Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College Of Dentistry Baylor Dental Record Online
One of the most familiar faces around Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry belongs to Pat Lopez. As director of human resources, she works on behalf of all the dental school’s employees. Lopez does not sit back and wait for things to happen; she makes every attempt to make them happen. She tries to do things that make a difference and looks for opportunities to make positive changes.
Place I'd like to live/retire: Boston or Santa Fe, N.M.
Role model(s): My parents, family members and supervisor
Personal motto: Believe in yourself, laugh and stay positive. Everything else will fall in its place.
Best thing about my job or HSC-BCD: Having the privilege to get to know employees on a personal level. It makes my profession all worthwhile.
Career highlight: The opportunity to be the chair for Community Health Charities, which includes health-related charitable agencies for the state of Texas.
If I weren’t at BCD, I’d …: be volunteering and traveling.
Life philosophy: Enjoy life and its everyday simple gifts.
Pet peeve: People who are negative and with no sense of humor
Favorite vacation destination: Boston and Santa Fe, N.M.
Dream car: Don’t know. Still searching for the right car…
Favorite hobby(ies): Landscaping, going to sporting events, interior decorating and painting
Word that best describes me: Opportunity
Favorite comfort food: Authentic Mexican food (Mom’s home cooking)
Something you might not know about me: I am learning to deer hunt, fish and experience the outdoors. I caught my first catfish!
Top two passions: Family and work
What my colleagues say about me:
Cindy Ceen, assistant dean for administration: We are very fortunate to have Pat as our human resources director. Her expertise and years of experience in human resources administration have helped us to address many difficult and sensitive issues, particularly during our merger into the Health Science Center and its evolving processes. She successfully guided us through the recent prolonged internal audit over a seventeen month period while meeting the challenges of increasingly complicated processes and providing services with reduced staff resources. Through all of this, she has graciously accepted the grief that typifies managing human resources and maintained her professionalism, enthusiasm and sense of humor. As chair of the board of Community Health Charities and through her participation in a number of other worthy endeavors, she devotes her personal time and talents to help others in the community. I am pleased to know her as a colleague and a friend.
Jim Cuaderes Jr., executive board member of Community Health Charities of Texas: Aside from being very outgoing and cheerful, she is very thoughtful. She knows that the actions she takes will affect more people than just her, and so she thinks about the consequences of her deeds and how other people will be impacted by her deeds. I enjoy being around Pat. HSC-BCD is very lucky to have Pat as an employee and HR director.
David Geisbush, executive director of Community Health Charities – Texas Affiliate: Visionary, Energetic and Caring. When I think of Pat Lopez, those words immediately come to my mind. As the chairman of the statewide board of directors for Community Health Charities, Pat has been the driving force in changes to our infrastructure and presentation modules, netting record-breaking donations for the health charities. Creative and caring, many times Pat has called me while she was relaxing in her garden or at the golf course to discuss better methods to promote the health agencies. Actually, I think Pat is secretly hoping medical research will someday give her a better golf swing. Until then, we're blessed that Pat spends most of her free time helping us find causes, cures and improved treatments for disease and disability.
Diana Taylor, human resources officer at the Health Science Center’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology: I first met Pat Lopez when our respective institutions became components of the Health Science Center. Since then I have enjoyed working on several human resources projects with her. Over the years I have learned that Pat always presents her ideas persuasively and professionally and that she represents the Baylor College of Dentistry very well.