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Doane College Welcomes Mercedes Ramirez Johnson, Survivor of Flight 965

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson will be visiting DoaneMercedes Ramirez Johnson, one of only four survivors of American Airlines Flight 965, will speak at Doane College Thursday, March 8. 

She will participate in a fundraiser dinner at 5:30 p.m. with all donations benefiting Relay for Life, followed by her lecture "Return on Investment Living" at 7 p.m. in the East Dining Room. To make a reservation for the dinner, please contact Doane's Student Leadership Office at 402.826.8111.

Ramirez Johnson was aboard Flight 965 when it crashed into the Andes Mountains near Cali, Colombia in Dec. 1995.  Her story - of the crash and recovery against the odds, completing her education and achieving a highly successful career in healthcare software and pharmaceutical sales - has inspired thousands.

In addition to her career, Ramirez Johnson is extremely involved in the community.  She has been active with the minority career development firm INROADS, Inc. and is a board member of the Northwest Missouri State University Foundation. 

She is a contributing author of Exit Row: The True Story of an Emergency Volunteer, a Miraculous Survivor and the Crash of Flight 965 by Tammy Kling.  Her story was featured in Heads Up! A Zillion Ways to Survive Negativity by Christine Rossi and People en Español "Triunfadores Latinos," a story of inspiring individuals.  Her book, Second Chance Living, will be available soon.

Ramirez Johnson inspires audiences to find their core values and use the principles of "Return on Investment LivingTM" to solve human problems. 

Her presentation is sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Services program. For more information, contact Wilma Jackson, director of Multicultural Services at 402.826.8620.