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Five Questions with Carmina Valle

Carmina Valle sets the pace for local races and cancer prevention. Name: Carmina Valle Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior Years at Gillings: Almost ten (I came to UNC in 2007 and completed a doctoral degree in nutrition. Next, I became a postdoc in the Department of Health Behavior’s Cancer Health Disparities Training… Read more »

Five Questions with Aiya Williams

Aiya Williams is terrible at sitting still. Name: Aiya Williams Position: Instructional technology manager, Instructional and Information Systems Time at the Gillings School: Nine months, but I’ve been at UNC for about two years. I worked in the Center for Faculty Excellence / ITS Teaching and Learning before coming to Gillings.   What I do… Read more »

Five Questions with Heather Wasser

With infant nutrition, Heather Wasser wants to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Name: Heather Wasser Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Time at the Gillings School: I’ve been in my current role for 1.5 years, but I first came to the School in 2002 to get my Master of Public Health degree…. Read more »

Five Questions with Tom Laney

Tom Laney needs more travel and less yard work. Name: Tom Laney Position: Classroom media specialist, AV Services Time at the Gillings School: About 17 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): My main job duties include coordinating the AV Services office, providing special event and classroom technology support,… Read more »

Five Questions with Katie Thornsvard

Katie Thornsvard loves numbers, analysis and… dogs. Name: Katie Thornsvard Position: Assistant dean for finance, Finance Office Time at the Gillings School: Almost nine   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): You could consider me the chief financial officer for the School. I oversee Schoolwide financial reporting and act as… Read more »

Five Questions with Avia Mainor

Avia Mainor’s family calls her “Miss UNC.” Name: Avia Mainor Position: Workforce development associate, North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) Time at UNC: Fifteen years as an employee, but really more because I was an undergraduate here. (After an internship, my first job was with UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Carmen… Read more »

Five Questions with Tim Sheahan

Tim Sheahan likes science and music for the same reason. Name: Tim Sheahan Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology Time at the Gillings School: 1.5 (I’m also a UNC alumnus. I earned my PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine.)   What I do at UNC Gillings (and… Read more »

Five Questions with Penny Slade-Sawyer

Penny Slade-Sawyer loves public health, whether she’s crafting national policy or leading a walk around the block. Name: Penny Slade-Sawyer Position: Senior consultant for the Culture of Health initiative Time at UNC Gillings: Two years   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has… Read more »

Five Questions with Daijah Street Davis

Daijah Street Davis found adventure in North Carolina. Name: Daijah Street Davis Position: Graduate student, Department of Maternal and Child Health Time at UNC Gillings: One year   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I’m getting a Master of Public Health degree so I can help make the lives… Read more »

Five Questions with Karar Zunaid Ahsan

Karar Zunaid Ahsan is hungry for more than low-hanging fruit. Name: Karar Zunaid Ahsan Position: Doctoral student, Department of Maternal and Child Health (with a public policy minor) Time at UNC: I have worked with the Carolina Population Center since 2012, but I became a UNC Gillings student in 2016.   What I do at… Read more »