Staff Spotlight – Joanne Kilburg

Joanne is a Sec II in the Child Health Specialty Clinic in Clinton, IA.

I work for the Child Health Specialty Clinic a regional Clinic here in Clinton, Iowa for 8 years. I am the Secretary here, which in the regional clinic world that means a jack of all trades. One minute I can be answering phones, the next I can be babysitting kids, the next I can be fixing phone or Internet problems.

I am a very happy and blessed mother and grandmother. My children are Kyle, Jacob, Chance and Hollie. Chance and girlfriend Chloe have my grandson Emmett. Hollie who is married to Chris have my grandsons Jason and Devon. I also have a grandson Briar who lives in Indiana from my son Jacob who passed away that my son Kyle help raise.

In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends. My new hobby has been walking, since March 30th I have walked almost 3 million steps and have done 3 marathons and my next marathon is coming up in February called the Burry Scurry. I have lost 50 lbs just from mostly walking. My new motto is “eat less move more,” it’s that simple.

I haven’t been there yet but I am planning a pilgrimage walk in Spain on the El Camino De Santiago. I have a nephew who teaches over there so I hope he can go with me and be my interpreter.

My dream job would be to work for the Iowa Donor Foundation because I had a son who was a organ donor and I also have a son who was an organ recipient. Organ donation is so very important and everyone should be an organ donor, it is such a gift to donate an organ.

Favorite meal or restaurant? I don’t have a favorite but I love eating at little Mom & Pop shops or little dives that may not look like the best places but have the best food and that includes food trucks and street vendors. You always get the best food at a reasonable price.

My favorite sport teams are Iowa Hawkeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Cubs.

Favorite book or movie? I love any autobiography, book or movie, because its about the real person and their true experiences in life. I learn so much from other people’s stories, it’s like having a mentor.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1.) To win the lottery, but not so much that I go wild like the curse of the lottery people, but just enough to pay everything off, help my kids, and retire if I want. 2.) That there was no such thing as freezing rain. 3.) World Peace

Fun fact: I am honorary Irish and proud. I love St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate it every day of the year. My Irish decorations stay up all year round, I just incorporate whatever holiday or season it is with them, for example I have an Irish Christmas tree instead of bulbs I use shamrocks. I even was commodore this year at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Main Avenue in Clinton, it was so much fun. There is a continuous countdown until the next St. Patrick’s Day.

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