Kaitlyn Stubblefield was born and raised in Orange County, NC and is the middle child. Her parents and sisters all live in the Triangle area still. She attended Orange County Public Schools and was heavily involved in the arts, science, and activism communities. As a self-proclaimed band geek, she was a percussionist who was involved with all the music opportunities available to her. One of her first public health mentors was Gillings graduate Pam Diggs, the current director of DEI at BCBS, who she worked closely with in high school with the Tobacco Reality Unfiltered group.
Kaitlyn received her BS in Elementary Education with a STEM concentration and a horticulture certificate in 2014. After graduating, she taught 1st grade for 2 years in Orange County at the elementary school se attended as a child. She moved to the DMV area for 3 years, where she taught 1st grade in Fairfax County, but ultimately decided to come back home to Orange County to launch a 1st grade dual language program at her first school. During the COVID pandemic, she loved the new types of work she got to do virtually to support educators and students across the district. She decided to transition to higher education to continue to advocate for students, while also pursuing her passions in data analytics and project management.Kaitlyn currently provides project management for special projects within the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). She manages communications within PHLP, conducts data collection, analysis, and interpretation for the program, and is serving as the Leadership In Practice Admissions Chair.
In her free time, you will find Kaitlyn and her rescue dog, Smoky, out and about in the Triangle hiking, exploring coffee shops and breweries, or doing volunteer therapy work. They also foster dogs on the weekends from Saving Grace, where Smoky was adopted from. Kaitlyn volunteers her time locally with Saving Grace, Habitat for Humanity, Equality North Carolina, and the American Red Cross.
Kaitlyn is a huge fan of live music and loves going to local shows at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. She plays piano in her free time and has been learning ukulele via classes at the Durham Arts Council. She has also taken watercolor, drawing, and pottery classes at the DAC.
Kaitlyn is a voracious reader who is always looking for new recommendations and has plenty of recommendations to share. She keeps a small loaner library of some of her favorite books in her and she loves to give them out. She is a firm believer that books should be read, loved, and shared as much as possible! Fun fact - Kaitlyn shares a birthday with one of her favorite authors, Jodi Picoult.
Kaitlyn Stubblefield provides project management for special projects within the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). She also manages communications within PHLP and conducts data collection, analysis, and interpretation for the program.
- BS, Elementary Education, North Carolina State University, 2014