Born in Pocahontas, MS and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Dian Palmer always wanted to be a nurse when she was young, but she did not consider it a reality until her high school guidance counselor inspired her to pursue her dreams.
Palmer was the first person in her family to graduate from college. “I’m the oldest of eight children, and I wanted a career where I could make a living for my family and also give back to the community,” said Palmer. She began her career in a nursing home, and then went on to work for a hospital and a sexual assault treatment center.
Dian has been a nurse for 25 years, and a member of SEIU for 17 years. She serves as president of SEIU Healthcare WI, President of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin and an Executive Board Member of SEIU, and chair of the SEIU Nurse Alliance. She is a member of the Milwaukee Chapter Black Nurses Association. In addition, she serves as a member of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Board, the UWHCA Public Authority Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Citizen Action Board of Directors.
Palmer holds a B.S. in Nursing from Carroll College/Columbia School of Nursing and is a State of Wisconsin Public Health Nurse specializing in Chronic Diseases in Minority Populations. She has three sons and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.