Supervisor Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering
United States Navy
Serving in the military meant: having the chance to improve my country and keep as many of my loved ones (no matter where they were in the country) as safe as I could. It turned out to be: joining a family stronger than I could have imagined. (Seriously! I know this sounds cliché, but it's true. Your shipmates see the uniform and, without knowing anything else about you, will share their best rendition of the latest Britney Spears, no holding back!)
My time in the military shaped my work ethic, adaptability and high standards of integrity. It gave me the strength to do what was right, even when it was the most difficult option. It also showed me many different styles of leadership and the type of leader I wanted to become.
I worked on the nuclear reactors and high voltage systems of aircraft carriers, operating and maintaining them. That level of risk was the driving force in my development as a technician. I had to pay attention, uphold integrity, be safe and speak up about concerns no matter whose presence I was in.
I took those qualities with me when I shifted gears to work at DHMC as a biomedical equipment technician. The integrity and purpose of the work I do here is just as important to our patients, and I appreciate the responsibility.
Photo: Taken on my very first underway on a carrier in the Navy.