Background

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Education

Princeton University: Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Boston University: Master’s Degree in Public Health

Boston University: Master’s Degree in Social Work

My Experiences as an Advocate

In Cleveland
I have volunteered as treasurer for a non-profit support group for the families of medical professionals in training as they transition to and from the Cleveland community. I have organized welcome and community events to bring people together, and this type of outreach has connected people who are not part of the community. I am also an active member of the Lomond PTO and frequently volunteer in my children’s classrooms.

In Chinle, AZ
For two years, my family lived on the Navajo reservation where I developed a support group for families living in extreme poverty with a focus on public health and risk reduction.

In Zuni, NM
I spent a month living on the Zuni reservation where I conducted a research project in which I collected data to track the utilization of mental health care within the greater healthcare system.

In Boston, MA
I participated in public health initiatives targeting rehabilitation for people suffering from addiction, homelessness, mental illnesses, terminal illnesses, and refugees. I conducted research on the younger siblings of children with autism to try to understand the neurobiological brain markers that may predict autism. I worked with federal institutions to secure and maintain funding for autism research grants. I also assisted in cardiovascular genetic research in a basic laboratory using zebrafish models to study cardiovascular disease.

In Princeton, NJ
I spent my undergraduate years focusing on understanding what may cause autism. For one year in between Sophomore and Junior years, I worked at a public school in an autism classroom. For my Junior and Senior years, I worked at Eden Institute, a residential facility and school for individuals with autism and developmental disorders. I wrote my senior thesis on the neurobiology and causes of autism. One of the children that I worked with in the autism classroom was the ring bearer in my wedding.

More About Me

I love to swim!
I went to public school K-12 and was an elite swimmer. I trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO three times during my high school years. I qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials when I was a Junior in high school in the 200 m Breaststroke. I was a USS Swimming Scholastic All American and National Honor Society. I swam across Lake Tahoe in the Trans Tahoe Relay this summer.

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I am an avid reader.
Some of my favorite books are A Tale of Two CitiesCutting for StoneThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksAnd the Mountains EchoedThe Crimson Petal and the WhiteHuman Traces.


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