Up Close and Personal – Happy Holidays from the KTB Staff

As we prepare to close down the office for a few days to celebrate the upcoming holidays, we thought it would be fun to give you just a peek into the personal plans of the KTB staff.  Right now the permanent, full-time staff numbers only four – Jill Henry, COO; Theresa Mathieson, Biospecimen Manager; Liz Way, Outreach and Regulatory Coordinator; and Kathi Ridley-Merriweather, Program Assistant, all under the lead of our Executive Director, breast oncologist Anna Maria Storniolo, M.D.  We are eagerly awaiting the arrival in January of our newest staff member, Steve Githens, the brave soul who will be our IT Coordinator and Database Manager. You can “meet” Steve in his own “up close and personal” article in this newsletter.

Anna Maria is the busy mother of three sons. She and her husband, Joel, are looking forward to having all of their boys at home for Christmas;  Alex is in medical school at Yale, following his parents into the medical profession; Peter is a sophomore at Washington University, and young Nick, who is a regular volunteer for us here at the KTB,  is in the 8th grade.

Jill is taking vacation to match the time her 8-year-old daughter, Rachel Claire, will be out of school.  They will definitely travel to Cincinnati to spend a couple of days with family, but will spend the majority of their break here in Indy, filling their time with activities.  Rachel Claire is a busy second-grader, and Mom Jill will be busy too, transporting her daughter to gymnastics classes and meets, playdates, and cultural activities.

Theresa can’t wait for Christmas, when her three sons will all be at home for several days, spending time with family and preparing for the wedding of middle son, Eric.  Eric and Theresa’s youngest boy, James, are both serving our country as members of the Air Force, and are stationed far from home.  Theresa and her husband Todd know how precious this holiday time will be, with the two younger boys able to be at home with their parents and older brother, Ian.

Liz’s mom and dad are coming down from Kendallville, Indiana to spend a few days with the Way family, which includes Max, age 5, and Libbey, who is now 18 months old, as well as Liz’s husband, Chris.  They have a very simple holiday schedule which is focused on resting and spending time with family.

Kathi and her husband Eric (newlyweds as of August 18 of this year) are excitedly looking forward to their Christmas holiday, the very first one for this newly blended family.  Kathi’s 18-year-old daughter, Ridley, will be at home on a six week break from Columbia College in Chicago, and Eric’s 16-year-old son, William, will spend half of his two-week school break with them too. While a couple days of vacation may be spent finishing up some work in the basement, there will be lots of time dedicated to rest and relaxation, and planned family activities.  Kathi plans to organize a family evening of laser tag, while Ridley and William are looking forward to a trip to the train exhibit at the Eiteljorg…but they aren’t half as excited about it as dad Eric!

Here are a couple of fun facts about the duplication in our office:  both Anna Maria and Theresa are mothers to three boys, both have one boy still at home, and both will soon play the role of Mother of the Groom.  Liz and Kathi both have late December birthdays – Liz on December 26th and Kathi on December 28th. They agree that observing Christmas, their birthdays, and the New Year all in one week can sometimes make for celebration overload.

The staff of the Komen Tissue Bank wants to wish you and yours a joyous and fulfilling holiday season, and a safe and happy New Year!

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