Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks faculty Q&A with Kristina Henry

Kristina Henry has been a faculty member and administrator at Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks for three years.
Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks is the only campus in the nationwide system that hosts a nursing degree. Kristina Henry, who was tabbed as the interim site coordinator of the program earlier in 2010, is proud of that fact and embraces the opportunity to improve the program every day. The mother of four girls and fan of “The Office” is a favorite of the students in the program. After some time in Kansas City, Henry and her husband, Brian, moved back to the Lake area. They have strong roots in her hometown of Camdenton where Brian serves as superintendent of schools. Learn more about the U2 enthusiast...

Name:  Kristina Henry
Alma Mater, Date of Graduation:   University of Central Missouri: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1994
University of Kansas: Master of Science in Nursing, 2008
University of Kansas: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Aug. 2010 (anticipated)
Family members:  Brian Henry, husband
Daughters: Morgan, 15; Madison, 14; Mollie, 12; and Mary Clare, 6
Years at Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks:  3
Hobbies:  boating, kids’ events, reading, being outside, going to the Gulf in Alabama
Favorite Movie and/or TV Show:  The Office,” “Community,” “CSI”
Favorite kind of music/favorite artist/song:  Journey, U2, Eagles
Favorite Book:  Gone with the Wind
Favorite Food:  Mexican
Favorite subject in college:  Math
When I was 10-years-old, I wanted to be a doctor.
What is the best part about working at Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks?  Seeing our graduates working in the community.
What moment in your life are you the proudest of?  Every day when I look at my girls. They are awesome!
Best excuse you have heard from a student who was late with their work?  I decided to get married.
What piece of advice would you impart to a student prior to graduation?
Be professional and respectful no matter where you are or who you are talking to…it is a small world.
Talk about your journey and what lead you to Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks:  I was working in Kansas City and had the opportunity to move back home to Camdenton.  I love being back home and raising my kids where I grew up, being with friends and family.  It is such a wonderful area, and I love that I can teach and participate in my community.
Nursing staff members (from left to right) Lori Henley, Sarah Riley and Kristina Henry enjoy the Lake campus' 20th anniversary celebration.