Rockford, Illinois, United States (Winter 2010)
LAURA MONAHAN, prior to becoming a nurse, worked as a construction welder (welding oil tanks and pressure vessels) and a power plant operator at an electrical utility, while attending college, where she graduated with highest honors. She attained an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate school of management, graduating in the top quarter, while working various management positions, the last one negotiating long term power contracts between utilities in the United States and Canada. She then quit working to raise her second child. During that time, she started a mural business, and built her own house. Now she is a graduate student at University of Illinois in Chicago, College of Nursing pursuing another dream and having lots of fun.