Administrative assistant to the associate dean, Theological School
I’ve been here almost 30 years. I’m like the trees. People know me.
I don’t look for rewards. Our students here in the Theo School, they have jobs, churches, families. Anything you can do to make their lives a little easier—whether it’s a “Hello,” or “I’ll take care of that for you”—makes it better for them. The Employee of the Year award in 2006 was a total shock. I was so overwhelmed.
Morris Davis is a great guy to work for. I used to work with Barent Johnson. He was the first registrar that I had here. He’s top of the line. But Morrey is right up there. I had a lot of great bosses. The best way to get to a person is make sure they’re happy, keep them laughing. I let my personality shine and that tends to be infectious. I think I have a lot to do with turning them into great bosses.
I came up one summer from Mississippi to visit for a couple of weeks with my aunt who lived in Brooklyn. I went to work with a cousin on Wall Street, just to spend the day. A lot of people were out, and the phones were ringing off the hook. The phone started getting on my nerves, so I started answering. It was a pension trust department. Mostly it was common-sense questions. When I left there, I had a job. I was 19.
I commute two hours each way. There are days when the police are getting coffee, and I can get here in an hour-and-a-half.
I live in Brooklyn. Even though we didn’t lose power after Sandy, we lost cell phone service and the ability to go through the tunnel. When I finally made it over to Drew, I left my house at 6 a.m. I got here at 2 p.m. They opened the third floor of Welch Hall for faculty and staff commuters displaced by the storm. The first night I was a little antsy. I don’t like to stay away from home. I forgot that kids start partying at midnight. I yelled out the window, “OK, already. This is not Brooklyn. Go to sleep!”
Everybody knows when I hit the lottery, I’m going to donate a big wad of money to Drew, and then I’m out.