Staff Spotlight – Jill Kinnaird

Jill is a Program Coordinator in the Division of Neonatology.

I have been the division and fellowship coordinator in Neonatology for 15+ years. The last 5+ years has also included working with the Iowa Statewide Perinatal Care Program. Prior to joining Neonatology I spent 11 years working in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (now known as Immunology).

I was born and raised an Iowa girl! I grew up in the small town of Wellman, about 40 minutes southwest of Iowa City. Following HS graduation I attended Kirkwood Community College where I obtained an AA in business. From a very young age I was destined for secretary/administrative type work. My husband, Curt, and I have been married for 24 years and have raised our family in Tiffin, Iowa for the last 13 years. We have 2 daughters, Lexi (22) and Abbi (20) and 2 dogs, Bobo & Bella. Lexi has followed her dream with a softball career throughout her collegiate years. She is set to graduate this December in Finance from Missouri Western State University. Her love of softball remains as she works into an assistant coach position with the MWSU Griffons this season. Abbi followed her dream to the basketball court where she is currently a Junior at Mount Mercy University. She has an incredibly strong passion to help kids at all levels and is pursuing a career in Elementary Education. Abbi’s down time also includes coaching that she hopes to carry through her teaching years.

My free time has always been focused around our girls. While they each had their chosen college sport, they were involved in many activities growing up. Our vacation destinations were usually determined by what and where someone was playing ball!

My all time favorite team is whatever sport and team our girls were playing at that time. Outside of that I would probably throw in the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Vikings.

I wouldn’t say I’m much of a reader, but audio books have become a new favorite. Author Gregg Olsen has recently caught my attention!

Fun fact: I am the youngest of 5 siblings and we all have first and middle names that start with J. D. stemming from our parents middle names, one started with J and one started with D

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