Mimi Devine Touhey, R.N., F.N.P., M.S.N.,
Service runs through Mimi Devine-Touhey’s bloodline. Her father, Aloysius Devine, Law ’48, believed that if you weren’t doing service work, “something was wrong,” she says.
Mimi, a family nurse practitioner in Milwaukee, still lives by those ideals. In 2001, she organized and participated in a 10-day medical and dental mission to Guatemala, the second-poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The group began with eight volunteers and today numbers more than 20.
“Our group stayed in humble dwellings and traveled by bus up mountains to set up clinics in remote villages,” she says. “The local people are malnourished and ill because of contaminated food and water. Our exam rooms are composed of sheets, ropes and clothes pins.” In the future, she hopes to work in Asia, Africa and Vietnam.
Mimi says Marquette’s commitment to service clearly emphasized everything she learned at home.
“The Jesuits have a great way of putting their mark on students. It was easy to find volunteer activities on campus,” she says.
Mimi met her husband, Mike, at Marquette, and their three children are graduates. She received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1989 and is a member of the Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioner Organization. She has been an adjunct professor in Marquette's graduate program and has worked with many graduate students.
“I have always felt that to be able to change someone’s life is a profound gift,” she says. “This happens on these missions — not only to those served, but to the volunteers who attend. I am grateful to be a witness to this transformation.”