Meet Lisa Rager, Administrative Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

About Lisa

What led you to a job at Cerium Networks?
I had been working as a paralegal in family law for about a month. My employer was not able to train me as intended so they let me go. While it was a tough pill to swallow, I found that it led me to exactly where I wanted to be. I began skimming through job openings on Indeed and the first one that I applied to was Cerium’s Admin Support job; it was perfect. I had recently earned my AAS in Accounting and the job description was looking for someone in an Accounts Payable position, as well as reception duties. It felt like a great fit and I checked every box that the job asked for.

What is your favorite part of working in Technology?
My favorite part about working in technology is the endless opportunity that it brings. Technology is constantly expanding, and I am excited to see what the next decade will bring in advancements.

Outside of technology, what is your dream job?
My dream job would be in a position where I am making a difference to the customer or the public, not matter how small it may seem. I do enjoy working with numbers, so I would like to go back to school at some point to work towards my CPA so that I may continue to grow in an accounting role.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cerium?
My favorite part about working for Cerium is the culture and drive to reach the core values. This is the first job that I’ve had where I wake up and I am excited to go to work and contribute to the company’s goals.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
When I am not at work, I enjoy being with my family. My son just started Kindergarten, so we practice reading and writing every night. I love seeing the world through his eyes.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
The craziest thing that I ever did was when I went skydiving two years ago. I have a fear of heights, so it was nice to overcome that.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am very active in my community and I volunteer on a regular basis. When I was younger, my family and I were homeless for a brief time and we relied on the support of the community to get us back on our feet. I spend every Sunday morning volunteering with a local non-profit called “Giving Back Packs”. We hand out backpacks filled with everyday essentials that most of us take for granted. It is my goal to make sure that everyone, regardless of choice or circumstance, is treated with dignity and respect.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?
I am a big fan of science fiction. My all-time favorite show is the X-Files.

Who is your idol?
My idol is Julia Child. She began her career working for the US Government during WWII. After the war, she moved to Paris where she was introduced to French cuisine. She attended a historically all-male culinary institute while in France. Her biggest obstacle through school was that none of the cook books were written in English. So, she wrote her own book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, and began a new career in Public television where she taught everyday Americans how to cook. Julia herself did not learn how to cook until her late 30s, showing that it’s never too late to learn something new, or be the person that you want to be.

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