Rie Calcaterra, 30 years

Business and Research Manager

School of Medicine

Tell us a little about the work you’ve done at Emory throughout your career.

I was hired into the Department of Neurology as a Medical Secretary. I left Neurology (and Emory) in 2006, after working as a Program Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Project Coordinator, and Senior Business Manager. I was re-hired into Rollins School of Public Health as an Associate Sponsored Research Administrator and worked there from 2007 - 2008. In 2009, I transferred to Emergency Medicine and have worked there ever since. Since the early years, my focus has been primarily on research and grant related activities. 

What are some of your favorite memories of your time at Emory?

I have many very pleasant memories, but I have most enjoyed the people (physicians and staff) that I've been able to work with over the years. I joined Emory in my late-20's (just a baby), and most of my long-time friends have been individuals that I have worked with at one time or another. My life now would certainly be very different if not for Emory! 

What are some of the most significant changes you have witnessed over the course of your career?

Again, I've seen so many changes over 30+ years. The biggest has probably been the challenge and the treat of seeing so much of what I do transition to electronic tracking and linking. The change from the prior grant administration system to Compass was a big adjustment, but it has made a world of difference. The current highlight (for me personally) has been the opportunity to work remotely, which has made it possible for me to work while enjoying the North Georgia mountains and to still spend nights and weekends with my grandchildren and my parents, who are scattered across the country. 

Is there anything you miss from “back in the day”?

Plenty, but not necessarily Emory-related. I have appreciated the growth and changes that have been associated with my job(s) at Emory, and I have enjoyed being a part of so many important research activities. 

What do you hope for the future of Emory?

All the best for Emory going forward. I know that leadership will continue to take Emory in the right direction, and I'll always be proud of the time I've spent here!