Nan was born Nan Joyce Washechek on March 25, 1955 in Milwaukee, WI. Since age 3 she lived in Brookfield, WI with her parents and two brothers. She graduated from UW-Madison in Nursing in May 1977 became a registered nurse. She married her college sweetheart, Terry Bush on June 4, 1977 and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last year. Nan worked as a psychiatric nurse in Madison, WI and a public health nurse in Dodge County, WI before earning her Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1981. She did her hospital administration residency at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX and became vice-president of their Sid W. Richardson Institute for Preventive Medicine.
Nan’s first child, Lindsay, was born February 10, 1984 in Houston and when Lindsay turned one-year old, Nan retired to become a full time mom. She and her husband moved to Denver, CO for her husband’s career and on March 23, 1987 they welcomed another daughter, Allison, to their family. In January 1989, they moved to Green Bay, WI, again for her husband’s career, and welcomed Nicholas, born January 8, 1990 and Austin, born July 30, 1994. During her 19 years as a fulltime mom, Nan was active in her children’s schools, extracurricular activities and in her community.
Nan thoroughly enjoyed raising her four children and returned to fulltime employment on May 17, 2004. She served as the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Bellin Health until November 2008 and has since served as the Director of the Bellin Health Foundation. Together in February 2016, Nan and Terry founded nanland, llc, a coffee company selling premium organic single origin coffee.
Nan has five grandchildren, Alaura age 5, Hudson age 3 and Arlow age 18 months living in Vienna, VA near DC and Allison, turning 1 on May 5, 2018 and her new sibling due in November 2018 living in Kansas City, MO.
Nan believes in helping the less fortunate and has been active in many community organizations over the years, including the Green Bay Children’s Museum, Service league and Encompass. She has been active in Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Brown County since 2008 serving as a volunteer child advocate for four children and just completed a two-year term as their board president.
Other special interests and community activities include PEO, Union Congregational Church, Dudley Birder’s Collegiate Chorale, Gamma Phi Beta, Doctors in Recital, Book Club, Saudade (a newly formed grief group) and a weekly Bible Study.
Nan has been involved in several professional organizations, including the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), WI Center for Nursing (WCN), and in 2014 earned her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional).
Favorite activities include visiting her grandchildren, singing, walking on the beach, exercising, reading, gardening, and traveling. Her favorite food is chocolate!
Over the past fourteen years, Nan and her family have suffered several major tragedies, including the unexpected death of her 24-year old daughter, Allison, in 2011, and the unexpected death of her 22-year old son, Austin, in 2017. The important role prayer has played in Nan’s life following these tragedies is the subject of her talk at the May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer Luncheon.
“Love and serve God, live life with passion and stand for something”; words Nan and Terry Bush try to live.