Laura Wolfley-Payán

Laura Wolfley-Payán
Hiring Specialist

As a Hiring Specialist, Laura helps us hire world-class humans to join our team by creating an effective, delightful, and values-aligned candidate experience. Laura has a background in project management and quality control.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Courage Over Comfort is a value that resonates with me the most because it’s a value that I strive to incorporate more of in my own life. Often times, we choose comfort because it is a safe-space, a defense mechanism. Nonetheless, within this comfort zone, there is very little room for growth – growth is the most rewarding yet challenging thing any person can experience. It’s a value and quality that I admire and cherish because it shows that you are invested in your own personal growth journey to be the best you. I say, if you are scared or are fearful of doing something, accomplishing something, aspiring to your goals, etc., do it with fear! Do it anyways.

Pronunciation guide: Laura (La-oo-rah) Pronounced in Spanish. The “rah” is not a hard ‘r’ like in Raw. It’s a soft roll of the tongue. Check out “Laura no está” (Spanish Version) or “Laura non c’è” (Italian Version) by Nek for a fun audio on how to pronounce Laura.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English and Spanish (fluent), Italian (conversational)

Fun fact: I was born in Colombia, moved to Texas when I was about a year old, then Connecticut, then back to Colombia, then to Maine, then to Denmark, then to Italy, then back to Maine and then to Austin, TX and maybe soon Denver, CO.

Nickname at LifeLabs: Don’t have one, yet, (new here!!) but friends and family call me all sorts of nicknames. The list is a little exhaustive but a snippet is Lali, Lala, Wolf, Lauris, Laura Maria.

Celeste Sumo

Celeste Sumo
Employee Experience Coordinator

As the Employee Experience Coordinator, Celeste she helps the People Operations team update employee data and information. Her background is in operations management and she has nonprofit, startup ,and higher education experience. Celeste’s area of expertise is encouraging innovation, excitement, and joy at work!

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs Learning value that resonates with me the most is Find a Way to Play. I believe that it is SO important to be in environments where you can bring your full self every day and others can do the same!

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact:  I won an all-expenses-paid vacation sweepstakes sponsored by the Philadelphia Eagles!

Ashley Schwedt

Ashley Schwedt
Director of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-bias)

At LifeLabs Learning, Ash’s focus is on creating scalable, equitable, and anti-biased systems to support a growing team of diverse Labmates. Ash spent her first four years at LifeLabs Learning as a Leadership Trainer before transitioning into the Director of IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-bias) role. Ash has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, with focuses in Social Systems and Management, and is currently pursuing her Certificate in Sports Social Work.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I feel a deep connection to each one of our values, but Courage Over Comfort is more than just a work value to me–it is how I live my life on a daily basis. It reminds me to advocate for what I think is right, be vulnerable with others, and constantly push myself to grow and learn.

Pronunciation guide: Schwedt (rhymes with suede if you ask half of my family and sweat if you ask the other half; Dealer’s choice!)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I dated an Ashley for 3 years. It was too much to handle.

Brooke Powers

Brooke Powers
Hiring Coordinator

As Hiring Coordinator, Brooke helps the Hiring & Onboarding team make candidates feel supported, included, and celebrated by creating an efficient and enjoyable candidate experience for prospective new Labmates. She studied Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. Brooke’s background is in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me is Always Be Learning. Throughout my childhood and my adult life, both of my parents always encouraged this value to me. It curated a joy in learning and challenging myself. I aim to always seek to grow and develop on a personal and professional level!

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact:  I was in a Church’s Chicken commercial, twice!

Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan
Hiring Coordinator

As Hiring Coordinator, Liz helps the Hiring & Onboarding team make candidates feel supported, included, and celebrated by creating an efficient and enjoyable candidate experience for prospective new Labmates. Liz has a Master’s degree in International Development and Global Health. Her background is in customer service and recruiting.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me is Always Be Learning. Two of the things I’m most proud of in life are going to grad school and living and traveling abroad. For both experiences I was pushed out of my comfort zone and was able to learn so much about what life is all about!

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Audrey Mooradian

Audrey Mooradian
Hiring Specialist

Audrey’s interest areas throughout her professional journey have been infusing DEI into selection/hiring practices, equitable leadership, and engaging in meaningful relationship building opportunities. Her background is in higher education and the living and learning communities within. Audrey has a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Denver and is a proud HEOP Alumni at St. Bonaventure University.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs value that most resonates with me is Open the Circle. I feel that this value embodies the uniqueness and individuality of the various different stories, identities, experiences, and narratives within the LifeLabs Learning community. Something that is really important to me in understanding the individual stories of others and honoring their experiences and perspectives through a lens of empathy and compassion. I also feel that Open the Circle truly incorporates the other values of LifeLabs Learning and I am grateful to truly feel this value through my work.

Pronunciation guide: Mooradian (More-Aye-Dian)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I will walk down the street and unapologetically be singing along to the music I am listening to (so if you see someone doing this in Boston, there is a good chance it is me!!!!)

Nickname at LifeLabs: Auds

Maria Miller

Maria Miller
Team Enablement Specialist

As Team Enablement Specialist, Maria supports fellow Labmates in various critical business areas–through the candidate interview process, onboarding, and beyond. Maria has a diverse background in psychology, personal development, office operations, and the health sciences. Her areas of focus include creating sustainable systems and operations management.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: When Brené Brown uttered the words “lean into the discomfort” in regards to personal growth, the lightbulb went on for me. Our value Courage Over Comfort is a daily reminder for me to keep leaning in so I can keep growing.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun Fact: I have a bowl collection–of all different sizes and colors–and they make me illogically happy.

Victoria Lee

Victoria Lee
Employee Experience Lead

As Employee Experience Lead, Victoria designs and drives initiatives related to team engagement, employee experience, learning & development, benefits, and office operations. She specializes in experience design that champions our core company values and supports our people development and community building.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Work shouldn’t suck. ‘Find a Way to Play’ enables my quirkiness to thrive, reminds me to be present with joy, and encourages me to search for ways to bring delight to someone’s day, as I’ve learned through the Fish! Philosophy.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent) Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, and Hainanese (conversational)

Fun Fact: I pour my milk before I pour my cereal. I like my cereal crunchy. 😉

Nicknames at LifeLabs: Vicky, Vickstar, Vix

Jen Kim

Jen Kim
Hiring Coordinator

As Hiring Coordinator, Jen will help the Hiring & Onboarding team make candidates feel supported, included, and celebrated by creating an efficient and enjoyable candidate experience for prospective new Labmates. Jen has a background in psychology, education, and event management. She has experience working with a variety of clients ranging from non-profits to corporations. Her areas of focus are operations, team-building, and creating an inclusive community.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I love our ‘Always Be Learning’ value because I think investing in my one’s education is the best thing we can do for ourselves! My interests range from learning fun things like pottery and weight lifting to more ‘adult’ things like stocks and investing. Some of my most recent accomplishments include getting my lash extension certificate and real estate license!

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent); Korean (conversational)

Fun Fact: I absolutely love camping, hiking, and backpacking! I love being able to set intentional time to spend with my loved ones and nature without the distractions of technology. My ultimate dream is to live part time in a van traveling the world with my boyfriend, dog, and 2 cats 🙂

Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf

Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf
People Ops Specialist

Jamie has  background in onboarding, project management, and arts administration. She enjoys process optimization, documentation, and a well-formatted database. Jamie received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Theatre and Sociology.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The LifeLabs Learning value that resonates most with me is 80% is Better Than 0%. As a recovering perfectionist, I actively push myself to try new things or present new ideas even if I don’t think they are 100% perfect. It’s not the easiest, but I am constantly reminded that this is how we grow and support others in their journey of learning.

Pronunciation guide: Jamie (JAY-mee) Joeyen (JO-yen)-Waldorf (WALL-dorf)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I have escaped from over 30 escape rooms!

 

Kaitlin Jacobson

Kaitlin Jacobson
Team Enablement Coordinator

As Team Enablement Coordinator, Kaitlin helps new Labmates feel supported, included, and celebrated by driving an efficient and enjoyable onboarding experience. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and has spent a lot of her career working at colleges and universities helping individuals reflect on their goals and how they want to grow. Kaitlin’s expertise lies in thinking about how people and people’s experiences intersect with policies and processes.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: The value of Always Be Learning feels like it really sits at the core of who I am. I have been described, and would describe myself, as “intensely curious,” so continuing to learn, grow, and have opportunities to ask questions and seek out feedback allows me to feel fulfilled and engaged!

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: I can read really fast and will often start and finish a 500+ page book in a day!

Tigger Huisinga

Tigger Huisinga
Hiring Coordinator

As Hiring Coordinator, Tigger helps the Hiring & Onboarding team make candidates feel supported, included, and celebrated by creating an efficient and enjoyable candidate experience for prospective new Labmates. She has a background in direct social services with a passion for advocacy, empathy, and accessibility. Tigger’s areas of expertise include community engagement and DEI.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Be Kind to Your Mind is the LifeLabs Learning value that resonates most with me. I spent 7 years working in social services and healthcare, where it was incredibly difficult to ask for space or breaks. As someone who enjoys staying busy, I sometimes have a difficult time saying “no.” I’m still learning what recharges me, what grounds me, and what brings me joy and peace. I appreciate being actively encouraged to do things for myself that are good for my overall well-being, instead of being expected to be a working machine 24/7. I am trying to lean into the fact that healing, resting, and exploring are all productive things essential to a well-rounded life.

Pronunciation guide: Tigger (Tee-eye-double guh-er) Huisinga (hye-zing-guh)

Pronouns: she/her, comfortable with they/them

Languages spoken: English (fluent), ASL (conversational)

Fun fact: I was a gymnast for 15 years!

Nickname at LifeLabs: Tiggs