Senior Academic Advisor for Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a little town in western Massachusetts, called Lenox. It is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the architectural precursor to the Newport mansions. Some wealthy people had built their homes in Lenox before they moved to Newport. It is a wonderful and interesting place.
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelors degree in Biology from American International College. I studied Medical Technology, which is an applied biological science. It is very helpful for me to have personally taken many of the same courses as the students I advise. I understand how hard and how interesting they are.
I also have a Master of Science from the College of Pharmacy & Allied Health at Northeastern.
When and why did you choose to come to Northeastern?
Northeastern was the only available graduate school offering a Medical Laboratory Science course. I was traveling to Boston from Amesbury weekly just for the program.
How did you end up coming to Northeastern?
When I finished college, I was home for a time with my son. Then, I went back to work and to school part-time for a Masters degree. In 1985, I was looking for a job and a position to teach people how to do Medical Laboratory Science opened up. While working in the MLS program, I did a lot of advising for the undergraduate and graduate students. An opening came up in the dean’s office of student services, and the dean at that time asked me if I had considered applying for that job. Twenty-seven years later, I’m still in in that position and I still really enjoy working with the pharmacy students.
What is your role at Northeastern?
I primarily advise over 500 pharmacy students every year. This entails sorting out any issues students might have as they go along from enrollment to graduation. It’s very rewarding to help them manage all of the things in their lives, including education. I have been here so long that I have advised some of the faculty!
What do you enjoy about being at Northeastern?
Working with the students is very rewarding to me. In many cases, I believe I have been able to gain their trust. I strongly believe students deserve respect. And I love that pharmacy has a diverse student population.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Gardening and painting!
What would you say to a student who is considering attending the School of Pharmacy?
Come! You’ll love it. I believe in the mission of the School of Pharmacy. Students should experience the world as a platform for their personal growth and we are here to help them take advantage of the many opportunities open to them.
What is the most unforgettable thing a student has ever said to you?
One year, many years ago, I had a class that had 7 black students in it. When they were graduating, they got together, wrote me a card, and gave me a gift. I didn’t realize how welcomed and supported I had made them feel. Making a difference to people without knowing it means a lot to me.
What is your fondest memory from your time here?
Just a few weeks ago, the Class of 2012 planted a redwood tree and set up a plaque outside of my office window. That is definitely one of the most special moments I've had during my time here. (pictured below)
What was your experience as a student like?
Very challenging as a graduate student at NU. Not only did I have a long commute, but I was also a young mother who worked full-time. I had a great sense of accomplishment when I finished, but it was not easy.
What has changed the most at Northeastern since you have been here?
The amount of asphalt. When I first came to the school, the land under the Egan Research Center, Snell Engineering, and Snell Library was a parking lot. West Village didn’t exist. Northeastern was a commuter school. Then, Kitty Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, created plans to work on the image of Huntington Avenue. Northeastern followed that model. Now, I love the gardens and how beautiful the campus is. I’m happy that they are taking the initiative to be a green campus.
What is a personal accomplishment of yours?
When I lived in Amesbury, I found out that there was a hazardous waste landfill in our town. I got together with a few friends, and we advocated for change in waste management to foster recycling paper, metal and glass. We went to the local Rotary Club and many other local organizations and schools. Many people were involved. We ended up starting a community recycling program that eventually became a small business for a man who picked up the responsibility of running the recycling drives. By developing this recycling program, we were at the forefront of the bottle bill and many recycling initiatives across the state.
A Few Words of Advice:
Do work you love. Find something that makes you get out of bed every day and love contributing toward it.
Smile! It’s good for your face.