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Trudy San Jose White, LQ

Every NWCPHP training session, steering committee meetins, and conference requires planning and execution. Trudy San Jose White is central to moving these projects from a concept to a finished product.
Trudy San Jose White, LQ

Trudy at the registration desk

April 6, 2011

This is how she introduced herself at a recent steering committee meeting: “Trudy San Jose White, LQ.” LQ stands for Logistics Queen, and she truly is. Every one of our training sessions, steering committee meetings, and conferences requires planning and execution. Trudy is central to moving these projects from a concept to a finished product.

What turns an ordinary staff person into a Logistics Queen? With typical modesty, Trudy says, “I have a list of things to do, and I just go down the list.” She also “knows a lot of people.” She started with NWCPHP shortly before 9/11 and says, “If I couldn’t get it right in this amount of time, it would be time to get another job.” She describes her role in an event as “getting it set up so others can run it.”

She says her approach is “old school” and remembers her mother telling her “if you are going to do a job, do it right.” Judging from last year’s Outstanding Staff Award from the School of Public Health, she does many things right.

The recent Regional Network Steering Committee (RNSC) meeting had her scheduling the facility, ordering the food, assembling name tags and packets, making travel arrangements for the committee members and greeting them at the door, remembering the flip charts and pens, recording the minutes, and smoothing over any snags that might arise.

“Trudy is customer service,” said Sandra Woods, an RNSC member from Alaska. Her Alaska colleague, Barb Smith, has seen Trudy troubleshoot many problems—usually with a smile—and admires how she commands respect.

Trudy commands respect off the job, too. For example, her son Malcolm, accustomed to losing games to his mom, bought her the Platinum edition of Scrabble for her recent birthday.

Family is important to Trudy, who grew up as one of nine children. Her favorite outside job is being a grandma. A six-year-old granddaughter gives her plenty of practice at dressing and undressing Barbie, painting rainbows in watercolor, and having picnics in the living room.

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