Shortly after graduating from Pacific, Janet Nimtz ’85, MA, CCC-SLP became director of the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center, a position she held for two decades.
Nimtz loved her job because of the close interaction between faculty and students. “The many and varied opportunities for faculty and student interaction create an environment where all students can develop to the best of their abilities and, maybe, discover strengths they didn’t know they had,” said Nimtz.
She considers the people she worked with, both students and faculty alike, to be kindred spirits. Each person shared the common goal of improving their clients’ communication skills. Nimtz said she always felt supported and encouraged. Simalee Smith-Stubblefield ’83, MA, CCC-SLP, professor emerita of speech-language pathology, was one of those positive influences on Nimtz’ life and career. Nimtz recalls how Smith-Stubblefield “encouraged, nurtured and bolstered my confidence to become more than I had previously believed possible for myself.”
Nimtz has supported the speech-language pathology profession as an advisory board member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) District 3. She also served as program chair for CSHA’s state conference. When she retired from Pacific in 2008, Robert E. Hanyak ’79, AuD established the Janet Nimtz Endowed Scholarship in her honor. She and her husband have helped perpetuate the scholarship, which is awarded to a graduate speech-language pathology student in recognition of clinical excellence working with the adult population. Each year, Nimtz is thrilled to meet the scholarship recipient.
“I consider myself blessed to have found such a gratifying career and to have been given the privilege of working with some of the best clinicians, professionals and students in the field.”
“The recognition as Alumna of the Year brings my career and passion for communication between all people to a deeply satisfying closure,” Nimtz said. “I consider myself blessed to have found such a gratifying career and to have been given the privilege of working with some of the best clinicians, professionals and students in the field.”
Nimtz stays busy volunteering with several community organizations, including the Haggin Museum. She is also a San Joaquin County Master Gardener. She is proud of her two wonderful daughters and enjoys seeing their families, including her four beautiful grandchildren, thrive and become successful.
By Becky Perry ’01, ’09