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Five Questions with Kavita Singh Ongechi

Kavita Singh Ongechi loves getting book recommendations from her kids.   Name: Kavita Singh Ongechi Position: Research associate professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health (I’m also the senior technical adviser for maternal and child health with MEASURE Evaluation and a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center.) Time at the Gillings School: 11 years… Read more »

Five Questions with Jayne Boyer

Jayne Boyer balances lab work with exploring the great outdoors.   Name: Jayne Boyer Position: Research specialist, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Time at the Gillings School: Seven years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I’m the lab manager for Leena Nylander-French [PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

Five Questions with Portia Made-Jamison

Portia Made-Jamison is a lifelong learner.   Name: Portia Made-Jamison Position: Development coordinator, Advancement Time at the Gillings School: 1.5 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I support a lot of people. If you think of the Advancement Office like an engine, I’m the oil. I’m not one… Read more »

Five Questions with Amy Alves

Amy Alves is a “Jackie O. of all trades.”   Name: Amy Alves Position: Facilities coordinator, Facilities Office Time at the Gillings School: Five months (I’ve been in the UNC system for 10 years, though! I started working at UNC-Greensboro and then came to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 to work in Facilities Services. Since then,… Read more »

Five Questions with Deanna Hedgepeth

Deanna Hedgepeth comes from a family of educators and musicians.   Name: Deanna Hedgepeth Position: Administrative support associate / accreditation program assistant, North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) Time at the Gillings School: Four months   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I’m pretty new here, so I’m still figuring… Read more »

Five Questions with Brenda Linares

Brenda Linares loved growing up in Los Angeles.   Name: Brenda Linares Position: Librarian, outreach liaison and coordinator of user services graduate assistants, Health Sciences Library Time at UNC: Four years   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I offer a range of services to support folks at the… Read more »

Five Questions with Mike DeFranco

Mike DeFranco collects reasons why the world needs public health.   Name: Mike DeFranco Position: Graduate student, Department of Health Behavior Time at UNC: I’m in my second year.   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): With my practicum finished and one full semester of classes left, I’m focused… Read more »

Five Questions with Peggy Bentley

Peggy Bentley’s passion for nutritional anthropology has taken her around the globe.   Name: Peggy Bentley Position: Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of global nutrition and associate dean for global health Years at Gillings: 18   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I’m part of the Gillings Global GatewayTM, and one… Read more »

Five Questions with Marcia Gretsinger

Marcia Gretsinger has fun while keeping the Gillings School secure.   Name: Marcia (“Marsha”) Gretsinger Position: Security guard, Gillings School of Global Public Health Years at Gillings: Ten years (I started as a temporary guard in January 2007, working primarily at UNC Gillings and the Kenan Center. My hours at the Gillings School steadily increased… Read more »

Five Questions with Spencer Gee

Spencer Gee has so many hobbies and so little time.   Name: Spencer Gee Position: IT support specialist, Department of Epidemiology Years at Gillings: 17 years   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I provide end-user support for faculty, staff and students in the department. The short version is that I do… Read more »