Roman Damena, 25 years

Director, Business & Finance

School of Nursing

Roman Damena

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

When I first started, I worked in the School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology, and I worked in that department for almost three years. I started working at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing on February 12, 2001, as a Senior Financial Analyst. Through the years, I have worked at Emory in many different roles. I absolutely love working at the school.

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

My favorite memory was when my daughter was accepted to Emory and graduated with the highest distinction. I am proud of my daughter. After graduating from Emory, majoring in Economics and Mathematics, she went straight to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, to do her graduate work in Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Berkeley. I am so impressed with the knowledge Emory bestowed on my daughter, which led her to advance her education. 

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

The most significant change I have seen in finance has been switching from FAS (Financial Accounting System) to PeopleSoft Financials. Even though initially it was a struggle, as time goes by, we love the new system. 

Is there anything you miss from "back in the day"?

I like looking forward. I did not miss much. 

What do you hope for the future of Emory?

I hope to keep moving from IT to AI. I love the growth and improvement. 

Anything else you would like to share?

I have worked in a university setting all my life. A university is a place where one can grow and flourish. One can go to the library and read about any topic of interest, learn a new language, or sit in the library and browse.