Hello! My Name Is…

My name is Diane Bell. I am the Director of Inpatient/Outpatient Therapy for Friendship’s North Campus in Roanoke, VA. I have been in this field for 20 years and feel fortunate to spend my work life helping others recover from illness and/or injury, and return to their lives at home.

I am married and have four children- two sets of twins (17-years-old and 9-years-old)!

I have very little time for hobbies, but when there is a free moment, I like bubble baths, playing Chess, reading, journaling, exploring my spirituality, and hiking.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree here at Averett University?  

My motivation is two-fold:  This formal level of education will allow me to be as dynamic as possible for my employer as we position ourselves within the ever-changing landscape of healthcare; and I seek to officially validate my professional abilities through achieving a degree that more accurately represents the work I do within my role as a manager.

I seek to officially validate my professional abilities through achieving a degree…

Why did you choose Averett University’s Graduate & Professional Studies program?

Averett was a natural choice after their partnership with Friendship in 2016. Having known of their great reputation for many years, I was impressed right away with the depth of the education available online through Averett.

What advice would you share for current and incoming students in Averett University’s GPS Program?

Take this process one week at a time. Looking too far ahead can make this undertaking feel impossible while also trying to balance work and family. Be proud of yourself often and celebrate each small step toward success along the way.

What keeps you motivated while in your degree program?

Reviewing often how far I’ve come and why I started to begin with.

What is your anticipated date of graduation?

Averett University, Class of 2018!


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