“I find my work meaningful because, by definition, interpreting is helping others communicate. My job has also provided me the flexibility to care for my special needs child. I am very grateful for that.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“I haven’t had the opportunity to work with volunteers as an interpreter (call me if you need one!), but my family has benefitted from the services of a volunteer! For two years, a volunteer came to our home to watch our special little boy through Children’s Pain and Palliative Care program. We were so blessed! Because of this personal experience, I hold all volunteers in the highest regard. Their job is priceless. They help make Children’s a warm, loving place. Thank you!”

Thank you, Perla, for sharing your kind heart and language skills with all of us here at Children’s!