Favorite thing about working at a SORH: I love being able to interact with the people who live in rural communities and increase my understanding of the challenges they face.
Best advice I ever received: From the associate dean at my MPH graduation, “Get your foot in the door.”
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…sledding with my daughter, traveling the world, or reading a cheesy romance novel.
Who inspires you? My mom.
What I’m currently reading: I just finished “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.
What’s your secret talent? Tap dancing.
Favorite quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
What I’m working on right now: The South Dakota Office of Rural Health is currently working on Auto HPSA Impact Analysis, Flex grant docs, 340B contract amendments, reviewing J-1 applications, and conducting community assessments.
Best advice I ever received: Control the things I could and deal with those I couldn’t.
Last place I traveled to: I traveled to Utah for the Regional SORH Meeting. I extended my stay to hike and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. In February, my husband and I plan to spend 12 days in New Zealand!
Who inspires you? My mom teaches me many lessons with the way she lives her life. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman and the importance of setting goals and achieving them.
What I’m currently reading: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Favorite quote: Always make your past self jealous!
What I’m currently reading: “Between The World And Me” by T a-Nehisi Coats.
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The amazing colleagues and partners
What I’m working on right now: Working on completing the New Mexico health plan
Best advice I ever received: To live each day to the fullest and to spread joy and happiness.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be… A chef in my own restaurant.
3 great things about rural health in New Mexico: Amazing healthcare providers, dedicated leadership and staff.
Last place I traveled to: Philadelphia
People would be surprised if they knew: I was a roadie for concerts in the 90’s
Who inspires you? My mother
My Top 3 Goals for 2018:
Get a knee replacement
Continue to work in the Office of Rural Health
Increase the number of healthcare providers in rural New Mexico
What I’m currently reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Last place I traveled to: Oregon! I was there from June 24 through July 5, and we did a road trip that showed us many beautiful places in Oregon. And this time I didn’t make my husband take side trips to look at little hospitals and clinics 🙂
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The passion and dedication of our internal partners and our external stakeholders, and the ability of the communities to use their own strengths.
Who inspires you: My national colleagues. I always feel recommitted to the work after seeing them at conferences.
People would be surprised if they knew: I get really nervous before doing a speech.
If I weren’t doing this, I would…Post retirement I want to volunteer at national parks and wander the trails answering questions.
Favorite quote: “It’s a lucky man or woman gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do, and thinks it still matters.” – Joe Biden
What I’m working on right now: Community Health Needs Assessments
Last place I traveled to: New Orleans, LA, for the Annual NRHA Conference
Best advice I ever received: “Make yourself a resource to others.”
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: My background is Agricultural Economics,
and I feel that working for the OK SORH allows me to continue in my chosen field and
niche of rural and community development.
3 great things about rural health in my state: The people, the people, the people-
Truly those involved in rural health in Oklahoma are the best people you will ever meet.
If I weren’t doing this, I would…probably be in finance or banking.
Favorite quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Division Director of Primary Care & Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2015
What I’m working on right now: The Flex funding extension and hiring a Flex coordinator.
My Top 3 Goals for 2018: Survive my son’s wedding, travel somewhere awesome for my 30th wedding anniversary, and keep a cleaner desk at home and work!
Best advice I ever received: Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people. Everyone is so interesting and committed to making their world a better place.
3 great things about rural health in my state: There are pockets of greatness everywhere. Our CAHs are pretty awesome, we have great providers that work hard to make a difference in their communities, and traveling to meet with everyone takes me to breathtakingly beautiful places!
If I weren’t doing this, I would…probably be running an AHEC Program or promoting my husband’s art work full time.
What I’m currently reading: I wish I were reading something. Instead, I am working on projects for my son’s wedding in August. I’m gathering family recipes for a cookbook and putting together a slide show.
People would be surprised if they knew: I used to sing in a quartet and sang the national anthem at a baseball game on the 4th of July.
What I’m working on right now: Today I am working on a mental health conference that is March 20th, an opioid conference on June 27th, and a new competitive SLRP grant.
Who inspires you? My friends and family, including my NOSORH family.
Favorite quote: “The way you do one thing, is how you do everything.”
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Every day is different in our SORH. Kind of like a box of candy. I never know what the flavor of the day will be.
3 great things about rural health in my state: The people with whom I work, the communities I am able to serve, and the mission I can promote to increase access in rural.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be… outside as much as possible! Probably walking, gardening and playing with my dogs.
Last place I traveled to: Carefree, Arizona
People would be surprised if they knew: I used to have a Harley and still have my motorcycle license.
What I’m working on right now: My SORH grant
Who inspires you? My kids
What I’m currently reading: White Trash:The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Opportunity to visit rural Oregon
Best advice I ever received: Just relax
If I weren’t doing this, I would be: Teaching
Last place I traveled to: Etlan, Virginia
Favorite Quote: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits.”- Albert Einstein
People would be surprised if they knew: I am a really nice guy
What’s your secret talent? If only……
What I’m working on right now:
What I’m currently reading: Thinking in an Emergency by Elaine Scarry
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: I love working with rural community members and supporting health service development in rural areas. I also love that the SORH work changes as population health, policies, and priorities change so the work always stays interesting.
Favorite quote: “It’s not the critic who counts…” -Theodore Roosevelt.
When I was 9, my dad hung the entire quote up in our bathroom, so every time we were in there we read it. To this day, I have it memorized and it rings true so often in our SORH work. It’s easy to criticize others’ work or find all the reasons we can’t do something. It’s much harder to actually accomplish something and facilitate positive change, and that’s the work that matters in the end.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be… At the park with my kids!
3 great things about rural health in Washington: