Kathleen Linz, Children's Activities
Hello! My name is Kathleen Linz and I am a Children's Activities officer for Iowa Medical Partners. I joined IMP the week after moving to Iowa in 2013 after my neighbor invited me an S.O.S event ! My husband, Luke, is a 3rd year Anesthesia Resident. We are both originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and met there in 2005. We married in 2009, and moved to Michigan for Medical School at Michigan State University. Our 4th child is due next week and will join Miles who is 5, Audrey who is 3, and Leo who is 20 months. North Liberty has been a great home for us the past few years and we feel very lucky to be spending Residency here. If I find some spare time I enjoy scrapbooking ! I hope you enjoy Iowa Medical Partners as much as I do !
Jess Hicks, SOS
I am married to Michael, a 3rd year Anesthesia resident. We met and married in North Carolina. Michael attended medical school at VCOM. We have two beautiful children, with a third on the way in September. I am an Ohio State Buckeye fanatic, I even have a dog named Buckeye. I love reading books, watching movies, and hanging out with people. I am not very crafty, but I wouldn't mind learning how to do certain things! Iset up the SOS activities for Medical Partners and love picking out fun places to try out. Come and join us!
Emily Heredia, Book Club
Indiana is my home: I went to high school in a small town (Logansport) then moved to the “big city” of Indianapolis to attend college and eventually work at Eli Lilly (pharma) as a health outcomes research scientist. Gerardo and I met during his second year of residency in OB-GYN through a coworker and mutual friend. Gerardo is now in the third and final year of fellowship (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery) at the U of I. We have a daughter (born March 2014) and are hoping to add another kiddo on soon. Between being marooned in Iowa City and working from home, I felt socially disconnected. Iowa Medical Partners has been a wonderful source of camaraderie and activity. I love to read in my spare time so Book Club has been fun to coordinate. I also like to check out local restaurants and the Spouses Out Socializing events have been fun ways to explore the area.
Becky Anderson, Playgroup
Hey guys! I was born and raised in Wisconsin (Go Packers!) and love everything about the Midwest. My husband and I met in college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Go Eagles!) and moved to Minneapolis while he applied to medical school. While living in Minnesota I worked at a high school in the Special Education department supporting students in a variety of classes. We headed to Fort Lauderdale, FL for medical school and enjoyed sending our families pictures of relaxing by the pool in the middle of December. I worked at a preschool in the Infant/Toddler department as a Lead Teacher and yes, I had to submit lesson plans for 6 week old babies! When it came time to apply to residencies, though, we knew we wanted to head back to the Midwest to be closer to our families. We also missed the seasons (in Florida there is only Hot and Hotter), so Iowa seemed like a great fit for us! We couldn't be happier with our lives here in the Hawkeye State and it has proven to be a fantastic place to raise our 3 year old son because of the many wonderful family-friendly events in the area. My husband is a Neurology resident and we have loved the connections we have made in both his department and with Iowa Medical Partners. I truly enjoy organizing playgroup events for IMP and look forward to meeting more families who are on this crazy, seemingly never-ending journey too!