What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Professionally, I’m so proud of Salas O’lympics. It was the brainchild of people far more creative than I, but somewhere along the way, I became its adoptive mother, and I love that over the years it’s grown into something that really unites the company. Salas O’lympics brings people together socially, competitively, and culturally in a way that stretches above and beyond daily work routines.
What’s an interesting fact about you that people may not know?
I’m an ambivert. In an office of mostly introverts, most people equate my charisma and assertiveness to being an extrovert, but I’m not. While I do enjoy those parts of myself, I have a side, that work sees less often, that’s far more introspective and reserved.
What do you like most about working at Salas O’Brien?
The paycheck, no, just kidding. The people. The work I do, I could find somewhere else, but the people are what bring me back every day.
What kind of projects do you like to work on and why?
Collaborative projects. Sometimes that collaboration is just with me and a client and sometimes it’s collaboration with other team members to present the best design to the client. I like feeling like my input made the client happier, and when it’s not my input, it’s input that helped me grow as an engineer.
What do you do for fun?
I’ve never turned down a good happy hour. Outside of that, I’d consider myself a (modern) cinephile. I love going to the theater and letting myself escape into someone else’s story for two hours. I also enjoy reading books that are going to be made into movies to see if I interpreted the work the same.
Favorite show or movie?
Show: Veep and Schitt’s Creek. Comedies with strong female leads are non-conforming, in the best way. Movie: Now and Then. It’s essentially the female version of Stand By Me, but something about it is so nostalgic. It’s a movie I grew up on and it’s always in style.
The Great Gatsby. It’s a book where you can change what you get out of it based on the mood you’re in when you read it. I also love debating its depths that high school English classes don’t discuss.
Favorite place in the world?
A patio happy hour on a 70 degree day surrounded by some of my favorite people.