Staff Spotlight – Maeve Jackowski Price, SPHR

Maeve in an HR Generalist in Pediatrics Human Resources.

I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 and have been working in Human Resources for 8+ years. I have worked in Peds HR for over 4 years, I am currently an HR Generalist and HR Rep for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital!

I was born in Michigan but moved to Des Moines when I was little. I now live in Coralville with my husband, dog and two cats. My family is scattered around the USA, with my younger sister and mom both living in Washington D.C., a place I love to visit!

I spend most of my time being with family and friends (pre COVID). I enjoy watching good tv (and talking about it). I also love to cook and try out new recipes and wine pairings. Reading/supporting and being informed about politics, social justice issues and current events takes up a lot of my time as well. However, traveling is my true passion and planning trips is one of my favorite things to do.

My dream job would be something involving travel and food. Basically, I would love to get paid to eat and visit new places.

The most fascinating place I ever visited was the Andalusia region in Southern Spain. It’s a very culturally eclectic place with seriously delicious food and the warmest people. If you every have the opportunity to visit – go there!

My husband is huge Green Bay Packers fan, our dog is named Lambeau! I don’t necessarily love watching football but I enjoy tailgating and goading my Detroit Lions/Chicago Bears family members.

I am sad to report I cannot think of one fun fact about myself.

Staff Spotlight – Karen Johnson, RN, BSN

Karen is a Clinical Research Manager in the NICU.

I’ve worked at UI Healthcare since May 1984, shortly after I graduated from the University of Iowa Nursing program. I worked 3 years in the “Intermediate Care Nursery”. Dr. Ed Bell hired me in 1987 to be the first and at the time, only NICU research nurse. Since then, our program has grown to a team of four.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a book titled “nurse Nancy”. The book included a real band-aid, which I thought was super cool. From that point on, I wanted to be a nurse and here I am!

One of the greatest satisfactions in my career has been the creation of the Iowa Neonatal Clinical Research Committee (INCRC), an interdisciplinary team that provides scientific and feasibility guidance for investigators who would like to conduct research within the NICU.

I have been married to my husband, Don for 45 years. We have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

I always have a good book to read and love gardening, cooking and spending time with my family. I have run two half marathons, so jokingly claim that I’ve run a whole.I also love to golf and am a member of the Brown Deer Women’s Golf League.

I am fascinated with the Rocky Mountains every time I go there. Besides the awesomeness of the mountains, the air is pure, the sky is amazing and it is where I find myself most relaxed.

My favorite restaurant is Monica’s. We’ve been regular customers since it was “Bob’s Your Uncle” and our daughter worked there as a server.

My favorite book of all time is The Thorn Birds, which was also made into a great movie!

If I had 3 wishes they would be: 1. We could get through COVID-19 so I can have my grandkids here again. 2. Continued good health. 3. That all of my kids and their families live close enough to see them often.

Fun fact: I spent a lot of my childhood in Kansas and used to hope that they would someday re-make The Wizard of Oz, starring me as Dorothy.

Staff Spotlight – Julie Osterhaus, MA, ARNP, CPNP

Julie is an ARNP in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I staff clinics at IRL, CR Outreach, and SFCH. Started here in 1987, first as staff nurse in PICU, then as Nurse Manager in Pediatric Outpatient Clinic (when primary and specialty care were run out of the same space!) and now as Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I have always wanted a career in Pediatrics, so am right where I want to be.

I have benn married to my husband, John for almost 37 years. 2 children – Samantha (age 28) lives in Minneapolis; son Ben (age 25) lives in Des Moines. No grandchildren, but a grand-dog named Huck.

In the summer, like to boat and water ski and tend to herb garden. In the fall, attend Iowa Hawkeye football gams (long time season ticket holder). Also like to read and grow (or to be honest “not kill”) succulents. Enjoy walking and hanging out with friends. Starting to enjoy cooking more when I have time.

Favorite place to visit? LOVE LOVE Table Rock Lake in SW Missouri for annual boating vacations. Visited Hawaii several years ago and would like to go back. Also liked Aruba.

Favorite book or movie? Favorite book – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; Favorite Movie – Footloose (for the music and dancing!).

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. For my children to be happy, healthy, and doing what they want to do 2. For good health 3. To strengthen my relationships with family and friends.

Fun fact: I am addicted to true crime shows on TV.

Staff Spotlight – Natalie Van Waning, MSN, ARNP, CPNP-PC

Natalie is an ARNP in the Division of Cardiology.

I graduated from Iowa College of Nursing in 98 with my BSN and started in the PICU January 99. Returned to grad school and graduated with MSN- PNP primary care degree in 2004. January 2005 started in Pediatric Cardiology. I currently have clinic three days a week where I assess patients for events of syncope or autonomic dysfunction (orthostatic hypotension, POTS, and orthostatic intolerance) along with ruling out cardiac dysrhythmia or congenital heart defects as cause for their symptoms. Twice a month myself, Erin Olufs, PhD, pediatric psychologist, and exercise physiologists from our division run a multidisciplinary syncope clinic.

I’ve been married for 20 years to Matt, a CPA who works in audit group at RSM (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City offices). I have a son who will be a sophomore in high school and a daughter who will be in 7th grade fall 2020. Both kids are active in multiple sports, and play musical instruments.

Reading is at the top of my hobby list. I review books sent to my by publishers and posts reviews on my blog and Instagram/face book account. I’m in a book club that recently celebrated their 17th anniversary. I used to run marathons and do triathlons, but due to injury currently now spends a lot of time walking the great paths in Coralville, North Liberty and Iowa City.

My dream job would be a Librarian- I love to read and love to talk to people about books.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Paris, France with my son who was 12 years of age at the time. We took a day trip to Normandy and loved seeing Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Ponte Du Hoc- love WWII history.

Favorite meal or restaurant? Pizza. Giordano’s Deep Dish Pepperoni, or Wig N Pen “Flying Tomato” pepperoni.

Favorite sports team? Michigan Wolverines.

Favorite book? Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Fun fact: I’ve run 5 Chicago Marathons, and completed an 1/2 Ironman.

Staff Spotlight – Anna Spykerman, DNP, ARNP

Anna is an ARNP in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

I work in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant as an inpatient nurse practitioner. I started working here in January 2020.

I am an only child who grew up in Southern California with my mom and dad. We have always been an adventurous family, and I used to drive 11 hours round trip every weekend to competitively snowboard. My parents moved to a lake in South Carolina, which I love to visit.

I’ve lived in Southern California, South Carolina, New York City, and now Iowa City. That being said, I think my 4 months studying abroad would qualify as the most fascinating. We traveled to a new country every weekend and were immersed in new culture every day. It was incredible.

In my free time, I spend as much time outside as possible. I have a balcony garden that is thriving and love to ride my bike, travel, eat new foods, and see Broadway shows.

I have my dream job! I moved here from New York because I knew that I wanted to work in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. I’m living the dream!

My favorite restaurant is an “Indian version of Chipotle” in New York City called “Deep Indian Kitchen”. They had the best paneer tikka masala in the world and I miss it.

My favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers! I miss baseball…

Favorite book or movie? I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I throw a Harry Potter party every October with themed decorations and food!

If I had three wishes they would be: 1. A cure for cancer and sickle cell disease 2. Money to pay off my student loans 3. More time. I want more time to travel, spend time with friends, and visit my family.

Fun fact: I competitively snowboarded all through high school.

Staff Spotlight – Rae Miller, BGS, RN, Program Manager

Rae is a Program Manager at the Child Health Specialty Clinic in Carroll, IA.

I am in the Division of Child and Community Health in the Child Health Specialty Clinic in Carroll. I supervise the CHSC Carroll Regional Center and also supervise and provide leadership for our Early ACCESS Service Coordinators who are in CHSC offices throughout the state. I have worked this time for over 12 years. I worked at UIHC on 5 Boyd Tower on a pre op-post off cancer unit in the very early 80’s for a couple of years before I got married.

I met my husband on a blind date following a Hawkeye football game. We farm on “the home place” near Fonda. We have been blessed with 3 kids, our 1st son lived 16 weeks following his premature birth and them we were lucky enough to adopt a daughter and a son.

I’m trying to figure out what I like to do as I am retiring on August 10th! I like computer games and we golf. Love audio books too, and our grand dog.

I always wanted to work in a Hallmark store as I figured no one dies if you help someone pick the wrong card.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Not sure they are fascinating but love the fun of New Orleans and Nashville.

Favorite meal? My homemade meatloaf or anything with pasta in it.

Favorite book or movie? I liked reading “It” by Stephen King but couldn’t watch the move. “Monsters Inc.”, is my favorite movie.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. Kindness and employment for people who dance to a different beat. 2. Consistently better golf game. 3. A cure for cancer.

Fun fact: I finished my Bachelors degree at the ripe old age of 53.

Staff Spotlight – Cynthia Waters, ARNP, NNP

Cynthia is an ARNP in the NICU.

I’m a nurse practitioner in the NICU. I’ve worked at UIHC since 1993 and in the NICU since 1995. Within the NICU, I have worked as a bedside RN, an Assistant Manager and now as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for the past 10 years.

In my free time, I enjoy culinary events, reading, and attending theatre events. I’m also a two time U of I alumni and avid Hawkeye fan, so love to attend Hawkeye sporting events.

My favorite restaurants in Iowa City are Basta and Orchard Green.

My favorite book of all time is “The Thorn Birds” and the movie version of the book.

I have been a resident of Iowa City since 1987. I also have a MBA in Healthcare.

Staff Spotlight – Trudy Pierick, ARNP

Trudy is an ARNP in the Division of Cardiology.

My current position is Single Ventricle Program Coordinator. I started as a nursing assistant on 2JCW during my undergraduate education, where I developed a passion for the cardiac population. We spent 3 years in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where I worked on a pediatric floor with a variety of specialty services. We returned to Iowa City in 1993 where I was able to work as an RN on 2JCW while pursuing my master’s degree. Following graduation, I worked as a PNP in the newborn and intermediate nurseries at UIHC for two years before landing a position as inpatient nurse practitioner in Pediatric Cardiology in 2001. As professional staff member, I have been at UIHC for 27 years.

I grew up on a farm in western Iowa 35 miles southeast of Sioux City. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I still enjoy going back to the farm and reminiscing my childhood. I married my high school sweetheart from a neighboring farm town. He is a financial analyst at Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) in Cedar Rapids. We have two young adult children. Philip is a free lance saxophonist in Chicago. Alyson is a Peds resident finishing her second year at Emory in Atlanta. She will be applying for Pediatric Cardiology fellowships this summer/fall.

I love to cook and bake. Treats by Trudy is a side business to share my treats with those who need something for a special event or just a pick-me-up. I also enjoy vegetable and flower gardening. We have had the fortune of traveling to a variety of locations nationally and internationally, and hopeful we can do that again soon!

My dream job would be an owner of a small bakery shop where I’m my own boss, serving specialty teas and adult beverages to compliment the baked goods.

China would have to be the most fascinating place I’ve visited because it was different from any other place we have traveled, from geography to people to food to community. This was a mother-son trip over spring break 2019, just after my mother passed away. Given our current pandemic, I’m so glad I took this opportunity to see Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou with many temples and walking along the Great Wall of China.

Favorite meal? I love all kinds of salads!

Favorite sports teams? Iowa Hawkeyes, LA Dodgers, Dallas Cowboys.

Favorite book or movie? Movie-The Hangover-makes me laugh every single time!


Staff Spotlight – Ben Darbro, MD, PhD

Dr. Darbro is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics; and Director of the Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory.

I grew up in God’s Country…also known as Nebraska…although I was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Growing up my mother was a teacher and my father was a salesman. I am an only child but grew up with several dog and cat “siblings”.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and three miniature wiener dogs Hero, Nemesis, and Ally. Additionally, I like to play open world, PVP-focused, sandbox, MMORPGs as well as watching YouTube, Netflix, and various Twitch streams.

My dream job is basically what I am doing currently but with unlimited resources!

The most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Norwegian fjords were definitely fascinating and breathtaking.

Favorite meal? Tough one…its a tie: Macaroni and cheese vs. pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

Favorite sports team? I plead the fifth.

Favorite book is Escape from Tenopia. Favorite movie is Star Wars (Episode 4: A New Hope).

If I had 3 wishes, they would be

  1. Wish 1: What would happen to me if I knew everything there was to know?
  2. Wish 2: Provided the answer to Wish 1 wasn’t horrific (like my head would explode or I’d go crazy) then I would wish to know everything there is to know.
    1. Alternate Wish 2: If the answer to Wish 1 above was horrific then Wish 2 would be what would happen to me if I were all powerful?
  3. Wish 3: Would depend as I would now know everything there is to know so I assume that would change my decision for my third wish.
    1. Wish 3: Provided the answer to Wish 2 wasn’t horrific (like I would ultimately destroy the entire universe or something) then I would wish to be all powerful.
    2. Alternate Wish 3: If the answer to Wish 2 above was horrific then Wish 3 would be for three more wishes!!! 🙂

Fun fact: I worked with Dr. Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute in Scotland and got to meet Dolly the sheep who was the first cloned mammal.

Staff Spotlight – Jordan Lambert

Jordan is a Secretary II in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I live in North Liberty with my fiancé Logan, cat Lulu, and dog Nala. Logan and I are both originally from the small eastern Iowa town of Monticello.

In my free time I like to spend time with my friends and family, taking my pets for walks, and I also love shopping!

My favorite sports team is the Iowa Hawkeyes! Both of my parents went to the University of Iowa so I grew up loving the hawks! I also graduated from The University of Iowa and now my younger sister is a student here as well.