grew up in Michigan knowing that all she
wanted was to be a nurse.Sharon
consequently attended nursing school at Bronson Methodist Hospital
in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned an RN.She worked primarily in pediatrics and obstetrics until she began her family and they moved around the country as an Air Force family. She
raised four children, three sons and one daughter and now has a delightful 2-1/2 year old grandson, Ethan.Sharon
was a stay-at-home mom for many years involved in her
children's sports, school, scout and church activities.Then she worked for 8 years as a special education aide for multiple-handicapped children in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
children all young adults she
had more time for her
own interests and sensed a call to ministry. In 1997 Sharon became a student at Fler Theological Seminary and quickly realized that being a hospital chaplain was where she belonged.She spent 2 years as a volunteer chaplain at Whittier Presbyterian Hospital and has been a staff chaplain at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children's Hospital for the last four years.
Caring for the children and their families is her
passion and she
works with all children from the unborn and the premature or unhealthy infants to the children in our PICU and hematology/oncology unit.Sharon is continuing with her studies and plans to graduate in 2005 and be ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian church and hopefully continue to serve as chaplain to "her babies".
As a student her
free time is limited but she
makes time for her
family and likes to relax doing crafts such as painting and scrapbooking.Sharon
is very involved with activities within the hospital and the church.