Family: Married for 35 years to Larry. Three sons: Burt, Chris and
Daniel. Two daughters-in-law: Natalie and Erica. Two grandchildren: Kaya and
What makes a good leader? “Passion and commitment. A leader must
believe wholeheartedly in what they are doing and have a vision of where
they inspire their group to go.
“They must have the commitment to stand up for their principles but [they]
must also be good listeners and acknowledge that they do not have all of the
What are you most proud of in your career? “My commitment to
high-quality, compassionate patient care. Nursing is so much more than just
the technical skills; it is the caring and compassion that bring the heart
“As a nurse, our most important role is to be the voice of the patient, and I
am proud that I have been seen throughout my career as that voice.”
Who has inspired or mentored you? “My father was an inspiration to me.
As an FBI agent for 20-plus years, he had a tendency to see things in black
and white. He taught me to stand up for what I believe and never be afraid
to hold on to my convictions.”
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work? “Spend time with
my family and play with my grandchildren.”
Who’s your favorite fictional nurse? “Sue Barton [the central
character in a seven-book series]. She is really the only fictional nurse
that I remember, since watching medical shows is generally not something
that I do.”
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? “Reading fiction. Health
care continues to change rapidly, and [staying] on top of issues requires a
large amount of reading.
“I have always loved to be transported to another time and place through a
good book, even though I feel guilty for not reading work-related material.”
Tell us something that nobody at work knows about you: “I won the state
doubles tennis championship in high school.”
Compiled by John Brieske, Pulse managing editor. Do you work with someone
who’s an exceptional leader? If so, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.