Andrea Ball BA '89
Andrea Ball BA ’89 is the medical librarian for MultiCare Health System, based in Tacoma, Washington. Her position became permanently virtual last year, which has been good for her work-life balance. It also enabled her to get a basset hound puppy named Baxter. When not playing fetch with her pup, Ball keeps busy with various professional groups, most recently starting her term as president of the Washington Medical Library Association.
Andrea Ball BA ’89 writes: “Happy 30th reunion! Several of our classmates attended Alumni Weekend this past June. Here’s what they had to say: ‘I felt renewed and recharged by Alumni Weekend. It was super fun to stay on campus. Pre-party in the dorms before our class dinner! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much! We held a memorial gathering that included candles floating in the reflection pond. Our education … afforded us the ability to never stop questioning, never stop learning, and never stop empathizing. My classmates’ curiosity, courage, kindness, and sense of humor … never cease to amaze me.’” Contributors to this message include Corena Bahr BA ’89, Scott Pillar BS ’89, Carla Cavenago BA ’89, Serena Cruz BA ’89, Michelle Anderson BA ’89, and other members of the class of 1989.
Andrea Ball BA ’89, after earning two master’s degrees, nabbing a fellowship, and holding several jobs across the globe, says she is “still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.” Currently, Ball is the clinical librarian at the University of Washington at Seattle, where she contributes to patient care by supporting doctors and nurses. “It’s a challenging and feel-good job.”
Andrea Ball BA ’89 is care management and population health librarian at the University of Washington. She works mainly with doctors and nurses, helping them find the best evidence to support patient care. She’s very interested in quality improvement projects and is taking an online graduate certificate program from Villanova University in business process management. There may be another career change in her future. Ball, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, has no children, but she does have a “very handsome” 15-year-old basset hound named Louie.