Alumni Spotlight, Katie Gayne

Alumni Spotlight, Katie Gayne

Please share a few of your favorite memories about your time at UMA

I will be forever grateful for all of the memories from my time spent on both the soccer and basketball teams. I was able to make lifelong friendships with my teammates and am proud to say I am part of the Moose family. Other favorite times included my time spent on alternative spring breaks including a volunteer trip to New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina and a trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania working with Habitat for Humanity.

How did your UMA education prepare you for the world after graduation?

The accessibility of the professors greatly contributed to my preparation for the real world. Working in accounting there are many fundamental concepts to be learned. If I did not understand something it was easy to reach out and they were always there willing and wanting to help me succeed. My UMA education taught me to always use the resources that are in front of me.

What lessons did you learn as a Moose athlete that have benefitted you as a professional? As a person?

Being a Moose athlete helped me to build character and credibility. In sports and in your professional life teammates are relying on you to bring your best efforts to the table and to do it with a positive attitude. Coach Jennifer Laney taught me that it is the choices we make that determine our success. Things don’t happen by chance. You must always be prepared to put in the work and the rest will fall into place. The best part of it all is you can look back and be proud.

What UMA coach, professor, administrator, or classmate had the most influence on your time at UMA? Why that person? What was their impact?

Tom Giordano, my advisor and professor for multiple classes, influenced me the most. Tom sincerely wants his students to achieve all that they can while at UMA and in the future. He would even come to athletic events to support his student-athletes. Tom periodically invited his alumni back to class to share their stories to help students understand what kind of opportunity is out there for the future. I was fortunate enough to present my story to one of his classes a few weeks ago. To this day, I know that Tom will always be available to bounce career ideas off from and he has the knowledge and experience to help.

What advice would you give to current and future student-athletes at UMA?

Don’t underestimate the importance of networking. You never know who you will meet and where it could take you. Choosing to attend UMA as a student-athlete is choosing to be part of a family. People will be on your side cheering you on every step of the way. Use the resources in front of you. There will be hard work to do, but there will be plenty of fun as well so don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

What have you been up to in your professional life?

Currently I work as a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst for VCA, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA which is the largest family of animal care providers nationwide. I am fortunate enough to be able to combine my technical skills with my love of animals and even get to bring my dog to the office with me. Aside from that I am finishing up my Masters in Accountancy at St. Joseph’s College of Maine and will begin to prepare for the CPA exam this summer.