A Path Destined to Live

Siblings. This simple word is the foundation of my life’s course. More than just people who share my DNA and family history, my siblings — identical twin sister and best friend, Melissa, and big brother, Josh — are more than supporting players in my life story.

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A Warrior’s Song

It’s mid-morning. It’s dry, dusty, hot and almost 100° F. I’m walking through the market in Old Fangak, South Sudan.

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The Accidental Leader

I never set out to be CEO of a hospital. I actually had aspirations of beauty school in my younger years, as I always liked helping people feel good about themselves.

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Active Listening for Active Leading

I am the newly appointed Dean for the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and this past year has been one of personal firsts: It was my first appointment as a university Dean, and the first time moving my family to live in Alaska.

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The Boulder Problem

Leadership and rock climbing have striking similarities. I recently watched Free Solo, the 2019 Oscar-winning documentary about Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. The climb is 3,200 feet straight-up, and free soloing is ascending without a rope.

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