Every other month, this series reports on a stochastically chosen staff member. This time, the spotlight falls on Angie Yarbrough of the UCAR Travel Office.
Disneyland, in early June. Angie and husband Scott--who worked in NCAR Traffic Services from 1995 to 1997--have a seven-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son, so this trip was almost inevitable. But Angie doesn't have any insider knowledge about cheap flights:
"Because we don't make travel reservations through this office, I really don't know the first thing about it."
None. Angie spends her work hours authorizing and processing the paperwork from staff members' trips around the globe, but it doesn't make her itch to get a job where she would be the one jetting off to exotic locales. In fact, she says, "I feel kind of sorry for the poor guys who have to travel all the time. There are so many people on the road so often, and it must get really old."
How she came to UCAR:
Like many of her fellow employees, Angie started as a temp. "I had just had my daughter and we wanted to minimize the daycare expense, so I was looking for a job where I could work evenings and weekends. I started in May of '91; I would come in around one [p.m.] and work till eight or nine at night. I worked as a temp for three years, and then I went full time." Before coming to NCAR, Angie acquired her accounting skills at school and as a store manager for an oil company.
The positive side of her job:
"I love working at UCAR. The benefits are good. I have a lot of flexibility--I work a pretty basic schedule, but if I need to take my lunch hour at an odd time to take one of my kids to a doctor's appointment or something, no one minds. We [colleagues Marian Kelly and Kelly O'Connell] have good teamwork, and there's a lot of respect."
The negative side:
The grumblers. "People think we make up all the rules ourselves. They don't understand that we're just trying to follow rules that are required by the cooperative agreement, and if we didn't, [NSF] could jump on us. If people don't have all their receipts, sometimes they think we should make an exception for them, but because of the volume of travel that goes through this office we can't."
Boulder. Angie's family moved here when she was four, and except for one year of college in Mankato, Minnesota, she's been here ever since. "I hope to be here for the rest of my life."
Where you'll find her twice a day:
Feeding and caring for her five horses, which are boarded on Cherryvale Road. Many people have a horse or two, but anyone who has five is clearly a serious horse person. Angie's had horses ever since she was a child. "That's what we did when I was growing up. After school we all ran to our barns to ride our horses. I was in horse shows all summer; I was in Boulder 4-H. Even when I went to college, my parents took care of my horses." With two young children, Angie has trouble finding time to ride, and right now the horses "live a pretty relaxed life," she says. But she hopes to pick up more riding time as the children require less care, and she thinks she may have a budding horseman in her son. "He loves to be around them, and he has a million toy horses to play with."
Angie nominates Bob Serafin for the best-organized traveler. "He always has all his receipts."