Environmental Program Manager
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Health
Kimberly Stryker is an Environmental Program Manager for the Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation Program in
Kimberly holds a degree in Justice from the
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.