Credentials LPN, President Elect, Marquette Lions Club Place of Employment UPHS-Marquette Board(s) currently serving on Marquette Lions Club
Tell us about your journey to the boardroom. What inspired you to seek a leadership position?
I was asked to come to a Marquette Lions Club meeting as listen to what they do. It was impressive! I was asked to join so I did. They offered leadership training at no cost to me so I took advantage of it. Within a year they asked me to become a leader. I’m currently the First Vice President in charge of Fundraising and I’ve been chosen by vote to be the President of the club next year.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I continue to take advantage of the training offered not only through Lions Clubs but also in our community. Additionally, I am taking classes to earn my BSN.
What impact have you had serving on a board? Example?
Most recently I planned and held a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter. We held a pancake breakfast and were able to donate over $3000 in goods and cash.
What advice would you give someone going into a board leadership position for the first time?
Be willing to learn and open to new ideas. There is so much to learn out there!
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader and eventually obtaining a board position?
Visit a local service organization–there’s so much value in serving your community!
Why do you feel it is important for nurses to serve on boards?
Nurses have valuable insight; they look at things in a holistic way.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to nurses serving on boards?
“Board service can be rewarding to nurses both personally and professionally. It not only requires them to exercise leadership; it expands those skills and advances their capabilities and knowledge. It gives nurses the chance to meet people and enhance their professional networks. And it can be inspirational and empowering.” -Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) represents national nursing and other organizations working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions.