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People of Purpose

Something that distinguishes the people of the College of Nursing and Health Professions is that we are all people of purpose.

We are full of drive and ambition. We have a passion for our work and each day, we bring a sense of excitement and possibility and energy that is infectious. It lifts all of us, pushing us to make a difference in the lives of the people and community around us.

Purpose is important. Not only for the College, but more universally—as all of us strive to make meaning and create good lives in confusing and chaotic times.

CHNP faculty, student, alumni, staff and community partners have all chosen lives that are and will continue to be motivated by an innate desire to heal, a responsibility to serve and an obligation to advocate for those whose voices are not heard.

We wanted to find a way to lift up that sense of purpose, that sense of service and caring, and make it more visible. The result is this Nurturing Purpose exhibit and a College-wide commitment to promote the stories of our people and their unique work.

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Ken Korber

Ken Korber and Paul Possenti

To this day, looking at what I got to and where my career took me, becoming a PA is the best decision I’ve made. I would never change it. – Paul Possenti

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Nyree Daradarian

Nyree
Dardarian

I look at students as game changers. They will make a difference in the health of our community.

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Guy Diamond

Guy
Diamond

Iʼm really moved by connecting with people in authentic, loving relationships.

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Margaret Finley, PT, PhD

Margaret
Finley

I love the research that I do. I love the people I meet through my research, both other researchers and study participants. I get a lot from it, so it’s easy to give to it.

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Jerry Haffey

Jerry
Haffey

We’re losing our greatest resource – our young adults – and it’s so sad. So let’s help them.

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Jeremiah Ham

Jeremiah
Ham

My purpose in life, as broad as it may seem, is really to help people. I have been passionate about that since I was a little boy.

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Jasmine Jones

Jasmine
Jones

I lead with my heart. That's why I got into nursing.

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Garija Kamal

Girija
Kaimal

Art has always been like a safety valve for me. Even in the most difficult of days, I feel like if I have my supplies and I can paint, I can get through the day.

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Katrina Lewis

Katrina
Lewis

I’m doing this because I wouldn’t be as successful or as passionate about any other career. I feel like it is who I am.

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Judy Liberatoscioli

Judy
Liberatoscioli

There is a huge need. I would like to close some of the gaps that have perpetuated suffering.

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Ming Yuan Low, MA, MT-BC

Ming
Low

I strongly believe in the values of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion—in health, in the arts and all aspects of life.

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Amarah Malik

Amarah
Malik

Iʼm doing this because I want to promote optimal healthcare delivery wherever I go, and make that my mark.

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Lorena Marshall-Blake

Lorina
Marshall-Blake

I’m a person who wants to make a difference, no matter where I am.

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Kim McClellan

Kimberly
McClellan

I believe it is a huge injustice to create a health system that works just for the majority.

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Cameron McConkey

Cameron
McConkey

I believe in the power of living authentically and unapologetically.

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Susan McGinley

Sue
McGinley

I’ve always mentored and helped others to fulfill their possibilities. That’s what gives me the most joy.

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Randy McGonigal

Randy
McGonigal

I became a nurse because itʼs who I am and who Iʼve always wanted to be.

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Danielle Moyer

Danielle
Moyer

I've learned that I can't fix everything, but I can fix something. I can help the person in front of me.

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Marcia Penn

Marcia
Penn

I believe that it is important to attach yourself to something that is bigger or larger than self.

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Bobbie Posmontier

Bobbie
Posmontier

I had this dream that I wanted to start this mother-baby mental health hospital in the U.S.

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Chalice C. Rhodes, PhD, LPC

Chalice
Rhodes

I want people to know that they can overcome obstacles to accomplish their dreams and their goals. And I want to find ways to inspire people to do that.

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Conor Riordan

Connor
Riordan

I want to be there for my patients in all aspects, showing empathy, compassion and consideration.

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Leland Rockstraw

Leland
Rockstraw

Learning hasn’t changed, but how it is delivered has.

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Genesis Sanchez

Genesis
Sanchez

The aspects of nursing that appeal to me the most are advocacy and patient education—helping a person to understand their diagnosis and how to live with it with a good quality of life.

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Charles Stream

Charles
Stream

Itʼs a great reward to have the opportunity to educate future physician assistants to serve underserved communities.

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Rosemary Trout, DHSc, MS, BS

Rosemary
Trout

Food is about nutrition and health, but it’s also about quality of life. Food is comfort, food is enjoyment, food is community.

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Roberta Waite

Roberta
Waite

I do what I do because it energizes me. I am passionate about it. I like to see intentional work that can make and create a positive impact on our society.

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