Talent Acquisition Specialist Christina Santini has been with Healthcare IT Leaders only since August, and in a sense, she's already outrun some of her coworkers. In October, Christina and two other Boston-office coworkers ran the CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) HERO half marathon on behalf of Healthcare IT Leaders, and Christina beat the other two coworkers. An avid runner, Christina embraces an uphill climb and gets bored when the path is too easy and flat.
Q: How did you get to Healthcare IT Leaders, and to the Boston area?
A: I’m from upstate New York originally, and I started a position in Albany, N.Y., almost five years ago, which had a satellite office in Boston. Plus, my mom and dad are originally from Boston, so I wanted to be there at some point. The Albany branch shut down and gave me a couple of options on where I could go within the company, so I moved to their Boston office. At that office, I met [Consultant Advisor] Taylor Santos, and I kept in touch with him even when I went to a firm for mechanical engineers. In August, he told me about an open recruiting position with his company so I applied for it, and here I am.
Q: What would you do if you weren’t recruiting?
A: Probably something with music. I love music, so probably something like music journalism, or either teaching history, since history was my minor in college.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
A: I love to run. I run half marathons, and I love live music. I’m a huge Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan, so I'm watching their games whenever I can.
Q: What’s your favorite food or favorite kind of food?
A: It would be a tie between Italian food - I love pasta - and sushi.
Q: If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why?
A: I would probably be a German Shepard because they have really awesome instincts. Before I was born, my dad owned a Shepard that was actually part wolf. He was definitely a security system on his own [laughs].
Q: Least favorite animal and why?
A: I hate snakes. I’m petrified of them. They sneak up on you… They creep me out.
Q: What would you do or buy if you won the lottery?
A: I would probably buy my parents a big boat, a yacht, because we had a boat growing up, and being on it with them is among my favorite memories. I think they could use an upgrade.
Q: What gets you up in the morning?
A: Coffee and music. The coffee has to be a Dunkin Donut large iced caramel swirl, and I’ve been doing that every day for seven years. My friends back home know if I haven’t had my coffee, they need to stay away from me!
Q: What about you would surprise your coworkers?
A: One of my goals is to run a half-marathon in every state. I’ve been running for years, and I decided on this goal a couple months ago, so I have three states down. Next summer, I have Vermont, North Carolina and Rhode Island on my list to complete.
Q: Who would you most like to meet, in history or current?
A: I would like to meet Pedro Martinez, my favorite pitcher ever from the Boston Red Sox. I remember watching him for the Montreal Expos when I was a kid. One of my best memories was sitting up on the Green Monster in 2004, watching him pitch an amazing game to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.