Employee Spotlight: Rachel Yudell
From her passion for ice cream to her excitement for tackling QA challenges, Billtrust’s Senior QA Analyst, Application Support. Rachel Yudell does it all. We sat down with Rachel to learn more about her for her Employee Spotlight.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
I can’t ever choose just one favorite place to travel, so I’ll narrow it to my top 2. First there’s Las Vegas – I’m not a gambler, but I’m a people watcher and there is no better people watching to be had than there is in Vegas. Plus, I have a strong affinity for places that never go to sleep. My second favorite is Disney World – The photo I shared for this spotlight was taken at on my most recent trip, and as you can see, I am having the Best Day Ever. Disney World is my happy place.
What is your favorite food?
In my life I have had one true, enduring food love: ice cream. Ice cream is probably the only food that I could happily eat multiple times a day, every day and never tire of it.
If you could meet anyone in history and talk to them over a meal, who would you choose and why?
I would like to meet Sophie Scholl. Sophie was a member of a non-violent resistance movement in Nazi Germany (The White Rose). She was an artist, a teacher and a student. At age 21, Sophie was arrested while distributing leaflets on campus. She was tried, found guilty of treason and executed all in the same day. As a lifelong believer in the power of social dissent and peaceful protest, I’ve always been in awe of her. Every action I’ve ever taken part in, every protest I’ve ever attended, every cause I’ve ever fought for; she is there, in the back of my mind.
How long have you been at Billtrust, and what is your favorite part of your job?
I started working at Billtrust just after Thanksgiving in 2012, so I’ve been here for almost 5 ½ years. What I like most is the challenge. For me, QA is like solving a puzzle, and I’m always learning. I also really enjoy working with my team and all of the other teams that we interact with. The satisfaction and enjoyment that I get out my work (and co-workers!) on a daily basis is immense.
As a child, what did you want your adult profession to be?
When I was 4 years old, I decided that I was going to be Cher. When that didn’t work out, I decided to be a bird. When I finally accepted the fact that I couldn’t fly (not for lack of trying!) I settled on being a research psychologist. That pretty much remained the goal up until my junior year of college. Spoiler: that didn’t happen either, but I tried.
What is something interesting about you that everyone at the office might not know about you?
I was a theater minor in college, and I spent most Friday evenings doing improv comedy on campus. Shakespeare was the only drama I ever actually enjoyed performing, and I have played, or stood in for, all of the roles in Macbeth.
We want to extend a special thank you to Rachel for taking a few minutes to meet with us and answer our questions. Connect with Rachel here, on her LinkedIn profile.