Growing up as the oldest sister of eleven siblings, in the Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side, Kathy Jacobs McLoyd was at an early age placed in a position of responsibility and support for her younger brothers and sisters. Rather than shying away from the unfair burden of being a “child care giver” she whole heartily embraced the responsibility. Her love and caring for her siblings helped shape who she was as a young woman and led her to a long career in Nursing
Her 36-year nursing career includes over 2 decades as a Pediatric Registered Nurse (RN) at Children’s Memorial Hospital, leading up to a bold career move in 2000, when she accepted a position at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center while continuing to work at CMH on the weekends. Starting as a RN in the CORE Center Women and Children’s Program, Kathy soon became a favorite of her young patients living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their parents/and or guardians. The quality of her work dedication, to detail, and commitment to her patients, and families did not go unnoticed by the CORE Center Leadership. Over that past 10 years, when special projects and initiatives requiring a seasoned RN’s involvement, Kathy was often the first person considered.
In 2010, Kathy returned to school, and graduated from Governor’s State University in 2013 with her BSN. Since 2011 she has managed multiple projects that focus on providing Early Intervention Services and Community Outreach to People Living with HIV/AIDS’s (PLWHA’s).
In April 2016 Kathy accepted, what she considers her dream job, as Nurse Administrator at the Howard Brown Center Englewood clinic. She is excited with the opportunity to return to her roots as a member of the Howard Brown Health Center health team and support efforts to address a growing need for HIV services on Chicago’s South Side. In 2018, Kathy was promoted to the Director of Nursing at Howard Brown Health.
Kathy currently lives in Matteson, IL with her husband Peter; collectively they are the proud parents of 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.