As Milwaukee Area Technical College’s public health officer, Josie Veal navigated the college through the COVID-19 pandemic, supervising on-campus vaccine clinics, case tracking, contact investigation, mask requirements and hundreds of informational sessions.
“Dr. Veal has done a remarkable job during one of the most difficult times the college has experienced; showing compassion, patience and resilience,” said Vicki Martin, Ph.D., president of MATC.
Veal has spent her career caring for vulnerable and marginalized patients as a nurse. She has also impacted Milwaukee’s future nurses as an instructor and by supporting students, especially students of color, interested in pursuing health science careers as an advisor and mentor.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Carroll-Columbia College, a master’s in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Concordia University Wisconsin, and a doctorate in nursing from Marquette University.
Veal has also worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and a sexual assault examiner, and she has cared for clients incarcerated in several correctional facilities.