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Kimberly Stryker

Environmental Program Manager

State of Alaska, Food Safety and Sanitation Program

Department of Environmental Conservation

Division of Environmental Health

Anchorage, AK 99501

Biography

Kimberly Stryker is an Environmental Program Manager for the Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation Program in Anchorage, Alaska. She joined the program in 1999 as a Regulations Specialist and currently serves on the management team. Kimberly’s responsibilities include managing the statewide program operations section which plans, develops, organizes, implements, and assesses program activities to improve and ensure statewide consistency. Specific program responsibilities include regulations, operator guidance and training, outreach, permit management, enforcement, information reporting, and reporting on program performance.

 

Kimberly holds a degree in Justice from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

What I Learned at EPHLI

First, thank you Kristin Ryan for nominating me to the institute and for the department’s support of my professional and personal growth.

 

When I read the application for the institute, I thought, “Wow – this looks like it will be a neat opportunity to brush up on my leadership skills.” I really had no idea how transformational this experience would be. I have grown both personally and professionally over the past year as a direct result of my participation in this institute. As soon as I sat down at our first session and began listening to other fellows introduce themselves, I was in awe of the breadth of experience and range of perspectives sitting in my midst.

 

When the faculty and guest speakers began teaching, I knew I was in for something special. The caliber of my colleagues, the quality of the curriculum and speakers, and even the precision of the logistical support never disappointed. I have been able to apply my newly acquired knowledge directly to my work and I feel a great sense of contribution to my department. I leave with a better sense of self, a more comprehensive understanding of where my work fits in the national picture, and friendships that I hope continue well past graduation. I feel honored to have been a part of an institute where I was able to learn – from my mentor, faculty, my colleagues, and even myself.