Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 1 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees All conference events will be held on 26 January 2008, Saturday at the Bryan Center. Dr. Nancy Davenport, Physician and President of Capital Heart Associates, PC MSN Nursing, 1969 PhD Cardiac Physiology, George Washington University Panel: Careers in Health Care (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am an interventional cardiologist in private practice in Washington, DC. I began my career with undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Duke. After moving to Washington, DC, I was an instructor and finally a full professor in nursing at American University. After 10 years at AU, I enrolled in George Washington University and obtained a PhD in cardiac physiology, followed by several years of research at the National Institutes of Health. After laboring in the shadows of physicians for the whole time, I decided to enroll in medical school at George Washington, graduating in 1985. I have since obtained additional training in peripheral vascular interventions, and can now open most blocked blood vessels in the body below the neck that are candidates for non-surgical treatment. To prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, and occasionally save a human life, is the greatest privilege I can imagine. Mr. Michael Dombeck, Deputy Director of Market Research & Strategic Intelligence, Talecris Biotherapeutics BS Biology, 1998 Masters in Public Policy, Duke University Panel: Careers in Health Care (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I work for Talecris Biotherapeutics, with responsibility for the US market research for a $250 million a year product, and advising on the value and strategic fit of business development opportunities. As a Duke Undergrad, I had no idea such positions existed, much less that I would make a career of these positions. I double-majored in biology and health policy, but struggled to find a way to combine these two areas. By focusing on what I loved about both, I came across a job in a field of health care analysis called outcomes research, which models the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions. The skills I learned in this role, and my enthusaism for it, led me to study how it could be used in business development and strategy, and after returning to Duke for my MBA and a Master of Public Policy, I have since worked for a number of biotech companies and consulting firms planning corporate strategy and guiding multi-million dollar licenses and acquisitions. Ms. Kristina Graff, Associate Director, Center for Health & Wellbeing, Princeton University BA Psychology & Spanish, 1997 Masters in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University Panel: Careers in Health Care (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I just began a job as the Associate Director of Princeton University's Center for Health & Wellbeing. Previously I spent a decade working on international and domestic women's health programs. Nine months after graduating from Duke I quit my cushy financial services job to be an assistant at a not-for-profit organization working on international women's health. I found a mentor, developed specialties and clawed my way up the career ladder. I visited many interesting places and loved my job, but eventually I needed a master's degree to move up in the ranks. I did my graduate work at Princeton, and after a two-year stint at the NYC Health Department I returned there to help run an academic research center. Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 2 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees Dr. Ge Wang, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Stanford CA BS Computer Science, 2000 PhD Computer Science, Princeton University Panel: Engineering, Technology and Multimedia (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Stanford University, where I conduct research in computer music, software systems for audio, new performance ensembles, and education at the intersection of computer science and music. I left Duke with a profound interest in computer science and music, and subsequently pursued a doctorate in Computer Science at Princeton University (advisor Perry Cook). During my PhD, I was primarily responsible for creating the ChucK audio programming language, and was a founding developer, co- director, and principal conductor in the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). In the Fall of 2007, I joined the Stanford faculty, and I am continuing my work on ChucK and laptop orchestras, in addition to exploring new directions in computer music. Mr. Jason Cooper, Director of Analytics & Outcomes, Accordant (a CVS Caremark Company) MS in Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2006 Panel: Engineering, Technology and Multimedia (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) As Director of Analytics & Outcomes, I lead a team of analysts and researchers at Accordant Health Services - a disease management organization. After my graduate studies in Computer Science, I worked on manned and unmanned spaceflight software for a NASA contractor. That focus on human safety led me to search for a program linking scientific rigor, engineering, and medicine. Duke Biomedical Engineering bridged those gaps and the School of Medicine offered me clinically immersive opportunities that engineers are rarely afforded. I led a non-profit health and life sciences R&D division before deciding to pursue applied research in the for-profit healthcare sector. I believe in leveraging advanced computational techniques to mine healthcare data for improvement opportunities. Ms. Melanie Shaw, Aerospace & Defense Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton BSE Mechanical Engineering, 2005 Masters in Systems Engineering & Engineering Management Panel: Engineering, Technology and Multimedia (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I currently work at Booz Allen Hamilton as an Aerospace & Defense Senior Consultant. Previously, I worked at Boeing as a Systems Engineer. With a longstanding interest in aviation and a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, the job at Boeing seemed like a great fit. I was part of an Analysis, Modeling & Simulation team that supported Business Development. While I was there, I got a Masters degree in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. Between the management courses and my interactions with business development, I realized that while I enjoyed engineering, I was more interested in business. I was lucky enough to find my current job, allowing me to stay in Aerospace & Defense while exploring strategy work. Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 3 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees Mr. Theo Tam, Director, ImaGyn Masters in Engineering Management, Duke University, 2007 Panel: Engineering, Technology and Multimedia (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am a social entrepreneur. My team, ImaGyn (www.imagyn.org), recently won the $100,000 CUREs Business Plan Competition at Duke to develop a cervical cancer diagnostic device for the developing world. We are currently launching our non-profit venture in partnership with our device inventor, Dr. David Walmer, and Family Health Ministries. I started my career at Stanford, as part of the Product Design and Biodesign programs. My first job was with Google, as part of their Froogle Germany team. I took my next job at Lockheed Martin as a mechanical design engineer on a space systems development team. In 2006, I joined the Duke Master of Engineering Management Program, where I became a CUREs Fellow with Engineering World Health. Dr. Ed Venit, Consultant, The Advisory Board Company BS Biology, 1998 PhD Biology, Duke University Panel: Consulting (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am a Consultant with the Advisory Board Company. At ABC, we function as information brokers - our research involves interviews with executives, literature searches, and data mining all for the purpose of finding the best solutions to the most pressing problems facing hospital and university administrators. Mr. David Chandler, Chief Operating Officer, Chandler 4 Corners BS English & History, 1975 Masters in Education, Duke University Panel: Entrepreneurship (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am currently the Chief Operating Officer for Chandler 4 Corners. It is a casual home furnishings company that my brother and I started and run. Reaching this point in my career has been a journey. Because I studied English and History at Duke, teaching seemed the logical direction. So I took my diploma and certification to Europe. I taught for five years at American Schools in England and Greece. Wanting more management training, I went to Yale School of Management. After working at a start-up insurance company in New Havaen, and with a political consulting firm in Washington DC, I spent ten years doing relief and development work in Southeast Asia. This was the realization of a long term goal of mine, i.e. to work in a cross cultural context on leadership and management. The last five years were spent in Burma as the Country Director of a program I started mostly from scratch. This was a dream job and an amazing experience. I started with a staff o two and had grown to 180 by the time we left. My family and I returned to Vermont to take a break. During that time my brother asked me to join him in the venture we had started ten years earlier. The chance to work with my brother was also a dream come true. So far, in 6 years, we have quadrupled in growth, we remain very close as brothers and managers, and as a company we are still going strong. Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 4 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees Mr. Marc Dreyfors, Manager, Carolina Biodiesel LLC BS Environmental Studies Masters in Environmental Management, Duke University, 1990 Panel: Environment (12:45 PM) After graduate school, Mr. Dreyfors worked as Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer for Duke University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In August of 1993, Mr. Dreyfors started Forests of the World, LLC., a U.S.-based import company designed to assist in the development and marketing of sustainable forest products from around the world. In 2000, Mr. Dreyfors helped start The Forest Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), that provides services in “green” business development to artisans in areas of high biodiversity, and environmental education in the areas of fair trade, natural capitalism and sustainable development. The Forest Foundation recently purchased Carolina Biodiesel, and Mr. Dreyfors is leading the effort to increase distribution of alternative biofuels in the Triangle area by building a biodiesel plant and starting Bull City Biodiesel Cooperative. Mr. Dreyfors serves on the Board of the Environmental Educators of NC (since 2004), The Alumni Council of the Nicholas School of the Environment (since 2005). John Marc Dreyfors holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mr. Edmund DeHoratius, Latin and Classics Teacher, Wayland High School BA Classical Languages, 1995 Masters in Education, Boston College Panel: Teaching, International and Domestic K-12 (12:45 PM) Up before 5, at school by 6.15. Get organized, grade some tests or papers, get ready for the day. First period at 7.30: anything from Latin 2 (the passive voice this week) to Medieval Literature (Milton's Paradise Lost; ok, not Medieval, but provides a nice foil to Dante's Inferno). I'd wanted to teach Latin since high school, and so looked at colleges based on their Classics Departments. While at Duke, I branched out into Medieval Renaissance Studies, and, after conducting research at the Vatican Library while studying in Rome as a junior, I wrote a senior thesis on a 15th century manuscript in Duke's Special Collections. I took a job teaching Latin and coaching soccer at a private school in Worcester. Four years later, I moved to a public school outside of Boston, where I have taught Latin, Classical Literature, Medieval Literature, and Archaeology for the last nine years. In the interim I received two Master's degrees from Boston College, which I pursued part time while teaching. Dr. Doris Rouse, Vice President – Global Health, RTI International BS Chemistry, 1970 PhD in Physiology & Pharmacology, Duke University, 1980 Panel: Global Health (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am the Vice President of Global Health Technologies at RTI International. After I graduated from Duke with a Chemistry degree, I served in Peace Corps in Liberia teaching science. This experienced exposed me to the need for better treatments for neglected diseases. When I returned to the U.S., I worked for a pharmaceutical company and went back to grad school. Then, working on NASA projects to transfer aerospace technology to medical applications I developed a wide biomedical network. A chance discussion with an NIH researcher led me to an opportunity in tuberculosis drug development that has been successful and led to my current position. Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 5 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees Ms. Xing Hu, Change Manager, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Masters in Public Policy, Duke University, 2005 Panel: Non-profit / Social Responsibility (12:45 PM & 3:15 PM) I am currently a Change Manager with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, managing the Operations Department for Youth Venture: An Ashoka Initiative. Coming from China, I established Dream Corps, a non-profit, while doing graduate studies at Sanford Institute. Dream Corps recruits, trains and sends international Chinese descendants as volunteers to Chinese villages to set up libraries for children. I had run it for two annual programs by the time I graduated from Duke, and decided to work to expand it to a professional non-profit. I applied to become Ashoka's social entrepreneur fellow. I was eventually offered the opportunity to join Ashoka as a staff member to promote the social entrepreneurship. Today, Dream Corps continues to inspire more and more Chinese national youths outside of China, and I have the chance to promote the spirit of social entrepreneurship which made me start Dream Corps to youths in the rest of the world by working at Ashoka's Youth Venture. Dr. Lynn Ennis, Curator of Collection, Gregg Museum of Art & Design NCSU MA in Liberal Studies, Duke University, 1989 PhD in American Studies, Union Institute Panel: Visual & Performing Arts (3:15 PM) I am currently the curator of the collection at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. NCSU. I get to work with objects, donors and artists every day. But I came by this career is a round about way. With an undergraduate degree in history I knew how to research and for the next ten years I worked in a variety of jobs. My biggest issue was that after I learned the job I was ready to move on. This is when I applied for and was accepted to Duke's Masters in Liberal Studies.It was here that I began to focus on objects and their meaning. With encouragement from Duke I went to the Union Institute and pursed a PhD with a focus on American Studies. My master's thesis became the beginnings of my dissertation which focuses on the Penland School of Crafts. Mr. Viswa Subbaraman, Artistic & Music Director, Opera Vista AB Music, 1998 Masters in Music, Texas Tech University Panel: Visual & Performing Arts (3:15 PM) I am currently the Artistic/Music Director as well as the co-founder of Opera Vista, an innovative chamber opera company in Houston, TX. When I left Duke University, I left with only the idea that one day I wanted to be a conductor. I stayed in the triangle for a year when I worked as the assistant to William Henry Curry, then I went on to earn a master's degree from Texas Tech University. Following my master's degree, I won a Fulbright Grant to study in Paris, France. Shortly after arriving in Paris, I won the assistant conductor position with the Orchestre National de France. When I returned to the US, Opera Vista was born! Fannie Mitchell Career Conference 2008 Page 6 of 6 List of Panelists with Masters and Ph.D. degrees Mrs. Joanna Catherine Scott, Literary Novelist AM Philosophy, Duke University, 1977 Panel: Writing for a Living (3:15 PM) I am a literary novelist. After Duke, I worked in nuclear safety, then as a White House appointee to FEMA. My husband became ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and we went to live in Manila, where we witnessed the demise of the Marcos regime. On a visit to a refugee camp in Bataan, I was given a painting of boat people. The back had this inscription: “A people forced to go a dangerous drama across feats of darkness and turbulent seas in favor of freedom.” I wept. The next two years I spent sitting in the dust with refugees from Indochina, recording their stories. All my books since then have been inspired by the true stories of the voiceless.
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