Our Summer Vacations

Staff share their favorite memories for recent travels, as well as adventures close to home.

Amanda Beck-Myers, HIV Case Manager, Grandview

BeckMyersvacationIn March, my family and I (pictured at left) flew to Phoenix to visit some extended family and attend a 50th wedding anniversary party for my great aunt and uncle. One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Grand Canyon which was about a four-hour drive from Phoenix. It was very cold and windy that day. Didn’t think I was going to need my winter coat in Arizona, but wished I would have packed it. On our way back we experienced a snow storm, a rain storm, and periods of bright sunshine. Mother Nature surely seemed confused. The canyon was a majestic site and definitely worth seeing if you never have. The squirrels at the canyon are friendly, too, as you can see in my picture (right). This one wanted a ride in my daughter’s stroller. (I’m sure it was really looking for food and probably smelled the snacks packed in our bags).

Singler vacationMary Singler, Community Health Promotion Manager, Grandview

I organized a family gathering for my siblings and cousins (pictured at left) to see my 93-year-old mom. Part of our gathering was a low ropes course with my brothers and sisters.

Elizabeth Steffer, Health Educator, GrandviewSteffer vacation

I went to Hilton Head Island with my fiancée’s family in July (pictured at right), and Vancouver, British Columbia, for my best friend’s bachelorette party for a long weekend.


Dalhover vacationMissy Dalhover, Oral Health Program Coordinator, District Office

Announcing the wedding of our daughter, Jordan Dalhover, to Chuck Greene (pictured at left)! We spent a fun-filled week of wedding festivities with 70 of closest family and friends. The wedding took place on August 2, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Beck vacationRJ Beck, Registered Sanitarian, District Office

School summer breaks seem to get shorter and shorter as I get older and older! This summer break was a meager 10 weeks, but our family managed to squeeze in a few long weekend getaways between a very busy youth baseball season. My wife Kelly and boys Keaton (9), and Charlie (3) enjoy spending time on the water whenever possible. A few years ago, we purchased a boat to spend summer vacations on rather than travelling with young kids. Honestly, the boys never really had a choice as I grew up on the lake, learning to ski when I was 6-years-old (picture of me now at right). Fortunately, they took to the water like a fish and love swimming, tubing and wakeboarding for hours on end.

Each season we try to explore and take in new sights around Kentucky and Tennessee. This year we spent time at Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Cumberland and Laurel River Lake. Each lake is unique with amazing rock formations, beautiful mountain views, and—best of all—incredible water quality compared to the muddy waters I grew up on! Next year we hope to return to Norris Lake and explore new waters like Cave Run and Rough River. If anyone has suggestions of a must see, please let me know!

Ray vacationKelly Ray,  Registered Sanitarian, District OfficeRay vacation

Every year, my wife Nancy and sons Cooper and Brady spend two weeks in early August in Northern Michigan. Our family enjoys the last days of school summer break at our family cabin along Mullet Lake just south of Mackinaw Island. For years we have talked about driving north to the Upper Peninsula to sightsee and go to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park along the banks of Lake Superior (pictured at left). It is about a 2 ½ hour drive, but well worth the trip. We decided on a tour boat for the excursion but could have spent more time if we had rented a private boat. This trip will not soon be forgotten as it was the first trip for our family bulldog, Hank who had plenty of room to roam in the rented U-haul trailer we towed…not to worry pet lovers, my nephew rode in the trailer also to keep Hank happy (pictured at right)!


Berter vacationKatie Berter, Accounting Specialist, Accounts Payable, District OfficeBerter vacation

My boyfriend and I (pictured at right) went to Put-In-Bay in June for the weekend. He had recently started a new job in April and I had been offered the job here so we weren’t able to take off a week this summer. Anyway, here are some pictures of the Lake and the African Safari (pictured at left) that we visited on our VERY relaxing weekend.

Boone County Health Center Staff

The Three Musketeers or Three Stooges – Amanda Cahill (Clerical Coordinator), Darina Estep and Anna Wolford (both Clinic Registered Nurses), depending on what day or activity–went to Punta Cana, Domincan Republic. They snorkeled, relaxed on the beach and were actually allowed back into the United States much to the relief of those left behind at the clinic.

Vicky Robinson, Clinic Clerk/Interpreter, made her annual visit to Panama to see her family there. Panama is actually the one place that was hotter and more humid than Northern Kentucky this summer.

Clinic Manager Julia Gottschalk went back to Colorado. We’re not sure why because there was no snow. Perhaps a little bit of the new Colorado Gold Rush?

Kimberly Rock-Shelton, Hispanic Case Manager, aka K-Rock, terrorized our nation’s capital while visiting her family for a week. As if that weren’t enough, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge from the Canada to the U.S. and back again on her visit to Niagara Falls.  Neither country wanted to keep her, but the U.S. had to keep her because they actually issued her a passport.

Registered Dietitian Martha Parker moved two adult children to two different cities, one to Michigan and the other to Washington, D.C. In between, she made a stop over in West Virginia for a family reunion.

Clinic Supervisor Tina Moore took her special glasses to see the eclipse and came back fully sighted.