Affectionately known as "Mrs. V." by students of HSECA, Kathi is the Career Technical Specialist for the HSECA programs at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market satellite location. As a former public health professional she has experience in well child, immunization and family planning clinics, adult care, and was a Scoliosis Coordinator. Her professional background also includes a variety of medical practices and neonatal and pediatric intensive care experience. Kathi holds a licensed practical nurse degree from Grand Rapids Community College.
Just one of her responsibilities for the HSECA program is coordination of students and job shadows at area Grand Rapids hospitals and other medical facilities. Kathi is "excited to give the students the opportunity to actually experience their career of interest by providing specific job shadow experiences." Job shadows are an important part of the program according to Kathi "as they (the students) are exposed to many different areas of health care and become aware of various options, they become excited about the many possibilities to explore."