Principal, JPD Consulting, LLC
How long have you worked at JPD Consulting, LLC?
What stage in your career are in you?
What are your rewards of your job?
I enjoy the freedom of choosing the projects I work on and moderating my work to my lifestyle. I have also been a homeschool teacher during Covid… so the flexibility has been a gift. I could not have balanced life as it is today in my prior roles.
What are your challenges?
Learning all the intricacies of running a small business has been a challenge. NESHS colleagues who have worked in consulting were very helpful to me in establishing my firm.
What has been your most meaningful project?
This is a hard question as there are so many projects of which I am proud. But I have to say my most meaningful work has been the volunteer work with child advocacy. I also love my work in teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
How did you decide to have a career in the healthcare industry?
I knew from a young age that I loved science and particularly medicine. I also learned I didn’t like blood, fluids or the sound of bone saws, so I opted out of that line of work. My strength in analytics and inquisitive nature led me into a role that suits me perfectly – healthcare planning and business development.
What’s the best career advice you’ve received?
Integrity is EVERYTHING.
What’s the best career advice you’ve given?
Integrity is important, but also do work that you love and that inspires you!
What has contributed to your success?
So many people and so many experiences that it is hard to choose. But ultimately, my formula boils down to choosing amazing mentors, learning from mistakes, working with, and supporting my team, staying focused, and fulfilling my responsibilities.
How long have you been an NESHS member?
More than 20 years – this still surprises me!
How has NESHS membership helped you?
I have been a member of NESHS longer than I have been a member of any organization. Initially, the benefit was meeting people who lead the healthcare industry and learning from them. Over the years my NESHS membership became much more. When I transitioned from a job in MA to a job in NH, I took NESHS with me and brought more NH colleagues on board. For a period, life circumstances limited my participation in NESHS, but I maintained my membership. Despite the distance, NESHS colleagues remained a constant in my life and my career.
The relationships I developed through NESHS have helped my consulting work. Many clients come to me through a referral from a NESHS member.
My experience has been that even after a decade at an organization, once I left, the colleagues I spoke to daily faded into a memory, and we only connect sporadically. My NESHS colleagues have been a constant. They have been supportive in the highs and lows of my career. It has been great to have the NESHS network to lean on when I needed support and encourage me when I pursued new ventures.
What’s on your bucket list?
I would love to travel around Europe with my family for a month.
What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a doctor or a veterinarian.
Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without?
Love, Sunshine, and Iced Coffee… Just those and I will be fine.
What was the most interesting place you have traveled to OR your favorite trip?
Myrtle Beach – it was the first trip I took with my daughter (she was 4), and she recalls every moment of the trip and talks about it still. I am looking forward to getting back into traveling and having MANY more adventures with her!