Staff Spotlight: Rhiannon Giles

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rhiannon GilesName: Rhiannon Giles

Position: Staff Specialist

Division in CFM: Physician Assistant Program

Time in this position: Five years

Years at Duke: Almost six years

What I do at work: Mostly admissions, though recently I have had an increasing focus on digital media and promotional tools.

What I love about my job: I love that I have been encouraged to seek out the work that interests me and best speaks to my abilities.

My first job: Assistant at an animal hospital/kennel/groomer.

My dream job: Person who reads novels in her pajamas.

What I like to do for fun: Roller skate, read, pseudo-spontaneous travel, concerts, camping, gardening, and obsess about the weather.

Something my co-workers probably don’t know about me: I am a huge child passenger safety advocate, and someday hope to get my CPST certification.

Favorite musician, movie, TV show, or book: Too many folky bands to name; “Fried Green Tomatoes;” “Dr. Who;” and I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

Last book I read: I really want to list something very scholarly and impressive. But the truth is, I’m currently reading “Someday, Someday, Maybe“ by Lauren Graham.

What else would you like your co-workers to know about you?  I have a negative sense of direction. Seriously. If you are going to send me on an errand, give me very precise directions. My four-year-old daughter loves to tell people how “Mommy gets lost a lot.” I lost my car in the PG1 deck for a solid 15 minutes yesterday.

What Rhiannon’s nominator said about her:

Rhiannon has gone above and beyond to make sure that the admissions processes at the Duke PA Program run smoothly. Besides demonstrating her dedication to the interviewees and the student body, Rhiannon played a key role in coordinating the development of a virtual tour of our program. This virtual tour will replace our open houses and will increase the exposure of our program. Rhiannon has also helped to offer key insight in the daunting task of going paperless next admissions cycle.

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