Education: BS, BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MSN, MBA, DNP, Marquette University
Previous position: Director of outpatient cancer services, Froedtert Hospital
Current position: Executive director of cancer services, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network
Like about your new role?
“It’s an amazing feeling to be part of a team pioneering advances in every facet of cancer treatment. Two examples are the Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit for early-phase cancer clinical trials and our recently opened 24-Hour Cancer Clinic. It’s why people come to us from all over the country.”
How do previous roles help?
“I started my nursing career in the emergency department at Froedtert Hospital, so bringing a fresh perspective to oncology helps tremendously.”
Why did you get into health care?
“I began my career as a forensic investigator at the Medical Examiner’s office in Milwaukee County. After several years, I wanted to play a more proactive role in helping people avoid injury and illness so I went back to nursing school for a second career.”
Favorite thing about Milwaukee?
“Custard. I have two sisters who grew up in Milwaukee and now live out of state. We have to be sure to stop at Kopp’s whenever they are back in town visiting.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“Relax and spend time with my husband, Lanny, and two children, Blake (13) and Brynn (11). From soccer practice to Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and Irish dance competitions, there’s never a dull moment at home.”
What are you reading/watching right now?
“I love reading, especially medical non-fiction. I just finished ‘Bellevue’ by David Oshinsky, which is the fascinating history of Bellevue Hospital. For fun, I also enjoy escaping in the ‘Outlander’ series by Diana Gabaldon.”