At Welkin Health, we believe a company is only as amazing as its people. We’ve dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of care teams and want to show off the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make that happen. We’ll be doing a Q&A with some of our extraordinary team members to show off the people behind the product.
Our very own Rey Katz is our Platform Engineering Manager and has been with Welkin Health for three magical years. Their vast technical knowledge, product knowledge, and desire to meet customer needs makes them a force to be reckoned with. They’re also an incredible co-worker and such a joy to have on our team. So, let’s get to know Rey a little better, shall we?
Where are you from?
I grew up in rural New Jersey, however I’ve moved around a bit. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for about eight years, but I am currently back on the East Coast in Boston.
What do you love about working for Welkin and why?
I joined Welkin because everyone I interviewed with genuinely cared about their team and the work they were doing to improve patient care. Working in the healthcare industry is extremely meaningful to me. So many tech companies seem like they are causing more problems than they are solving. I appreciate that Welkin is creating a quality experience for healthcare professionals and the populations they serve.
What is your favorite Welkin value and why?
My favorite value is Trust. I appreciate that my colleagues and managers support me expressing my nonbinary gender identity at work. I have my pronouns (they/them) listed in my email signature and Slack profile, and feel empowered to express myself as much (or as little) as desired.
Pets are a big deal at Welkin. We love showing off our furry friends in our #pets Slack channel. So, who is your favorite Welkin pet and why?
Our VP of Engineering, Dima, has two cats who like to join the video call just when the conversation gets technical. It’s always great to see them contributing their opinions to our engineering problems. My coworkers often ask me if I have pet birds or a dog when they hear background noise on our calls. I don’t. The birds are right outside my window and so is the neighbor’s dog!
What is your favorite snack while working from home?
Try this: spread tortilla chips in a baking pan. Cover with a drained can of black beans and (vegan) cheddar cheese shreds, and bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes. Spoon salsa on top and drizzle hot sauce to taste. Best. Nachos. Ever.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Every weekend day I’m out in the forest if the weather allows. I’ve gotten into mushroom foraging this year and learned a ton about what’s edible and what to avoid!
If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?
Living that freelancer/consultant life where you drive around the country in a van seeing beautiful landscapes, sharing your creativity and activism, and slowly running out of cash.
What’s your daily routine look like?
Wake up, make coffee with a french press, and either a protein smoothie or oatmeal. Log on to team check-in meetings where we discuss engineering solutions and share what we’ve been working on. I eat lunch while working, but often take a few minutes to walk around the neighborhood. A few evenings a week I practice aikido (a martial art).
Since Welkin Health is now fully remote, where in your home do you like to work?
I love having my desk in front of a window. I look out at tall oak and pine trees and the condo driveway (so I can see when deliveries are arriving). I switch it up by moving to the couch with a blanket and heating pad when the Boston winter gets too cold and dark.
If you’re interested in working with amazing people like Rey, join our incredible team! We regularly update our open positions on the Welkin Health Careers Page.
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