“They really make you feel part of the community from the day you arrive….” These are the words of Michelle Ronchetti, expressing her appreciation for the friendly, welcoming, and collaborative environment that Lewis provides for all employees.
A graduate of Lewis University, Michelle has had quite a journey back to this institution. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1989 and has worked in a number of healthcare settings afterwards. She worked as a maternal child nurse for 12 years at Silver Cross Hospital and then as a risk manager at a community health center, but Michelle wanted more patient contact. When a job opportunity for Director of Health Services became available at Lewis, Michelle was excited to apply.
As the Director of Health Services, Michelle feels she has the “best of both worlds” because she is able to have an administrative role and assist student patients. As a nurse, she enjoys the patient contact with students and having the opportunity to teach them about various illnesses and medications. Her primary responsibility is to ensure that students are both mentally and physically well, which she believes is very rewarding.
Michelle is grateful for the work-life balance and flexibility that Lewis has to offer. Even though Michelle attended Lewis for her education, she feels more connected to the university as an employee. Her favorite part about working at Lewis is the spirit of collaboration and how there is always someone available on campus to help you. She also appreciates how decision-making at Lewis is based on input from all walks of university life including faculty, staff, and students.
Unlike other places Michelle has worked, she is proud to see that Lewis puts their mission into action. Michelle believes, “Lewis is a place where the mission is alive, and it’s visible around you every day.”