Every chef undoubtedly has that one person who provides insight on what’s overpowering or missing in their recipes. It’s no surprise that the role of the taste tester becomes very important. They have the task of ensuring that each dish melds together while delighting the taste buds. Without a taste tester the best culinary creations would flop.
We are happy to have our very own skilled taste tester per se. Let us introduce you to Dionne Blakeney, our Quality Assurance Engineer.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Newport News, VA. We grew up visiting Virginia Beach every chance we got, Busch Gardens every day of every summer, and played hide-and-go-seek every night until the street lights came on.
Tell us a fictional character you associate with.
Moesha! She is headstrong, independent, and at times stubborn, but she stands up for what she believes is right. That’s me.
Tell us about some of your hobbies outside of Expion.
I love to go to the movies. I love to cook something new every now and then. I enjoy travelling to see my family. I like to host game nights with my friends and play Trouble, Spades and DJ Hero (not that good but I try). Oh, and keeping my daughter occupied.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Life Goes On”
Probably on our vacation in Belize, but I missed my flight!
Tell us about one thing that you’ve been a part of at Expion that you’re super proud of.
The QA team. Quality Assurance is a part of everyone’s responsibility. However, I feel our testing team takes an extra step to make sure the quality of our product is sustained.
What’s your favorite fun event that you’ve participated in at Expion?
I had a blast when we did the Disco Dancing Contest! My group danced to “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees. We had more fun practicing for the event, but the finale was hilarious!
What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
What songs would be included on the soundtrack to your life?
Waterfalls – TLC, For You I Will – Monica, Brighter Day – Kirk Franklin, Whatever You Like – T.I., A Thousand Years Pt. 2 – Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee
Why do you love being a part of the Expion team?
This company is full of honest, determined and motivated individuals. Everyone is willing to lend a helping hand and push hard towards completing our goals. Plus, we have lots of fun doing it!
Dionne joined the Expion team over a year ago and has proven to be an important part of our QA team. Her attention to detail plays a vital role in day-to-day tasks. She’s seen the evolution of our platform and helps ensure that our product serves the client’s needs.