Ms. Mish Dishes on Health and Wellness Center


Ms. Mish and her family. Credit: Amber Mish

Head Nurse Amber Mish is among many in Health and Wellness who contribute to the needs of Williston students.

Mish came to Williston in April 2015 and started as a part time nurse, but then advanced her role to the Director of Health and Wellness in October 2015.

As the Director of the Health Center, Mish oversees the day-to-day operations of the health center, order supplies, and ensure that all aspects of the health center are compliant with health code regulations. She coordinates with her colleagues to provide the best care, and works with the dean’s office and academic office to make sure that students are taken care of. She also reaches out to any students that are in need.

Senior Max Livingston says, “Mrs. Mish is always there for me and is like my mother. I love her presence and walking into the health center greeting me with a warm smile.”

Mish works in Health and Wellness office Monday through Friday and is always available in the evening or if the weekend nurses need something.

On top of Mish’s busy work at Williston, she also works per diem at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton in their Childbirth Center. Usually Mish works there on vacations and during the summer. In the summer she is busy collecting all of the student health forms and reviewing each of them, so she knows if there are any students with health concerns that will need monitoring through the school year.

Mish also teaches a health class each year in the middle school for a three-to-six-week session.

Mish is married and has three kids. Her oldest son, Mason, is in 7th grade at Williston; she has a nine-year old son, Owen, and a six-year old daughter, Aveline; both Owen and Aveline go to public school in Southampton. She and her family live not far from Williston and enjoy spending time with the Williston community.

“I stay pretty busy with Williston, my job at the hospital, three kids and my education but I spend most of my free time with my family,” Mish told The Willistonian.

Growing up Mish, attended a boarding school in central Utah, Wasatch Academy, for all four years of her high school career. A main reason Mish decided to come to Williston was because of her experiences at boarding school.

“My experiences at boarding school played a big role in helping me to become the person that I am today,” she explained. “I have always wanted to find a way to use my skills to be part of a similar experience for other boarding school students. Williston reminds me of my high school in many ways.”

She added, When I first moved to where I live now, nine years ago, I used to drive through campus and think about how great it would be to be a part of the community.”

After graduating high school, she attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. A few years after graduating, she went back to school and got her Associate degree in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse in 2008.

Mish is currently working on her master’s degree in Nursing with a focus in Family Practitioner and should be done in August of 2020.