As business manager for the James A. and Joan J. Gardner Family Center for Parkinsonís Disease and other Movement Disorders at the UC Neuroscience Institute, Kelly Lyle gets to follow a business career and enjoy organizing the community engagement activities that are close to her heart, including the Sunflower Revolution Bike Ride and Symposium & Expo Saturday, Sept. 8, in Loveland, Ohio. Here she talks about her job and discloses some cycling skills of her own.
How long have you worked in your current department and at UC?
"I have worked in the Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders, for almost two years."
What is a typical day for you?
"Managing the daily business aspects of the Gardner Center. These tasks include business plan evaluation and implementation, as well as managing business and research operations. I also work very closely with the UC Foundation to ensure community engagement and seek continued support for the center. My kids think I just ask people for money and donations all day long."
What do you enjoy about your job?
"I love the advancement opportunities within my job. I started as a program coordinator and moved up to the business manager within six months. There are always new and exciting responsibilities that can be taken on to help advance my career."
Before you came to UC, what was your background?
"Before I came to UC, I worked part time at the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati in development. I have always been involved in philanthropic endeavors through the Junior League of Cincinnati and other nonprofit organizations. I love to see the community come together to help a cause."
Do you have any hobbies?
"My hobbies are enjoying time with friends and family, staying in shape and helping out in the community as much as I can."
Tell us something people may not know about you.
"I was on the unicycle team for my grade school. I used to flip around on a tiny bar that my brother and his friend were holding, while they were riding 10- foot-tall unicycles. Of course, there was no helmet or safety harness involved. That would be a definite NO-NO today!"