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Rachel Venezian
Rachel Venezian

How long have you been at Bullis?

Since June 2020

What role or roles do you play at Bullis? If you are teaching faculty, what do you teach? 

I am Bullis' Director of Finance and Operations.

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

I value education and enjoy working in the field. As an added bonus, I really enjoy being able to talk to faculty (teaching and non teaching) about their areas of expertise.

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

While I have only been working at Bullis for a short while, I have felt welcomed by the community.

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

I enjoy biking, trail running, reading, and board games.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately? 

Silver Spring Stage's production of Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol by Ken and Jack Ludwig and Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?

While I believe there are many urgent global challenges and I would hope that we don't need to address a single one before we start addressing others, since March 2020, I would prioritize containing the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics as an issue that needs to be tackled immediately. I see myself contributing to positive change in my work on Bullis' health and safety and COVID-19 testing protocols to make sure our community is informed and doing what we can to prevent spread and identify cases of the disease. Additionally, I think it is critical that I make sure that my family and I are following the safety protocols in my personal life.

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them?

I taught math and science to middle and high schoolers in a public school in Burkina Faso for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, I participated in the WHO campaign to eradicate polio from Burkina Faso by participating in vaccination drives and helping administer follow up surveys. I was delighted that in August of 2020, wild poliovirus was finally declared eradicated from Africa (some 21 years after I had worked on the issue).

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