B.A. - Purdue University
M.P.A. - Indiana University
I’ve worked in a variety of settings in the public sector. These include: Indianapolis Mayor’s Office (Asst to Mayor), Community Addiction Services Agency (Planning and Development, Director of Public Inebriate Program), Kentucky State Health Department (Senior Planner, Health Care Consultant, Kentucky AIDS Project Coordinator); and UC Medical Center (Program Coordinator for two HIV/AIDS Training and Education Grants).
My specific skills include coordination/management, budgeting, planning, networking, and grant writing. While in Kentucky, I served as Technical Consultant for the assessment and development of black lung clinic programs, writing policies and procedures, developing budgets, and networking with community organizations and regional hospitals. I’ve worked extensively with primary care centers and rural health clinics, helping them develop management plans and secure funding. While coordinator of two HIV/AIDS grants, I delivered training programs all over rural Ohio to a variety of health professionals.
As Program Manager for the Counseling Center for the past six years I’ve had the opportunity to utilize skills I’ve acquired over the years in a new way and to be involved in improving services and increasing accessibility for UC students. I am currently a member of the UC Student Health Insurance Committee and the UC Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Education (CAODE).
Traveling with friends has become a major passion for me – Hawaii in 2011 and Greece in 2013! I’ve been a volunteer usher at the Aronoff Center for the Arts since 2007; I get to see lots of musicals, dance productions, and concerts free, although I am often on my feet for several hours! I have a deep love of animals, especially cats, that has been with me since childhood and have been known to feed a feral cat or two (or twenty) over the years. I’m also on the board of trustees of the Urban Appalachian Council and of my condo association. I’m in love with my Kindle and read a lot.
Wellness is physical, but also a state of mind. I’ve become more aware of the importance of deep breathing to relieve stress. I park a mile from work and use that time to de-stress. My cat, Norman Bates, is so hilarious and keeps me in the here-and-now. I try to find something funny in almost every situation and never pass up the opportunity to laugh, including laughing at myself.