On December 1, Laura Strevels will be retiring from her role as Environmental Health Manager after 31 years of service. We sat down with Laura and got some insight into her years at NKY Health, and what she plans on doing next.
What have been the top three highlights of your career?
Getting to be president of our professional organization, standardizing our on-site inspections, and hiring a lot of really great employees.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned while at NKY Health?
I learned not to take the job so personally. Just because someone from the public is angry doesn’t mean they dislike me as a person.
If you could give a new employee one piece of advice, what would it be?
You’re going to have bad days, but at the end of the day, it’s a great job. Work through those bad days- you’re making a difference.
How do you plan on spending your retirement?
I’m going to get another job and work a few more years until my husband retires. Then, hopefully we will have some grandchildren to watch. We also want to do some traveling.
Do you have any hobbies or interests? If so, what?
I enjoy reading, traveling, crocheting and making tie blankets for family members.
What is your favorite memory (or memories) from NKY Health?
Being 9 months pregnant and still doing on-site!
What is the thing you will miss most about your job?
Co-workers I worked with most of my career, especially Steve.
What has been your biggest contribution to NKY Health and the community?
The Environmental Health and Safety Division got to be active during disaster preparedness drills, specifically H1N1 and Flu clinics, while I was here. We all went to different schools and set up. Nurses did all the shots, while we set up tables, stocked supplies, and controlled traffic flow.
If your life was a book, what would you name this chapter?
GET READY FOR CHANGE
By: Kylie Jenkins, Registered Sanitarian
Sona Shrestha, Registered Sanitarian