What did you study at UNH?
What were you doing 10 years out of college?
I was working for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) as a wildlife technician.
What are you doing now?
I am President of Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association, a 501 (c)3 Nonprofit dedicated to education, prevention, research and advocacy for Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases. I co-founded this organization in 2016 after having to step down from my career with the United States Forest Service due to debilitating illness in 2008 due to Lyme & other tick-borne disease which drastically changed the course of my life and career. I was appointed as a Subcommittee member to the Federal Health and Human Services, Tick-Borne Disease Working Group in 2018. The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group was established by Congress in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to provide subject matter expertise and to review federal efforts related to all tick-borne diseases, to help ensure inter agency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities. The focus of this effort is the development of a report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress on the findings and any recommendations of the Working Group for the federal response to tick-borne disease prevention, treatment and research, as well as how to address gaps in these areas. The Working Group is required to submit a report every two years, starting in December 2018. I serve on the Subcommittee for Disease Vectors, Surveillance and Prevention.
How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?
I was immediately able to work in the field of study for which I had great passion…. Wildlife! A small program, excellent professors and excellent work study experiences prepared me for this work in the Wildlife field. I am a true Wildcat…when debilitating illness caused by the bite of a tick from my exposure during work in wild places in both New Hampshire and Colorado sidetracked my career, health and life…I found a new avenue to use the education and experiences gained at UNH to “bite back” and help not only myself and my family…but, to advocate for others.
Why do you believe in UNH?
The dedication from the professors that supported my education and career through lecture, hands on experience, opportunities for work, and recommendation for employment were invaluable!