patricia kallweit kaldor, grad '83
Pat began her relationship with Marquette as a graduate student and intern at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and has worked within Catholic health care for 25 years. Her career path has been one in which she has measured success “by the positive impact one has on others.” Pat perceives her career as “a vocation rather than a job,” which she notes is a very important distinction. “I work within a ‘living’ organization,” she says. “Relationships with staff and residents deepen with each interaction. I am able to work for an organization whose values and mission are consistent with my own personal values: dignity of person, compassionate service and justice.”
In 1996, Pat experienced the patient side of nursing when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, endured chemotherapy, experienced a recurrence of the breast cancer and eventually required a bone marrow transplant. She uses this experience to counsel other women with breast cancer and share ways to cope with breast cancer and the impact it has on family and friends.
Pat is currently president and CEO of Felician Village, a senior living community in Manitowoc, Wis. Previous positions have included president and CEO of St. Joe’s and vice president of patient services at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Racine, Wis. In 2002, she was honored by the Milwaukee YWCA with the Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. Pat and her husband, Dennis, have four children and ten wonderful grandchildren.