We often see the cool stuff OTS creates but rarely see the faces behind the applications. For 27 years Senior Applications Developer/Analyst Jeanne Lambdin has been one of those faces. Jeanne started with Towson in July of 1984 as a VMS VAX systems manager. She was key to the maintenance and support of the FRS, SIS and HRS systems. When Towson chose PeopleSoft to replace these systems, Jeanne quickly learned the new tools and became a key part of the implementation team. She even custom-made the Towson Internship Management System (TIMS) within PeopleSoft; an application used by many people around campus.
At work Jeanne is a quiet, hardworking programmer; but during her free time she’s a world traveler. Jeanne has traveled to Alaska, a number of states and National Parks, and several places in Europe. Her favorite vacation spot so far has been Italy, but her dream is to go to the Amazon.
In addition to her travel Jeanne regularly volunteers with charitable organizations. On several Saturdays each month Jeanne can be found working at the CARES Food Pantry in Govans. The pantry provides food staples to individuals in need, helping as many as fifty individuals on a busy Saturday morning. Jeanne helps the organization by interviewing potential clients to help determine their needs.
During the holiday season Jeanne collects donations for the adopt-a-needy-family program from The House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women and their children. Jeanne says she got the idea to volunteer as she went to donate food at the Senator Theater several years ago. She said she thought about how truly fortunate she is that her circumstances are pretty good. That led her to think about how she could go about helping those less fortunate than her. Since that time she began collecting food and donations and assisting volunteer organizations.
Towson is a family tradition for the Lambdins. Jeanne’s brother Mike also works in OTS as a telecom specialist. He too has a long history with Towson spanning more than 35 years.
Jeanne speaks often of places she’d like to go once she retires. But for now she is busy acting as technical lead on the PeopleSoft Financials upgrade and helping to train new programmers while she prepares for her next adventure!