10-Second Bio: Brandi Schmitt
Name: Brandi Schmitt
Title: Director of Anatomical Services
Department/Unit: Health Sciences and Services
Location: Franklin, 11th floor
How long I’ve been with UCOP: I started at UCOP in May of 2005 and came from UCD where I had worked since 1997.
What I do for OP in five words or less: Enterprise oversight: anatomical donation programs
The best part about working for OP: Other than working with OP’s diverse and amazing staff, I find it very exciting to be part of extreme change at a world-renowned institution. Even on the difficult days I know the important changes we implement today will impact generations to come.
Something you don’t know about me: I train and handle a search and rescue K9. He’s a five year old Gordon Setter named Cyrus and is certified in wilderness trailing and working toward other certifications. We are members of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and of CARDA- the California Rescue Dog Association. Cyrus loves to search and works so hard- he fell asleep in the back of the police car after our last search!
One weird fact about the town I grew up in: Yakima, Washington is well known for its apples and tree fruit orchards and, in more recent days, for its lovely wines but few people know that 75% of the nations hops is grown there too!
If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now), I would be: Ooohh- a behavioral veterinarian (read- legit dog trainer), chef, criminal investigator, personal shopper, author of mystery novels, perfume maker… I could go on and on.
Wow, that’s really interesting about the search and rescue dog training. That must be hard work!