A Wellness Pioneer with a Will to Give Back
College of Health alum made a career pivot that paid off in a big way
By Sarah Shebek
“Even though it was scary to quit my stable job at CHG, it was the best thing I ever did,” she said. “Every patient is important to somebody, and that work of getting top quality health care to patients was fulfilling.”
After the sale, Hoffman-Abby stayed with VISTA for the next five years, then tried the retirement piece of her plan. But she “got bored in about 15 minutes,” and started pondering her next move. A call from the future president of the university made that decision easy.
“Taylor Randall and I knew each other very well. He was actually one of my mentors during the VISTA acquisition process,” she said. “He had some ideas for our business students, always thinking about their return on investment for tuition.”
So, Hoffman-Abby started meeting with Randall on a monthly basis and researching how they could take the School of Business to a top 25 ranking. She found that career outcomes made a big difference, and decided to build a staffing organization in the school for students and community partners.
Since the organization started seven years ago, student outcomes have improved year over year. With Randall now in the president’s office, Hoffman-Abby has the directive to build similar programming at colleges across campus.
“I couldn’t have picked a better way to end my career—I adore the students,” she said. “Even more than when I was building my other company, I feel the work I do here is helping make a positive change for the future.”
On a personal level, Hoffman-Abby’s son Will attended Westminster College before passing away in 2017 from a rare disease. To honor Will and his determination to pursue his education, she created the Iron Will Scholarship for the university’s School of Business to invest in future students.