Kathy Austin Administrator, Department of Opthamology College of Medicine UNMC
Kathy has demonstrated a profound dedication to the Ophthalmology Department and its faculty and staff. She is recognized as a superb communicator, and, as one of her colleagues says, "the ultimate listener." A key to Kathy's success as an administrator is that she is an inspiration to all who work with her because of her positive attitude, ethical behavior, strong work ethic, and high values. She freely gives of her time and shares her experience and knowledge to help others succeed. She recognizes the contributions of others and continuously encourages them.
Kathy's sense of humor is also widely appreciated. She has been known to show up in the department's patient waiting room - dressed in a gorilla costume. She is equally famous for her sponsorship of strawberry and hot fudge breaks.
Pictured: Kathy Austin with her husband Gary Austin, son Brian Austin, daughter Kristi Svec and son Nathan Svec, friend Dr. Carl Camras, Chancellor Hal Maurer and Regent Javine Winterboer