Caroline B. Burnett
Term: June 2013 – June 2019
NOLS Courses: 2011 Explorers Utah River Trip, 2011 Alumni Family Trip, 2012 Alumni Course Italy, 2013 Board of Trustees Zodiac Sailing Trip, 2013 Salmon River Rafting, 2014 Board of Trustee Backpacking
Caroline moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with her late husband Bill in 2001. Having spent many vacations in the Southwest, they knew they would retire in this land of beauty, spaciousness, and endless blue skies. While Bill led the way in becoming involved in NOLS, his passion and dedication for the NOLS mission inspired many, including Caroline. Since the 45th NOLS anniversary, Caroline has explored various opportunities with NOLS, including backpacking in the Wind Rivers, hiking the Dolomites of Italy, and river rafting. When not traveling, she hikes, skis, and practices yoga.
Caroline obtained her nursing degree from St. Luke’s Hospital, NYC, a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Union College in Maryland, master’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America in DC, and a Doctor of Science at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her time spent as a researcher in health care decision-making, ethics, and as a faculty member of graduate nursing and medical students continues to inform her work today.
Since moving to Santa Fe, Caroline has continued her involvement with health care allowing her to engage in her passion for health care ethics. She has served on the Board of SVHsupport, a partner with the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, chaired the Health Care Advisory Panel, served as member and chair of the hospital’s Bioethics Committee and the ethics consult team, and is a member of the Saint Vincent Hospital Foundation. She is a faculty member for the Northern New Mexico Family Practice Residency Program.
Caroline has been active in the Santa Fe community with a variety of non-profit organizations, in particular Girls Incorporated. Under her leadership as a Board member and chair, she and Bill facilitated the partnership between NOLS and Girls Inc. As a result of that partnership 17 girls to date have received scholarships to attend an Outdoor Adventure Course for 14-15 year olds. Caroline continues to serve as an Honorary Board member for Girls Inc. In addition, Caroline’s grand nephew, Caegen, is a graduate of two NOLS courses and her step-grandson, Austin completed his first Outdoor Adventure Course in 2012 and is attending NOLS gap year Fall Semester 2014 in the Rocky Mountains.