Cindy Mailloux is the chairperson of the Nursing Department at Misericordia University. Mailloux, 55, attended Meyers High School and received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Wilkes College and her master's degree in nursing at Misericordia University. She attended Penn State University and received her Ph.D. in nursing. Cindy lives in Mountain Top with her husband, Peter. The couple has sons: Bradley and Cliff.
What got you interested in nursing? "When I was in high school I was part of the Future Nurses Organization and that really got me interested. I was also a candy striper during high school and that got me even more interested."
When you graduated from Wilkes what did you do next? "I became a staff nurse in Detroit and Cleveland. After a while I became interested in nursing education so I moved back to Northeastern, Pa. to pursue my master's degree. Once I did that I started teaching at NPW Hospital, which is now Geisinger. I then taught at Penn State Worthington for 14 years. I decided to go for my Ph.D. after that and ended up at Misericordia. I wanted to advance my position and this was the next step."
So you became the chairperson of the Nursing Department there. How has it been working there with the staff and students? "I have loved working there. Everyone at Misericordia does service for the communities and I have been proud to be a part of that."
What have been some of the events or causes you have participated in? "I currently serve as a board member with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and volunteer my time to evaluate nursing programs for accreditation. I once took a group of students to Guyana on a service trip. It was a highly profound thing to see underdeveloped health care there. It was incredible seeing the students' responses and how grateful they are for what they have in their lives here in the states."
You have been very successful with your career. How do you try to translate to or share that success with students? "I believe in trying to provide educational opportunities for everyone, whether it be high school, college or technical trade schools. I always want to encourage students to move forward at all levels."
Was there anyone in your life who afforded those chances by way of their actions? "My parents were instrumental in my success because they supported me the whole way and allowed me to do what I wanted to do."
You mentioned going to Guyana, is there any place you would like to visit in the future? "I am actually going to Ireland in November. That should be great. I would like to mention that I went to China and that was truly fascinating. The history there is amazing. The temples and imperial gardens were amazing. I am writing a paper on the Terracota soldiers or warriors. It was just a great trip."
What do you like to do here in Pennsylvania? "We love to drive in the mountains and visit the Skytop Lodge (in the Poconos). We also are into skiing heavily as both of my sons are instructors at Jack Frost and my husband is with the Ski Patrol."
is your all-time favorite food? "Pizza with extra cheese."
Do you have favorite TV shows or movies that you watch? "Love reality shows like ‘Survivor'. I really enjoyed the film ‘The Notebook'."
Do you have a favorite quote or saying? "Don't blow out someone else's candle to make yours shine brighter."
Who do you like in the music world? "Country music is a favorite and I really like Blake Shelton who was on ‘The Voice.'"
What do you think Northeastern Pennsylvania has to improve upon the most? "The area really needs to be promoted better since we are so close to major cities like New York and Philadelphia."
What would you consider as the proudest moments in your life? "I would have to say that having my children and family is most important to me personally. In the professional world it would be the completion of my Ph.D."
John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.