Regina Francies has been teaching communication at the college level for 27 years. She received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree from Western Kentucky University and her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University. Francies’ doctoral research focused on the social construction of health among women living in an independent retirement community. In addition to health communication, Francies is also passionate about student success and community outreach. Before joining NSCM, she served as the recruitment, retention and outreach coordinator and was a faculty lecturer for the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Regina was also a dedicated volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass during her last two years in Kentucky. She enjoys cooking, gardening, independent films, reading and community outreach.