Administrative Programs Manager, Sexual Health and Harm Reduction
23 years of service
Got any favorite quotes?
“If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.” —Ava DuVernay
Who inspires you?
My parents have inspired me to work hard, be genuine, and treat all people the way you would like to be treated.
If someone was interested in a public health career, what advice or encouragement would you give them?
Public health is very diverse. Explore the multiple areas of focus and choose something that speaks to your heart.
How did you start working in public health?
I was previously a cosmetologist in the 80s when many of my friends started becoming ill and dying from HIV disease. During my undergraduate studies, I attended an HIV 101 presentation by OSDH, which motivated me to go into the field of HIV/STD.
Can you share a few highlights of your experience in public health in Oklahoma?
Getting to meet people from all over the United States who do the same work we do, and sharing our experiences, struggles and successes. Traveling across Oklahoma, meeting new people, and seeing some old friends along the way.
In your role, how do you educate people about public health?
I direct programs providing HIV/STD/hepatitis C education, prevention and intervention and supervise a great group of people who work hard at improving the health of Oklahomans.
I don’t believe public health happens only from 8-5. Taking opportunities to educate friends, and family; there are little teachable public health moments everywhere.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
When I can’t find the treatment services needed for a client.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had in public health?
Being able to contribute to the health of Oklahomans.