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Profiles of University of Wyoming Notable Alumni

In addition to the stories listed below, please note spotlights about alumni through the links in the left side bar titled "Alumni" and "Nursing Careers"

UWYO Nursing Alumni Mary Kay Goetter, MS 2004

2005 Distinguished Alumna Mary Kay Goetter continues to have an amazing career

Mary Kay Goetter, 2004 MS Program alumna from the University of Wyoming and 2005 UW Nursing Distinguished Alumna, didn't find her career culminating with the position as executive director for the Wyoming State Board of Nursing. Anything but! Goetter continued on to two concurrent, equally demanding positions as executive director of the Maryland State Board of Nursing and as nurse scientist assigned to the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Read more by clicking the heading.


Leissa Roberts 2016 Distinguished Alumna

Leissa Roberts named 2016 Distinguished Alumna

Leissa A. Roberts, DNP, FACNM, has been named the 2016 Distinguished Alumna for the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. She is currently Associate Dean of Faculty Practice for the University of Utah College of Nursing. Her nominators recommended her for the award based on contributions to the nursing profession, including excellence in clinical practice, education, administration and research; outstanding contributions to the community; and leadership in professional organizations. Read more by clicking the heading.


UW Alumna Mary Behrens wins 2015 WNA Lifetime Achievement Award

UW Alumna Mary Behrens wins 2015 WNA Lifetime Achievement Award

On September 25, 2015, the Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Behrens of Casper. Behrens is a graduate of the UW School of Nursing's MS Family Nurse Practitioner Program (1998), and currently sits on the school's development board, "Friends of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.


Josh Hamilton, 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Josh Hamilton named 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Josh Hamilton, 2003 graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, is now Dean of the Engelstad School of Health Sciences at the College of Southern Nevada. He is also president and chief clinical officer of The Hamilton Group, LLC, an innovative behavioral health center in Los Vegas. Read on!


Rachel Dowd, 2014 UW Nursing Alumni, Interviewed by UW

Rachel Dowd, 2014 UW Nursing Alumna, Interviewed by UW

UW interviews Rachel Dowd about her choice of UW for nursing education, about opportunities at UW outside of the classroom, and about her leadership in the International Justice Mission.


UW Nursing Alumna Marcia Male: Prepared for Adventure in Alaska

UW Nursing Alumna Marcia Male: Prepared for Adventure in Alaska

Marcia Male's background educationally includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree 37 years ago (1977), a Master of Science in Nursing Education (2014), and somewhere in between, a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. How did that background prepare her for Alaskan Public Health? Read on!


UW Nursing Alumnus Ed Henry: diversity at the VA

UW Nursing Alumnus Ed Henry: diversity at the VA

Ed Henry of Afton, Wyoming sees his work filled with diversity at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


2009 MS FNP Graduate Holly Friesen

2009 MS FNP Graduate Holly Friesen talks about her work in the Ukraine

Holly Friesen works in the Ukraine, living in Odessa. "It gives me joy to work in countries that do not have [the same] advantages and access to healthcare [as in the US]. Providing even small things can make such a huge impact on their lives."


2010 Alumna Ashley Lair discusses nursing work in Honduras

Ashley Lair discusses diversity of experience in Honduras

Ashley Lair discusses immersion in the Honduran culture as a nurse.


Gaurdia Banister named 2014 UWYO Distinguished Alumna

Gaurdia Banister (BSN '80) named 2014 UWYO Distinguished Alumna

Gaurdia Banister, Casper, Wyoming native and health care executive, receives UW Distinguished Alumna award during 2014 Homecoming activities.


UWyo Magazine spotlights BRAND alumnus Alex Milberger

UWyo Magazine spotlights BRAND alumnus Alex Milberger

Alex Milberger tells UWyo Magazine why nursing is a good fit, and how the BRAND accelerated program made the career possible for him.


Maj. Samuel Millar teaching aeromedical evacuation at USAF School of Aerospace Medicine

Maj. Samuel Millar teaching aeromedical evacuation at USAF School of Aerospace Medicine

Up until now, 2002 alumnus Maj. Samuel Millar has managed aeromedical (AE) evacuation for the Pacific theater in the USAF. He now is AE instructor flight nurse at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine.


Amy Sorensen, RN, BSN

Amy Sorensen, RN, BSN

Recent UW Nursing graduate and Wyoming Medical Center nurse Amy Sorensen (BSN '12) earned special press over a safe landing for the pilot of a united Airlines jet.


Leslie Rozier, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Leslie Rozier, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Leslie Hagenstein Rozier (Dougan, BSN '90), honored in Utah for excellence in clinical practice, presents research on high-altitude acclimatization...


Distinguished Alumna for 2013 Named: Karleen Goerke (BSN, '86)

Distinguished Alumna for 2013 Named: Karleen Goerke (BSN, '86)

Karleen B. (Christian) Goerke, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Swedish Medical Center in Littleton, CO


Marcia Dale, EdD, RN, FAAN

Marcia Dale, EdD, RN, FAAN

In memory of former dean, Marcia Dale. March 4, 1938 - August 18, 2012


Gaurdia E. Banister, RN, PhD (BSN '80)

Gaurdia E. Banister, RN, PhD (BSN '80)

Banister is the recipient of the American Nurses Association "Mary Mahoney Award" for advancing equal opportunities in nursing for minorities.


Mary Behrens, RN, MS, FNP-BC (Post-Master FNP '98)

Mary Behrens, RN, MS, FNP-BC (Post-Master FNP '98)

Behrens is the recipient of the AANP International Humanitarian Award and Nurse Practitioner of the Year 2012 for Wyoming.


Jennifer R. Castaldo, MS, RN (BSN '97)

Jennifer R. Castaldo, MS, RN (BSN '97)

Castaldo is the Vice President of Service Excellence at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, California.


Samuel Millar, BSN '02

Samuel Millar, BSN '02

Capt. Millar is the United States Air Force Chief of Aeromedical Evacuation Standards / Evaluations and Programs for the Pacific theatre. Update: recent work in New Zealand.



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