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Sandy Whalen-Lariviere, Financial Assistant< CTO

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After spending 25 years volunteering as an EMT, Sandra "Sandy" Whalen-Lariviere, is up for any challenge. Following three years supporting the Department of Surgery, and two years supporting leadership in the Yale Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office (CTO), she was offered the opportunity to work as a Financial Assistant for the CTO. She hit the ground running and quickly learned to navigate WorkDay and familiarize herself with the various COA's (chart of accounts).

When an invoice is submitted in the system, Sandy reviews it to make sure the correct charging was applied, and that the appropriate back-up information is included. She aims to build relationships and work together with a department if there are any issues. In addition to her current role, Sandy has been called on to assist in the procurement, expense reporting, and accounts payable functions for several other sections of Yale Cancer Center, including Research Affairs, Public Affairs, YCC Administration, and Smilow Ambulatory Operations.

"My motto is to treat people the way you want to be treated. I let people know that I am here if they need anything and will work to fix any issues to make sure the process goes smoothly. You can't learn if you stay stagnant, and I like the variety this role offers me," said Sandy.

Michele Dingus, Finance Manager for Yale Cancer Center, recently found herself in need of extra support, and reached out to Sandy. She commented, "I cannot tell you how appreciative I am for all of Sandy's efforts. She has gone out of her way to become familiar with our COA as well as the grants within our section. I don't know what I would have done without her!"

Sandy's supervisor, Jeremy Rubenstein, Senior Accountant, commented, "Sandy has taken advantage of this opportunity [assisting other YCC sections] to not only excel in the position for which she was hired, but to also gain a deeper understanding of the financial operations of the Cancer Center as a whole. She is an asset to the CTO Financials group and an amazing member of the Cancer Center team."