I'm so happy I went to College of the Desert. By the time I graduated I had three kids of my own. It was tough to go to school and have kids, but not impossible. COD gave me my start – you could say my beginning in my career. My R.N. degree helped me provide for my children. Now in my job I'm helping many babies and moms get the healthy beginning they deserve. I never thought I would work somewhere like Desert Regional. It's a great place. The new Coeta and Donald Barker Nursing Complex and the programs at COD are amazing. It is a place of real opportunity for students and our community – my strong foundation, as it has been for so many of my colleagues. Thank you COD. I'm proud to step up.