Gail Rutledge. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)
Every other month, Staff Notes Monthly spotlights a stochastically chosen staff member. This month we profile Gail Rutledge, an administrative assistant in F&A’s Information Technology department.
Never a dull moment in IT:
Gail prefers fast-paced work environments. “I thrive off them and am more productive,” she says. Indeed, her job as an administrative assistant in the Information Technology department of Finance and Administration keeps her on her toes. Gail maintains the IT budget, handles maintenance and licensing agreements, supports 25 staffers, manages travel for the whole IT department, plans retreats, serves as property administrator, and races to meet a variety of deadlines. “There’s never a dull moment,” she says.
At least she gets to wear casual clothes while she navigates this daily whirlwind. “I really like the casual atmosphere and freedom at UCAR,” she says. “No stupid panty hose!”
Gail has worked at UCAR for three years, starting in the Contracts Office and moving to IT after one year. She used to be involved with the Employee Activities Committee and is known for her role in planning the annual Up-the-Hill Races each fall. “The EAC is totally fun,” she says, adding that people don’t realize how hard it is to plan events until they’re on the committee.
Hubby, baby, animals:
A Colorado native, Gail has lived in Longmont virtually her whole life, along with most of her family. Her childhood memories are full of camping and jeep trips in the mountains. Today, she lives with her husband, James, and 11-year-old daughter, Kay, as well as three dogs, a cat, and a hamster. “My hubby, my baby, my family, and the animals mean the world to me,” she says.
Gail’s love of animals isn’t limited to the household pets. She’s not lying when she tells you she’s roughhoused with a tiger cub—as a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center, that is. The Center is a nonprofit zoological facility that rescues exotic wildlife and endangered species, and it provides refuge to lions, bears, jaguars, leopards, lynx, wolves, and other wildlife.
“It’s hard to explain the extraordinary energy I get when I’m physically working around these incredible creatures,” she says. “I’m in awe of their power and beauty.”
Family and church:
When she’s not at work, Gail is probably hanging out with her family, and even then she’s pretty busy. The family spends a lot of time outdoors rollerblading, hiking, and tossing a Frisbee, and they’re also involved at church.
“My very first goal is raising my daughter,” Gail says. “I want her to know we’re so blessed and also know how to work for things that are important in our lives.”
Gail says that she tries to see good in everything that happens. “I love living life to its fullest. I just want to have fun.”
• by Nicole Gordon
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