Vicki Callender

Vicki joined the East Union staff in October 1995. Wanting to be a stay-at-home mom, she took this part-time job because it was close to home and mom could be at her kid's beckoning call in minutes.

Many years later, Marlee and Mason, Vicki's children, are now adults. She tells us that she works at East Union because, "I love it! I love the people! I love the work atmosphere." Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris University majoring in Business Information with a minor in Math and graduated Cum Laude.  She enjoys jogging, swimming, and bicycling with her husband, Dan. In fact, Vicki has participated in five (sprint) triathlons!

Getting to know Vicki

1. Are you a morning person or night person?

I can't wait for the sun to rise. As a matter of fact, people have told me that is one of my biggest faults – I am too full of vim and vigor at the crack of dawn. (However, at 9pm I turn into a blob of nothingness!)

2. What is your favorite motto to live by?

Tom Petty has a song that says, 'never slow down, you never grow old.' I'm not afraid of growing old, I just never want to slow down! Every time I go for a run, I thank God that my body can still move. I pray that I can jog until I'm at least 80-something.

3. Do you play an instrument? If so, what?

The saying that 'ignorance is bliss' kicks in for me when it comes to music. I have never played an instrument nor sung in a choir, yet I must sing loudly. I have had my children elbow me many times during the church service. Especially when I sing my favorite hymn, 'From All That Dwell Below the Skies' (which I have nicknamed the Al-le-lu-ia song).

4. If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?

I'd like to be like Popeye. He was just an ordinary guy living a normal life, until he chose to eat his spinach, then watch out!

5. What TV shows do you watch?

I've really enjoy the Rick Sebak shows on WQED. My summer has been based upon following the Lincoln Highway.

6. What different countries have you visited?

I've traveled many places in the USA. Other than the states, I've been to Mexico (across the Texas border and California border) and Canada (Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Niagra, and to Lake Superior in Ontario).

7. Who has had the most influence in your life?

My mom and dad!

8. If you could have dinner with a famous person (dead or alive) who would it be?

I'd like to have dinner with Max Lucado. He can speak to children as well as intellectuals. Our conversation would be comfortable, unpretentious, and meaningful.

9. Describe the perfect meal?

I can go right now to Fathead's on the South Side of Pittsburgh for the perfect meal! Fried mushrooms with horseradish sauce and a huuugggeeee sandwich overflowing with roast beef and red peppers (and more horseradish sauce). I'll just throw in Gillifty's for dessert!

10. Do you have pets?

I believe pets are calming to our souls. I've always had a dog to comfort me and love me unconditionally. However, I'm not so sure what is comforting about the two corgis, Lulu and Angel, living with us now.