Spotlight on Di Eldridge
Di Eldridge is the Administrative Services Coordinator for the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health (BSCH). She has been working for the department for about three years and as many say, keeps the office running efficiently.
Di was born in Toronto, Canada and has a long history with the University of Florida prior to working in the BSCH Department. Di began working as a secretary with Counselor Education in the College of Education. She was later promoted to the Office of Conferences and Institutes where she spent many years as a meeting planner, traveling throughout the state of Florida setting up training seminars and conferences for the Institute of Food Sciences.
After a short break and two children later, she returned to UF as a Laboratory Manager for Microfabritech in the College of Engineering where she spent 14 years. During this time, she also returned to UF as a student and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.
Di’s position as the Administrative Services Coordinator in the BSCH Department requires that she constantly interacts with the entire faculty, staff, and other administrators within the college of Public Health and Health Professions and she does so without complaint, even in the face of tremendous adversity.
Di’s dedication and continuous diligent effort for the BSCH Department, does not go unrecognized. Dr. Pomeranz, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Academic Programs, spoke enthusiastically about Di.
Di is caring, empathetic, and will do just about anything for our faculty and staff. Her calm demeanor and approachability help create a comfortable atmosphere. By looking at Di you would never know that at that moment she could be balancing a budget, responding to an administrative request, addressing human resource issues with multiple faculty and staff, providing individual training, coordinating with the research core, overseeing multiple staff, processing effort reports, processing payroll, overseeing travel authorization, and many more activities all at the same time. Most of all I appreciate that she would drop all of these activities to respond to a request by a staff or faculty member. She is a wonderful and valued member of our department.
Students and staff expressed similar sentiments about Di.
“Di is always a person I can count on. She is always happy to help with any questions that I may have. Whether it’s sitting down and talking with me, contacting the appropriate person on my behalf, or pointing me in the right direction, Di always takes time out of her day to ensure that I find an answer to whatever query I come to her with. We are very lucky to have Di as a member of our team,” said doctoral student Eric Soule.
A new member of the BSCH staff, Asia Stryker, also spoke highly of working with Di. “One thing that I really admire about Di is how thorough she is. She doesn’t take any short cuts. She makes sure everything is done the right way and I think this helps us set an example in the college and University.”
In addition to Di’s extensive history at UF as both staff and student, she is currently a certified personal trainer and owner of Power Twitch Personal Training (PT²).
On behalf of the BSCH Department we would like to say, “Thank You for all that you do Di!”