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New Crew Member: Kate Mahoney

Published July 3, 2018

Have we told you how excited we are to have Kate on staff? 

As our new QA analyst, her skills and brains are most welcome, and we know she'll find all sorts of ways we can make our software even better. 

(As for her menagerie of desk animals, including a porcelain cat, stuffed chicken, and felt dogs and tiger? BONUS. ❤️)

What brought you to Ten Forward?

I was looking for a new challenge where I could use my QA background! I was drawn to the small size and the great atmosphere here. 

What are you looking forward to learning or doing in your new position? 

I am looking forward to coming up with new processes for QA and testing. I am also looking forward to being more involved in other aspects of the development, like talking to customers and contributing to designs. 

Previously, you were working at a giant software company with thousands of employees. What kind of differences do you anticipate working at a much smaller company like Ten Forward?

It's easy to feel like a cog in a wheel at a big company. I am looking forward to being a more integral part of the team here at Ten Forward.

If you could live in one board game universe, which would it be?

Tokaido! It is based on the historical Tokaido Road in Japan, but the game is really pretty and you get to be a tourist collecting art, buying souvenirs, and eating food. It is very peaceful and mellow. 

You have maybe the cutest cats ever (seriously, they wear bowties). Tell us a little about them!

I have 3 cats and they all wear bowties (or normal ties on special occasions). Their names are Percy, Laska and Mister Garak. Percy is super affectionate, but also a big jerk. He's the type of cat who will stare at you while he knocks your stuff off the table. Lassie is a sweetheart and she makes the cutest little meow when you call her name. Mister G is the most cautious of the three, but he loves belly rubs and loves to cuddle. I also have a mutt named Meera. They all coexist, but Meera definitely loves the cats more than they love her. 

Fill in the blanks: "If I could only ____ one ____ for the rest of my life, it would be ____."

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be SALAD! A little bit cheat-y because salads are super versatile, but I love veggies and I make some mean salads!

What's something about you people might find surprising?

I speak Russian! I majored in Russian in college, studied abroad in Russia and Kazakhstan, and worked at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. 

Favorite board game/video game, TV show/movie, band/musician, emoji.

Board Game: Pandemic
Video Game: Civ VI
TV show: 30 Rock
Movie: The Lion King
Band/Musician: Eli Young Band
Emoji: I love the Facebook Messenger version of the grimace emoji: 😬

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Definitely Star Trek. My cat is named after Elim Garak from Deep Space 9.

Author details

Hilary Stohs-Krause

Co-Owner and Senior Software Developer