Project Director, Title X National Family Planning Training Center for Management and Systems Improvement
You’ve been with JSI for 15 years. What has kept you here for so long?
I enjoy the variety of work. So far in my career at JSI, I have worked with organizations ranging from small family planning clinics and community health centers to large insurance companies. I’ve worked in frontier areas and big cities. Each project that I’m a part of is different from the last, and I have learned so much from all of them.
How did you enter the health services field?
I got a master’s in biometry, so the first job I ever had was in health care research. However, I quickly figured out that I prefer the “people side” of health care more than the research side. I get energized through interactions with others and felt that I could be more effective if I focused on facilitating health care services.
What else do you enjoy about your current role at JSI?
Well, my “role” depends on what project I am working on. I particularly enjoy my role as the project director for the Title X National Family Planning Training Center for Management and Systems Improvement. Reproductive health services often have a huge impact on a person’s future, so I’ve dedicated my career to providing reproductive health services to people who may not have otherwise been supported.
The project that I am working on helps Title X-funded agencies become more sustainable by giving them the capacity to provide family planning services to low-income populations.
What is one of the most interesting things that you’ve been a part at JSI?
I once worked with a community health center in Alaska. That project was particularly interesting because I was shocked to see how people could do so much with so little. The board members each worked at least three different jobs but dedicated all their extra time to volunteer at the clinic. The clinic itself served a number of individuals living off the grid and in addition to health care, provided clients with running water, showers, and fresh food. The board members and the staff were so devoted to improving the lives of everyone in the community and I was happy to help them create a plan to ensure a viable future.
What do you like to do outside work?
I like to hike. I love to eat (but I do a lot of that in the context of work)! Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am very fortunate that my parents are still around and healthy. I try to spend as much time as possible with them.