School of Allied Health Professions

Kerissa Hanson joins the School staff in PT Ed

Kerissa HansonKerissa Hanson, BA, is the new program coordinator for physical therapy education. Here’s a little bit about Kerissa, in her own words:

“After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in December, 2003, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked for several years. Upon returning to Omaha in 2006, I began working at UNMC as a Residency Coordinator. I’m happy to join the School of Allied Health Professions!

This summer, I’m enjoying a variety of activities including wandering through the Farmers Market, biking, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m currently reading George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager. Oh, and I love coffee.”

Welcome, Kerissa!

Where on UNMC is Fran? …

Fran Higgins at BTH 3012
A cellphone selfie with Elephanto at the new digs.

No, it isn’t throwback Thursday. Elephanto is still wandering the halls of UNMC and has landed in Bennett Hall 3012. This is our new home for SAHP Communications.

Why do you need to know this? Please, see me first for all your brand and communications needs: fliers, programs, and publications, T-shirt/apparel designs, photos, social media, newsletters, website, BTH TV monitors, blog articles, and liaison with PR!

It’s a big office, so travel specialist, Virgie, will be joining us, soon. I think we’ll call our office TLC for TraveL and Communications. ;-)

It’s sort of a mess right now, but once we’re squared away watch for an open house. And yes, there will be music and dancing.


Matt Fitzgerald joins the SAHP as Administrative Research Coordinator

Matt Fitzgerald
Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald, BA, has taken over as Administrative Research Coordinator in the School. Matt received his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2001 from the University of Northern Iowa and worked at the University of Iowa for over ten years doing research in molecular oncology and radiation biology. He joined UNMC in the Department of Surgery in 2012 as a research coordinator, and now we’re happy to welcome him to the Allied Health family.

Matt moved to Omaha with his wife, Melissa, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He loves fishing, kayaking and birding.

Glad to have you, Matt!