by Anne Shaw-Heinrich
At 42, Stacey Fraley likes the place she finds herself these days, both professionally and personally, and she recognizes that none of it would be possible without the education she received at Fontbonne University.
"I was definitely a different person when I was finished," she muses. "I think my experience with Fontbonne helped me pull together where I was going professionally."
Fraley, an Oakville resident, graduated from Fontbonne University in 1997 with a BBA. She turned to Fontbonne OPTIONS for her MBA, graduating in 2000. She chose OPTIONS for the convenient schedule and the way the courses are delivered, one class at a time by professors who have experience in their fields.
"OPTIONS gives you this great volume of information and then you get to go out there and use it. And the program prepares you for exactly what your work environment is going to be like. You're going to be working with a lot of different people from different backgrounds and you have to figure out how to communicate with them. That's how the real world works."
Fraley is Director of Support Services for Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis and Touchette Hospital in Centreville, Illinois. She also provides services for Touchette Elderly Apartments and Archview Medical Center. She manages the food and nutrition, gift shop, environmental services, laundry and deli departments, leading a large staff she enjoys working with.
"I really love what I do here," says Fraley. "I like to try and motivate them. I spend a lot of time, energy and resources to help our staff grow."
Fraley remembers how challenging it was to work, go to school and raise a family.
"The hardest part was making sure you gave some time to your family. We made Sunday family day. It’s a nice tradition that we still keep today. Even back when I was trying to do it all, I tried to do some of the other things I enjoyed, like playing pool, and fishing and writing. It's important to keep the other parts of your life moving, too. Now Im doing the grandma thing, and enjoying it all. And my education gave me the foundation to do all of this."
Fontbonne University has been a provider of high-quality educational programs for more than 80 years. With its main campus located in Clayton, the university has also established OPTIONS classroom sites in North County, South County, Chesterfield, Downtown, and now Fenton.
For more information, call 314-863-2220 or visit www.fontbonne.edu/options.
with permission, copyright (2008) Healthy Planet