Meet Lesley Tabler, a process engineer in the Office of the President.
Describe your role. What does a process engineer do?
LT: As a process engineer, I look at processes and procedures. I analyze them, then look for areas of improvement. Faster, better, stronger is what I do. Most recently, I've been functioning in a project management role within the College of Medicine and its curriculum change initiative.
What brought you to NEOMED?
LT: I've always loved NEOMED! Being in Northeast Ohio for the past 15 years, I’ve known of the University, and that this is where I wanted to build my career. I have had my eye on employment with the University for about 10 years, and when the right opportunity opened, I jumped. I am honored to be here and be a part of this community.
What excites you about joining NEOMED?
LT: There is a true palpability of life when one steps onto this campus. I noticed that within the first five minutes of my interview. After being here for a few months, I’ve learned that this life comes from President Langell and the new leadership he brings, COM and the curriculum transformation, all of the passionate faculty and staff that I have the pleasure of working with, as well as the students that are focused and eager to master the material. All of this excites me about working for NEOMED. To be able to contribute to an organization with such life is truly a fascinating and unique opportunity.
Tell us about your background.
LT: As an undergrad, I studied psychology at the University of Akron. I also have a master's degree in public administration, along with a certificate in project management and Lean Six Sigma. My career professional career has been built in government, for-profit businesses, health care and now higher education.
I started my career as a systems analyst, developing core competencies in systems and processes, as well as data analysis. I could easily analyze a data set and provide recommendations. As an analyst though, I was not able to work those recommendations through to implementation. I wanted to do something more with the recommendations that I was able to identify, and that is when the Lean Six Sigma and the project management portion of my career developed.
What’s your favorite way to spend time when you’re not at NEOMED?
LT: When I am not at NEOMED, I cherish the time I get to spend with my family. I grew up on the other side of the state, and I love going home to spend time with them.