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Staff Spotlight: Anita Herring, MBA

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Anita Herring

Finance Practice Manager Anita Herring, MBA, was nominated for the Staff Spotlight by her colleagues Marsha Newby and Tara McKellar: 

Anita Herring has been working the in the Department of Pediatrics for five years. In her first position with the department as a Financial Analyst II, she oversaw department space and housestaff budgets.  After a year in that role, she moved into our Finance Practice Manager role for industry-sponsored research. During her tenure, Anita has developed many valuable resources for the department, including several forms for tracking revenue and expenses.

- Marsha Newby, Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

Anita has the unique ability to work in both the clinical and financial arena, which allows her to better determine finances, provide financial advice, negotiate budgets and build research portfolios. Anita’s well-rounded relationship and understanding with both research staff and faculty puts her in a position to serve as a valuable resource to our department.

- Tara McKellar, RN-BSN, Research Practice Manager

In Anita's own words:

What made you decide to come to Duke?
When I graduated from college 20 years ago, I always thought working at Duke would be great place to gain experience.

How long have you been working at Duke and in the Department of Pediatrics?
I have been working for Duke 12 years and working for the Department of Pediatrics for five years.

What are your responsibilities within the department?
I am responsible for managing the finances for all of the Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials. This includes creating and negotiating the budgets, managing the funds once the project starts, invoicing the sponsors and closing the project financially once the project has ended.

Can you tell us about an interesting/memorable day at work?
I think the most interesting/memorable day at work is probably the constant contact I have with our study coordinators each day because there is always some unique situation they need guidance with, from clincards to understanding the budget for the project.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy being able to communicate with so many different people from faculty, staff to senior administrators.

What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Most people don’t know my first job out of college was actually with UNC-CH (Tarheel).

What was the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have received is don’t let the bad stuff direct your path, learn from it, and use it as a teachable moment.

What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the department?
My two passions are traveling (I love to cruise) and ancestry research (I have been working on family history for over 10 years). 

Thank you, Anita for your dedication to the Department of Pediatrics!