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Tonya Callihan

Tonya Callihan

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Callihan family finds calling in nursing at Chillicothe Campus


Tonya Callihan will continue a family tradition when she graduates from ’s nursing program this spring. The nursing program will host its annual Ohio University-Chillicothe pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Shoemaker Center. 

The pinning ceremony recognizes students who have completed the program and earned an Associate of Applied Nursing Degree. They are then eligible to take the state board exam and become registered nurses.

Tonya Callihan is following in the footsteps of her daughter Tiffany, who graduated from the campus’ nursing program in 2012 and is currently enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program while working with Adena Health System.  Tonya’s son J.D. is currently enrolled in OU-C’s associate degree program and a younger son, Zack, a student at Unioto High School, plans to attend OU-C and pursue a nursing degree.

Having a family full of nursing students and professionals has its advantages.

“There is always another person around to bounce ideas off of and to help discuss and explain different concepts,” Tonya said. 

The family is driven by a desire to help others. “Our inspiration involves health issues we have faced as a family over the years,” Tonya explained. “J.D. needed lung surgery and almost lost his life a few years ago. That is something that we have kept in the back of our minds, and we wanted to work in the medical field and help others.”

Another daughter is studying occupational therapy, and Tonya serves as an EMT with a local squad.

“It all stems from a desire to help others,” she said.