Nancy L. Stephenson joined the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Board in 2016 and became its president in 2017, after a lifetime of involvement with music. She was introduced to the piano at age 6 by her mother, and from there moved to several other orchestra and band instruments, always on an amateur level, and also including the accordion, as befitting her Scandinavian heritage.
Ms. Stephenson moved to Waimea in 2005 from Minnesota, after a 41-year career in healthcare, first as a critical care nurse, then as a nursing instructor, followed by 32 years at Medtronic, now the world’s largest medical technology company.
At Medtronic Ms. Stephenon worked in the Clinical Evaluation Department, managing global studies of new products being used in people for the first time. She subsequently staffed a new position within the company in Physician Relations. At her retirement in 2004 after 18 years, she was Director of Physician Relations for the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division worldwide.
Ms. Stephenson has received multiple national and international awards, is listed in several Marquis “Who’s Who….” publications, and by invitation became a Fellow in her professional organization, the Heart Rhythm Society, in 2010.
Her other volunteer activities include North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, her condominium association, where she was its president for seven years, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and her church, where she serves as lay leader and organist.