Outstanding Alumna, 2008
Sheila Carlon has parlayed her community college education into a Ph.D. and a faculty position at Regis College, in Denver Colorado, where she is currently the Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Health Services Administration and Management Program.
Carlon attended Cypress College from 1983-1985, earning an associate's degree after completing the Medical Record Technology Program.
By then, she had already worked as an administrative assistant for a number of years, as well as being a part-time ski instructor, a part-time paramedic and a substitute news anchor and reporter for KOA, Channel 4 in Denver.
With two associate's degrees, Carlon went on to earn bachelor's degrees from Metropolitan State College in Denver and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She earned her master's from San Jose State and her doctorate from Fielding Institute.
Carlon has a long list of community and professional service activities, including work with the Salvation Army's Disaster Preparedness/Response Team and serving as the coordinator of the Quarters for Kids Campaign. She is also a member of the Board for Arapahoe and Red Rocks community colleges, and Metropolitan State College. She is also a volunteer ombudsman for long-term-care facilities through the Denver Regional Council of Governments and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
In 2006, she was the American Health Information Management Association's Triumph Award for Educator recipient. The national award recognizes those who have made an impact in the Health Information Management profession, and is presented to a person who demonstrates excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM careers.
When she's not teaching, Carlon enjoys traveling, riding her horses, playing tennis, skiing and bicycle riding.