Featuring Judy Donovan Hann as our employee spotlight today! In this photo, she's wearing a blue sparkly dress and white shall at her daughter's wedding.

Judy Donovan Hann – Director of HR & Proud Ma

What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

Change takes time but if you work with really good people, great things can happen.

What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

Christmas time. I love to see everyone so happy.

What’s the coolest thing you are working on & why?

Perfecting the Paylocity modules. Got to love a challenge! 😉

What kind of pet do you have & how did you choose to name it?

I have a mixed breed dog named Penny. She came with her name from the rescue, and I didn’t have the heart to change it. I think they called her Penny because she is the color of a new penny.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

It’s only Monday morning so I’ll say Penny gently waking me up by plunking down on my pillow and staring at me with her happiest face.

How many different states have you lived in?

Two: Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

The Rockporter salad from The Farm. It’s sooo good!

What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

Watertown, Mass. is the third-largest Armenian community in the United States. Growing up more people spoke Armenian at my neighborhood bus stop than English, which was pretty cool. I wish I had learned to speak it.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, spend a week on a houseboat and see the in palm trees Ireland.

Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.

A case of matches – you have to have fire; a good fishing pole; and the complete works of Herman Wouk.

What characteristic do you admire most in others?

If I can only chose one, I’d say compassion.

How old is the oldest item in your closet?

My wedding dress. Trust me, it’s wicked old.

Words to live by? Favorite quote?

I have two that mean a lot to me. “Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” And the other one is “Being  brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Let’s see… a doctor, like my dad; a stewardess (that’s what they used to be called) because they got to travel all the time; and when I was five, a librarian, mostly because they got to take the card out of the back of the book, stamp it in that machine that made an awesome sound and then stick it back in the book. That looked like a pretty fun job to me.

If you were to skydive from an airplane, what would you think about on the way down?

What day was it exactly that I completely lost my mind?


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