First job: Washed dishes in the doctors’ dining room of Duluth Clinic (now St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic).
Best thing about teaching St. Kate’s students: “I like that our students are very diverse in every sense of that word. They come from many cultures, they have varied work experiences and they have varied educational experiences. It makes for a dynamic classroom.”
How students can get the most from St. Kate’s: Balance home and school life. “Say ‘no’ to some outside activities; you can go back to them when you graduate. It is important to concentrate on what you are learning and not feel pressured about being behind.”
Biggest surprise about an HIS career: “The variety of jobs and workplaces you will find health information professionals, including veterinary hospitals and clinics, and in correctional facilities.”
Signs of success: “Our students get good jobs and provide visible service and leadership to the Minnesota Health Information Management Association and the American Health Information Management Association. They continue to promote the profession to future students because of the education they received at St. Kate’s.”
Hobbies: Reading and knitting.
Adage to live by: “Relax and breathe!”
Memorable St. Kate's moment: The opening of the School of Health last year. “It’s a great opportunity for health information to be a part of the St. Kate’s healthcare team!”
Education: B.A., health information administration, The College of St. Scholastica; M.L.I.S., Medical and Scientific Libraries, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Doctoral studies, history of medicine, University of Minnesota.