Vivian holds BS (TCU) and MS (CU) degrees in Nursing, a Ph.D. (DU) in Higher Education Administration, and Psychology.  She has had a 30-year career in clinical practice, leadership roles in University health care hospitals/clinics, and higher education.  Her last position before retiring was as Dean of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Committed to health care and health promotion, she volunteered for the American Red Cross after retirement.    She held leadership roles as National Chair of Nursing and Biomedical Services Chairperson.  She has served on Boards in health care, professional organizations, the Girl Scouts, and federal agencies, e.g. Health and Human Services.

Vivian was born in Princeton, Ky where she lived until college.  In addition, she has lived in Texas, Colorado, New York, and Wisconsin.  She has two adult children and their spouses’, four adult children (1 spouse) by marriage and 6 grandchildren.

She moved to Parker, Colorado in 2016 to be closer to her adult children.  She was a full-time caregiver to her husband Lowell Hokin, M.D., who died in September 2018.  She sought out Prairie UU because she was a 30-year member of the First UU Society of Madison, Wisconsin, and was eager to find a UU community close to her new home.  Since joining Prairie UU, she has been a Greeter, Usher, Membership Chair, and Social Justice Associate, as well as Vice President and President of the Board of Trustees. Most recently, she has been chosen to serve on the Committee on Shared Ministry. She looks forward to working with others in the Prairie UU community to continue to enhance our mission and vision and beloved conventual relationships.

Vivian is passionate about service to others, social justice, health promotion, and quality health care.  She loves classical music and golf (most of the time).  Her theological bent is Unitarian. She likes to believe she is not old but has many layers. Vivian can be reached at [email protected].