Christa started in a small hospital located in Hoxie, Kansas where she supplied the hospital and long-term care with supplies daily. In 1999, she began her EMT career helping others in their most vulnerable state while working on ambulances. From there her and her family made a huge leap and moved to the Kansas City area so she could continue her professional career and education. She worked for KU Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for almost 10 years and gained a deeper understanding for how the body works (and doesn’t work). While she was working at KU she went back to school to obtain not only her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, but also a duel Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Education. After leaving KU, she moved to Quivira Internal Medicine where she used her management skills and passion to encourage over 50+ employees. During this time, she was involved with the intern program through Johnson County Community College which has lead to a teaching career with them. Currently she teaches two classes for the Department of Business Technology.
Q&A with Christa:
What’s the best part of your story so far?
My story is a simple one and the best part is being married to my best friend for 25 years. We have enjoyed raising two children together and giving them opportunities to grow as individuals.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
I have two organizations that inspire me. The first is Shriners Hospital for Children. I love their mission of treating children who have not had the best start to life. They are leaders in research to improve therapeutic treatment for children in a family-centered environment.
My second company is Google. Their concepts for treating their employees and helping them to succeed is inspirational. They prove you do not need to be a slave driver to be successful as a company. A happy employee is a productive one. I try to convey this for each organization I work for. Motivation is huge for me in both my professional and personal life.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I want to be an author. I would love to write books for children and teens. However, I always seem to be too busy to start this adventure.
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
Teaching. If I have knowledge, I want to share it. I love learning about new technology and research to better myself and my family. I want and need to share with anyone who want to know what I know. To see someone’s face light up with understanding of something new, and knowing I gave them this, is truly a gift.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
Being creative. I love to cook for others and see what they think of my new creations. I love to craft. Scrapbooking my memories makes me happy inside and out. I also like to make cards and quilts. These things center me and make me appreciate my gift of creativity.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
Travel Documentary. I have always thought it would be cool to travel everywhere and document it for others. Can you image the scrapbook!? I like to give my opinion about locations and businesses. Sharing the beauty of the world is easy but I would want to share all aspects good or bad, happy or sad.
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