Department welcomes new Business Manager, Beth Peloquin
On August 24, 2020, Beth Peloquin joined the department of psychology and neuroscience as its new Business Manager. Peloquin replaced long-time department Business Manager Cynthia LaMaster, who retired from Duke after 30 years of service. The hiring process took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Peloquin's interviews were conducted remotely via Zoom. Here, Peloquin shares a bit about her previous work experience and some of her personal interests.
Can you describe your first week at Duke?
"My first week at Duke was in 1998 or so, in the Department of Biochemistry — my middle-aged brain doesn’t remember much about my first week, other than I enjoyed meeting my co-workers."
What do you appreciate about Duke?
"Over the years, I appreciate that Duke acknowledges and rewards Duke experience."
What were you doing prior to your arrival to Duke?
"I’ve had a strange assortment of jobs in life: everything from a recording industry talent scout to a short-order cook to a real estate salesperson. In my eighteen or so years at Duke, I’ve primarily been in administrative roles within the School of Medicine overseeing pre- and post-award grants — especially training grants, program and project management, staff supervision, and all things finance."
What is the first job you ever had?
"My first official job — besides babysitting, housekeeping for my father’s architectural firm, etc. — was parking enforcement for UNC football games. I was only about 14 and I had to ticket illegally parked cars or when caught in the act, tell them to move. My middle-aged brain does remember once telling a man who claimed he was important and had a right to park there that, he in fact, did not have a right to park there. Somehow that freckle-faced kid got him to move. I try to channel that grit from time to time."
What is your hometown?
"DePere, Wisconsin for my first seven years; thereafter I’ve bounced between Chapel Hill, Durham and NYC."
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
"Birdwatching, gardening, reading primarily non-fiction; playing violin and guitar; long walks with my one-eyed dog (my second one-eyed dog)."
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
"Fake it 'til you make it."