By Bethany Good
Amber Fehnel is an Analytical Chemist by trade with a background in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and industrial-grade adhesives. She is a Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) Author/strategist in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. So what does that mean, and why is it important? Amber advises pharmaceutical companies on FDA requirements, which helps to ensure the safety of medications before they are available on the market. She joined Cowork Frederick in the fall of 2022.
Amber is a mom of two beautiful boys (2 and 5) and 3 black kitties. She recently adopted 2 tiny kittens that have taken over her house. Her hobbies are diverse because she enjoys finding new things to try. When not working, she loves reading, gardening, pilates, and going to brew and distilleries. Amber also enjoys making soap, photography, and crafts.
Why we love Amber
Amber is outgoing, gregarious, and friendly to everyone she meets. Members enjoy listening to her lively, entertaining stories every time she enters the building. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge are infectious. Amber has a wealth of knowledge on many subjects and is consistently willing to help others. She is an excellent addition to the Cowork Frederick community.
Q&A with Amber Fehnel
What inspires you and keeps you going?
My biggest motivator for work is to provide a comfortable lifestyle for my family so that when I am not on the clock, I can step away and enjoy my time to the fullest.
Cowork Frederick members tend to be a little unconventional. How does that apply to you?
I am the type of person who always continues exploring new things and places, giving me endless stories to tell.
Which of the guiding values defined by Cowork Frederick members speaks to you?
Excellence is the value that applies to my work. My job is to ensure that medications hitting the market are safe for people across the globe. I want people to be confident that they receive the best care possible. I love what I do, and understanding that some of these medications are life-saving is empowering. Without striving for excellence and strong attention to detail, small things could slip through and have a massive impact on people’s health and their lives as a whole.
Any tips for working in the regulatory field?
Always get to know people in other departments, including janitors, maintenance, and IT! Having contacts or friends in other areas of the company is invaluable when you get in a pinch and need help.
Why Cowork Frederick?
My two young children are home all day, and it was becoming increasingly harder to work from home when they run around the house all day, making every sound the human mouth can make. I also realized that the longer I worked from home, the more isolated I felt. Cowork Frederick provides a quiet environment where I can have the adult conversations I missed. Plus, I love that it is downtown, so I can quickly pop out for a latte or sushi if I get a craving, and it is just a few doors down!
For those who want to learn more, how can you be reached?
You can connect with Amber Fehnel on LinkedIn.
About the author:
Bethany Good is a prolific poet, professional writer, copywriter, and editor. In 2019 she finally found the role she was meant to play when she became the Founder and “Head Wordsmith” of Good Writing Co., which provides copywriting, brand voice consultation, digital marketing, and professional writing services. Bethany is a dedicated wife and mother of two elementary-aged children. In her limited free time, she enjoys cuddling with her new Boston Terrier puppy, Scout, as well as gardening, hiking, and telling neighborhood kids to get off her lawn.