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Employee Spotlight: Kathleen Tobelmann

by Douglass Tinker, on March 1, 2022

Each month, we highlight one of our employees by doing a virtual "20 Questions" with them, some of which are about their work with Reusability, and others of which help us get to know them better. This month our employee spotlight is on our  Strategic Partnerships Coordinator (SPC), Kathleen Tobelmann.

  1. What do you do at Reusability?
    1. I’m responsible for engaging new potential partnerships. I’m finding where there may be a need for our services in the market, actively listening to my client’s pain-points, and finding solutions to how we can make their products more operationally, economically and environmentally effective through asset management.

  2. What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
    1. Due to the nature of outreach, sometimes people may assume my position is pushy. In reality, I’m here to be a project manager for my clients and follow up on our next steps and see our conversations through to hopefully kick off a mutually beneficial partnership!

  3. If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
    1. I would love to be a master of soil and plant science. I love understanding new things about my surroundings and our interactions with them. There is so much to learn about our environments that I’m not sure I’ll ever get through it all in my lifetime!

  4. What is the one thing you can’t resist?
    1. A good adventure! I love trying and experiencing new things.

  5. What is your greatest fear?
    1. I have major FOMO (fear of missing out). Sometimes it can be overwhelming because it causes me to take on too many things at once, but it’s also brought me so many new experiences and life lessons.

  6. Where is your favorite place to be?
    1. In the alpine. I love finding my way up to untouched spaces!

  7. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
    1. Not so much weird as unique: as part of my old landscaping job, I got to create floral arrangements for PDGA’s 2018 Disc Golf World Championships.

  8. Of any trips you’ve taken, what was your favorite?
    1. My first solo trip! In 2019, I trained for my first half marathon and traveled from Pennsylvania to Yosemite, CA to run it, followed by camping in the park’s Camp 4, which as a climber, is a legendary historical climbing spot.

  9. Favorite movie?
    1. Captain Fantastic

  10. What do you love doing outside of work?
    1. I spend most of my time doing ceramics and rock climbing

  11. If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?
    1. One of Yvon Chouinard’s first employees at Patagonia. I’ve read some of his books and I’d love to learn what the early culture was like from another perspective.

  12. If you set your music player to random, what are the 3 songs most likely to play?
    1. "Apollo"- St. Paul & The Broken Bones, "Doin' It Right"- Cheers Elephant, or "Didn't I"- Darondo. 

  13. What is the first concert you attended?
    1. Likely an angsty boyband in middle school, I’m much cooler now.

  14. What book did you read most recently?
    1. The Alchemist. It’s a reread but it’s one of my all-time favorite books that I think everyone should read. (And it’s a short one for those who aren’t big on reading!)

  15. What household chore do you hate the most?
    1. I wouldn’t say I hate any particular one, but I hate the inconvenience of when it needs to be done!

  16. What is your favorite type of food?
    1. I’m definitely a foodie – I studied Nutrition in college and love trying new things or anything you can tell me something unique about why it was created the way it was. My go-to might be homemade ramen, street tacos, or tabbouleh.

  17. Favorite TV show?
    1. New Girl or Brooklyn Nine Nine.

  18. What is one thing, big or small, that you are really good at?
    1. I’ve become an expert trip planner. I love traveling to new places (and on a budget) and when I do, I usually create a detailed itinerary. I’ve recently had a few friends and family ask me for travel advice!

  19. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    1. I don’t think I had large career aspirations as a kid. I remember trying to make something up when people asked, but it wasn’t something I could really fathom. I most likely wanted to try a little bit of everything and started narrowing in on environmental-related careers in high school.

  20. Finally, why did you choose to work at Reusability?
    1. I chose to work at Reusability because everything we make has an impact on the planet and my personal mission is to guide businesses to make systems changes that take better responsibility over their impacts. It’s a dream to be working towards this in my everyday work and be doing so alongside a welcoming, collaborative, and invested team!


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