Dishon Kamwesa | Twenty under 40!

What motivates or inspires you to better the community? First, the gospel message of Jesus. Second, the hard work I see other individuals and groups already doing inspires me to be more involved in the community.

29, Registered Nurse, Oncology, Mercy Medical Center

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
First, the gospel message of Jesus. Second, the hard work I see other individuals and groups already doing inspires me to be more involved in the community.

What’s the most challenging part(s) of your job? How do you tackle these obstacles?
I work with people coming from a variety of backgrounds during a vulnerable point in their lives, so how I communicate with them is vital. I start by trying to address my patients’ questions first.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Never lose the essence of “why” you are doing the work you do. That helps to inform everything else.

What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
I would say first of all, don’t discount the opportunities that exist here in Stark County, and never underestimate the value of being part of a team in the workplace and in the community.

“Dishon inspires others in how he serves. Selflessly, he cares after others. He treats them as a person and wants to know their story. He is in a very tough area of nursing. Dishon’s attitude toward his patients and how he gets to know his patients is encouraging.”
-Megan Mauck

Education
• Westerville Central High School, 2006
• Malone University, Bachelor of Science, 2010

In the community
• Volunteered and worked as an after-school tutor and participated in the vocational awareness program at Lighthouse ministries
• Board member at CCHO (which seeks to provide a safe environment where abused and neglected children find healing, discover hope and experience unconditional love)
• Submitted and published several articles or blog postings about his work with oncology patients through “The ONC” oncology community
• Speaker for the 2017 Pi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society at Malone University
• Associate pastor at 3rd Street Community Church

Accomplishments
• 2014 Cameo of Caring recipient at Mercy Medical Center
• 2013 Star Performer
• Clinical ladder level IV, 2013 to present
• 2014 Nursing Clinical Excellence Award

Family
• Wife: Jordan
• Children: Theo, Shiloh and Judah
• Parents: George and Rose Kamwesa

Nominated by
• Megan Mauck, Assistant Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, Malone University

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass