I am delighted to serve the Nexus Innovations Network, the National Center’s applied research sites. In a previous role I lead the Minnesota training center for the national implementation of TeamSTEPPS, a curriculum aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. In this position I worked closely with researchers and clinicians in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. I also have professional experience in technology staffing, hotel management and youth mentoring.
I earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School, focusing on public administration and health. I co-authored a capstone project, “Diagnosing Healthcare in America: Impacts of Immigrants and Occupational Licensing”. Additionally, I obtained a graduate minor from the Center for Spirituality and Healing. My interests include religious practices and their influence on health practices, maternal and child health, immigration, and reducing health disparities. I also have a certificate in Project Management from the University of Minnesota. I spend time away from the office with my children, spouse, and an overzealous vegetable garden.