Partway through a 10-day ski trip to Utah in the winter of 1979-80, Brookfield, Wis.-native Joan Campbell Arata
was moving here.
"I had always wanted to ski in the West," Arata
"What got me were the beautiful mountains and the blue skies and the fact that great skiing was so close to a city where I could have a decent career.
It was just a no-brainer."
So when a friend got married in Moab the next summer, she
drove out to the wedding (with her
good buddy, Renee Reidel) and then came north to Salt Lake City to look for work as a nurse.
"Nurses were in great demand, so we easily found jobs," said Arata, who started on the surgical floor at LDS Hospital.
"The rest is history - work, friends, dog, house, husband [Greg Arata, owner of Junior's Tavern
in downtown Salt Lake City], two kids, more work, and I have skied every season since 1980."
work has been in two noteworthy medical programs.
In 1984, she
became coordinator of LDS Hospital's
kidney-transplant program, later expanded to include liver and pancreas transplants.
And for the past couple of years, Arata
has managed two outpatient clinics at Huntsman Cancer Institute
(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) People who came to Utah primarily to ski, never left and have become valuable contributing members of our society. Joan Arata is the outpatient clinic manager at the Huntsman Cancer Center.
(The chance to ski like this, captured by a slopeside professional photographer at Snowbird
, convinced Joan Campbell Arata
to move from Wisconsin to Utah in 1981. Courtesy photo)