People of PA College: October 2017 Edition
People of PA College: October 2017 Edition
Each month, we share the stories of the People of PA College who make the college a great place to learn, work and grow. Here are October’s stories!
Christine Myers, BS, BSN ’20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
After graduating from Mechanicsburg High School in 2013, Christine Myers began her college career at Penn State University, earning a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration. While she felt prepared to excel in this field, her passion for healthcare took another direction following an inspiring experience. During a trip to the Philippines, Christine studied comparative health systems and focused on the differences in cardiovascular diseases between Filipinos and Americans; however, she soon found herself interested in clinical care. Christine wanted to work with the nurses as they gave vaccines to newborns, cared for those who have overcome leprosy, and nursed children that suffered from malnutrition. As she watched the nurses take action and be at the very forefront of healthcare, Christine was motivated to continue her education.
Christine chose to pursue her nursing studies at PA College because of our well-structured 3-year BSN program. As her first semester unfolds, Christine shares: “My favorite thing about the program is the warm and welcoming attitude from my professors. I am always excited to go to class because each professor makes the learning environment fun. I also have met so many students here that I can connect with inside and outside of the classroom. The study areas are perfect for meeting with group members and fellow classmates to study for upcoming exams. We are such a tight-knit community and I believe that is really important to have throughout college.” After achieving her BSN, Christine would like to further her education by earning a Master’s degree; and excitedly notes that “it is still not determined whether I want my MHA, MSN, or even both!”
Aside from her education, Christine’s interests include exercising such as running and strength training at the gym, as well as spending time with her family.
Yolanda Moul, RN ’09
President, Alumni Association
After earning a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University, Yolanda Moul “fell into” her first successful career working in quality control, quality assurance, and quality systems in FDA regulated industries such as confections, dairy, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. While she enjoyed her work, after 25 years in this profession, she felt like something was missing. Yolanda decided to become a nurse and graduated Magna Cum Laude from our ASN program in 2009. Yolanda was an actively engaged student, serving as a Student Ambassador and President of the Student Government Association. She also delivered her class’s Commencement speech. She credits her experience at PA College for helping her to find a rewarding vocation that complements her abilities and allows her to capably and confidently address patient concerns and to educate and reassure both patients and families.
Yolanda’s first nursing job was at the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital on evening shift as a staff nurse. She became a Charge Nurse followed by a promotion to Evening Relief Supervisor for the Hospital. Her second and current job is at Leader Surgical Center, an ambulatory surgical center in York, PA. Here she works in various nursing roles, most notably as the Team Captain in PACU. She is also a staff educator, Infection Preventionist, Patient Safety Officer, and she manages medical device inventory. Looking back over her career to date, Yolanda has felt the most pride when a patient or family member expressed how the care she gave made them feel – whether safer, less fearful, or confident they could take on their own care as they healed, noting: “The hugs and kisses I have received are priceless!” Yolanda is also gratified when the inspiration she has tried to instill in those she managed and directed over the years takes hold. She recalls a college student, whom she had hired for the summer, coming back years later to let her know that due to Yolanda’s encouragement, she had continued her education to get her Ph.D.
In her spare time, Yolanda enjoys reading for pleasure and for augmenting nursing knowledge, attending live theatre/Broadway events, watching movies, baking cakes and travel. She and her wonderful husband live in York, PA and are the parents of two daughters and one son. Yolanda is “Nonna” to 6 grandchildren, who keep her busy! Yolanda is also the new President of PA College’s Alumni Association. She is delighted to take on this role and shares: “I hope to influence alumni to become more active in our college by volunteering their time, talent, and treasure so that students may continue to have the ways and means to complete their schooling and to be positive role models in our community. In this way, I hope to emulate what it means to be a positive role model and to promote our college in all that it has to offer.”
Sciences and Math Department Chair, Program Director for Biomedical Science
Amy Troyer is the Sciences and Math Department Chair, Program Director for Biomedical Science and teaches Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 at PA College. She earned a BA in Biology from Eastern Mennonite University. After a year of helping to homeschool four boys in German and science, Amy discovered her love of teaching and returned to school to earn a MA in Teaching (MAT) degree from Kent State University. This led to a high school science faculty position which she held for 7 years. In the spring of 2002, Amy was offered a faculty position at PA College as one of two full time Gen Ed faculty. She later earned an MS in Biology from the University of Nebraska Kearney.
Amy is proud of the A&P curriculum that she helped develop for PA College, sharing “Anatomy & Physiology is often a challenging subject for students. I believe we have created courses that engage students and help them process the vast amount of information in manageable pieces without losing the rigor and integrity of the content.” Amy is also gratified by the two opportunities she’s had in the College’s history to collaborate with project architects on the realization of laboratory spaces for our students – first on N. Lime Street and most recently, at our new campus on Greenfield Road. Amy’s commitment to her students’ success was recently honored as she became this year’s recipient of the Kenneth G. Stoudt Faculty Excellence Award.
Amy and her husband have two daughters, a junior in high school and a junior in college. Both play field hockey, so she spends a great deal of time each Fall cheering from the sidelines (and tackling a LOT of laundry at home!). During her travels around Lancaster County, Amy enjoys spotting the work of her husband’s sign business on various vehicles, buildings and signposts. Amy grew up in Delaware, and continues to look forward to opportunities to get her toes in the sand on the beaches there. She also enjoys reading for pleasure, often with several books at a time. She most recently enjoyed reading “The Last Policeman” mystery series.
Seeking “People of PA College”
Current students, alumni, faculty & staff – we want to tell your stories. Do you know an exception student, alumnus or faculty/staff member whose experiences and accomplishments would help tell the PA College story? Or someone who has overcome an obstacle or reached a challenging milestone during their PA College experience? Please email your suggested names (and identify them in one of these categories) to Karen Jenkins. Self-nominations are also welcome!