left-right Jan Mentes; Linda Sarna, Interim Dean; Heidi Crooks, Chief Nursing Officer, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Success in achieving a PhD truly depends on mentorship, and Dr. Mentes embodies the qualities of a valuable mentor. Although Dr. Mentes is busy and inundated with responsibilities, there has neverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ been a time when she could not meet, speak on the phone, or review my work. When my confidence waivered, it was Dr. Mentes who reflected on the value of my work, and essentially helped me refocus my energy. When I have been "stuck" and unable to describe what I was experiencing, it was Dr. Mentes who found ways to diminish the obstacles, and helped me to move forward. She is able to anticipate not only my needs, but also the needs of my colleagues, even when we are unable to verbalize them. She has worked tirelessly not only with myself, but the students in our program to develop symposia and present at conferences. These invaluable experiences have allowed us to gain confidence in articulating our ideas, responding to our audience, and engaging in conversations with researchers that have both shaped and expanded our vision. Dr. Mentes embodies the definition of an inspirational faculty member, and is a jewel in the crown of the UCLA SON. She is brilliant, compassionate and humble, and empowers students to reach their full potential.