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Biography

Master of Public Health; Maternal and Child Health, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Master of Social Work; Health, Administration and Community Organization, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Bachelor of Science; Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, California

 

Certifications and Fellowships:

Healthy Homes Specialist, Lead Inspector, and Lead Risk Assessor

Association of Schools of Public Health Fellow; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Employment:

Program Specialist; Michigan Department of Community Health

Scope of work includes: 1) grant development, management, administration and liaison with Federal funding agencies, including programming, reporting, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation functions; 2) statewide leadership in the development of education/outreach and training functions for the Program, and in the development of education materials and activities for professionals and the public; 3) development of Program policies and procedures, and providing direction for the Healthy Homes Section.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

I am grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for accepting me as an Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute fellow, and for believing in my need and capability for professional growth. This year has gone by very quickly, which is testament to how immersed I have been in my project and ongoing learning assignments. I appreciate the professional and personal relationships that I have developed, and the consistent and candid support from my mentor and teammates. The personalized testing (Skillscope, Myers-Briggs, Change Style Indicator) was an exceptional component of the curriculum for me, which spawned much introspection and cognizance of past and present behavior dynamics. Suzanne Hawley, my coach was phenomenal; she was so insightful and imparted meaningful wisdom. The Individual Development Plan was a skill and awareness building exercise that was worth gold; gaining feedback from office colleagues has been very valuable and has strengthened work relationships. I am appreciative of the faculty and staff at the Heartland Center for their instruction and administrative support. Thank you for gifting this unique opportunity that few environmental public health professionals have the chance to experience.