Education:

  • PhD in Public Health: Walden University
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Epidemiology: The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • MS in Botany: Miami University of Ohio
  • BS in Biology and Environmental Studies: Western Kentucky University

Research:

  • Childhood lead poisoning awareness and blood lead testing in South Chattanooga
  • Prevalence of childhood lead poisoning and GIS analysis of cases in Tennessee
  • Hamilton County (TN) resident awareness of nuclear power plant evacuation plans
  • Impact of hurricanes on health promotion efforts in the Bahamas

Professional Service:

  • Member and reviewer for the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Fellow, Penn State Institution for Emerging Leadership
  • Member, Bahamas National Trust
  • Hamilton County Pandemic Influenza Planning (chair)
  • NACCHO Pandemic Influenza work group (2008-11)

Community Engagement:

  • Environmental Scientist/Emergency Response Coordinator, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department - seven years of experience in local public health in epidemiology, emergency preparedness, and environmental health
  • Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • Founding member, Hamilton County (TN) Disaster Animal Response Team (2006-present)