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Judy Myers is a community health nurse, holistic nurse educator, a psychiatric nurse specialist, and sociologist. She is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Kentucky. Since 1998 she has lived in Louisville and serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing, where she teaches in the undergraduate and RN to BSN programs. In 2008 she was awarded the Spectrum Nursing Excellence Award for Community Service in the Midwest. Ms. Myers served on the board of directors for Hosparus Alliance of Community Hospices in Louisville from 2003-2009 and is a charter member of the board of directors of Westcare Kentucky; a substance abuse recovery program in Eastern KY.

Always a believer in the transformative power of education; Ms. Myers expanded her awareness and advocacy for ‘whole person education’ through a two year program of study with Parker Palmer called “Courage to Teach. ” She is a certified Matrixworks teacher and in 2007 she completed advanced training for health professionals at Georgetown University’s Center for Mind Body Medicine. In 2008 she was selected as a fellow for the Mid America Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Illinois. She is currently the primary investigator for an interdisciplinary team investigating the “Clinical and Biochemical Effect of Therapeutic Massage on Fatigue and Insomnia in Women undergoing Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

While coordinator of public health nursing at Berea College (1987-1997) Judy contributed a chapter in Rusek’s standard textbook on Women’s Health that focused on Applachian women and in 1997 she received the Platner Appalachian Heritage Award for Excellence in Writing: Poetry. In this ten year period she served as technical consultant to Appalachian Leadership Initiative for Cancer Control, and as volunteer and consultant to Appalachian Communities for Children. Judy co-facilitated the visioning and writing of the original grant that led to state funding for the Kentucky Home Place Project: a program that trains and employs lay health advisors throughout Kentucky.