Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
Albany State University, Albany, Georgia University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
What gained your interest in the NIH?
My doctoral graduate work was in molecular biology and I was interested in applying what I learned to cancer research. The NIH was known as a great place to train as a biomedical researcher and the National Cancer Institute was a great place to start a cancer research career.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I began my career at NIH as a postdoctoral research fellow and moved up to a principal investigator before transitioning to an administrative management career. I am currently a member of the Senior Executive Services and have the responsibility to oversee a portfolio of services that support the NIH research mission. I direct the Office of Research Services whose mission is to provide responsive and dependable support to the NIH research mission by planning, directing and delivering scientific and regulatory activities, public safety, security, and services to enrich the NIH community.
What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college?
College is a stepping stone that can open doors for careers in many areas. In today's society it is imperative that you complete your college education so that you can be competitive in the job market which has become an international marketplace.