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We’d like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Ann Trachte! Ann is joining us in a new position as our Institutional Success Manager. In this role she will be interacting with current clients ensuring they receive the support they need and that they are utilizing the Roompact software to their maximum advantage. You may also run into Ann at an occasional conference as she will also be helping us spread the word about Roompact. Ann will be moving to Chicago and joining us in the summer of 2017. We’re pretty excited to have you meet Ann…
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Southern California, BA Psychology
Northern Arizona University, MA Counseling Student Affairs
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Congratulations on your recent graduation from Northern Arizona University with a Masters in Student Affairs! How did you start your journey? Where did you go to college?
I went to University of Southern California, and although I ended up graduating in Psychology, I did a lot of major-hopping along the way! I applied to most colleges as an English or Information Technology major, got into USC as a Film major, switched to Biology Pre-Med as a freshman, switched to Occupational Therapy as a sophomore, and finally settled on Psychology just in time to graduate. Needless to say, I’m interested in a lot of different things.
What were you involved in when you were a student in college?
I was involved in my residence hall’s student government, an Asian American magazine on campus, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly (QUASA), and the United Way. I was also an RA for two years, an assistant at a local psychological treatment facility, a mentor for international students, a peer editor, and a student technical lead.
You obviously had a lot going on in college. Sounds like the typical hyper-involved student leader that gets into student affairs as a career. What is one of your favorite college memories?
Working evenings at the computing center with friends, biking home in a crisp LA breeze, and then grabbing a midnight snack with my fellow RAs.
We’re excited to have you join the Roompact team. What attracted you to us and why are you excited to work at Roompact?
I get excited about both student affairs and technology, so I’m over the moon to be able to combine the two in my career and promote technological solutions to benefit higher education. I worked in residence life for a while without tools like Roompact to help, and it’s fascinating to see what a positive difference it makes. I can’t wait to help schools discover and adopt Roompact!
What philosophy or values inform your work?
I’m all about genuine kindness and open communication. I think it’s important to leave “good ripples” in the proverbial pond of the world, no matter how small, so I seek out work where I can make a meaningful impact. I’m also a big proponent of mistakes being learning experiences rather than something to be ashamed of.
How did you get into the field of higher education technology?
Long story! My very first job was at a summer computing camp for high school students, and it piqued my interest in the world of technology. I took an HTML class and a programming independent study in high school, and although I considered majoring in computer science in college, I eventually gravitated towards psychology and higher education. Meanwhile, I took a few tech electives and worked at my university’s computing center as a technical assistant. In graduate school, I majored in Student Affairs, so I was already deeply invested in the future of higher education. I got involved with Information Technology Services as a part of the Salesforce support team, and ended up as part of the development team for the new university web portal. It was an illuminating experience that really showed me the good that technology could do for higher education, so when I started my job search, I knew what I was looking for!
Mixing it up a bit, what is one fun fact that not many people know about you?
I made it to the National Spelling Bee in 8th grade! Didn’t win, but it was still an un-bee-lievable experience.
What do you do for fun? Any hobbies?
In my spare time I do a lot of reading, gaming, Netflix-watching, chatting with friends, and pondering bad puns (pundering?). I also dabble in video editing. I love doing “escape rooms” and murder mystery dinners, and if you need an elaborate scavenger hunt or Secret Santa planned, I’m your girl.
Anything else we should know?
I have a deep love for capybaras, and I’m the proud adopted “parent” of two capybaras in an Arizona zoo.