Kay Campbell to retire
Kay Campbell has been there for Fermilab employees for 18 years. Birth, death, marriage, retirement - during each life-changing milestone, the human resources assistant has helped employees navigate the benefits process.
Campbell reaches her own milestone Dec. 31: retirement. Today is her last day at the laboratory.
"Kay will be taking with her history and knowledge of the laboratory that those of us remaining don't have," said Scott Lindsey, a human resources administrator in the Benefits Office. "At least several times a month a question or situation comes up that I have never heard of. Kay knows."
Campbell joined the Fermilab Benefits Office in 1991 after working secretarial jobs and customer service positions for an insurance company.
"I really enjoy helping people," Campbell said. "We assist so many people. I learned to listen and communicate with them to help them better understand their benefits and help them with their problems. I feel that I've treated everyone with the same respect."
Lindsey, who has worked with Campbell for the past seven years, said he'll miss her thoughtfulness and knowledge.
"Kay is virtually unflappable. She is calm and reflective in most chaotic situations," he said.
During her time at the laboratory, Campbell has helped employees understand the changes in their benefits, such as a new life insurance plan and adding new benefits. She has helped foreign employees figure out the benefits they need, and has handled delicate, personal situations for employees, such as wage garnishments.
Campbell plans to garden, do floral design and spend time with her grandson when she retires. Although Campbell said she'll miss the people at Fermilab, she is happy to have helped so many people over the years.
"Helping people was my biggest contribution," she said.
Weather permitting, please stop by and say farewell to Campbell from 1-5 p.m. today in the Benefits Office, WH15W.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski