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Lock Haven University recognizes ‘COVID Heroes’

PHOTOS PROVIDED Shown clockwise from top left are Danielle Beecher, Jill Murray, Missy Roche and Sherri Brooks. All four women recently were honored by Lock Haven University for their work to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Beecher a 2014 alumna, is a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. LukeÕs Hospital in Allentown; Murray, a 2015 alumna, is a registered nurse on the cardiothoracic unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia; Roche, a 2008 alumna, owns a clothing business called Hazel Goods, which has made and donated more than 900 masks to hospitals nationwide; and Brooks, administrative secretary to the president and vice presidents at the university, has used her sewing skills to make face coverings for students and staff.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many lives in so many ways.

People have had to change how they work, shop, exercise and even communicate with others. Through all of the challenges, the pandemic also has brought out the best in many people, and has helped others recognize those “heroes” for the important work they are doing every day to help friends, neighbors and strangers all stay healthy and safe.

Lock Haven University is proud to have many of its own COVID Heroes – alumni and staff who have stepped up during this time to help others. A few of these heroes were recognized during a recent LHU Council of Trustees Zoom meeting, introduced by Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president.

Danielle Beecher, a 2014 alumna, is as a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown.

“Although I cannot see my patients’ smiles anymore, nor can they see mine through all of the masks, I want them to just feel they are not alone in this fight, and they, too, can make it through this tough time,” Beecher said.

PHOTOS PROVIDED Shown clockwise from top left are Danielle Beecher, Jill Murray, Missy Roche and Sherri Brooks. All four women recently were honored by Lock Haven University for their work to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Beecher a 2014 alumna, is a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. LukeÕs Hospital in Allentown; Murray, a 2015 alumna, is a registered nurse on the cardiothoracic unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia; Roche, a 2008 alumna, owns a clothing business called Hazel Goods, which has made and donated more than 900 masks to hospitals nationwide; and Brooks, administrative secretary to the president and vice presidents at the university, has used her sewing skills to make face coverings for students and staff.

Jill Murray, a 2015 alumna, is a registered nurse on the cardiothoracic unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia.

“I got into nursing because it was a gut feeling — no one in my life was in healthcare. I learned I could use my knowledge and abilities to change someone’s life for the better and be there for people when they are at their most vulnerable,” Murray said.

Missy Roche, a 2008 psychology alumna, is the owner of a bag and clothing business called Hazel Goods.

When COVID-19 hit, Roche decided to shift her focus to helping healthcare and frontline workers by making masks. She has made and donated more than 900 masks to hospitals all across the country.

Sherri Brooks, administrative secretary to the president and vice presidents at LHU, has been helping by utilizing her sewing skills to make face coverings for the students and staff at LHU.

PHOTOS PROVIDED Shown clockwise from top left are Danielle Beecher, Jill Murray, Missy Roche and Sherri Brooks. All four women recently were honored by Lock Haven University for their work to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Beecher a 2014 alumna, is a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. LukeÕs Hospital in Allentown; Murray, a 2015 alumna, is a registered nurse on the cardiothoracic unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia; Roche, a 2008 alumna, owns a clothing business called Hazel Goods, which has made and donated more than 900 masks to hospitals nationwide; and Brooks, administrative secretary to the president and vice presidents at the university, has used her sewing skills to make face coverings for students and staff.

Brooks is fulfilling an initial order of 175 masks by working in the costume shop in the Sloan Fine Arts Building on campus.

PHOTOS PROVIDED Shown clockwise from top left are Danielle Beecher, Jill Murray, Missy Roche and Sherri Brooks. All four women recently were honored by Lock Haven University for their work to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Beecher a 2014 alumna, is a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. LukeÕs Hospital in Allentown; Murray, a 2015 alumna, is a registered nurse on the cardiothoracic unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia; Roche, a 2008 alumna, owns a clothing business called Hazel Goods, which has made and donated more than 900 masks to hospitals nationwide; and Brooks, administrative secretary to the president and vice presidents at the university, has used her sewing skills to make face coverings for students and staff.

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