This edition of Who Makes Millersville Special features Lucie Lehr, coordinator of data integrity in the development & foundation relations department.
Q: How long have you been at Millersville?
A: I have been employed at Millersville since 2001.
Q: Why did you come to Millersville?
A: I grew up in Millersville and returned after serving in the Air Force and living on many bases during active duty and as an Air Force spouse. I already had ties to MU, so I looked into employment here.
Q: Tell us why you decided on a career in data management.
A: It wasn’t planned! I fell into this job when my predecessor retired because I had worked closely with the alumni database in my previous position. I discovered I love working with database technology and information gathering. It’s a great position. I feel I really found my niche.
Q: Explain some of the things involved in your job. What is a typical day like?
A: My typical day consists of seeking alumni updates online (including the Exchange!), running requested data extracts, handling impromptu research requests, troubleshooting data problems and working with my student employees to ensure timely and accurate data entry.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Hands down: helping to raise money for educational scholarships. They are gifts that keep on giving.
Q: You are known as a wine aficionado. Tell us how that came about.
A: It happens when you do a lot of gourmet cooking. Food and wine complement each other well. Plus, I was lucky to have lived in both California and South and Central Europe, so I had access to some of the world’s best wines.
Q: What is your favorite wine?
A. Any wine that is exquisite AND inexpensive. I haven’t found it yet.
Q: Are you involved in your local community?
A: I am a member of the Millersville Lioness Club, serve on the Millersville Historical Commission and recently joined the Lancaster Sertoma Club. See me for Sertoma Chicken BBQ tickets!
Q: What do you do in your free time? Any hobbies? Sports?
A: I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen. And (don’t laugh) I have a vast collection of ethnic music CDs to match the meals. I also enjoy anything creative or educational, from painting to politics to international travel. You will often find me glued to the History and Science channels.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a wonderful 18-year-old cat named Puss. She is my “second-born.” I like dogs too, but I feel cats are more like their wild counterparts, and therefore bring us closer to nature.
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I am reading “The Letters of Ernest Hemingway,” a Christmas gift from my husband in preparation for a trip to Key West.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Anything with fresh garlic and herbs, especially Mediterranean food. Fresh is key.
Q: What’s your favorite place to vacation?
A: The Greek Islands, not only for the beauty and incredible relaxation, but it is like going back in time.
Q: You were recently married. Did you go on a honeymoon?
A: We honeymooned at an eco-resort on the Riviera Maya. It had Mayan ruins, cenotes and a jungle right on the property.