I came to the Department of Entomology in October 1988 to work in the insectory
while pursuing a degree in nursing. After graduating and beginning full-time work at Carle
in pediatrics, I decided to stay on in Entomology part-time to further my quest for the
almighty dollar. After 5+ years in the hospital working with fellow staff to help children
return to wellness or maintain comfort, I left Carle Hospital to work in Carle Clinic
Pediatrics. I have worked there for 4 years and am Dr. Picchiettis nurse. Dr.
Picchietti is a pediatric neurologist specializing in sleep disorders.
I am married with four children. My wife, Vickie, is also a nurse
who works for Health Alliance. Our oldest son, Chad, is an EMT and volunteer fireman. Andy
is a senior in high school, Rachel a sophomore, and Kelly (who often comes to the
department to "help with the bugs") is 7 years old. In my "spare
time," I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and photography.
|Dorothy Houchens. After 16 years (working for only two
heads!) at the same chair in the department, I decided it was time to buy new chairs! Many
faculty, staff, and graduate students have passed through here during my tenure as
secretary and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and hopefully help
such a fascinating group of "bug" lovers. Who knows, maybe I will still be
around to make an entry in the next newsletter (if I have anything to do with it, probably
Tish Cundiff. I
came to the department in 1996 after a 13-year hiatus from the UI. During those years, I
returned to college and received an A.S. in criminal justice while working the graveyard
shift in the ER/trauma center at Carle Hospital. In 1992, I was divorced and have been
busy raising my two children, Jaime and Jeremy, and our kitten, Chewbacca (a.k.a. Chewy).
Jaime graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in May 1999, and is attending Illinois
State University in the fall in education. Jeremy will be in 8th grade this fall. In June
1999, I married Paul Cundiff, a paramedic I met during my years in the ER, now Champaign
County deputy coroner, and will then have two stepchildren, Ashley and Cody, who are 9.
In the few short years here, I have learned that bugs
arent quite as bad as I had always believed. Spiders, on the other hand, are another
story. Lately, all my spare time has been consumed with wedding and graduation plans.
Otherwise, I enjoy reading, looking at houses, and traveling.
I came to the department as an extra-help clerical in January 1993 while Dot
Houchens worked registration at the Armory. In May 1994 Entomology made me a permanent
part-time secretary and that is still my title today. I live in Champaign with my husband
Bob, two daughters, Mary, age 14, and Kathy, age 12, one dog, Tucker, and one cat, Peachy.
In my "spare" time I taxi children to sporting events, band practices, and
any-where else they "just have to go!"