How long have you worked at SRAHEC? I have been with SRAHEC for 6 months.
What do you here at SRAHEC? I am a tobacco treatment specialist. I reach out to individuals who are interested in quitting tobacco, enroll them in quit tobacco groups, and facilitate these groups. I also schedule the groups and assist with marketing.
Can you tell me a little about yourself? I was born in Florida. I moved to Gainesville about 8 years ago to obtain my master’s degree in public health. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, kayaking, and going on hikes with my boyfriend and our four dogs. I also like spending time with friends and family.
What is your favorite part of your job/What has been the most rewarding part of your work so far? The most rewarding part of my job is making a positive impact in people’s lives. Many of our participants are grateful for the services we offer.
How long have you worked at SRAHEC? I started working at Suwannee River AHEC in October 2012, so I’m working on 9 years.
What do you here at SRAHEC? In my role as an event planner I work directly with our partners and their stakeholders to plan and execute continuing education events. We serve as the event planning team for many groups and associations who have the audience for an event, but do not have the staff, resources or know-how to organize one. My work includes serving on planning committees, working with speakers, setting up the registration site, coordinating with exhibitors, processing payments, designing marketing pieces, applying for various professional credits, writing grants, and launching exciting new technology, like the virtual attendee hub and app that a few programs will be using this spring. I also enjoy working with hotels and venues to plan the meals, layout and flow of an event. Seeing an event, either in-person or virtual, come together and triaging any needs that come up is also exciting.
Can you share a little about yourself? I am originally from Loxahatchee, Florida, in western Palm Beach County. I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Journalism. After some time as a newspaper reporter, I was hired at Suwannee River AHEC. I’ve found my writing background to be very helpful as communication is key in event planning. In 2018, I earned my Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, shopping and traveling with my husband, Andrew, in our RV. We also have a 5-year-old Rottweiler named Tucker.
What is your favorite part of your job/What has been the most rewarding part of your work so far? Events often start out as large, loose ideas. The planning process of drilling down from the big picture to the necessary steps and tasks appeals to me. Of course, seeing our hard work and effort come together in a successful event is very rewarding.
Beth Pate, Program Specialist Meeting and Association Services, celebrating her 1-year Anniversary in February. We are so delighted she is part of our team!