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.

Staff Spotlight – Stacy Crill, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC

Stacy is in the Division of Child and Community Health, Child Health Specialty Clinic, and works at the Ottumwa Regional Center and started October 1, 2018. I currently see children with special healthcare needs in Ottumwa. I provide tele health services for Spencer and Mason City. I am also the supervisor for the Fort Dodge center and provide tele health and travel there once per month.

I have been married to Erich Crill since 2001. We have 2 children, Jackson (14 years) and Alia (9 years). We recently bought a farm and have a cow/calf operation, field work includes corn, beans and hay and have chickens. Jackson is a child with special healthcare needs and has been my inspiration to pursue a career in this area.

In my free time I participate in church events, crafting, spending time with my niece and nephews, chasing after my own 2 children and helping on the farm.

My dream was to have a job working with children with special healthcare needs and I have found that. I do wish there was an easier way and faster way to complete documentation in order to see more patients.

My husband is a farmer so we don’t get very farm from home. I didn’t grow up farming and I have learned a lot and done things that I said I would never do. I would have to say that farm life is very fascinating.

My favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse or Buffalo Wild Wings.

I haven’t read a non school book for several years so that one is tough but I love the Pitch Perfect movies.

If I head 3 wishes, they would be: 1) health and happiness for my family 2) student loan forgiveness 3) to win the lottery.

Fun fact: When I was younger I participated in a singing quartet in the Bill Reilly talent show and advanced to state. That ship has sailed and I no longer sing in public.

Staff Spotlight – Meet Maureen Austin

Maureen is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Neurology.

I am new to the UI Healthcare system, and happy to be here.

My husband, Ron, and I moved to Iowa City from the Madison, Wisconsin area with our two sons and dog.  Our older son, Sam, is a sophomore at Iowa State University.  Ryan is our younger son, and is a senior at City High School.  Holly is our Golden Retriever.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, distance running, and reading.

My dream job would involve reading, and sampling chocolates.  It’s such a luxury to get lost in a good book!  And, who doesn’t like chocolate?  ; )

The most fascinating place that I have visited is the small country of Macedonia (in Southeast Europe).  My parents are natives and immigrated to the United States as very young adults.  My siblings and I had the privilege of accompanying our parents on their first return trip to their homeland in 2010. 

My favorite meal would have to include pasta.

The Chicago Cubs are my favorite sports team.

One of my favorite books is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.

If I had 3 wishes: 1)  I would want to live near my extended family members. 2)  I would be able to travel by teleporting (read one too many Harry Potter books). 3)  I wish that every child in this world would be made to feel that they are the center of someone’s world.

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

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!