Being part of the Nuclear Security Enterprise takes skill, smarts, and determination. From research scientists developing innovative new technologies to administrative professionals organizing day-to-day operations, it’s no surprise that our workforce is filled with impressive people. What some members of the NNSA family accomplish in their spare time, however, is truly unexpected.
Jill Zubarev is a Foreign Affairs Specialist in NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation working on policy issues and capacity building in international nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response. Currently, she is on detail as the Special Assistant to Principal Deputy Administrator Dr. William Bookless.
What is your hidden talent?
I play ice hockey in a recreational women’s league at MedStar Ice Complex that I helped establish more than 10 years ago. I also help coach my daughter’s team.
Playing ice hockey once a week in my league helps me to relieve stress from work and family. It is my time for myself, and it is tons of fun.
What do you get out of your talent?
I love to skate and I’ve been working hard to improve my stickhandling and my shots. As a result of my love for hockey, my husband, daughter, and son also play. It is something we all enjoy. We’re always encouraging each other to play better and cheering at each others games. Playing ice hockey once a week in my league helps me to relieve stress from work and family. It is my time for myself, and it is tons of fun.
How does your talent relate to your day job?
First, teamwork. Second, leadership. Our women’s league of four teams is run by a board in conjunction with the team captains. Over the years, I have served as a captain, working on my leadership skills. Currently, I am a board member helping to run the league, manage our seasonal “draft” to divide into teams, and seek new ways to grow women’s ice hockey. Third, it is a great networking opportunity. A few years ago, I discovered that one of my teammates is a Department of Energy International Affairs colleague.