Meet a Member: Amy “Pepper” Peplinski
This article was originally published at The Clubhou.se
Amy “Pepper” Peplinski heard about theClubhou.se from the director of her son’s school. “I have worked remotely for over five years. It is nice to have that flexibility, but a home office can have many distractions. theClubhou.se has been very helpful for my productivity by creating a space where I can focus on my work.”
Amy grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio and attended Bowling Green University for undergrad, majoring in Biology with minors in Math and Public Health. Amy remained there for graduate school, earning a masters in Applied Statistics. Aptly, she commented, “I have always known that I wanted to pursue a STEM career. My dad is also a statistician, so nerd is in my blood.” Veering from the theoretical side of statistics, her focus is on the business side of real-world application.
Amy started at Thomson Reuters directly out of graduate school doing healthcare data analytics. She has remained with the same job through corporate acquisitions by Truven Health Analytics first and then IBM Watson Health, giving hospitals the tools to provide better and more efficient care. Expanding on that, Amy shared, “I provide documentation, analysis, and support for models used to predict healthcare results such as complications, hospitalization, and death. Hospital systems can use this information to improve efficiency and quality of care.” As an ever-evolving field, Amy was asked what is next. “I would love to learn more Python. My team has been migrating to new coding languages, and Python seems like a fun and versatile one to pursue.”
Having grown up in Bowling Green and lived in Chicago, Atlanta, and Monterey, Amy says, “Augusta is a nice balance between small town and large city. It’s not overwhelming but there is always something to do.” Amy has been in Augusta for about four years, and thinking about the city’s future, “I’d love to see a growth in community involvement. I’m excited for the film industry coming to Augusta, as well as the cyber infusion introducing new resources.”
She has complimented her analytical work with creative time in local theatre and film. Though to Amy, analytics and creativity are not mutually exclusive. “I love solving problems and developing creative solutions to accomplish goals,” directing her first stage play being a current project. During slivers of free time, Amy says. “I like to research disease statistics. I am currently working on a summary of overall population vaccination rates and disease incidence over time.”
Considering which of theClubhou.se Core Values most reflects her perspective, Amy replied, “Risk Boldly. The past couple years, I have been actively trying to take more risks. It can be easy to fall into routine and be afraid to leave our comfort zones. However, there is no growth without struggle. So, as Ms. Frizzle would say, ‘Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!’”