I most recently worked as an HIV Outreach Worker for a non-profit agency in Boston. For this job, I conducted HIV/STI testing, sexual health counseling, and harm reduction counseling to homeless and low-income folks around the city. Sometimes I was the first healthcare provider that a client had seen in ages and they often presented with complex medical, social, and legal issues. Part of my job was to provide supported referrals, so I worked with shelter staff, street teams, drug treatment programs, and other agencies to help coordinate services.
My sites included: overnight shelters, drop-in centers, an outpatient clinic and respite unit, a weekly transgender clinic, and a youth outreach van. I was trained in phlebotomy, and I got quite skilled at finding the one "good" vein on someone's arms.
Environmental & Public Health
My most recent environmental health position was as an environmental scientist for a consulting firm in Cambridge, where I provided toxicology and exposure assessment expertise in support of human health risk assessment projects. Project work included examining potential inhalation exposures of outdoor workers to hexavalent chromium (CrVI), helping to develop a database of speciated arsenic measurements in fish and seafood, and conducting historic state-of-knowledge assessments for specific chemicals, such as naphthalene and 1,3-Butadiene. I also conducted extensive chemical-property research and literature reviews and researched foreign and domestic environmental regulatory guidelines and standards.
For my thesis project at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), I designed and conducted a pilot study of predictors of chloramines in the air of an indoor swimming pool and then analyzed and presented data to BUSPH faculty and students.
Under the guidance of my faculty advisor, I also was paid to conduct a soil sampling project for a local non-profit to measure lead, arsenic, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a community garden in Boston.
As part of my coursework for my MPH, I completed a 120-hour course in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs), designing a budgeted program proposal for a program that was intended to reduce the effects of gender-based violence through early intervention in a refugee camp in eastern Chad.
Prior to grad school, I worked as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) specialist and participated in the design, analysis, and delivery of a research study of student responses to the HBO film Addiction as part of a National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) grant. In this position, I also served as Assistant Project Director for the development of an international EAP education program at the University of the West Indies’ Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad and traveled to Trinidad to provide consultation.
am also certified in mental health first aid and have completed Mental Health First Aid USA's 8-hour certification to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
For a number of years in my early and mid twenties, I was an operations manager for a valet parking company in Boston and was responsible for staffing and supervising a team of 45 valets and three supervisors in the South End of Boston. During my tenure there, damage claims went down by 45% and the number of accounts we managed grew by 35%.
Master of Science (MS), Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health
Emphasis in Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Thesis: "A pilot study of predictors of chloramines in the air of an indoor swimming pool"
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Boston University School of Public Health
Concentration in Global Health and Development
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Liberal Arts
St. John's College (MD)
Thesis: "Two apparent trifurcations of need and the secret to life" (On Nietzsche's understanding of plasticity and growth)
St. John's College offers a single degree and a college-wide core-curriculum program in "The Great Books." The classes taken there roughly translate to a dual major in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science, with a dual minor in Classics and Comparative Literature. It is a strange and fascinating place.