Describe your job at Children’s. I work in the marketing and communications department. My main job is to ensure that materials and information given to patients/families about Children’s services are accurate so families have a positive experience. I work with various internal departments, print vendors, photographers and designers to ensure print and online collateral is accurate and meets Children’s brand guidelines for design and writing style. My ultimate goal with all my projects is to give patients/families a consistent experience with the information they receive before they get here, while they are here and when they leave. I also work on initiatives such as wayfinding improvements, Wash ‘em Proud and events such as the Minnesota State Fair and Rock the Cradle.
What drew you to Children’s? I started at Children’s as an intern in the marketing department more than five years ago. I knew somebody who worked in the department at the time, and I applied for the position. Once I started my internship I knew I wanted to work here – and luckily a full-time position opened up.
What do you love most about working here? I love the passion that everyone has for making kids feel better. Whether it’s the patient care staff on the units or the staff behind the scenes, everyone has enthusiasm for what we do at Children’s.
Do you have a favorite memory working here and, if so, what is it? One of my favorite memories is when I was an intern and was assigned to accompany the media at the Santa visit at Children’s – St. Paul. Members of the St. Paul police department dressed like Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves and distributed presents to the kids. It was fun to see how happy and excited the kids were! I saw firsthand how special Children’s is and how much members of the community care about the kids here.
How do you spend your time outside of work? I’m usually training for a full or half-marathon, and I help coach at a local running club. I love to spend time hiking around the state parks, and I always enjoy sitting on the porch and reading on a nice summer or fall evening.