Carpenter received her Bachelor of Science in psychology, after which she states that she wasn’t ready to leave Winchester.
So, she decided to stay at Shenandoah and pursue an associate’s in nursing, which “has taken [her] so much further than [she] could have ever expected.”
I received an excellent education at Shenandoah. I think that spending four years on my bachelor’s degree gave me the maturity, educational background and focus to make the decision to go into nursing. If you told me when I was in high school that I would be a nurse in an influential position one day, I probably would have laughed at you.”
Beginning as a hospital staffed registered nurse, Carpenter then began working for a private physician where she specialized in ophthalmic surgery, suturing corneas after cataract surgery. Carpenter’s most influential work experience occurred when she worked as a research nurse, conducting clinical trials for new drugs needing FDA approval.
My varied background from the clinical ‘hands on’ and research work made me a big draw to the medical malpractice (defense) field which I work in today and truly enjoy.”
Currently a litigation coordinator for a major hospital corporation, Carpenter handles more than 100 medical malpractice litigation cases at any given time. “Believe it or not,” she said, “I am managing over $10 million in self-insured coverage on each of those cases.”
Carpenter says one of her fondest memories at Shenandoah was meeting her husband, Jeffrey Carpenter ’86, in the dish room of the cafeteria. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance and then went on to law school at St. Johns University in Queens, N.Y. He is currently the Chief Court Attorney for Nassau County Family Court on Long Island.
She also remembers attending parties at the old pit and making very special friends, whom she is still friends with to this day. “Going to Shenandoah and living in Winchester were seven of the best years of my life.”
The Carpenters have two sons, Shenandoah graduate Matthew ’12, ’13 and Evan, who is a current student at the university. “I have seen the amazing changes that have occurred in the school, the campus and the city itself, which led to both of my sons wanting to attend SU. Honestly, there was no pressure put on them. They fell in love with SU and the city. Shenandoah was good to me, to my husband and both of my kids.”
Matthew received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and his master’s in business administration. “He married a lovely young lady from Winchester and has a one-year-old daughter. He and his family live in South Riding, Va. and he works as a property manager,” said Carpenter. Evan is a rising junior studying biology.
The Carpenters currently live in New York, volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and love to travel. This year, “I look forward to meeting and working with fellow alumni, attending events, representing SU at functions and meeting and working with the current students.”