Welcome to Financial Training, Carla!

We recently welcomed aboard Carla Wood, Financial Training’s newest Training and Development Specialist. Please join us in welcoming her to the team by getting to know her in the interview below!


Q: Tell us a bit about yourself

A: I am a mom of 3, a grandma of 8, and a wife of one husband. I am a motorcycle rider (not a biker, a Motorcycle Enthusiast), and I love to sew and make designer teddy bears. I began my career in training at the State of Ohio Department of Development where I taught the states Quality Initiative, Microsoft classes, and several others. I then moved to The Ohio State University Marion campus to build an Access desktop database to track their training projects and I taught Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook classes.

Q: What interested you in working in the Financial Training department?

A: Teaching others is my passion. I love seeing the Ah-Ha moments when a student lights up when they have learned something new, like when I teach a Microsoft class and a student learns how to solve a problem they have had in the past.

Q: What are you hoping to bring to Financial Training?

A: I am hoping to share my passion for training and my focus on improving processes. And I hope to help the Financial Training office make buckeye Learn classes engaging which will result in a higher knowledge, skills, and abilities retention rate.

Q: What do you like to do for fun outside work?

A: I like riding motorcycles, camping, playing with my grandchildren, entertaining at my house, drinking wine, sewing, and playing with my new Shih Tzu puppy.

Welcome to Financial Training, Candace!

We recently welcomed aboard Candace Harris, Financial Training’s newest Technology Training Developer. Please join us in welcoming her to the team by getting to know her by the interview below!


Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?

A: Well, I previously worked for the state of Ohio in the OAKS Financials Program Management Office. We provided support for five of the financial modules that the state uses in PeopleSoft, and my team was responsible for the training and support and then also the functional side of those different PeopleSoft modules that the state uses. So I have experience as far as the functional side of financials, and then the training side of things as well. I was with the state of Ohio for two and a half years before moving into this new position, and before I worked for the state of Ohio, I was with Alliance Data also in a training and documentation role there. So that’s my background as far as career wise.

And then on a more personal note, I graduated from Ohio State in 2007. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio all of my life. My degree is in anthropology which I know is not really related to financials, but I kind of found myself in the training field so I’m grateful for that.


Q: What are you hoping to bring to Financial Training?

A: As far as what I plan to bring to the Financial Training Department, I have experience in the financials as far as PeopleSoft and then also I have experience with documentation and instructor led facilitation as well. So I hope to bring my background in facilitation and documentation as well to the team and just my expertise in training in general.


Q: What do you like to do for fun outside of work?

A: Outside of work, I like to shop, I like to travel, and I like to  go to nice restaurants.


Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus?

A: I have to say my favorite restaurant in Columbus is J. Alexander’s. That’s probably my favorite. I’m excited they opened a location in Easton.