Staff Spotlight – Cathy Chavez

Meet Cathy Chavez! I manage and care for medical students as they rotate through Pediatrics. I am blessed to be able to work with Drs. Jennifer Jetton and Vanessa Curtis, two of the most caring people I know. 🙂 I’ve been in this position for almost 18 years, but have worked for the UI for almost 30 years.

I have 2 boys: Tyler who is 24 and Cameron who is 18. Tyler graduated from Western Illinois University where he played soccer and studied Finance/Accounting. Cameron is currently a student at UI and is studying environmental policy and sustainability. My husband, Tony, retired from the UI Department of Pathology 2 years ago and now works at the Dental College. And I have 2 golden retrievers, Pele and Messi. Yes, we are a soccer family!

I’m an avid reader – if something is well written, I’ll read it! At various times of my life the following have been my favorites: The Hobbit and the Trilogy of the Rings, Peace Like A River, and Shantaram are just a few. I also garden, craft, and spend time with my friends.

My dream job would be working with David Milarch who has taken it upon himself to clone all the ancient trees. Just working with someone who cares that deeply about the environment and trees specifically would be amazing. However, I do get to help grow future residents and doctors, so my current job is almost as good!

I could eat pho every week and be a very happy person. My favorite restaurant is Pho Zaika, with Red Ginger (for the ramen) a close second.

I once caught David Lee Roth’s bracelet at a concert but didn’t realize what it was and threw it into the crowd. For those of you too young to know who David Lee Roth is, he was the original lead singer for Van Halen. He took a brief respite from that but is back at it again, I hear.

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