Kindergarten friends together again at Legacy clinic
When three kindergarten girls met at St. Clare School in Southwest Portland, they probably would never have guessed that years later they would land in the same profession and work together in the same clinic.
But when Annelise (Annie) Petersen recommended her friends for jobs in her Northwest Portland clinic, that’s exactly what happened and the trio was reunited.
Petersen works as a medication technician (pharmacy tech) at Legacy Medical Group–Northwest. She recommended Alison Piluso for a job as a clinic services specialist and Erin O’hollaren for a position as a nurse practitioner. Now they are all working together less than seven miles from their childhood school.
Petersen remembers Piluso as having “always been goofy” and fun. And she recalls that O’hollaren was shy, loyal, but not afraid to bicker with her. “A really good friend,” Petersen recalls.
From kindergarten to fifth grade, the three took trips to the mall, played soccer and basketball, had sleepovers and took advantage of an “awesome slip-and-slide” at Piluso’s house each summer. The three kept in touch on social media and got together occasionally, but had a gap of about 10 years where they didn’t see each other much.
Petersen says she knew her friends would be a good fit for Legacy. “They are good people and their values align with Legacy’s,” she said. Petersen has worked at Legacy for five years and really enjoys working here and says she wanted that for them, too. The other two were hired just a few months apart.
Petersen says though all three having “obviously grown and matured,” it doesn’t seem like much time has passed. The trio draws curiosity from coworkers who ask for pictures and stories.
Petersen agrees it’s “crazy” they are together again so many years after St. Clare’s. “It’s the coolest story ever,” she says.