The Mount’s philosophy of personalized attention and investment in its customers attracted Sean Crotty ’07 (center, in photo at right) to the college. He continues to model those same values since graduating in 2007, whether he is dealing with customers at the Cincinnati fitness business he owns with his sister-in-law, or working with patients in Cambodia through the Peace Corps.
Crotty is a volunteer leader for the Peace Corp’s community health program, and an advisor for the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) national donor program in Cambodia. He joined the Peace Corps in 2011 as a health extension agent, teaching health center staff in remote parts of the countryside about general patient assessment.
Crotty helped translate a guide for basic and advanced First Aid and Western practices of general sanitation and workplace care into Khmer for Cambodian practitioners. He helped create a protocol for health fairs to teach basic health principles to young people across the country. And he designed exercise stations for a local high school.
He says that “success is not always measured by what large scale projects you have done.” He joined the Peace Corps because of his belief in cross-cultural exchange. “There is an innate value in every nuance of interpersonal relationships,” he says.
As a volunteer leader, Crotty is training current volunteers, providing support for programming, policy, emotional needs and cultural understanding, and helping Peach Corps staff with site development.
The Peace Corps allows “you to push your boundaries,” Crotty says. “We have a language barrier and a cultural barrier to acclimate to, but those perceived challenges are also what enriches your experience living abroad.”
For the CDC, Crotty assists in enforcing clinical blood transfusion guidelines, trains physicians in blood donor care, and recruits donors. He’ll continue his work with the CDC and the Peace Corp until August, when he will begin training as a nurse practitioner.
His experiences working with patients under extreme hardships planted a seed that he needs to capitalize on. “I have genuine passion for learning how whole communities are affected as well as individuals. This falls in line with a public health model.”
Crotty would like to open his own nursing practice in an underdeveloped area and provide outreach services through home visits and mobile units to deliver healthcare to those without access to it.
For inspiration and solid support, Crotty looks to his family. He draws his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to service from his father Kevin, a former vice president for Van Dyne Crotty. His mother Karen, an avid artist, is his sounding board, confidence-builder, and the “glue” for the family, which includes brothers Colin (who also attended the Mount) and Michael, sister Melissa and their families.
Crotty says his education and criminology/sociology degree helped him understand the importance of attention to detail and accountability, and taught him program development.
“The Mount instilled a sense of confidence and self-assurance, which is crucial whether you are working in the small business world or the Peace Corps.”