“Looking back, it’s clear that my time at WC prepared me well, not only for achievement in graduate school but for a fulfilling career in public service.”
After graduating from Washington College, I earned a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After leaving my PhD program in 1994, I began a career in public health as an infectious disease epidemiologist with the New Mexico State Department of Health. In 1999, I moved to the Pacific Northwest and took a position with the Washington State Department of Health as State Epidemiologist for sexually transmitted infections. Aside from my life-long passion for public health work, I took every opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cascades and Olympic Peninsula where my love of skiing, hiking and amateur photography kept me very active.
In July of 2011, I said a fond farewell to friends and special places in Washington State to pursue an exciting opportunity at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. I currently serve as an Epidemiologist for the National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. While Georgia is not quite as wild as the Pacific Northwest, there is a quiet beauty to the Southeast that I am learning to appreciate and I split my time between enjoying Atlanta’s vibrant urban culture and spending quiet weekends in the North Carolina mountains. Atlanta is also an ideal jumping-off point for travel to Europe and I have enjoyed the ease of visiting friends in Ireland as well as travel for professional meetings.
Serving our nation’s public health with dedicated colleagues at CDC is truly a high-point of my professional life. Looking back, it’s clear that my time at WC prepared me well, not only for achievement in graduate school but for a fulfilling career in public service. I sincerely hope that other Washington College graduates will consider careers in public health as well!