Greg Poehelin

Biomedical Technician

Name: Greg Poehelin

Employer: Catholic Health Initiatives

Biomedical Technician at Busy Hospital, 2016

Greg Poehelin worked in manufacturing maintenance for nearly 30 years before a layoff sidetracked his career. “I was offered a severance for education,” he says. “The first step in my research was to look at jobs for those over 50 years of age. The biomedical field immediately popped up.” Brown Mackie College – Louisville offered just what Greg was looking for.

He experienced doubts about going back to school after so many years out of a classroom. “Overall, the feel of the small campus was not overwhelming. I found it easy to relate to,” he says. As he became acclimated and his studies progressed, life threw him a curve. “I took on my grandchildren for temporary custody,” says Greg. “Immediately my study plans had to change, but this made me realize big respect to parents with small children who go to college, including my wife.”

Perseverance prevailed and Greg maintained high grades. “I made it from start to finish and I count this as a blessing,” he says. He graduated from Brown Mackie College – Louisville in 2016, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology. He joined the professional workforce as a biomedical technician at Catholic Health Initiatives within University of Louisville Hospital.

Greg is responsible for keeping equipment in the operating room (OR) running optimally. He prepares equipment in the OR, including video systems required to support surgical procedures. His scope of work includes device maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, and repairs. “I must also take calls for set up and maintenance on machines that go down during surgery or overnight,” he says. “I’m thinking of continuing my education with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, and never stop learning. I really enjoy my work.”

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Jay Hall

president & chief executive officer

Name: Jay Hall

Employer: JayBirds Co. Inc.

Athlete to Entrepreneur, Establishes Event Management Company, 2008

Jay Hall says he chose Brown Mackie College - Salina as a place to “play baseball and give something completely different a chance to jump start my education and career.” He excelled in his studies and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the baseball team. “The whole experience helped me prepare for success going forward, which allowed me never to feel like I was falling behind in school or in life,” he says.

While at Brown Mackie College, he received the Most Valuable Player award of Region 6 D2 in the Junior College Baseball Conference, and graduated from Brown Mackie College – Salina in 2008 as valedictorian of the class. His Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management provided the foundation for additional education that has led to higher levels of accomplishment.

After graduation, he received an academic and sports scholarship to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, where he continued his baseball career. While enrolled, he worked at a country club as a banquet event coordinator, which he says, “really gave me a taste of the event world.”

After earning his bachelor degree, Jay set his sights on earning a master’s degree at Louisiana State University where he later graduated with honors. Jay then gained valuable event planning experience in Fairfax, Virginia, where he worked as senior director of venues and competition, for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. At this point, Jay was ready to launch his own company.

By October 2015, Jay opened the doors to his own business, JayBirds Co., Inc. located in Houston, Texas. He serves as president & chief executive officer of the event management enterprise.

“Every day brings new responsibilities, based on projects currently in the works. I do everything from budget development to management to getting my hands dirty in set-up work,” Jay says. “One day I am working a multi-sport event for First Responders, and the next I am organizing an International Comic Con.”

Each event is unique, presenting different opportunities and pitfalls. “Most events are planned with sponsor dollars, making funding an unknown factor in the beginning,” he says. “I work with a budget in mind, but plan for flexibility to adjust to the amount the event actually pulls in from sponsors. Another challenge has been planning, implementing, and managing multiple events at the same time, which is a skill that really gives me an advantage in the industry.”

“My career is very enjoyable and never boring,” he says. “I plan to continue growing my career by working the Veteran’s National Wheelchair Games, the Transplant Games of America, a Final Four competition, and a Super Bowl!”

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