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Kristen Trenary Stremel

Critical Care RN, St. John's Regional Medical Center - Joplin

Class of 1991 - B.F.A.

"WWU did so much for me. It prepared me for my first career in performing arts, teaching dance for 20 years (I'm still dancing). The instructors were incredible! The small campus gave me leadership opportunities to serve and my experiences as a Chi Omega gave me friendships that are strong today. I can't imagine what I would be if I had not gone to The Woods!"

As an undergraduate, Kristen was active in dance, theatre, Panhellenic, and was a member of President's Twenty, Chi Omega sorority, and served as a junior admissions rep. She was recognized as the outstanding performing arts scholar at William Woods in 1991. Today, Kristen lives in Joplin with her husband, Judge Gregory Stremel, and two children, Lindsey and Alexander. She is an active volunteer and serves as the WWU Alumni Coordinator for the Joplin area.

Kristen earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Missouri Southern University after graduating from William Woods with a bachelor's degree in performing arts. Kristen began working at St. John's Regional Medical Center in 2007 as a critical care nurse. St. John's suffered a direct hit from the F5 tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22, 2011. Since she was unable to work at the hospital in the aftermath of the tornado, Kristen became an active volunteer, reaching out to those affected by the tornado, including WWU alumni in the area. She continues to maintain her interests in theatre, dance, politics and raising her children.

To help with long-term needs of the citizens of Joplin, Kristen recommends donating to Mercy Health Foundation of Joplin, 2727 McClelland, Joplin, Mo 64804. You may contact Treva at 620.870.0168.