What is your role within the Gravity team?
I’m the Chief Safety Officer & Snoot Detective.
What is a “typical workday” like for you?
Whew, it’s a lot of responsibility. I was hired primarily for my expertise with the ISHH and CIEI protocols. My first duty on arriving to work is determining If Something Happened Here (ISHH) and if so, Can I Eat It (CIEI). While I’ve had a lot of experience with implementation and incident reports, no documentation can replace a highly-trained snoot. When Gravity needs a nose to the ground, I’m the one for the job.
What is your favorite part of your job?
We are fortunate to have a human-friendly office here at Gravity. It’s so much fun to unwind from intense investigative work by getting one of my colleagues to play a game of tug or helping them get some exercise by chasing me around the office.
What brought you to Gravity?
I had a really terrible job in Mississippi and was eventually recruited by the Augusta Regional SPCA. I can’t say enough good things about that agency: they handled all of the relocation expenses and even found me a really great house in Staunton. I don’t like to talk too much about my previous work–it was really dangerous, and I’m still recovering from some injuries. That’s why I take the Safety mission at Gravity so seriously. No one should be in a work environment where they fear for their safety or don’t get the OSHA-recommended number of daily belly rubs.
What are your favorite tools, go-to resources, or work hacks that help you do your job well?
Safety starts with healthy, well-rested employees, so I’ve implemented a “Work Hard, Play Hard, Snooze Hard” policy in the office. I’ve found that all I need to be successful at my work is a top-quality bed and the snoot I was born with.
What are your creative hobbies outside of work?
Squirrel-inspired Tai-chi. I find the intense focus and slow movements really energize my creativity and drive.