Catherine Karlak, MS Nutritional Science Student, RD
I am a first year MS Nutritional Sciences student training to become a Registered Dietician through the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics. My undergraduate research focused on parasitology, but prior to returning to school, I worked in early education both locally and abroad, and also in the culinary industry. I am passionate about food security, urban agriculture, and nutrition education, and am active in community gardening through Seattle’s P-patch program. Recently, I taught cooking classes to emigrant and refugee kids at the Seattle World School. My focus is on pediatric and maternal nutrition, and given my parasitology background, I am especially interested in how poor nutrition and infectious diseases interrelate and the implications of this interaction for child undernutrition and stunting interventions.
Lacey Rose Miller, DNP Student, Perinatal Nurse Specialist
Lacey Rose was born and raised in Portland, Oregon to a family of energy-efficient, long-haired vegetarians. Her dream of promoting women’s health internationally for those most underserved started when she was twelve-years-old. Lacey has enjoyed her volunteer hours spent with nonprofit organizations over the years offering health consultation, conducting health promotion projects with her global community members and organizing and leading healthcare volunteer teams abroad. As a family maternity nurse, her work at home as well as internationally focuses on maternal and newborn health promotion. She is currently enrolled in the University of Washington’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She hopes to find a faculty position that will (1) allow her to teach obstetrics to nursing students, (2) offer her inclusion on volunteer trips abroad with students and (3) provide her with the opportunity to educate nursing and non-nursing students in women’s, children and newborn global health. She also hopes to continue consultant work with international aid organizations, public health officials, tribal leaders or governmental organizations regarding women and newborn health.
Baishakhi Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology
Baishakhi Basu is a doctoral candidate of Biocultural anthropology. Her research aims to investigate the effect of early-life nutrition on ovarian development and reproductive function in women. She currently is applying for grants to conduct her dissertation fieldwork in Matlab, a remote sub-district of Bangladesh. In August 2013 Baishakhi successfully conducted her pilot work funded by pilot grants awarded by Medical anthropology and Global Health as well as the Dept. of Anthropology. Baishakhi serves as a teaching assistant in Biocultural anthropology. Baishakhi was an awardee of the Wadsworth international doctoral fellowship from 2010 to 2013. She earned her MA in biocultural anthropology in 2012 from U of Washington. She also held a CSDE (Centre for studies in Demography and Ecology) fellowship in 2010. Baishakhi has volunteered and interned for projects on environmental action plan, and maternal and neonatal health.
Tracy Lam-Hine, MBA/MPA student, Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Affairs
Tracy is a dual MBA/MPA student at the Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Affairs, focusing on mission-driven organizational effectiveness and program evaluation. After graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in Economics and Public Policy, he began his career in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice, focusing primarily on the domestic life sciences and healthcare industries. Later, while working as Senior Research Associate at a funder of workforce social enterprises, Tracy was responsible for management and implementation of a 4-year outcomes evaluation of the social enterprise model. Tracy is deeply interested in healthcare access as an important issue of social justice, and believes strongly in the importance of culturally competent and end user-focused program evaluation to continuously improve healthcare interventions.
Rebecca Streich, Nursing Student, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Becky is a registered nurse working in the outpatient setting to promote health in a variety of specialties and settings. Over the past several years she has enjoyed a variety of volunteer projects globally providing healthcare, health education and public health infrastructure. She is currently enrolled in the University of Washingtonʼs Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program. In the future she hopes to continue promoting globally competent care both here in the United States and abroad.
Jennifer Mueller, MPH Student, Department of Epidemiology
Jen is a MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She received her BA in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Virginia, and prior to coming to UW, she coordinated gynecologic oncology clinical research trials, worked with a child malnutrition program in Cambodia, and conducted research on maternal healthcare access in Morocco and Switzerland. Currently, Jen is a research assistant working to incorporate mental health care into primary care settings for the UW AIMS Center, and she is also a program intern for One By One, where she facilitates a global women’s health education program focusing on obstetric fistula for Seattle high school students. Her research interests include women’s mental health issues and the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Nazila Dabestani, MPH student, Global Health
Nazila is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having completed her BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Medical Anthropology has led her to focus on political, economic, social, psychological, and cultural aspects of health – particularly in women and children. After graduating, Nazila spent a year teaching eleventh grade math on an outer atoll of the Republic of Marshall Islands, researched childhood risk of type 1 diabetes in Washington state, and coordinated studies at Fred Hutch looking at health outcomes of patients with hematologic cancers. As an MPH student, she is the Global Health senate representative for UW GPSS (Graduate & Professional Student Senate) and co-chair of the Deans Advisory Council for Students in the School of Public Health. Nazila is currently working as a post/grad intern in the Maternal & Child Health and Nutrition division at PATH.
Julie Velonjara, MPH student, Global Health
Julia is an MPH student in the department of Global Health. Her primary interests are in program implementation focusing on reproductive and maternal health of adolescents girls and young women in East Africa. During the first year of her program, Julia is a research assistant for the Program on Global Mental Health. In summer of 2015, she will be traveling to Tanzania to complete her practicum on rural ante-, birth, and post-natal care, and to continue her study of Kiswahili as a FLAS scholarship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Washington she worked with diverse youth in California on advocacy and engagement for tobacco prevention policies and worked in rural Madagascar as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on community development, environmental health, and girls’ empowerment projects. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University.