Employee Spotlight: Monika Ingalls, EIT
Monika Ingalls, Environmental Engineer, and Friend to Animals
1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I wanted to work in Burlington and Hoyle, Tanner was a good-sized firm that had a lot of interesting projects that drew me in.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The summer has been my favorite so far because there’s a good mix of fieldwork with office work.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I recently attended a 3-day training on Industrial Pretreatment, a service Hoyle, Tanner has provided for dozens of clients, and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned on an upcoming project.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Coming home to my dog after a weekend away from him.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two – Vermont and Massachusetts
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Burrito & tortilla chips
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have five pets. Two cats, Mandy and Cosmo, who are named after cartoon characters from shows me and my sisters watched as kids. Two golden retrievers, Athos and D’Artagnon, who are named after two musketeers. And I have a little Chihuahua mix named Tobey, after Tobey Maguire because I’m a huge Spider-man fan.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Burlington is home to the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet!
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
Pass the PE exam, go to Europe, see Wicked on Broadway.
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
A boat, a captain to sail the boat, and my dog Tobey.
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
A ‘Crew & Cast’ shirt from one of my sister’s elementary school musical shows.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
I don’t really have an explanation for it, but my favorite quote is “one day a wolf bit a man and the man caught it. Magic or science, it’s all the same. The only thing magical about it is that we can’t explain it.” – Maggie Stiefvater. It’s from a book I read in middle school where they try to explain the origin of werewolves. I don’t know why it’s stuck with me so long, but I love it.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
It varied, but it was between a zoo doctor and a chef for a long time.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“This was a terrible idea!”