Read some of the success stories and testimonials from Brown Mackie College school students and alumni.
Human Services Surveyor
Name: Dana Malone
Employer: Commonwealth of KY/Office of the Inspector General
Assesses Social Care Facilities for Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2013
Working during the day and attending class at night. That’s how Dana Malone fit Brown Mackie College – Louisville into her life. Dana worked for the State of Kentucky healthcare services for 23 years before furthering her education to advance on the job.
“I always wanted to go to school, but as a single mother, I put my educational goals off until my children were grown. My youngest son and I started college together and we helped each other along the way,” says Dana. “I’m proud to have finally earned a college degree in a field that I love.”
In 2013, Dana graduated from Brown Mackie College – Louisville, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Care Administration. She recently graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, also from Brown Mackie College – Louisville. She immediately moved into a position she had previously not been qualified for. Today, she works as human services surveyor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Office of the Inspector General. In this capacity, she inspects and assesses social care facilities and services to ensure adherence to state and federal regulations.
“When I survey or investigate long-term care facilities, I meet residents of many diverse backgrounds. I've learned to collect wisdom from every story I’m told,” Dana says. Her days are busy, providing technical consultations of state and federal regulation interpretations. Dana is responsible for completing comprehensive reports on the facilities she reviews, and also participates in training programs, conferences, and meetings.
“I am the voice for those who can't speak for themselves. It is a joy to see smiles from the residents. That’s how I know I have fulfilled my job expectations,” she says. Dana held a number of positions in Kentucky government healthcare. She has gained experience in all facets of the work in positions such as nursing aide in a hospital, medical records clerk at the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare needs, and administrative specialist and program coordinator for the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
Dana was active in community service during her academic career, and continues so now. She volunteers time to numerous shelters, food banks, and outreach ministries. While in school, she was nominated for Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities in 2016. Also, Dana fell in love with a classmate at Brown Mackie College – Louisville, and is now married.
“When I retire from state government in four years, my goal is to become a Nursing Home Administrator,” says Dana. I want to make a difference in the lives of the elderly. It will be a fulfilling opportunity to serve them and their families. I want families to feel at rest knowing their loved ones are in good care.“
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Kim Saunders - CEO
Name: Kim Saunders
Employer: VAD Life
Supports Patients with Medical Device Implants, 2015
Kim Saunders has faced and overcome severe health problems. She takes pride in not letting illness defeat her. “It defined me instead,” she says. “It made me what I am today, a college graduate with a new attitude!”
It had been 37 years since Kim earned a GED when she decided to return to school. The long break from structured learning was just part of her new direction. Kim was now wearing a ventricular assist device (VAD) to help her heart function properly. “I found the ability to adjust to a new norm, and the strength to hold on and help myself,” she says. “I was determined to not give up and to succeed by any way possible.”
Kim found many new friends at Brown Mackie College – Louisville. “We encouraged each other because everybody has a story to tell,” says Kim. “They are valuable to me even today. The instructors were awesome. They showed me how to manage my time and effort to succeed.”
In 2015, Kim became a college graduate, earning an Associate of Applied Business degree in Business Management from Brown Mackie College – Louisville. She works for VAD Life, visiting heart patients at hospitals to offer encouragement and inspiration. “I offer support for those with new medical device implants, and I show them how to have a new norm in life, and how to succeed with it,” she says. “
“Brown Mackie College was the start of a new life. They prepared me for things that were missing in my life. I didn’t know how to open a computer, let alone work one or manage one,” says Kim. She wants to start a new business, helping VAD patients dress for success. “I want them to realize that this is not the end, but a new beginning instead. If you don’t let your illness stop you, you get a new beginning.”
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