Rachel Pendley

Project Manager / Research Associate

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Rachel is a Project Manager / Research Associate at Burdock Group, the leading food-safety consulting firm, headquartered in Orlando, FL. 

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Georgia College & State University, a public liberal arts university in Milledgeville, Georgia. After graduation, she worked as a research technician at a biotechnology company. Following, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel served as a government benefits processor with the Florida Department of Children and Families. After helping Central Florida's most economically vulnerable navigate a pandemic, she decided to return to her scientific career and joined Burdock Group.

Ten Questions with Rachel:

In your own words, what do you do at Burdock Group?

I serve as the Research Associate and Project Coordinator at Burdock Group. Essentially, I assist our scientific staff with preparing the work products requested by our clients and serve as a go-between for our scientific staff and our clients in adhering to regulatory compliance.

What energizes you at work?

As both a Research Associate and a Project Coordinator, I wear multiple hats. I feel very energized and motivated by the opportunity I have to learn and do a wide variety of different tasks.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I learned all of the state capitals in elementary school, and I've never forgotten them since!

How do you prefer to start your day?

With coffee and inspiration. 

What's one thing you're trying to make a habit?

I'm working on giving up caffeine. It's definitely easier said than done!

What's your guilty pleasure?

Dark chocolate.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through a lot of different phases. I wanted to be a spy, a secretary, a teacher, an author, and an editor, all at different times!

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?

I can touch my nose with my tongue.

What's the top destination on your must-visit list?

Either Canada, Switzerland, or Iceland.

What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

Probably caviar. I didn't think it tasted very good!