Senior Vice President Information Technologies
Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I grew up in Baltimore City, and my Mom would always say, “It’s THE Johns Hopkins Hospital. That really means something very special.” I knew she was right. I have always had enormous respect for Johns Hopkins and all that it represents for the citizens in the state of Maryland and across our nation. When the time came to consider a career at Hopkins, I was inspired. I was particularly inspired by the relentless pursuit of excellence, the quest for innovative solutions, the promise to give hope when people needed it most and the genuine commitment to service excellence.
Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
When people come to Hopkins, they typically select a career or a profession. Some people leave in a year or two. Others stay for a very long time. In my view, a career or a profession can be achieved anywhere, but a “vocation” is much more than that. A vocation is a choice, and a calling to contribute, collaborate and become part of a family. I’ve stayed at Hopkins because it has become my family and because it is a vocation. But I also stayed because of the many, many, amazing people with whom I have had an opportunity to work. This place and the people here are amazing!
Be kind and be grateful, work hard, tell the truth, listen very carefully, do what you say you will do and never, never give up.
Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.
In many ways, I have grown up at Hopkins. I came to Hopkins as an ambitious technology leader, wanting to make a difference. I assumed I would stay a few years and learn from the smartest people on the planet. And I did. Thanks to several amazing mentors (Ron Peterson, Steve Lipstein, Judy Reitz, Bill Baumgartner, Steve Achuff, Mike Klag and many others), I was given a chance to learn and grow. I was promoted several times over the past 25 years, and I’ve been honored to serve in increasingly more senior roles. It’s been a pleasure and an honor, and quite humbling in many ways.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
There is no doubt that the people of Johns Hopkins are its greatest asset. Building a team of dedicated, brilliant, loving and honest professionals has been the highlight of my career. Serving the patients, students, faculty and staff has been incredibly rewarding. And speaking very specifically, working with Dr. Steve Achuff and our medical school faculty for a decade or more to design and deploy our very own electronic patient record was clearly over the top!
What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?
Be kind and be grateful, work hard, tell the truth, listen very carefully, do what you say you will do and never, never give up. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and always remember that your family and your faith come first. Trust your heart and when it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.