Employee Spotlight: Mindy Aubuchon

Happy Friday! This week we are highlighting Mindy Aubuchon for the Employee Spotlight series. Mindy is a Medical Device Specialist and joined the SpendMend team 22 years ago! When asked why she looks forward to coming to work, she stated, “To use my detail-oriented skills to make a difference and help advance my division in our goals. I enjoy being part of a team that values me and my contributions.” Outside of work, one of Mindy’s favorite hobbies is taking long walks and hiking in the mountains. She enjoys hiking anywhere she can, but her favorite place is in the mountains. When Mindy lived in Boone, NC, she hiked daily! Mindy’s favorite walking partner is her dog, Ruby! Mindy states, “She can go on forever!” A fun fact about Mindy is that she has a rose nursery, and grows over 450 different varieties of roses that she propagates from. Mindy has had her rose nursery operational for four years now. The rose’s beauty and fragrance piqued her interest and captured her heart about 25 years ago.

Mindy is an inspired leader and valued member of our team! She is greatly appreciated by co-workers. Dennis Beall, Medical Device Audit and Compliance Manager, said “Mindy is an exceptional team member.  We placed her in a position where she had no experience, and she is now training other team members.  Mindy’s dedication to doing everything “Right” is what impresses me.” We are so thankful to have people like Mindy a part of SpendMend! We appreciate your dedication!

Interview with Mindy:

What is your role at SpendMend?

Medical Device Specialist

How long have you been with SpendMend?

22 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

Back 22 yeas ago when it was BSI, I joined the company to help gets the Telecom Audit division off the ground

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Innovative, Driven, Welcoming

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

To use my detail-oriented skills to make a difference and help advance my division in our goals. I enjoy being part of a team that values me and my contributions

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Being in charge of and taking care of four adults in a residential home with mental illness. It was very eye opening, challenging, and made me grateful.

What is one fun fact about you?

I have a rose nursery and grow over 450 different variety’s of roses that I propagate from.

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

I rarely listen to music while I am working, but if I do, Adele is a favorite.

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

My roses, gardening in general is a passion of mine, I enjoy long walks and hiking in the mountains

Do you interact with

Clients and Suppliers

Can you describe an interaction when you helped a client or a supplier that stands out in your mind?

Prior being in the Med Device Division, I was my own department, Wireless Account Management for almost 18 years. I handled all 10,000 of the wireless devices for Potomac Electric Power Company. I was the single source for all of their wireless needs for much of those 18 years. I helped many people. I worked during vacations, and often on weekends, helping out those who had a cell phone emergency.

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

Being told many times my People at Pepco I supported that “I don’t know what I would do without you”

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

Learning new things that I never thought I would be involved in

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

I’ve been here 22 years, so I think it’s a great company to work for. Even my son works here!

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

In my new role, it would probably be challenging a medical device manufacturer when they denied a warranty credit, and ended up issuing the credit when I was able to prove that it was justified. I hope to have many more of those moments.

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

Continuing with Medical Device and learning new things, then in about 7 years, retiring!

Employee Spotlight: Chenoa Marklevitz

Hello and Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate this Friday with another edition of the Employee Spotlight Series! This week, we would like to introduce you to Chenoa Marklevitz. Chenoa is a Vendor Correspondent/Statement Caller and has been a part of the SpendMend team for two and a half years! When asked why she looks forward to coming to work, she stated, “I enjoy the job itself and the people are amazing.” A fun fact about Chenoa is that she was adopted from the Philippines as a baby! She grew up in Oscoda, MI; on Lake Huron, and was the oldest of five children. Before working for SpendMend, Chenoa was a trained fine dining server for fifteen years. Her favorite restaurant she worked at with Charley’s Crab! She met a lot of great people through working there and she considers them family. Another fun fact about Chenoa is that she loves the beach! Chenoa stated, “The beach is my serenity!” Her love for the beach started when she was young. She has fond memories of when she used to go with her grandmother every day, and they would pack a big lunch and stay out all afternoon. After the beach, they always went to the local ice cream shop nearby for bubble gum ice cream! With summer right around the corner, bubble gum ice cream and a trip to the beach sounds like a great way to start it off! One of Chenoa’s favorite hobbies is doing arts and crafts! Her whole life she has always loved art and creating things. Her favorite craft is taking something and reinventing it into something new! Chenoa also learned how to crochet when she was a little girl from her grandma and cherishes that craft greatly. Her favorite craft to make is when it is meant for someone she loves. If anyone is looking for a buddy to craft with, Chenoa has got you covered!

Chenoa does a great job at SpendMend, and we had several of her co-workers express how they value her on the team. Dan Hutchins, Audit Manager, said “Chenoa has been a positive influence and always exudes an enthusiasm for her job and SpendMend. She is a great asset, and we all enjoy working and communicating with her on a daily basis.” It was great getting to know a little more about Chenoa and we really appreciate all the hard work she does! Thank you!

 

Interview with Chenoa:

What is your role at SpendMend?

Vendor Correspondent/ Statement Caller

How long have you been with SpendMend?

2.5 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

I learned through Robert Half Temp Agency

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

professional, compassionate about their employees, caring.

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

I enjoy the job itself and the people are amazing.

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I really do not think I have had one.  I was a fine dining server for 15 years.

What is one fun fact about you?

I love to laugh

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

70’s music or Country

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

I love doing crafts

Do you interact with

Clients

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

I was told that I am very outgoing and easy to talk with.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

With how the world is now with Covid, I feel like I am helping in at least a little.

What is your favorite in house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)

potluck

Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

I would love to give a shout out to Dan Hutchins.  He has supported me since day one.

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Be yourself.

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

Still working here lol

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

I am looking forward to getting to know the company and the people better.

Employee Spotlight: Mike Muir

Happy Friday! For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we would like to feature Mike Muir! Mike is a 340B Lead Analyst and joined the SpendMend Team a year and a half ago. When asked why he looks forward to coming to work, Mike stated, “I just absolutely love my team and the support that we can provide to our clients.” It was great getting to learn more about Mike, and to hear about his life experiences and interests! Mike grew up in Princess Anne, MD, and attended Salisbury University where he studied accounting. Mike’s sister was a big influence in his decision to study accounting since she is an accountant as well! A fun fact about Mike is that he worked a job in college where he gassed and washed the college fleet of vehicles. He was able to get the job opportunity from a friend who already worked there and convinced him that it was the best job on campus. Although Mike did not have any prior interest in cars, the job paid well and he could confirm that the job was the best! Make sure to read the full interview to learn the other perks Mike got from this job. One of Mike’s passions is surfing and he loves to do it all year round. When he was 14 years old, a friend invited him on a trip to the OBX and that’s where he rode his first wave and fell in love. His favorite part about surfing is the peacefulness and tranquility when sitting out on the water because it is stress-relieving. Mike thinks that the most challenging part is the paddling, he states, “Paddling all day is a killer shoulder workout!” Mike spent the most amount of time in the water in Assateague, MD but he enjoys surfing the most down in Boynton Beach FL, where he currently lives. When you are in the Boynton Beach area, keep a lookout for Mike riding the waves! Mike’s favorite hobby is playing sports such as snowboarding, softball, pickleball, and soccer. Soccer has been his #1 sport growing up and has played it his entire life. He played throughout high school and always participated in recreational leagues too. Sports were a huge part of his life growing up, he was always involved in at least one league per season, sometimes multiple! If anyone is interested in starting a soccer league, Mike is your guy!

Mike does a great job at SpendMend and it is recognized by his co-workers! Jennifer Hagen, Vice President of Pharmacy Services, Compliance, and Client Solutions, said, “In the role of 340B Lead Analyst for the SpendMend Pharmacy Compliance Department, Mike ensures that the many timelines associated with auditing are met while also assisting the auditors with processing and analyzing the data received from clients. His timeliness and attention to detail help us “keep the train on the tracks”.  When Mike is presented with a challenge, he always looks for the best solution with a growth mindset and the ability to think outside the box. He continually seeks ways to expand his knowledge and I look forward to seeing what lies ahead as Mike completes his MBA later this year. For a little non-work shout…, Mike is a good choice to pick as your Pickleball partner and if the stars align, perhaps in Grand Rapids at the retreat there will be a match opportunity if there are courts to reserve, or maybe we can set up a makeshift court in the parking lot 😊” Thank you, Mike, for all of your hard work! We appreciate it. 

 

Interview with Mike:

What is your role at SpendMend?

340B Lead Analyst

How long have you been with SpendMend?

1.5 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

My hospital’s 340B program was audited by Felicity and Chelsea Magee one year and then Jennifer, Nate, and Jim the second year. I was blown away by every team member’s knowledge and expertise in the 340B space and wanted to be a part of such an incredible team.

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Elite, Innovative, Unique

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

I just absolutely love my team and the support that we can provide to our clients

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I worked at the college I attended and my entire job was just gassing up the college’s fleet of vehicles and and running them through the local car wash. It paid surprisingly well!

How did you get involved in your prior job gassing and washing vehicles? 

I had a friend who already worked in the Fleet Management Office and said that it was the best job on campus and HE WAS RIGHT!

Do you have any interest in cars or mechanics?

 Not at all

Any funny stories you can share from the job? 

I always worked during university events (job fairs, 100km bike event, marathons, ets…) and I sometimes got free swag that was handed out during those events.

What is one fun fact about you?

I surf year round and have surfed several times with snow on the ground

What piqued your interest to start surfing and when did you start? 

A buddy of mine invited me on a trip to OBX when I was about 14. That’s when I rode my first wave and have loved it ever since.

What is the best part about surfing? 

The peacefulness and tranquility of sitting out on the water flowing with the waves. It’s the most stress-relieving experience for me.

What is the most challenging? 

A lot of people think that popping up and riding the wave is the hardest part about surfing but in my opinion, it’s the paddling. Paddling all day is a killer shoulder workout!

Where is your favorite spot to surf? 

Assateague, MD (state side) is where I have spent the most amount of time in the water but I am really enjoying the surf down in Boynton Beach, FL which is where I am currently living.

Any fun or interesting stories you could share? 

I surf year round even in the winter time when there is snow on the ground. Some of the best surf in Maryland comes in the fall and winter.

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

JRE, Timcast IRL, Lofi Fruits

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

Way too many hobbies!!! Surfing, Snowboarding, Softball, Pickleball, and Soccer are my main ones

What is your favorite sport to play and why? 

Soccer has always been my #1 sport growing up.

When did you get involved in the sport? 

I have been playing soccer my entire life. Every since I was able to walk.

Did you play in high school or college (league, recreational, etc.)?

 I pretty much just stuck to soccer in high school and always played in recreational leagues as well.

Were sports a big part of your childhood? 

Absolutely! I was always in at least 1 league every season and sometimes multiple leagues during a single season. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and something that I still truly enjoy to this day. 

Do you interact with

Clients

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

The best compliment was from a client that I had helped with creating their Location Crosswalk which was required for their upcoming HRSA audit. They were so excited with how much time I was able to save them and said “We would not have been able to do this without you!”. It was so great to hear that I was able to make such an impact in their HRSA audit preparation process and that they were so grateful for the support that we provided to them.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

Knowing that we are able to assist an industry that is dedicated to providing healthcare services to our local communities.

What is your favorite in house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)

Annual Company Retreat

Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

Huge shout out to Jennifer Hagen! She has been an incredible mentor and is always willing to jump in and help anyone who is in need. I also want to shout out Nate Raney for being my go-to person for literally everything!

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Do it! It is hands down the best decision I have ever made. I love every aspect of my job and being a part of SpendMend.

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

I look forward to growing along with the company. I don’t see our growth slowing down anytime soon and it’s exciting to be a part of such a process

Employee Spotlight: Jaycie Olney

Hello everyone! To start this wonderful weekend, we wanted to bring you another edition of the Employee Spotlight Series! Our focus this week is on Jaycie Olney. Jaycie is a Data Analyst and has been a part of the SpendMend team for three and a half years. It was great getting to know Jaycie better, and learning more about her interests and hobbies! Jaycie attended Grand Valley State University and graduated with a BSN in Statistics. She didn’t start her higher education journey with statistics in mind. She took an introductory course in college and immediately became interested. Jaycie decided to switch to pursue a degree in statistics because she liked how many opportunities the degree offered. A fun fact about Jaycie is that she loves to travel and has been to four countries so far! She has always loved the idea of traveling and after her first trip overseas, Jaycie realized she wanted to see more of the world. One of her favorite trips was to Thailand because the locals were nice, the food was delicious and interesting, and the scenery was amazing! Her favorite part about her trip to Thailand was visiting the elephant sanctuary. Jaycie was able to spend the day hanging out and feeding elephants! Make sure to check out the full interview below to read more about Jaycie’s traveling experiences! Outside of work, Jaycie enjoys hiking in her free time! She started hiking about six years ago and her first hike was the Flatiron Loops in Boulder. Her favorite part about hiking is the beautiful views, but also the accomplishment of challenging herself physically and mentally. Recently, Jaycie has been hiking in Arizona! Hiking with a two-year-old has some difficult moments, but she has found trails that work for them both! Another one of Jaycie’s favorite hobbies is going to concerts. When she lived in Grand Rapids, there were a lot of opportunities to see many great artists! Some of her favorite artists she has seen in concert are Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, EarthGang, Lil Wayne, and Anderson.Paak. Her favorite song she has seen performed live was Sunday Candy by Chance The Rapper, Jaycie states, “It’s such a happy, beautiful song!”

Jaycie does a fantastic job as a Data Analyst and is recognized for her hard work and dedication by her co-workers! Michele Gort, Data Analyst, said, “I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to work closely with Jaycie for the last two years in the analytics department. She is always willing to step up to make sure our team can complete the challenges that can arise and I honestly couldn’t ask for a better colleague. I’m always so amazed by how she manages to accomplish everything with a toddler running around in the background –  She really is wonder-woman!  Jaycie has motivated me, supported me, and covered for me – I’m so grateful for her.” We are grateful for all that you do for SpendMend, Jaycie! Thank you!

 

Interview with Jaycie

What is your role at SpendMend?

Data Analyst

How long have you been with SpendMend?

3.5 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

I think it was through Grand Valley. I had graduated a few months prior and was looking for my first 9-5.

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Driven, Hands On, Flexible

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

I look forward to working with my awesome group and creating valuable analytics for our clients

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I don’t know if I have an unusual one, but I worked at a nursing home for a few years while in college and I learned some of the best lessons ever from those residents.

What made you want to start working at a nursing home? ‘

I started out college studying nursing. I also needed to work at least a few days a week for some income so I thought the experience would be good. Plus my best friend worked there!

What were some of the lessons you learned? Elaborate why you find them useful now! 

It was a very eye opening experience. I worked in a home that was for people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. To see the decline in people was very sad. It has definitely made me appreciate life so much more! It also showed me how the health care system really works which isn’t always the best. That job made me realize how burnt out you can get in the healthcare industry. I loved helping people, but it took everything out of me and it became very stressful. I was still in school so I really started to think about what kind of career and lifestyle I wanted to have.      

Any fun or interesting stories you would like to share?

 I have so many good memories with those residents though. I felt like I really became friends with a former nun. She had no children and only a brother left living so one day (with permission) I took her out for a ride for ice cream. She was far in her disease so she really only laughed the whole time, but I like to think she had a good time!

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

 I currently live in Coolidge, Arizona. I moved out here about a year and a half ago. I grew up in Quincy, MI, but moved to Grand Rapids when I started attending GVSU after high school.

Where did you go to college and what did you study? Why did you choose that path of study?

I graduated with my BSN in Statistics. I didn’t start with this path and coming from a small town statistics was never a course that was offered. At GVSU you have to take an introductory course and that’s where I started having an interest. The school suggested I minor in stats and after some confusion on what I wanted to major in I just went full in with stats. I liked how many opportunities a statistics degree offered; I mean data is what drives everything.

What is one fun fact about you?

I have traveled to 4 countries so far; Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands and Thailand. Next on the list is Jamaica for my honeymoon in October!

What piqued your interest to travel? 

I have always loved the idea of travel; whether getting on a plane or doing a road trip. My family would go to Florida quite often and make the full day road trip and I enjoyed it! After my first trip oversees in 2015 I really wanted to start traveling and seeing more of the world.

Which was your favorite country you visited out of the 4 and why? 

Thailand was definitely my favorite. Everyone was so nice, the food was delicious/sometimes interesting, and the views were amazing! My favorite part was the elephant sanctuary. I got to hang out and feed elephants for the day, no riding though because they really don’t like it!

Did you do any interesting or crazy excursions or sightseeing you would like to share?

Another cool experience was when I was in Europe I took a 48 hour cruise from Sweden to Finland. We just had the day to explore Finland, but I had the freshest seafood ever

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

Right now I can’t really focus on podcasts during the day with my 2 year old at home. So it’s a lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Blippi and a daily dance party because my son loves to dance!

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

I love hiking, going to concerts, traveling, pretty much any type of sporting event and now more so kid centered things like aquariums and zoos

When did you start hiking as a hobby? 

I started hiking maybe 6 or so years ago.

What do you like the most about hiking? What is the biggest challenge? 

To be honest I love a nature trail type hike a little more LOL, but my first real hike was the Flatiron Loops in Boulder. The views are beautiful from every angle and it was definitely a challenge! That is my favorite thing about hiking. I feel like I accomplished something really positive for myself physically and mentally. The views make it even better!

What was your favorite hike you’ve done so far?

I’ve started hiking a bit in Arizona, but with a 2 year old it is harder. We’ve found trails that cater to him though!

What concerts have you been to? What concert was your favorite and why? 

At this point I don’t even know how many concerts I’ve been too honestly. Living in Grand Rapids gave me a lot of opportunities to see a lot of cool artists. I will say some of my favorites have been Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, EarthGang, Lil Wayne and Anderson.Paak. All really great performances! Kanye had a floating stage at Van Andel and it was pretty awesome to see in person!

Favorite concert venue? 

I love outdoor summer concerts in Michigan too. DTE Energy is a cool venue! Although I think it’s called Pine Knob now.

What is your favorite song you have seen performed live?

My favorite song I’ve seen performed live is Sunday Candy by Chance The Rapper. It’s such a happy, beautiful song!

Do you interact with

None of the above

Can you describe an interaction when you helped a client or a supplier that stands out in your mind?

We mostly work with supervisors, managers and CVMs. I can’t think of a specific time, but whenever we can turn something around for them quickly or add more in depth data it is always nice to get a response knowing that we are appreciated and adding value to their client meeting.

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

I was told before that although I am quiet and don’t bug people too much my work never goes unnoticed and that I was very appreciated for it. It’s nice to get that acknowledgement when you’re not expecting it.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

Knowing that we’re trying to recover money that will hopefully be used in a better way. I love health care. I just realized I couldn’t work directly in it so I like that SpendMend is indirectly helping.

What is your favorite Recovery Room Activity?

The only thing I really got to do while there was recline and rest my swollen feet when I was pregnant in office.

What is your favorite in house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)

I loved the Thanksgiving feast we would have! It’s my favorite holiday and we always have SO much food!

Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

I would like to shout out Matt Gunnin! He is one of the nicest guys and always willing to help. He’s a great asset to SpendMend.

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Stay focused and communicate. Whether you may not understand something or see yourself in a different department, it never hurts to speak up.

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

Moving to the analytics department the same day we started working from home. I also was 8 months pregnant. It was such a chaotic time and it wasn’t always smooth, but I feel like I came out of that time really proud of myself for how much I handled.

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

Looking to see where the analytics department goes. Our group is small and we just started out a few years ago so I’m excited to see where were at in another 2 years.

Employee Spotlight: Carla Roark

Happy Friday! For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we would like to feature Carla Roark! Carla is a Statement Acquisition Specialist and joined the SpendMend team five years ago. When asked to describe SpendMend in three words, Carla stated, “Flexible, Nurturing, and Motivating.” A fun fact about Carla is that she enjoys listening to smooth jazz during her workday. At 14 years, she started listening to jazz music because of her mom and aunt! Carla has always found herself liking instrumental songs without singing, she states, “it sounds better with just the beats!” Some of the songs Carla has on her playlists are Love Will Find a Way by Lionel Richie, Alternate Thursday by Platonic, and Love Will Find a Way by George Howard. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview below to get Carla’s full smooth jazz playlist! Outside of work, Carla enjoys spending her time at her church. She loves to participate in their fundraising and community events such as their special events for kids, and the candy and dinner fundraisers. Carla volunteers by greeting, meeting and ushering for church. She participates in praise and worship through singing and bible study. Carla loves to be involved in her church and be a blessing to those around her. Another fun fact about Carla is that one of her favorite hobbies is working out! Carla started working out when she was around 12 years old. Her favorite workout activities are on the treadmill. She enjoys jogging and taking long walks, and she always reaches her goal! Her favorite part about working out is pushing herself to reach a goal and doing more reps than anticipated! The most challenging workout for Carla is plank exercises, it is an isometric exercise from head to toe. However, she loves to challenge and motivate herself to do the extra reps. If you are interested in starting a workout routine, Carla is the one to ask! 

 

Carla does an outstanding job as a Statement Acquisition Specialist and is appreciated by her co-workers. Rebekah Dykema, Statement Administrator, said, “Carla is a joy to work with!! She is always willing to help out where needed. She is a great asset to the Statement Caller team. She has been very beneficial in helping train the statement callers. I don’t know where we would be without her help in training the statement callers. She always has a smile on her face—and is very approachable. I know when I go to her for her help I can rely on her. I just can’t say enough good things about her!!!” Thank you, Carla! We are so thankful to have people like Carla a part of the SpendMend Team! 

 

Interview with Carla:

 

What is your role at SpendMend?

Statement Acquisition Specialist – Calling different vendors to receive statements of the accounts.

How long have you been with SpendMend?

I’ve been at SpendMend for 5 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

I learned about SpendMend in 2017

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Flexible Nurturing, Motivating

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

I really like the atmosphere here but when the Pandemic hit there were a lot of changes. It’s like everyone is connected . Everyone works as a team, great environment. Very progressive here and have great leadership as well. It is a family-friendly culture and the trust they place in employees. Everyone works together to get the problem solved.

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

never had an unusual job

What is one fun fact about you?

I like to explore new challenges and passions. I like to dream a lot

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

Like to listen to smooth jazz relaxed music that gets me through the day.

When did I start liking Jazz music?

When I was about 14 years old my mother and my Aunt always listened to smooth jazz music as well. Always liked the instrumental songs with no singing just sounds better with just the beats.

If we could look at your smooth Jazz playlist, what are your favorite songs?

My playlist smooth Jazz music

1.Lionel Richie- Love will find a way

  1. Platonic-Alternate Thursday
  2. George Howard- Love will find a way
  3. United Guitar Players-Smooth Jazz is as Smooth Jazz Does
  4. United Guitar Players-Cool Me Once Cool Me Twice
  5.  6.United Guitar Players-Deluxe Edition
  1. United Guitar Players-I’m Feeling It
  2. Sade-No Ordinary Love
  3. Sade-Sweetest Taboo
  4. Alex Bugnon-Love Season
  5. Kenny G.-Silhouette
  6. Marion Meadows-Wishing On A Star
  7. Najee-Day By Day

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

Yes, I like to workout and go to Church. I like to challenge myself. Like to help people..

What is your favorite workout activity? 

My favorite workout activity is the treadmill. I always reach my goal. I like to jog and take long walks..

When did you start working out? 

Started working out when I was a teenager around 12 years old

What is the most fun part about working out for you? 

I would say just pushing myself to reach my goal doing more reps than I  Anticipated. I always challenge myself to do more – Very motivating.

What is the most challenging?

The most challenging is when I’m trying to do Plank Exercise my body tells me to quit. But I do push myself to do the extra reps. It is an isometric exercise from head to toe. Very challenging to say the least.

Can you tell me more about your involvement with your church and helping people? What types of activities do you like to do at church? 

Just participate in the events that they have done: a lot of fundraising in the community like having special events for the kids, candy fundraisers, sell dinners to raise money. Very involved in the Church do a little Ushering as well greet and meet people coming in and out of the Church. Church outings Community Service, feeding the homeless. Participate in the Sporting events that we have for the Kids and Food or Toy drives too. Praise and worship like to sing and go to Bible study as well. Like to be involved in the Church should be more involved and be a blessing to someone else. 

Do you interact with

Clients and Potential Clients

Can you describe an interaction when you helped a client or a supplier that stands out in your mind?

Well yes when a vendor explained the situation and said that I was very helpful in that way. She got the answer that she needed and was very pleased with the results.

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

Says that I was very helpful and pleasant to speak with.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

That I could be helpful to whatever the supplier needs.

What is your favorite Recovery Room Activity?

Air Hockey

What has been your experience with SpendMend community service events?

I’ve participated in the BBrave 5k run or walk event for the American Cancer Society . I had a really nice time. It’s great that money is raised for this cause.

What is your favorite in house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)

The chili cook off. Get to taste test all the chili’s . I look forward to this event every year.

Do you want to shout out to a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

Becky Dykema always helped me and  inspires me. Love her to death!!

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Check values, be resilient and Listen more than you talk

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

My productivity has really grown over the years..

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

To be promoted within the company. Want to be cross trained so if needed in another department I can do the task at hand.