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Senior Administrative Assistant
Author: Aimee Germain
Photographer: Photo courtesy of Kristin Romelhardt
From the first moment I walked into Kristin Romelhardt’s office in Haven Hall, I could easily understand why she is so appreciated and well-respected within the Political Science Department. Kristin has an engaging demeanor and a gregarious disposition, so it’s no wonder her nominators commended her stellar customer service and ability to work well with whatever is thrown her way.
Kristin has worked in Political Science for the last four years as a Senior Administrative Assistant, but she wears many hats beyond her primary HR role. For many new faculty members in Political Science, Kristin is their go-to contact in organizing their move to the University. Kristin’s attitude and desire to make things as easy as possible for others allow for a smooth transition to faculty life at U-M.
Kristin also has plenty of experience diving in to help wherever needed in her department. With a slew of staff transitions during the past year, Kristin filled in at every turn taking on a varied workload and organizing commencement activities for 500 undergraduate students at a new venue. But as competent as Kristin has proven to be in these varied roles, she refuses to take sole credit for the staff spotlight award. She credits her co-workers and administrative faculty team in Political Science for coming together and working together in the best ways that they can.
Prior to her work in Political Science, Kristin worked in a variety of positions in the Biomedical Engineering Department. It was there that she got experience in student services, faculty support, and coordination of student internships. That’s why, if Kristin doesn’t know something, she’s not afraid to call someone and ask. This particular type of fearlessness is valuable for any department with multiple staff departures when the work still must go on. Kristin has stepped in and stepped up whenever necessary, and her department’s chair and key administrator were effusive in their appreciation for her relentlessly calm and organized efforts.
In addition to being her department’s MHealthy Wellness Champion, Kristin keeps herself busy outside the workplace. She’s run “just a couple” trail marathons in the past, but she’s been occupying herself lately with spinning and weaving. She’s also active in her church and volunteers with childcare to get her kid fix since her children are all grown. Kristin has an education degree, and she’s still putting it to use with childcare. You might also find her in the stands at Crisler Arena cheering on the men’s basketball team.
Congratulations to Kristin for her well-deserved LSA Staff Spotlight honor!
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