What is your hometown?
What are your interests/hobbies?
Movies, books, art and exploring whole foods, plant-based diets are things that interest me.
What are your favorite Chicago activities?
I love to ride my bike around town. Movies, vegan dining, and outdoor festivals are all fun things to do.
Did you work full time through the program?
I did work full time through the program.
Was time commitment reasonable?
The time commitment was significant, but manageable.
Were you able to balance work and school?
There were some constraints on some social activities, but it was worth it.
Professionally, what are you doing now?
I am currently Dean of Sustainability, Business, and Career Technologies at Elgin Community College. I’m working with faculty to build a new health information management program. I am also researching hiring practices within the health communication industry.
Tell us about a “Northwestern moment.” More specifically, was there a moment either in class or otherwise associated with the program where something really clicked for you?
There was an “ah ha” moment when I realized that we were developing solutions to problems that people don’t know they have. I also realized that we have tools to start making changes.
How has the program changed the way you view healthcare?
Understanding how people experience illness informed my views on healthcare. I can design solutions based on this knowledge.
Did you discover anything new or unexpected at Northwestern?
My class is so committed to sharing information that we are still communicating!