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
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.
I am an avid reader.
Some of my favorite books are A Tale of Two Cities, Cutting for Stone, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, And the Mountains Echoed, The Crimson Petal and the White, Human Traces.