As We Wrap-up May, We Welcome June

May 2020 was like no other we’ve experienced in our lifetime. It’s been a tough month for humanity in general, but gratitude has helped us weather these challenging times. As so many people world-wide struggled to deal with job losses, at Navitas Data Sciences, we were fortunate to not only keep all our team members gainfully employed, but even added to our staff.

We welcome Jeffrey Hohensee, Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst I and Georgina Slavoff, PhD, Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst I. We’re happy to have you both on the team, Jeffrey and Georgina.

Four team members celebrated work anniversaries in May:

  • William Hoskins – 9 years
  • Steven Camis – 4 years
  • Christina Casteris – 4 years
  • Keith Brown – 4 years

Thank you notes from our clients are always such a joy to receive. They are constant reminders that what we do at Navitas Data Sciences really matters, and it’s so rewarding when the hard work of our team members is acknowledged in writing.

Gordon Cunningham and Brian Rock received their 5th letter of appreciation from one of our long-term clients this May. We are so very proud of your accomplishments regarding the important submission you’ve been working on. Many thanks for all you do!

Congratulations to Curtis Wolf for the wonderful thank you note you received from our client! We really appreciate all the hard work you’ve put in for our clients for the past 20 years, and in particular, the expertise you have applied to your recent assignment, and the patience you have exhibited in its execution. Thank you!

Kudos to Mike Mitchko! We received truly wonderful feedback from our client regarding the flexibility and adaptability you have shown on this last project. We want to thank you for all the focused effort that you put into your work.

This May, our Employee Spotlight shined on Project Manager Kristi Mahadocon. It is always fascinating to learn about the interesting lives our team members lead in their off-hours. Their stories are always unique and often inspirational. Kristi is a triathlete in California and uses many skills and disciplines from her athletic training in her role as Project Manager. If you’re not familiar with the sport, a triathlon consists of three grueling endurance races, swimming, cycling, and running, performed in quick succession, often taking over 16 hours to complete! It’s really a fun read, and you can find it here: PM Kristi Mahadocon is Not Quitting Anytime Soon

Now that May is over, we welcome June with open arms…we’re ready for a little sunshine, outdoor barbeques, the first day of summer (June 20th), and Father’s Day (June 21st). Our CEO Matt Ferdock is a very active member on the Board of Directors of the Burn Prevention Network and reminds us to be mindful of grill safety as we enjoy cooking outdoors.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that in recent years, an annual average of 10,200 home fires were caused by outdoor grilling accidents. Please review these 10 safety tips and share them with family members.

1. Grill outside and away from your house and other structures as well as overhanging tree branches.

2. Make sure your grill is stable, on a flat surface, and unable to tip over. Grill mats are recommended underneath grills that sit on decks and patios.

3. Keep your grill clean; remove grease buildup from your cooled grill and the catch-tray after each use.

4. If using a charcoal grill, be sure to allow the coals to completely cool off, then dispose of them in a metal container.

5. If using a gas grill, check for propane tank hose leaks before the season’s first barbecue by applying a soapy solution to the hose and look for bubbles after turning on the grill. If you smell gas or have trouble lighting the grill, take caution; you may have a leak.

6. Make sure your gas grill lid is open before you light it; if the flame goes out, turn everything off and wait 5 minutes before re-lighting.

7. Never leave a lit grill unattended, and do not allow children or pets near the grill. Do not attempt to move a lit or hot grill!

8. The safest way to start a charcoal grill is with a metal charcoal chimney starter that uses newspaper instead of starter fluid. If you do use a charcoal starter fluid, never add more once you’ve started the fire and keep all other flammable liquids far away.

9. Wear tight-fitting clothing when tending a grill; sleeves, apron strings, and shirttails can catch fire easily.

10. Be prepared! Have baking soda on hand in case you need to put out a small grease fire; never use water to put out a grease fire! Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand nearby in case of a larger fire.

We wish you a wonderful June. Happy First Day of Spring, Happy Father’s Day, and happy grilling!

BBQ is fun to eat

Ribs & Sauce, spicy-sweet!

But, alas, I must confess

It leaves your face an awful mess!

by Janine Tinklenberg

Should you wish to donate to benefit burn survivors or to support burn prevention, here are some suggestions:

Camp Susquehanna is a summer camp for children whose lives have been impacted by fire accidents and burns. This year the camp will be held virtually and could really use your support.

SPIRIT Scar Research Fund raises money for the advancement of research necessary to develop techniques and treatments that influence scar development in a way that allows more survivors to return to a happier and more productive life.

The Burn Prevention Network provides burn injury prevention education, materials, and advocacy throughout North America with the ambitious mission of creating a World Without Burns.