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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration
Medical Swing

Sharon Winfree

A Colorado transplant for the past 45 years, Sharon has over 16 years of experience working in the medical field, lastly as a Colorado Paramedic in the urban setting of Fort Collins, which included the rural area of Larimer County’s 2634 square miles, providing advanced emergency field treatment. Eight hours of each twenty-four-hour shift was spent working in the ER, providing direct patient care, working directly with the doctors, specialists, nurses, and various technicians delivering the best patient care possible. Being a part of this collaborative team was especially rewarding and patient contact was particularly fulfilling.

While a Paramedic, Sharon was a team diver with Larimer County Dive rescue team. Her SCUBA training as an instructor took her to her next adventure. She lived and worked as a SCUBA instructor on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles, for two years. This experience provided unique relationships with locals, which Sharon treasures. She traveled to the Cayman Islands to observe the impact of mooring screws and large boat moorings on the reef system, and to Honduras where she assisted in the instructor training of dive professionals. Although Sharon’s career path diverted her into the Criminal Justice field, the skills developed as a Paramedic have been called on time and again.

Sharon is fortunate to have made multiple travels to Mexico, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, England, South Africa, Swaziland, China, and Tibet. Those travels have given her a deep appreciation for the cultures and peoples from other parts of the world and how they address specific, and sometimes conflicting, needs. Sharon looks forward to visiting new countries and meeting students from near and far.

In addition to reading and gardening, Sharon is researching her family genealogy. She is 11th generation born in this country.