CUR’s National Office Team is composed of talented professionals who are passionate about the work they do and their commitment to providing the highest standard of service for CUR’s members and community. After all, our community is our family here at CUR. We have taken a moment to interview each of our National Office Staff for you all to get to know them a little better.
Office Staff Spotlight: Janae Douglas
Q: What is your full name, the name you wish to go by, and your organizational title at CUR?
A: Janae Douglas | Janae | Member Service Coordinator
Many people have fancy titles that don’t necessarily describe what they do for the organization to its fullest extent. Can you elaborate on what you do for CUR?A:
The membership services coordinator communicates and engages with CUR members. This is done through emails, phone/video calls, at in-person events, and within the CUR Community. The coordinator manages the member database by ensuring all of the CUR member’s information is up to date and accurate.
Q: What is one thing that most people wouldn't know about you?
One thing most people wouldn’t know about me is that I have been interested in mortuary science since I was a teenager. I wanted to study mortuary science and work at a funeral home to gain experience until I eventually opened my own.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I obtained my bachelor's in psychology from Bowie State University and I am currently in a master's program at American University, who both happen to be members of CUR.
Q: Do you prefer tea or coffee and why?
A: I don’t think I can decide; I love both and drink them at different times of the day. I drink a cup of coffee in the morning and enjoy both hot and iced coffee. I enjoy drinking tea at night especially if I ate something spicy that day. Spicy foods sometimes give me heartburn. I looked up how to get rid of it naturally and learned that chamomile tea will help! A tip for the spicy food lovers out there.
Q: Were you involved in undergraduate research when you were in school or elsewhere?
A: Yes, I was involved in undergraduate research at Bowie State University (BSU). I majored in psychology which involves a lot of research. I was a research assistant my junior and senior years for the psychology department at BSU.
Q: COVID-19 and being completely virtual has had a major impact on many in the US. Are there any positives you have found about being virtual; things that you have learned; new hobbies you have picked up; or something that you wouldn’t normally do if the world was pre-COVID?
A: I would say the most positive outcome of being virtual is spending more time with my 5-year-old son. While it is a challenge balancing work and parenting, I can spend more time with him and watch his development closely every day.
Make sure to check out how to get in touch with Janae and other staff on our National Office Staff page. If you would like to volunteer for a CUR Faculty, Student, or Mentor Spotlight interview, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.