The three members of the office are obviously fond of each other:
Dowd said Blair and Mesibov complement each other in ways that make each of them better and the office stronger.
“Wayne is an outgoing kind of individual and Laurie is somewhat reserved, but they are both great listeners,” Dowd said. “And in this profession, you have to be a great listener.”
Mesibov said she is happy working under Blair’s direction. This partnership works, she said.
“If you meet us for the first time, there are many outward differences. Wayne is male; I’m female; he’s black; I’m white; he’s younger, I’m older. He is more gregarious. I’m quiet,” she said. “But beneath the surface differences are a tremendous sharing of values and a commitment to do good work.”
Mesibov and Blair, in turn, praised Dowd for her growth as an ombuds professional. Not only does she run the office, but has completed training offered by the International Ombudsman Association.
“She knows how to handle people and to manage up,” Blair said of Dowd. “I jokingly call her ‘Boss.’”(UNC Gazette.)
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