Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Scientist
By Irma Cervantes, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator
Colleen Goodman spent her childhood looking at bugs, blood and parasites with her brother’s low power microscope and performing lab experiments with his chemistry set. Now, Goodman is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and Administrative Director of the Laboratories for Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield.
“I was one of the lucky ones who knew what I wanted to do for life,” said Goodman. “Laboratory science provides specialization in a broad range of disciplines, and I have never gotten bored with the work.”
And her love of the job is obvious; she has been a laboratory scientist for over 30 years. Yet despite making her childhood dream come true, Goodman felt there was something missing. So, after a thirty-year absence, she went back to school, and will now graduate with her Masters Degree from California State University, Bakersfield with honors.
“Completing a master’s program has been a long-term goal for me,” she said. “Although I have completed a few certificate courses specific to lab management, I knew that I could be a better manager and more effective team leader if I had opportunity to be in a formal program.”
Completing the program was no easy task for Goodman. She continued to work full time at Mercy, all while paying off her children’s school loans, sending them to graduate school and helping to raise other extended family children. But she says the Master of Science Administration-Health Care Management program at CSUB really helped her to achieve her goals.
“Interaction with other students in the program provided a wider perspective of learning opportunities, and face-to-face accountability helped to keep me on track with classwork. CSUB met that need, and I am especially thankful to Dr. B.J. Moore for her guidance,” said Goodman.
Colleen is also passionate about her family. She is married to Gerald L. Goodman, a Pastor and retired Navy Chaplain. They now reside in Lake Isabella. Together they raised four children of their own and few others along the way, and they now have six grandchildren. She plans to continue her work at Mercy Hospitals with the skills that she obtained at CSUB, and although she is proud of going back to school, she recommends that others don’t wait.
“Thirty years is a long time, too long, to wait to come back,” she said.
Goodman was named the Outstanding MSA-HCM student of 2012-2013 with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. She was one of several students honored at the BPA Honor Banquet on May 10th and the Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony on May 17th.