Do you have a favorite mentor?

Tell us about someone at work who has helped you learn the basics of your job or who has inspired your career path.

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Kimberley M. April 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

Kathy Pettway has inspired me during my career at Johns Hopkins. Serving as my Director at the time,she had the patience and the knowledge to teach me how to be successful in my position. Not only do I respect her, but I watch her display integrity and promote excellence in everything she does. Even though I have moved on pursuing my career with another Hopkins entity, we still keep in touch.


Anna Norrell April 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

I have worked with Kayode Williams, MD for eight years. We are in the Pain Clinic in JHOC. We have moved from GSS, White March, and then to East Baltimore Campus. Dr. Williams has taught me so much about the pain clinic. He does trust my judgement with his patients and his busy schedule. I know he stands behind me in my decisions. He always has an open door for me. Dr. Williams looks out for my best interest and advises me on all topics and situations. We have worked hard to make the Pain Clinic for our patient safe and friendly place. Thank you so much Kayode for everything. I hope we can be together another eight years.


yolonda hill April 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Ernest Ferguson has been such a great mentor. He goes above and beyond and if it was not for him and his mentoring I don't believe I would have gotten this far. He truly is a great man and his dedication and hard work should be recognized.


Mercy S-Blay April 11, 2014 at 1:58 am

Shirlene Farrell is a marvelous nurse. I am doing my independent nursing practicum at JHMI and she has been a pillar and a fountain of resource to me. Her cheery desposition, innate joy and caring/supportive attitude towards her patients, collegues and in assisting me meet my goal of becoming an RN has been a blessing.
I hope to emmulate her when I graduate in May.


cdayber1 April 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

connie smith was my preceptor many years ago in the ccu. she inspired me to reach beyond myself to do all possible interventios for patients. to feel comfortable asking for help/assistance whenever necessary. to enjoy working in the unit


Rajlaxmi Bais NP-C, APRN April 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

As a recent graduate of the Masters in Nursing (Adult-Gerontology NP) program at Hopkins SON, my final rotation took place with the Comprehensive Diabetes Team (both inpatient and outpatient). Inpatient, Terri Kemmemmer (CRNP, CDE) and Holly Bashura (CRNP, CDE) and Outpatient (Susan Renda (CRNP, CDE) and Susan Porter (CRNP, CDE). This dynamic team greatly sparked my interest in Diabetes management. With Diabetes being such a prevalent chronic disease, I never understood the exact complexities and intricacies involved in managing patients afflicted with the disease. Their support, guidance, teaching and knowledge was incomparable and opened my eyes to this world. Thanks to Holly & Terri's help and recommendations, I will now be joining an Endocrinology private practice in Maryland as an NP! So thankful for my experience with all of them! I'm so grateful for them taking me on as a student!


Catherine April 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

The best mentor I've had in all my years would have to be my undergraduate advisor, Burnaby Munson (U. Del.). Even 20 years ago, he was older than time and was at the top of his field in analytical chemistry. He gently and consistently expected of us top level scientific work and always demonstrated fair, respectful treatment of all people. He was very senior and accomplished enough to not feel the need to compete with his own advisees (including post-doc fellows) so being taught by him and around him was always a wonderful experience for everyone. He's a model human being.


LaToya Mobley April 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

Simone Thompson has modeled for me what it means to be a social worker in a medical setting. As a social work intern her teachings have given me a foundation for greatness. The passion she has for child safety, and for meeting patient's needs has been the highlight of my placement. Going forward I aspire to be as passionate, and dedicated to my patients as Simone! Kudos to the Bloomberg 9N team for having a wonderful social work partner!


Hope Honigsber, RN. April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

When I think of a person at work who I consider a mentor I immediatley think of Sheila Balderosa. She is a very kind and patient person. I was a new nurse to our unit. Sheila helped me and continues to help me become a better nurse. She is knowledgable and is a great resource. I am grateful to have her as my mentor.


Tina Kline April 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

At Johns Hopkins, our physician scientists teach and guide the next generations of medical professionals to excel in research and patient care. Dr. Harvey Singer exemplifies this tradition and as such was the first recipient of the Blue Bird Letter by the Child Neurology Society.

As a non-medial professional, Dr. Singer has been my mentor my entire career at Johns Hopkins, and the reason that I pride myself in the patient care that I deliver on a daily basis. I am grateful for all that I have learned from this esteemed professional.


Terri Smith April 4, 2014 at 8:42 am

Susan (Sue) M. Carter personifies the ideal coworder, supervisor and manager. Sue was my coworker and taught me the basics about life at Johns Hopkins University from my first day in August 1985. I had the honor of working with her for many years as a colleague and friend and, after her well deserved promotion, she was also my supervisor. It's been almost a decade since restructuring of our department changed our working relationship and I've moved on and up within Hopkins, but I've never forgotten the lessons Sue taught me about structuring time, documentation, and honest communication with others. I am grateful to Sue for the example she showed, and continues to be for those who still work with her.

Reply April 4, 2014 at 7:58 am

Tony Kalloo has mentored dozens and dozens of top doctors across the USA


Lydia Tanksley April 4, 2014 at 7:36 am

The person who inspired me to learn the basics of my Job would be Sherrie Kilinski & Myra Turner. They are the Manager and Supervisor of the Bluecross department. When i joined the team they put me under there wings and assisted me in learning the my job functions for the Bluecross team. They have assisted me in my knowledge and confidence of my job duties within the department. I thank them for encouraging me when needed and pushing me when needed.


James "Tony" Colleli April 4, 2014 at 7:28 am

If it were not for Judy Tipton, who has taught me everything I know about my job from day one, I would not be able to do it. Judy, and people like her, should be acknowledged a lot more often in this institution.


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