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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 »

Five Questions with Jennie Saia

Jennie Saia has several ‘past lives.’ Name: Jennie Saia Position: Public communications specialist, UNC Gillings Communications Team Time at the Gillings School: 2.5 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I have a job that makes other people say, “Your work just seems like fun!” There’s a little more… Read more »

Five Questions with Angie Korchnak

Angie Korchnak likes being part of a team, whether she’s in the office or making a quilt. Name: Angela (Angie) Korchnak Position: Stewardship and donor relations manager, Advancement Office Time at the Gillings School: One year   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I take in donations, credit them to… Read more »

Five Questions with Taylor Elliott

Taylor Elliott brings her winning spirit to the Dean’s Office. Name: Taylor Elliott Position: Administrative support specialist, Dean’s Office Time at the Gillings School: Just over a year   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I’m the first face you see when you enter the Dean’s Office. I help people… Read more »

Five Questions with Andrew Herrera

Andrew Herrera believes we should all be doing something to make the world better. Name: Andrew Herrera Position: Graduate student, Public Health Leadership Program Time at UNC Gillings: One year (I will graduate in August.)   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I’m focused on epidemiology. I’m getting this… Read more »

Five Questions with Charletta Sims Evans

Charletta Sims Evans is seeking harmony. Name: Charletta Sims Evans Position: Associate dean for student affairs, Office of Student Affairs Time at the Gillings School: Last week was my 6-year anniversary!   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I oversee the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), where we provide support,… Read more »

Five Questions with Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday has a heart for small-town N.C. Name: Amanda Holliday Position: Clinical assistant professor and director of the Practice, Advancement & Continuing Education Division, Department of Nutrition Time at UNC Gillings: Almost 10 years   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I teach classes on medical nutrition therapy,… Read more »

Five Questions with Dirk Davis

Dirk Davis co-founded a collaborative student research group to answer his big questions. Name: Dirk Davis Position: Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior Time at the Gillings School: Four years (I earned a Master’s of Public Health here, and now I’m in my second year of doctoral studies.)   What I do at UNC Gillings… Read more »