Employee Spotlight: Dayna Kelsey

Dayna began working at Escape Technology in December of 2006. Previously, she was an  independent contractor for over 15 years, specializing in bookkeeping and accounting services. In addition to managing the Escape Team payroll and HR functions, Dayna is also a project analyst. What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — Having been self-employed for so many years, pretty much working solo, not only do I love getting a regular paycheck :) but I really enjoy being part of a team! There has been a tremendous opportunity here at Escape to learn!  Each day brings a different challenge which (hopefully) leads to an accomplishment.  It’s also nice to work in a low key and friendly atmosphere.

Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day?  — Every day is a little different since I have a few job titles:  Accounting, HR, and Project Analyst.  A day can involve anything from sending out billings to facilitating project meetings, running payroll or dealing with HR issues and/or planning the logistics of our next company meeting.

What have been some of the highlights of your career at Escape? — Prior to working at Escape, I had been self-employed for almost 20 years, so making the change to come to work full-time was one of the best decisions I've made.

What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? — Without a doubt (shooting/editing) photography.  In fact, I just completed a photo book of my trip to Paris!

Where are you from originally? — I am from Santa Barbara.

If you weren’t an accountant/HR/project analyst, what would you be? —  I’d be a photographer, traveling the world.

What is your favorite food? — Chocolate anything!  It is fabulous.  There is nothing like it.  Leave out the fruit though!

What is your ringtone? — My ringtone is some generic ringtone that came with my phone.

If you could meet one person, who and why? —  An architectural photographer because it's my favorite thing to shoot.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — I wish I could take away the need for sleep.  Although I love sleeping, think of how productive we could be with an additional 6-8 hours in our day!