Aug 162013

Open to current students, alumni and interested community members, Northland Pioneer College’s Leadership Lecture Series launches its fall series with Summit Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer Thia Ebert at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Show Low-White Mountain Campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, in the Ponderosa Center Symposium. All of the lectures will also be available “live” on the Internet via Adobe Connect at
NPC’s Student Government Association and Career Services are partnering to create the Leadership Lecture Series. The program will feature career and industry guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and occupations. These leaders will share personal stories and insights on achieving success and the path they took to get to where they are today. From doctors to CEO’s, the program will emphasize personal leadership skills development.
With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare environment, Ebert came to Show Low’s Summit Health Regional Medical Center in 1995 from Baltimore, Md., where she began her hospital career as a certified surgical technologist in 1984.
She advanced in her career to become a surgical tech first assistant and then to a registered nurse first assistant in surgery before relocating to Arizona with the Indian Health Services as an ER nurse and house supervisor. After joining the Summit staff, she served in various expanding roles, including ASC/float nurse, base hospital manager, emergency department manager and director of surgical services. In October 2010 she accepted the chief nursing officer position after serving seven months in an interim capacity.
Petrified Forest National Park Superintendent Brad Traver will be the guest lecturer at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Northeast Arizona Training Center (Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute), 1840 W. Papermill Road in Taylor, and on Adobe Connect. In addition to his personal leadership path, he will explain how to apply for a job with the federal government and what to expect as a federal employee.
A 30-year veteran with the National Park Service, Traver trained as a civil engineer with a structural emphasis at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute. His early job experiences included land surveying and construction inspection. He served as park superintendent at Tonto National Monument near Roosevelt from 2003 to 2007 and at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos N.M., in 2008. He became Petrified Forest superintendent in 2011.
Winslow Mayor, business owner and dentist Dr. Robin Boyd will be the guest lecturer at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Winslow-Little Colorado Campus Learning Center Symposium and on Adobe Connect. His message will include how leadership relates to the dental/healthcare industry, being a business owner and in local government.
Being the mayor of Winslow was not something Boyd had planned as a life goal. When he moved to Winslow 26 years ago at the beginning of his dental career, he felt it was important to contribute to the community. He was asked to join the Kiwanis, a service organization, where he met some great leaders and mentors from the community.
As his kids were growing up, he wanted to be part of their education, so he ran and was elected to the Winslow School Board. He served on the school board for 10 years, learning to make policy and difficult decisions that were not always popular. Fifteen years ago he was elected to the Winslow City Council and has served as mayor for the past five years.