Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Who inspires you?
Barbara Bush and Condoleezza Rice— Both of these women are unique and inspire me in very different ways. Barbara Bush had such a love for her family that everyone could see. I remember watching her on TV as a child hoping to one day to be as good of a wife and mother as she is. Condoleezza Rice is a strong political woman who has centrist views and is not afraid to speak out on the challenges facing us as a nation. She recognizes the need for us to utilize funding to the best of our ability and can take a budget deficit and turn it into a surplus. She also tries to make each day better than the last and that is something we should all strive for.
How did you start working in public health?
I started working in public health because I wanted to help people and make a difference in our state. I had no idea of the wonderful people I would get to work with along the way and that just makes it even better.
Can you share a few highlights of your experience in public health in Oklahoma?
One of the main highlights so far has been the privilege of being on the committee that is implementing a new financial system. I get the privilege of working with a great group of people who have excellent ideas and want the best tracking and financial information possible. It is our goal to set the standard and then hopefully, we will be able to share what we have learned with other agencies across the state.
In your role, how do you educate people about public health?
In my role, I don’t get to educate people on public health directly. However, I do get to help my programs fund projects they want to pursue and those projects directly impact the health of Oklahoma.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part of my job is trying to ensure all my programs receive all the attention their budgets deserve. It is easy to spend a lot of time on the larger, more complicated programs and neglect the smaller programs. However, it is my job to make sure all programs get the attention they deserve because their work directly impacts the health of our state.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had in public health?
The most rewarding experience I have had so far is getting to bring new people into the agency-from sitting on the hiring panel to the onboarding and training process. It is almost overwhelming to see the excitement new people bring to the agency. Often times we get bogged down with the day-to-day activities, but new people bring a renewed excitement that makes me remember why we all started here in the first place.