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Meet Tina Clarke and her family!

Tell us about your family.

Our family is relatively small, with two boys that are 20 months apart keeps my husband and I on our toes.

What’s a typical day for your family like?

On a good day there is peace and harmony and on most days, there is plenty of negotiating with the boys, running them to and from soccer or flag football practice. The boys are both in Middle School, and we are doing our best to keep them engaged with sports and school work, and less time on the internet and on-line games. 

What’s it like to raise a family while working at Berkeley Lab?

I feel fortunate to be raising a family in such a diverse environment that offers them ideas and choices for their own careers.

What resources and programs have you and your family used at Berkeley Lab?

We have used the Backup Care program for the last 2 years.  During the summer when the boys are not in camp, with friends or family we use the Backup Care services, which offers in home day-care.  This allows the boys to stay home with supervision/day-care services while my husband and I are at work.  I have been pleased with their prompt customer service and qualified sitters. 

What have you learned about raising a family in the Berkeley Lab environment that you could share with incoming employees?

The benefit programs that the Berkeley Lab offers has been extremely useful especially with the amount of orthodontics the boys have had. We have taken advantage of many CAL, Basketball and Football games. They have participated in several years of CAL Youth camps.  Additional, they have met and had plenty of questions for some of the scientists I work with at the lab, that has sparked an interest for them in learning more about science.

What programs/services would you like to see Berkeley Lab offer more of to support work/family balance?

I feel the Lab does plenty in this area but for the sake of answering, more telecommuting - when appropriate of course. 

Any additional comments you would like to add?

If you haven't used the Back-up program, I suggest giving it a try.