Sarah has been a nurse for over 20 years and is the owner and manager of Minnesota Child Care Health Consultants, Inc. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Creighton University and a certification in Public Health Nursing. Sarah has received extensive specialized training…

from the National Model of Child Care Health Consultation in North Carolina.

Sarah’s professional nursing background includes in-patient nursing at both The University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Minnesota, pediatric clinic nursing as well as pediatric home care. Sarah has held various management and leadership positions throughout her nursing career.

Sarah is the mother to three children who have successfully been through the child care and preschool experience and one reason Sarah is so passionate about consulting in child care feeling a commitment to programs and families in the community. Sarah offers support to centers to not only meet licensing requirements, but to raise health and safety standards. She serves programs providing advocacy, professional consulting services, onsite training, and classroom continuing education. These services support child care center staff while increasing quality of care for both staff as well as children.

Sarah has consulted with hundreds of early childhood providers and educators on health and safety, MN child care licensing, and best practice. Sarah is a Content Expert Trainer with Achieve/MN Center for Professional Development and Develop Tool MN and is also an approved CPR and First Aid Instructor through The American Heart Association. Sarah serves as an advisory member on the Child Nutrition and Wellness Advisory Group at the Minnesota Department of Education. Sarah also serves on the advisory committee for The Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University and provides health and safety consultation services to their coaches and staff.

Sarah is an active member and volunteer at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Wayzata and also volunteers at the Orono Schools. In Sarah’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family keeping busy with kids sporting events and activities.



Kathy Justus has been a nurse for many years and has worked as a Child Care Health Consultant in Minnesota for over 25 years. Kathy has been an integral part of Child Care Health Consultation in Minnesota and has received extensive specialized training from the National model of…

Child Care Health Consultation in North Carolina.

Kathy obtained a degree in Biology from Wheaton College and then a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from The University of Minnesota. Kathy worked at The University of Minnesota and Mount Sinai Hospitals before working as a Public Health Nurse for the City of Minneapolis. Kathy has held a variety of distinguished nursing positions in her career ranging from Home Care Nursing, Hospice Nursing, and School Nursing.

For over 25 years, Kathy has been a leader in Child Care Health Consultation and enjoys it now more than ever! Kathy likes many aspects of consulting with child care centers such as helping new programs with the licensing process, teaching, problem solving, developing long term relationships, and offering support and best practice recommendations. When Kathy is not working she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and sports.



Jenna is a Registered Nurse and works as a Child Care Health Consultant. Jenna worked as a lead teacher in licensed child care setting in Minnesota for 18 years before becoming a Registered Nurse. Jenna holds two degrees including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and…

Family Life Science from Minnesota State Mankato and a Nursing Degree from MCTC. Jenna loved working with young children and while a teacher especially had an interest in the health aspect of education. After teaching early childhood education for nearly twenty years, Jenna went back to school and obtained a nursing degree.

Jenna first worked as a Registered Nurse in the role of an on-site nurse in an early childhood center and then went on to become a School Nurse in a Western Metro school district. Jenna’s background in teaching early childhood education coupled with her experience and familiarity in the licensed child care center is a perfect combination to work as a Child Care Health Consultant. Jenna’s favorite part about working as a health consultant is the teaching and education of child care staff. Jenna still gets to be a teacher when visiting programs. In Jenna’s free time, she likes to play with her children and spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys working out, running and decorating her home.



Christine has been a Registered Nurse for more than 20 years and works as a Child Care Health Consultant and an American Heart CPR/First Aid instructor on the MNCCHC team.

Christine first held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching from Winona State University and worked as a substitute teacher in the Twin Cities area, then as a Lead Teacher for a licensed child care center and eventually as an Assistant Center Director. Christine held the role of Mentor Teacher and was also recognized as an Honor Teacher. After Christine went back to school earning a Nursing Degree, she worked as a Home Care Nurse before becoming a Child Care Health Consultant.

Teaching is one of Christine’s passions as nursing and teaching go hand in hand. Christine loves being a bridge from best practices and Rule 3 guidelines for healthy children and child care centers. Christine has an extended background in reading state statutes and policy implementation. In Christine’s spare time she is busy with her family including all of her childrens’ activities. She also stays active in her community by volunteering at community events. Christine and her family enjoy traveling and touring the country especially visiting state parks. Christine is an avid reader and loves to follow Minnesota Sports.

Lisa J.


Lisa has been a nurse for many years and has vast experience in the pediatric field. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

Lisa worked in the field of Pediatric Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care at University of Chicago Hospital and Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, as well as working as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Partners in Pediatrics. She has also had experience in pediatric home care. Lisa is an asset sharing her pediatric health experience.

Lisa is a mother of 4 children ranging in age from middle school to college. She is an active member of St. Barnabus Lutheran church, presently a member of their church council. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family at her cabin in Vermont and on Cape Cod.

Mary B.


Mary has been a nurse for many years and has a diverse background in Pediatrics spanning from the inpatient hospital setting to the clinic to pediatric home care. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Mary worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and then worked in general pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care & Neonatal Intensive Care at Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mary then worked as a Pediatric Phone Triage Nurse at the Stillwater Medical Group, in the Post-Partum and Special Care Nursery at Woodwinds Hospital and then in pediatric home care.

Mary worked as an aide in a child care center infant room when in high school and has enjoyed working in pediatrics since early in her nursing career. Mary is pleased to work as a Child Care Health Consultant for MNCCHC which allows her the opportunity to use her vast knowledge of pediatric health.

Mary has three energetic boys and during the winter months may be found at a hockey rink or in the Summer at a baseball field. Mary enjoys traveling, boating, camping and simply spending time with her family.

Craig Hawley

Business Manager

Craig brings a broad range of leadership experience in business strategy and development and is an experienced professional with a proven track record of starting and running successful businesses. Craig is responsible for managing accounting, finances, marketing...

sales, strategy, IT and all things non-nurse related. He helps plan and execute all activities using innovation to maximize efficiency. Craig is married to Sarah; together they have three children, so Craig also has first-hand experience to know how important quality child care is. Craig keeps busy fishing and coaching his kids’ youth sports. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he played football and received a BA in Business Administration.