Published August 11, 2022

I always knew I wanted to help others and give back to my community. After I graduated from Enterprise High School, Shasta College was the natural choice to continue my education with convenient and flexible classes that fit my family and job responsibilities, and it was very cost-effective.

I love science and initially considered the dental program at the college, but I wanted to be more hands-on in the care and healing of others. So, I received two degrees at Shasta College—my Associate in Nursing (ADN) and my General Education with an emphasis in science. The support I received from all the staff and faculty and the sense of community that permeated my entire experience made getting my degree possible. To this day, I still carry with me the lessons on patient care and the personal stories that my nursing instructors, Linda Thomas and Teresa Degnan, shared with us. 

Shasta College provided the foundation for my future academic success and gave me the confidence I needed as I launched my professional career in nursing. I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Management. Currently, I am the Chief Nurse Executive Officer (CNEO) and Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. 

Every day my team at St. Elizabeth’s comes to this job with everything they have to provide unparalleled patient care. I’m honored to work beside such caring and compassionate professionals. I cannot express how deeply appreciative I am of the leadership development and investment Dignity Health takes in its employees.

My experience at Shasta College inspired me to make life-long learning a part of my career and personal life.

Shasta College Knight