We would like to officially introduce you to our Office Support Specialist and the newest member of the Allerton team, Tien!
Tien started with Allerton during the very first week of the stay-home order, entering her position ready to help and has since been a bright and caring addition to our staff. Along with her day-to-day tasks, she’s also taken on a very important role in leading our COVID-19 staff-focused safety efforts.
“I’m constantly checking UIUC’s COVID-19 website to stay up-to-date on Campus’ policies and procedures. I’m ensuring we have enough sanitation supplies, notifying staff about testing sites, and using signage to communicate safety messages. I’m always thinking about our many visitors and how we can keep them safe as they enjoy the Park as well!”
Check out our interview with Tien to learn more about her below!
How long have you been with Allerton?
About 3 months.
What has been your favorite project so far?
I loved being a part of the plant sale. It was the first time that I got to work with everyone and see an amazing team effort in action.
What was your first job?
My first job was job was a bank teller.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Paying It Forward.
What is something you’ve never done, but would like to do?
Make time to exercise consistently.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
I cannot live without my phone, it is my little computer and an important link to my life.
If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
How to live an authentic and grateful life.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would to learn how to graft trees.
What do you like to do on your days off?
I love to cook, garden and engage with my children. I just got an air fryer and I have been experimenting with making healthy versions of fried food.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
I do not have a typical day. While I have been doing a good deal of training and I have certain tasks that I must perform on a regular basis (payroll, scheduling, phone inquiries, etc.), what I really like is the variety of my day.
What is something you’ve learned in the last week?
Every week, I am training to be more competent in my job. This past week, it has been the front desk software.
What is on your wish list for the next five years here?
Attending my son’s graduation from the University of Illinois and enrolling my daughter at the U of I.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
I would love to travel to try different cuisines.
What do you like most about your position at Allerton?
I am appreciative of my teammates who are very talented and dedicated people.
Do you have any exciting or upcoming events you would like to share with everyone?
I look forward to ballroom dancing at the Regent Ballroom & Dance Center.
What is your favorite thinking spot at Allerton?
I love the brick wall garden, especially the roses outside the perimeter.