September Event Recap: Career Panel


Our September event was a blast! We loved hearing the stories from our four wonderful panelists - Laurie Patterson, Heather Thornton, Jessica Yenser, and Mandy Curtin.  They answered questions about how they got to where they are in their career, what mistakes they made along the way, and gave advice to our members.  Special thanks to Ann Revell for moderating.


Laurie Patterson

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Received an ALA from the University of Minnesota, a BA in Biology from the UofMN as well (primarily in ichthyology), an M.Ed. in Training and Development with technology from the UofMN. The Ed.D. is from Nova Southeastern University in Miami in Computer Information Technology, with an emphasis in computer education. Worked as a biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in St. Paul MN and Oak Harbor OH. Worked in a variety of staff position at the UofMN while pursuing the Master’s. Ran  the MIEC (Medical Informatics Education Center) for the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Worked in the corporate world as a trainer for an international company. Moved to Wilm, got the doctorate, and started working at UNCW.

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Heather Thornton

Enterprise Applications Director-Information Services
New Hanover Regional Medical Center


Heather Thornton has been the Enterprise Applications Director-Information Services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for three years.  Her responsibilities include  for Clinical, Ancillary/Diagnostic, and Revenue Cycle Applications.

Prior to this, she served as NHRMC's Program Director of Healthcare Informatics for 16 years. 

Heather also served as the PTA President for Bellamy Elementary, during which time she was able to fund raise $5,000 for the library and replenish the library with new books for the children.

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn


Jessica Yenser

Senior Data Intelligence Engineer at EMC Corp
VP of Programs, PMI Metrolina Chapter 

Jess enjoys tackling challenges in and out of the office. From technical and program related challenges, to getting her dog to turn the lights off for her, if a process can be improved or a problem solved, she's in!! She believes that work is a part of life, not life itself....but that doesn't mean you can't be producing Rock Star results.

Come join her on LinkedIn if you'd like to know more about Program Management, Data Intelligence, being a remote Rock Star, or finding balance in your career and your life.

Bring coffee!

Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn


Mandy Curtin

Client Success Manager
Next Glass

Mandy Curtin works with local tech startup, Next Glass. Over the past year she has lead social media and marketing efforts and has transitioned into a client success management role. Now overseeing partner relationships, her past experience in PR agencies and project management helps to keep the beer & wine app on track for another record-breaking year.

When not juggling projects, Mandy is likely on a boat with her fiancé Jason and yorkie-poo, Rocco or exploring Wilmington's foodie scene. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @MandoTheCrusher.

Connect with Mandy on LinkedIn



October Event: Fireside Chat with Julie Thomas

Come out to our October event to join us for a fireside chat with Julie Thomas moderated by our own Ann Revell-Pechar. Invite your friends!