Colleague Name: Angela Maloney
Title: Enrollment Specialist I
Department: Patient Enrollment Services
Angela Maloney is a classically trained soprano who performs professionally. For the past two years, she has been part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade chorus.
How did you become involved with singing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
I was working as a seasonal employee at Macy’s and there was an audition call to be part of the chorus on Macy’s float. Colleagues had heard me singing around the store and encouraged me to audition. I sent in a video and I was selected. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was a huge thing in my family growing up – we watched it every year. To be a part of it now is really incredible.
What is it like to participate in the parade?
We rehearse for two and a half days before the parade. There’s about 100 of us and we start at eight in the morning and finish at about ten thirty at night, on Monday and Tuesday. They give us Wednesday afternoon to sleep because you have to be on site at 4:30AM the day of the parade. Last year was the coldest Macy’s Day Parade on record. The adrenaline that is running through you, during the parade, though…I swear I didn’t feel the cold. The energy you get from the crowd is one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. They’re screaming and cheering for you and singing with you. Afterwards, Macy’s has Thanksgiving dinner for all of us.
Describe your role at ClinEdge.
I’m responsible for recruiting and pre-screening patients for clinical research studies. By nature, I am very friendly person and I develop a great rapport with the patients.
Why did you gravitate towards a role in clinical trial services?
In college, I studied psychology and music. I used to work in another branch of healthcare, in insurance. When I am explaining the details of protocols to patients, I enjoy using all aspects of my educational and professional background to help make a difference in patients’ lives.