Professionally I began my career as a 3 year diploma RN graduating in 1969 (this really dates me) from Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing in Camden, NJ. After working in critical care for a bit, my sights turned to moving West & San Francisco. This was my entre' into community health & research (data collection for Stanford University) in working within migrant camps throughout the State of California...definitely a memorable experience which has impacted my philosophy on nursing considerably. Snow & skiing now beckoned & off I went to work in a small community hospital in the heart of ski country, in Sun Valley, Idaho. My travels took me back to New England (Vermont) & finally North to Alaska. I have lived in Anchorage since 1975, working as an ER nurse at Providence for at least 10 years, then back to School (BS in 1981 & MS in 1986 from UAA).
I have taught at UAA since 1987 in a variety of courses, mostly community-health focused in the baccalaureate program & research & theory courses in the graduate program. In 1995 I completed my PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado. My dissertation on the connections of art & healing in women with breast cancer has informed much of the research and practice I have done since that time.
In 2003 I was a visiting scholar at Otaga Polytechnic University in Dunnedin, New Zealand and spent 5 months on sabbatical working with my kiwi colleagues on design & implementation of a research study on women aging with a chronic illness. That study has since been duplicated here in Alaska and moved me farther into the area of living with chronic illness and areas of aging. I currently teach qualitative research and the non-thesis project in our graduate program as well.
Personally, I am married & have two grown sons & two grandbabies (11 month old identical twin boys). I also share my house with two big dogs and ski & bike whenever I can. Life is good:)