Fundadora en Painted Foot
2000-2006 Harvard School Public Health (Boston, MA) Candidate for a Doctorate of Science degree in Epidemiology of Infectious Disease with additional coursework in international health and human rights.
1998 –2000 Wellcome Trust Center for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom) Visiting Academic Fellow
1994-1998 Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
2007- Present Deputy Director, AIDG (Boston, MA & Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) Works with the Executive Director on setting the general direction for AIDG, an innovative non-profit that starts green businesses in Guatemala and Haiti to serve base of the pyramid communities. Assists with strategic plan implementation, project and program planning, grants management and organizational development. Also overseas marketing and public relations for the organization.
2006-2007 Communications Director, AIDG (Boston, MA & Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) Led the overall communications and marketing strategy for AIDG. Responsibilities included web development, graphic design, photography, videography, public/media relations, knowledge management, blogging and social media marketing.
2005-2006 Advisor, AIDG (Boston, MA & Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) Worked in an advisory capacity for AIDG. Aided organization with business planning,fundraising, outreach, logistics, web and graphical design as well as facets of organizational development, including but not limited to knowledge management,diversity management, and strategic planning.
2003-2006 Freelance Web and Graphic Designer Developed brand and corporate identities, websites, fundraising materials, and annual reports for clients in the high-tech, political, media, art and non-profit sectors.
2002-2005 Leadership Council, Human Rights Professional Interest Council, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) Co-founded the Human Rights PIC, a student-run organization working in coordination with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. The group’s main objectives are to serve as both an educational and professional resource, to provide support for advocacy and to facilitate dialogue within and outside the Harvard community.
2000-2006 ScD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA) Used mathematical models to investigate the underlying ecology of Streptococcus pneumoniae, a leading cause of sepsis, meningitis, and acute respiratory tract infections. Such efforts are useful for planning of disease control initiatives, predicting the duration of usefulness of current formulae and directing further vaccine research.
1998 –2000 Visiting Fellow, Wellcome Trust Center for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)Investigated the transmission dynamics of Streptococcus pneumoniae in order toelucidate factors that influence pneumococcal disease epidemiology.
Summer 1998 Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)Attempted to optimize expression and secretion of galactocerebrosidase (GALC) in human COS cell line by altering protein targeting pathway followed by the enzyme.
Summer 1997 Research Intern, Department of Pharmacology, UCSD School of Medicine (San Diego, CA)Participated in a research objective to create an animal model of cardiac myopathy.
Summer 1996 Research Intern, Department of Biochemistry, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)Assisted in an investigation of the effects of polymorphic changes on the GALC gene on myelinated cells in the CNS.
NOTABLE AWARDS AND PRIZES
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (2001-2006)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard School of Public Health (2004)
Grant, Brian and Heidi MacMahon Educational Award (2002)
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship (awarded 2001, declined in favor of HHMI)
Barbara Entenberg Gimbel Scholarship (1994-1998)
National Society of the Elks Club Scholarship (1994-1998)
Outstanding Student in Polymer Chemistry (1997)
American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Fellowship (1996)
Thomas Jefferson University Summer Research Internship/Fellowship (1995)