My career began in public health at the Kansas City Health Department, followed by stints at the New York City Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. In the role of staff, I wrote grants to the Centers for Disease Control; the federal Department of Health and Human Services/Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the DHHS/Agency for Children and Families and USAID.
For 15 years I developed grants at the University of Missouri (School of Social Work; the School of Health Professions; and the Thompson Center for Autism) as lead grant writer. Sponsors for these grants included the federal government. I served Mizzou’s Advancement Office as Associate Director of Foundation Relations, writing grants exclusively to foundations. I also worked in development for several non-profits that included writing grants to federal government agencies that included the U.S. State Department; Missouri Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I have an interest in international health, having worked in Tanzania during the 1995 Burundi and Rwanda refugee crisis and as medical officer for Peace Corps/Cabo Verde (West Africa).
As someone who worked in public health for many years, and also who worked in higher education, my heart is in public service and social and hard science research.