Employee Spotlight: Gayle Lucas
Gayle Lucas joined Escape in early 1996, coming to us directly from a school district. She previously worked for two school districts, one where Escape Finance was implemented. Now she is a Project Manager, working with current Classic customers to implement Escape Online 5. What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — There really is so much I like about my job, it’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll pick two. The most satisfying part is working with new users to come up with ways to make their jobs easier. And the second is my coworkers. I’ve never worked with a more intelligent, dedicated and fun group of people!
Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day? — Wow – I don’t think I can do that. One of my other ‘favorite’ things about working for Escape is that no day is like the last. Some days are filled with problem solving, some are dedicated to training and others are focused on designing enhancements and new reports. The variety keeps me enthused.
What have been some of the highlights of your career at Escape? — Each customer that I take live on Escape Online5 is a highlight for me.
What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? —I love to golf, garden, read and travel.
Where are you from originally? — I was born in Downey, CA but most of my childhood was in Watsonville and Salinas.
If you weren’t a project manager, what would you be? — I’d be on the LPGA tour. :) I haven’t always been a golfer – didn’t even start until I was in my 30’s. And I’m not really very good but that occasional great shot is addictive. And the workplace can’t be beat.
What is your favorite food? — Cheese/carmel popcorn mix. I love the salty and sweet together.
What is your ringtone? — My ringtone is a duck quacking. It makes me smile. Last week it rang on the golf course in the middle of someone’s back swing and no one knew it was my phone.
If you could meet one person, who and why? — God. I have so many questions.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — I’d love to fly, especially when I have to drive through the Bay Area.