Welcome to my website. Since I’m working on a number of different projects, I thought it would be a good idea to have one central location where I could summarize my background and current projects.
In January of 2010 I returned from eighteen months of travel through Latin America. My husband and I took a lengthy road trip, driving the Pan-American Highway from California to Argentina. Two months in the United States, two months in Mexico, five months in Central America, and nine months in South America took us through fourteen countries and over 27,000 miles of road. We learned Spanish, met wonderful people, visited amazing cultural sites, saw gorgeous natural wonders, volunteered time, learned to surf, developed websites, and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Read more about our trip by clicking The Darien Plan tab above.
Previous to this trip, I was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role I led the development of several recommendations concerning medical genetic tests, family health history, and newborn screening that were accepted by the American Health Information Community (AHIC). This advisory committee was a critical component of former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt’s initiative to improve health information technology. In addition to my work with the AHIC, I worked with the Food and Drug Administration and played a key role in the continuing evolution of the regulatory environment around complex medical genetic tests. I also worked with the Office of the Surgeon General and National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop of a new online tool for recording family health history. It was in this position at HHS that I found my true calling: at the intersection of sound scientific research with good public policy (click here to view my complete CV).
My background uniquely combines a solid scientific background in the natural sciences with experience managing complex and multifaceted programs. I am looking broadly for project management or product development positions in technology and software development. After returning from our trip to this competitive job market, I feel re-energized and ready to leap in to a new position. Please contact me if you are interested in speaking with me about job opportunities.