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 In The Loop Issue #8 Extended Articles

 



April 1, 2013

Meet The Staff

A Few Moments with PSA Staff Member…

Amanda Taylor

What do you do at PSA?
       I am a graphic designer and get to work on the magazine, advertisements, educational       pieces, and a variety of other printed materials. I get to see members at the annual      conference!

How long have you worked at PSA?
       I interned at the PSA in the fall of 2005 and was hired on full-time January 2006.

How did you become involved with PSA?
       I was an intern with the PSA to fulfill my graphic design degree.

Do you have any skating/coaching experience?
       I’m afraid I do not, however, I am surrounded by a great group of people should I try to   learn!

Do/did you play any sports?
       I enjoy volleyball and softball and am currently on an intramural volleyball league.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?
       I enjoy being with family, photography, volunteering with the local animal rescue community, traveling, and trail riding with my horse.

Where are you from?
       I was born in Iowa, and have lived in Minnesota for the last 15 years.

Where is your favorite place to go?
       I love Wyoming, or for a more local visit, getting ‘up north’ to Duluth, MN.

What is your favorite dessert?
       Tres Leches Cake – yum!

What is your favorite thing to watch? (sport/type of movie/tv show/etc)
       I love a good comedy – Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, and Tosh.0!

What is your favorite form of entertainment?
       Being with my baby girl Charlotte – she is endlessly entertaining!

What is your favorite sound?
       My horse’s whinny and snort.

If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
       Uh oh, I have more than three pets! So aside from the family and pets, I would grab my Canon 7D camera, my computer, and a special photo album.

If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
       Time – more time in the day!

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
       If it were feasible, I’d love a giraffe!

If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose people of 5 professions to come with you, who would you choose?
       A comedian, park ranger, construction worker, scientist, and masseuse.

What is something you do that other people find weird?
       Love animals – we have several pets that I adore – a mini petting zoo!

What were you working on before doing this?
       I was finishing up laying out the next issue of PS Magazine – more specifically, I was creating a table. I love graphic design!


Laura Hanrahan

What do you do at PSA?
I’m the Marketing Coordinator for PSA. I work on promoting PSA and communicating the different events, programs, products, and information we have to PSA members and the skating community.

How long have you worked at PSA?
       I started working at PSA in September 2011, and became a full-time employee in July 2012.

How did you become involved with PSA?
       I grew up in Rochester, MN where the PSA office is located, and knew other PSA employees through the local figure skating club who told me about a job opening at PSA     when I graduated from college.

Do you have any skating/coaching experience?
       I started skating when I was in kindergarten and currently skate on an adult synchronized skating team.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?
       I enjoy traveling, skating, hiking, anything outside, spending time with family and friends, and running. I’m currently training for my first marathon.

Where are you from?
       I grew up in Rochester, MN.

Where is your favorite place to go?
       I really enjoy travelling to and experiencing new places and cultures, but one of m favorite places to go is Hawaii. I spent a semester on Oahu in college and   loved every     minute of it!

What is your favorite dessert?
       I’m a big fan of most desserts, but I generally prefer anything that combines sweet and salty. Yummm.

What is your favorite thing to watch? (sport/type of movie/tv show/etc)
       I love watching hockey or football live, and some of my favorite TV shows are New Girl, Parks and Rec, and Modern Family.

What is your favorite form of entertainment?
       Anything that makes me laugh.

What is your favorite sound?
       Any kind of water really…rain, waves, water fountains, etc.

If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
       My cell phone, my lap top, and….my roommate.

If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
       To have more than 24 hours in a day.

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
       Probably a monkey. Or a dolphin. Or a dog.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose people of 5 professions to come with you, who would you choose?
       A comedian, a doctor, a hunter, a sailor, and a carpenter.

Who was your favorite celebrity growing up?
       I’m not sure I had one, but I was a big fan of Jack Black for a while.

What is something you do that other people find weird?
       I do a lot of things that other people find weird, including eating weird food combinations like grilled cheese with syrup. Yum!

What were you working on before doing this?
       I was updating some material on State Workshops.

 

 


 



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