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Gail will dance the Salsa with her professional partner, Michael Cahn!
What is your day job?
I’m proud to work at the University of Washington in the School of Medicine. As Director of Human Resources Policy, I consult with academic departments on personnel issues for faculty and staff, as well as student matters, and draft and interpret policy. It’s an honor to support the amazing work that’s being accomplished at the UW on a daily basis.
What is your previous dance experience?
Not much. I thoroughly enjoyed the salsa classes I took 10 or so years ago. Somehow those skills rarely made it to dance floors outside of my house. But, I love, love, love watching dance – especially salsa and, as a former athlete, I’m very coachable. I’m hoping those translate to a great performance.
Why are you dancing for Plymouth Housing?
I’m in awe of the amazing work accomplished by Plymouth Housing and inspired to do all I can to raise money in support of its efforts to end homelessness. Despite stepping way out of my comfort zone, I can’t think of a more exciting and fun way to support an organization that is effectively tackling one of the most complex and challenging problems Seattle faces. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to make my 17 and 20 year old sons extremely proud or utterly horrified — maybe both.
Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?
At first, I’ll keep it with me at all times because I’ll be so proud. Then I’ll find a prominent place to display it at my home and then at my office.