Dede Chism | MSN | PNNP | Executive Director
Dede Chism is the co-founder and Executive Director of Bella Natural Women’s Care and Family Wellness. Her passion for women and their dignity led her to a career in nursing. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty as a Perinatal Nurse Practitioner from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dede has worked as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in high-risk pregnancies for over 22 years.
Dede’s career in Nursing has taken her from critical care obstetrics and transporting pregnant women in helicopters with AirLife to authoring “The High-Risk Pregnancy Sourcebook” in 1997, to expert medical consulting and to the high Andes of Peru coordinating medical missions.
Most recently, Dede is a founding member of the National Consortium of Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers that launched in Washington DC this past January, creating standards for pro-life clinics across the country. She serves as a consultant to multiple groups across the country desiring to replicate the Bella/Marisol model.
Dede has a 30-year history in youth ministry and has been able to combine her nursing and youth ministry skills at World Youth Days in Denver, Paris and Toronto as well as serving for over a decade at Steubenville Youth Conferences. She is passionate about our Church and the Saints.
Dede and her husband Ken have been married for 39 years and are blessed with 3 grown children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren. Dede and Ken love wine and chocolate, they love to travel, spend time in the outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, reading and enjoying God’s majestic beauty from mountains to seas.