Profile: Terri Cantrell
Did a passion for dancing bring Terri to NCAR? Indirectly,
yes. When Terri was a microbiology student at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor, she joined a dance club called A2 (the
name alluded to both square dancing and Ann Arbor). There, she
met a graceful atmospheric chemistry graduate student by the name
of Chris Cantrell. After they married, NCAR hired Chris, who is
now a scientist in ACD. We moved out here with a one-year-old
and a cat, Terri recalls. Three years ago, Terri landed
her own job with NCAR as an administratorfirst in ATD and
then, at the beginning of 2001, in HAO.
taught her about computers? Much of Terris job consists
of basic administrative assistant duties, but with a technology
focus. Shes designed computer-generated graphics, revamped
HAOs Web site, and helped with Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
One of the main reasons I was hired was to bring them further
into the computer age, she explains. Most of the computer
stuff I do is actually self-trained, by the seat of my pants.
Shes assembled an impressive portfolio at the division,
using Adobe Photoshop to redesign the HAO logo and create a number
of eye-catching images, including one in the NCAR strategic plan.
Asked what she likes about her HAO job, she says
without any hesitation: variety. Her HAO responsibilities
aside, shes also a first aid volunteer for UCARs Medical
Emergency Response Team (MERT) and for the past two years has
been a writing mentor with the SOARS program.
How did baseball affect Terris childhood?
Terri was born in California. But her family moved repeatedly
when she was growing up, and she spent time in Seattle, Honolulu,
Vancouver, Milwaukee, and Detroit. Moving frequently is often
associated with military families, but baseball was the catalyst
for Terris. Her father held administrative positions with
minor and major league baseball teams, including the Detroit Tigers.
His responsibilities included handling public relations, running
the stadium during spring training in Florida, and managing the
scoreboard. Baseball was his life, Terri recalls.
Now that she and Chris are settled in Broomfield, she cant
imagine life outside Colorado. The landscape elsewhere seems
positively naked without mountains.
Isnt Terri too young to be past retirement?
Terri refers to herself as a former retiree. She left her job
at a banking software company 15 years ago to take care of her
small children. Her old job consisted of debugging programs and
training employees in software, and it required too much travel
for the family. But after a dozen years at home, I decided
the kids had to go to college, so I came back to work.
Even during Terris retirement
years, she kept herself quite active. She volunteered for FISH
of Broomfield, a food bank and emergency services provider, where
she set up a computer system, built a database, and created graphics.
Then she did similar work as a volunteer for an animal shelter
known as Recycled Critter Rescue. At the shelter, Terri also pitched
in by cleaning cages and playing with the animals. The homeless
animals being too cute to ignore, Terri adopted two of the cats,
bringing the number of cats in her household to fivein addition
to an iguana named Izzy who intimidated the cats by waving her
long tail. She ruled the house, Terri recalls of Izzy,
who died last year. Shed walk up to the cat food,
and the cats would back away.
What about her children? Terri and Chris have two
children. Katie, 20, is an astrophysics major at the University
of Wyoming who just wrapped up a summer internship at Los Alamos
National Laboratory. Ryan, 17, is a superb athlete who took second
place in his age group in a statewide gymnastics competition when
he was in his early teens. Lately, hes been focusing on
golfand holding his own against his talented father.
Is Terri still dancing? She and Chris continue
to kick up their heels, enjoying both ballroom dancing and round
dancing (which is choreographed ballroom dancing). They teach
dancing in both Englewood and Wheat Ridge, as well as attend events
such as the International Round Dance Festival and the Brigham
Young University Ballroom Camps. Dancing with your partner
is very romantic. It can be sultry, Terri says. Its
also really good exercise, and its very social.
Terri showed off her form at this years lip
sync contest, where she helped lead HAO to a first-place finish
by portraying the young maiden in a spirited rendition of El
Paso. She also assisted in putting together the production.
I was a taskmaster, Terri says with a smile. David
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