Patricia Jacobson was a pharmacist for 20+ years. She began her practice in the retail setting at CVS and moved into hospital practice, where she stayed for a number of years. She left hospital practice to enter academia, accepting a position as the Director of Pharmacy at Brown University Student Health Services along with a Clinical Instructor position a the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Ultimately she left professional practice and accepted a position as the Continuing Education Director at a College of Pharmacy. A challenging situation in the workplace, along with a divorce caused her to leave that position and start a small professional consulting practice in the field of Professional Education Program Development. After a couple of years of traveling and realizing that she no longer was enjoying the corporate world, she headed to NH to visit her brother and sister-in-law for the weekend.
They had arranged to meet at the Trails End Tavern at King Pine Ski Area after they finished teaching their last ski lesson. “As I sat in the tavern looking out over the learning center and watching them play with their Knee Hi group, I realized I hadn’t smiled or felt joy like that in awhile. I had forgotten how much I loved to ski. And I had forgotten how much I loved NH.” That night, over a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire, Patricia’s brother taught her how to teach a ski lesson. She was on the mountain teaching the next day. She moved up to NH shortly thereafter and taught skiing full time that winter. “I can’t ever remember smiling that much in all of my professional career.” Thirteen years later, she is still teaching skiing at King Pine and she loves it even more than she did that first season! “In the mountains and on the lakes of NH, far away from the corporate world, I have discovered my life purpose work … working with at risk teenagers around teen pregnancy prevention and staying engaged in school.” Recently, Patricia has reconnected with the corporate world in a whole different way … this time to support the passion she has for the work she does with teens. For more information, check out the link below.
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