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2013 SONstar Recipients

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

January SONstar - Cindy Zimmerman
Sr. Academic Advisor

Posted: Jan. 3, 2013

Cindy began her career in higher education teaching in the Dental Programs at the University of Alaska. She retired as the Interim Director of Allied Health Programs and moved to Austin, after picking the city off the Internet. After starting at UT in January 2004, Cindy worked for six years in Biomedical Engineering and became the manager of both the undergraduate and graduate advising offices. Since joining the School of Nursing in the fall of 2010, Cindy has successfully grown the ADN to BSN degree completion program by over 300% and enjoys recruiting and advising nursing students. 

Cindy loves traveling and cooking and likes spending time exploring Austin and playing with her two kitties, Lily and Archie.

May SONstar - Sara Hearin
Administrative Associate

Posted: May 13, 2013

Sara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Denver after having attended UT Austin for two years. She was a certified public accountant for ten years before staying home to raise her family. Sara joined the School of  Nursing staff in 2010 as the course scheduler and has enjoyed many opportunities to learn a little bit about a lot of things. She is especially fond of the admin hall.

When not at work, Sara indulges in numerous activities including photography, music, writing, quilting, art, and playing with her dog, Charlie.

September SONstar - Tracy Demchuk
Graduate Coordinator

Posted: Sept. 3, 2013

Tracy Demchuk

Tracy Demchuk

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Tracy, has over 28 years of educational and business management/admissions experience.

Tracy graduated from Dripping Spring High School where she was a Central Texas basketball standout. She was recruited to play basketball at Texas Lutheran College where after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, she began her educational career, teaching Natural Sciences and coaching, in the secondary school system in Austin, Texas. As the Varsity Volleyball coach, Tracy led her team to a district championship her second year as head coach. Eager to try something new she moved to a career in business management where she worked for an internationally recognized retailer, as a manager trainer, for 15 years. She worked in two states and five cities in the U.S. and earned more than 50 leadership and performance awards.

Tracy relocated to Vancouver, BC Canada in 2001 and returned to her educational roots working for the largest private post-secondary University in North America as the Director of Admission in Burnaby, BC. During this period, Tracy earned her Masters of Arts in Organizational Management. To round out her career in Canada, she worked for a small start up university in Vancouver, for one year, where she assisted in increasing enrollment by 50%. Tracy’s final job in Canada was Associate Director of Admissions at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) Vancouver campus where she was instrumental in increasing student enrollment by 468% in three years.

In 2011, Tracy returned to her roots and she and her husband moved back home to Austin, Texas where she continued to work for FDU remotely before joining the School of Nursing (SON) in 2012 as the AEMSN Graduate Coordinator. Tracy is using her expertise at SON to upgrade graduate systems to electronic formats as well as streamlining processes to produce consistent and accurate information. She also relishes supporting graduate nursing students as they embark on their dreams of becoming a nurse and advancing their careers as nurses.

Tracy’s passion and focus has been and continues to be on assisting individuals discover and reach their personal and professional dreams through education. She has directly assisted hundreds of students begin their post-secondary degrees and has had the great fortune of being present to watch their dreams come to fruition through graduation.

In her spare time, Tracy loves sport pistol shooting, running, lifting weights and mostly spending time with her husband, family and four cats.

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