Staff Spotlight – Shelby Romoser, CGC

Shelby Romoser is a Genetic Counselor in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

I help patients and their families who are at risk for, are being tested for or have been diagnosed with genetic conditions. I have worked at UIHC for 4 1/2 years. I love educating and telling others about what genetic counselors are, what we do, and how we can help your patients.

My husband, Tyler, and I have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter, Ava.

I love “junk-tiquing” and going to craft fairs! I also enjoy hanging out with my sisters, nephews and friends. My hobbies include scrapbooking and singing.

My dream job is to be a broadway performer. During one summer of college, I was a performer at Adventureland and loved singing and dancing on the “Soda & Sounds” stage.

I studied abroad in New Zealand and have dreamed about going back ever since. It was the only place in the world that I know where you can ski in the mountains or surf in the ocean within a 20 minute drive, and there were sheep everywhere!

Favorite restaurant? Olive Garden.

Favorite sports teams? Hawkeyes AND Cyclones (I cheer both on).

Favorite movie is The Notebook.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. More hours in each day 2. Laundry and dishes would clean themselves 3. Christmas occurred more than once a year.

Fun fact: I can yodel.

Staff Spotlight – Haley Stoll, DNP, ARNP, CPNP, AC/PC

Haley is an ARNP in the PICU.

I work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I have worked for PICU for 3 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. I was a former PICU bedside nurse for 3.5 years prior.

I feel very lucky to be in my dream job now. I always wanted to be a pediatric nurse practitioner and I am privileged to work with a wonderful team of nurse practitioners and physicians in the pediatric intensive care unit.

I am married to my husband who is in education. I am a mother of two, Emery 3 years and Everett 8 months.

In my free time I love to spend time with my husband and kids. We enjoy traveling especially visiting professional baseball stadiums (we’ve almost been to all of them!).

Favorite place I’ve ever visited? We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and I would go back in a heartbeat!

Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals.

Favorite book or movie? Every Christmas I love to watch The Family Stone :).

Fun fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose :).

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

Dr. Pesce Receives YOU Make a Difference Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pesce on her recent “YOU Make a Difference Award”! From a member of the care team:

“Today I was asked to come to the PSC Lab to help provide distraction and support to a 6 year old patient during her lab draw. When I arrived, the patient was tearful, reluctant and scared. Per the patient’s request, Dr. Pesce accompanied her from her clinic appointment to the lab, waited with her until it was her turn, and then was present for the lab draw. The patient’s positive coping and willingness to comply with medical treatment was dramatically impacted by Dr. Pesce. I was so impressed by Dr. Pesce’s willingness to take time out of her busy schedule to accompany and support her patient during her lab draw. This is a great example of high‐quality, patient‐centered care. While I don’t work with Dr. Pesce often, it’s clear that she provides not only excellent medical care, but excellent emotional support to the patient’s and families she serves. What a great example of compassion and going above and beyond!! UIHC is so lucky to have physicians like Dr. Pesce as a part of our team.”

Staff Spotlight – Lisa Koonce, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC

Lisa is an NNP in the NICU.

I work in the NICU as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Prior to starting as an NNP, I worked as a staff nurse in the NICU for five years.

My husband Jonathan is finishing up his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. We have one dog, Pupsr, who is as quirky as his name but we love him dearly!

My husband and I are obsessed with the Great British Bake Off and it has inspired us to start baking. We love to make cakes and try all sorts of other recipes. I also enjoy running and attending classes at Orange Theory Fitness.

I have my dream job — I’m a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner! I love being able to walk with families during such a difficult time in their child’s life and see tiny babies grow up and thrive. I was inspired to work in the NICU after I watched my niece and twin nephews all have NICU journeys themselves. My family was well loved and cared for during that time and I hope I can do the same for others.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? We had an 8 hour layover in Bogotá, Colombia during a trip last spring. We took a train up the mountain there and it was amazing. I know it was a place I probably wouldn’t have visited if it weren’t for that layover!

Favorite food or restaurant? Any Chinese food. Especially the Szechuan House downtown Iowa City.

Favorite book or movie? Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

Fun fact: I’m from Pella and try to go back to Tulip Time every year. I will even put on my Dutch costume!

Staff Spotlight – Richard Young, RN

Rich is a Specialty Nurse with Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I started at UIHC in 1979 as an NA, completed my Nursing degree and started on Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant in January 1987. Remained on that unit after the merger with 3JCW. I transferred to Outpatient Pediatric Endocrinology in November of 2011.

My wife, Diane is a Nurse Practitioner in Gynecology, 2 sons, Graham is an Environmental Engineer with the Iowa DNR. Griffin is studying Electrical Engineering.

Preferred free time activities are reading and cooking. Accidentally discovered that the focus of my mid-life crisis is anime. It’s much more entertaining and cheaper than a Corvette.

I really enjoy where I am in Endocrinology. The entire Endocrine department is staffed with wonderful, dedicated, professional, funny, quirky and thoroughly enjoyable people. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of this team. Second career choice would be Astronomy.

I have not traveled extensively, but I do love New England. As a transplant from Chicagoland, I do appreciate the subtle beauty of Iowa. It is a special place, and each season has it’s appeal.

Favorite food: freshly baked bread. Restaurant: Nodo (all of the sandwiches, and brew city fries with garlic aoli) and Jimmy Jacks (everything on the menu).

Favorite sports team? Chicago Blackhawks, since the 1960s.

Favorite book or movie? Book: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Samurai. Anime: Hyouka Manga: Imperfect Girl, story by Nisioisn, art by Mitsuru Hattori.

One wish: Meaningful Health Care Reform.

I am one of the few people to sign up for Medicare and create a CrunchyRoll account in the same calendar year. Dr. Morgan knows what I’m talking about.

Staff Spotlight – Liuska Pesce, MD

Dr. Pesce is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I work in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes. I take care of children, adolescents and young adults with hormone problems, with special interest in thyroid problems and pituitary problems. I have built a multidisciplinary collaboration to take care of children with thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and Graves disease and I am also the pediatric endocrinologist in the Pediatric Brain tumor clinic. I enjoy teaching and I completed a Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Iowa. I am also a member of the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program and I served in the Clinical Affairs committee and Clinical Thyroidology for the Public in the American Thyroid Association. Most recently I was named the co-chair for the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program (2020) and will chair the committee starting in 2021. I am currently serving at the American Thyroid Association Patient Affairs and Education committee. I have been working at UI healthcare for 11 years.

I take adult ballet lessons twice a week (when not on call) and try to practice yoga at home. I enjoy writing poetry in Spanish and took one semester of poetry in Spanish at the University of Iowa. I loved cooking, specially Italian food and pastries, but enjoy trying new things all the time and collect cook books. I also love reading.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Florence. A living, walking museum full of history and art.

Favorite book or movie? Favorite movie: “With Honors” Favorite book: “The Count of Montecristo” by Alexandre Dumas