I am currently an Officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and and Pathology (DHCPP). I started there on July 1, 2014 and it is amazing to be living my dream. I have wanted this exact job since 1999!
I love working out in the field on disease epidemiology and ecology, especially for zoonotic diseases (which are transmitted from animals). I hope that my work will ultimately help improve the health of people, wildlife, and the environment. My work and training have taken me to some pretty neat places, including Panama, Argentina (here is the blog I kept while I was working there), and Sierra Leone. I have been very involved in CDC’s emergency response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has been the most incredible experience of my life. I have had the chance to work with diverse colleagues from many types of agencies and make friends with people from all over the world. When I returned from my first deployment in September 2014, I even got to shake hands with President Barack Obama, which was incredible!
I am originally from Washington, DC but I’ve lived in Atlanta, GA for over one third of my life. I love that Atlanta is a big, vibrant city made up of little neighborhoods that each feel like their own small town. And none can compare in awesomeness to the community of East Atlanta.
When I’m not working, I enjoy biking, hiking, reading, taking classes at my gym, and enjoying the company of my wonderful friends and family.