Throughout the academic year the Staff Council randomly selects a staff member to celebrate in our Spotlight on Staff. Our recipient for the month of January is Sharon Sobotta.
1. How long have you been at Saint Mary’s College?
2. Tell us a little about your job.
3. What do you enjoy the most/find most rewarding about your job?
4. What do you enjoy most about the SMC community/campus?
5. Anything you would like to share about your interests, hobbies, family or volunteer work?
I have a passion for helping people find their voice, making space for all voices to be heard or making all voices audible. This translates well into my work at the college. This year's theme for the WRC is Find Your Voice: Share Your Story, and our entire year-long series of programs was built around making space for stories to be shared. I have found that when you can reach both the mind and the heart, you have a real potential to bring about positive change.
On the theme of making voices audible, I should mention that I'm a member of the unpaid staff at KPFA, where I serve as a field reporter, a weekend anchor for the news department and as a producer for the Women's Magazine. I've had the pleasure of interviewing the likes of Peter and Paul from the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, Eddy Fisher from OneRepublic, and the Today Show super fan Lennie, who showed up on the set everyday for two decades. However, the most important interview I've ever done was with Wanda Johnson, the mother of the late Oscar Grant.
Aside from my life at SMC and at KPFA, the most important thing in my life is my daughter. I am the mother of an amazing little girl, Esperanza, who turns two on Christmas day! She has taught me more about getting grounded and centered than any other life activity ever could have.