In case you're interested in learning more about me than I could fit on my resume , I created this resumap to provide a little more context. You won't find lists of degrees or skills here, but you will learn a little more about who I am.
But I call them Mom & Dad. I grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin where my parents own a wholesale bakery. My first job was cracking eggs into a bucket at age five. From middle school until I left Wisconsin in 2017, I helped them sell their products at the local farmer's market.
Even though I live 1,033 miles away, now, I still contribute in my own way; I built them a new website in April 2018 using HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap, and GitHub pages. You can check out the code here.
My first year of college was in Milwaukee. This is where I volunteered with an organization to end human trafficking, which opened my eyes to all the factors that can contribute to and alleviate human suffering. I started to turn my academic focus towards population health, economics, and social justice issues.
After a year in Milwaukee, I transferred to UW-Madison. I got more involved with social justice groups, like WISPIRG, and even got a chance to develop and lead my own organization: "Just Food". I got my first taste of leadership as I oversaw twenty interns. I coached them through coalition building and lobbying campus officials to increase their fair trade and local food products in the food halls. I bounced around between majors for awhile, and I landed on three: International Studies, Political Science, and Languages & Cultures of Asia.
I spent my last semester as a UW-Madison student studying abroad in Pune, India, where I interned at a health microinsurance organization called Parvati Swayamrojgar Yojana. For my internship, I spent my days interviewing participants of the microinsurance program to learn how they felt about their access to healthcare. At the end of the summer, I provided a summary of findings to the directors of the program.
About a month after I returned from India, I married the love of my life in a surprise wedding ceremony. The wedding was in a barn near our shared hometown.
For about two years after graduating from college, I worked as a teller at UW Credit Union. While there, I helped to train new tellers, held the responsibility of being "vault teller" (i.e., balancing the vault of cash every night), and I met some people who became my best friends. I knew all along that finance wasn't my long-term career goal, but I wouldn't trade my time at UW Credit Union for anything.
From UW Credit Union, I moved just a few blocks to the west and began a program to learn GIS and Cartography at UW-Madison. I saw GIS as a way to make myself marketable in the public health field (honestly, I also just thought maps were really cool).
Becoming a part of the UW-Madison Geography family was one of the best choices I've ever made. Not only did I meet some incredible people, but I learned so much more than I bargained for. Now I have programming, web design, data viz, graphic design, and spatial statistics in my toolbox.
In 2017, my husband and I packed our belongings and headed out east for New Haven, where an MPH program was waiting for me and a good job at Yale was waiting for him.
During the summer of 2018, I interned at the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner up in Farmington, Connecticut. I pored over toxicology, autopsy, and investigative reports to understand the circumstances that led to each opioid-related fatality in Connecticut in 2017. I later did my thesis on the spatiotemporal distribution of opioid-involved fatal overdoses in Connecticut from 2009-2017.
I graduated with my MPH in May 2019 and have continued opioid research since then as a research assistant at Yale. I'm currently looking for full time positions in the Greater New York Metro Area. Do you have any use for a recent MPH grad who loves collecting, playing with (aka analyzing), and creatively visualizing health data? Hire me!