40 Under 40 - Sara Dodge Ramey '99, G'01
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
The Humanics philosophy that I learned at Springfield helped prepare me for my role in public health. It set the foundation that helping others is important. I believe that being educated in spirit, mind, and body reminded me of that. SC is so much more than a classroom, it is a place that cares about people. It makes you want to help people. SC made me a better person.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
There are so many special people at SC that it's hard to pick just a few. When I think of the following people I think of kindness, empathy, love and drive. I can't say these people taught me these things but I can say they constantly reminded me why something so simple would always be so important.
John Wilcox, he was always that friendly face that made your day each time you saw him. He reminded me that something as simple as a smile and a hello can make each day a little brighter.
Gary Enright, he was the person I felt the most comfortable talking with. He always had an ear to listen when things got tough. He reminded me that everyone needs help sometimes and that's okay.
Barb Ernst, she loved us like we were her own and made you feel like her family was your family. She reminded me that family often extends to the people that love and care for you.
Dr. Leslie Beale, that one professor that sticks with you. I will always remember the day I was in her class and realized CDC was my goal. She pushed me to be the best I could be. She reminded me that hard work and determination could get you anywhere.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Involve yourself with as much as you can. You won't regret it. You are at SC because you are special, make sure the world gets to know that special person. Make your mark and make it maroon.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
My life has been blessed with so many wonderful people that I could thank for days, but I will spare you my novel.
Mr. Dennis Jarvis & Dr. Marsha Vanderford for being amazing mentors. They both took a chance on me and believed in me and for that I will always be grateful.
My best friend, Angie Duprey '99 G'01, for being there for all of life's big moments and for always reminding me that I am tougher than I think.
My Cousin, Patti Powers, who from a very young age encouraged me to aim high. "Grow up and be a CFO," she would say. Well, not exactly a CFO, but I aimed high and I hope I made her proud.
My Daddy, Greg Dodge, the person that I admire the most. The person that taught me that life gives back what you put out and to always keep fighting.
Our kids; Peyton, Ethan, Jack, Cooper, Andrew & Kate for being awesome and making this crazy life better than I could have ever dreamed.
Lastly, my husband, Thomas Ramey, who is always supportive of me following my dreams. My opportunities have all been possible because of his constant love and support.