Faculty & Staff
Shelby Borowski, MS is the Center Graduate Research Assistant. Shelby is currently a dual-degree student at Virginia Tech. She is a second year Master of Public health student in the Public Health Education concentration. She is also a fourth year doctoral student in the Human Development program, with a concentration in Family Studies. As a graduate assistant for the Center, Shelby assists with evaluation procedures including implementing data collection measures, analyzing data, and disseminating evaluation findings via reports and presentations – for several projects.
Harper Lovegrove is a first year Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. Additionally, she is completing dietetics courses in order to pursue a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center, Harper is assisting with the evaluation of a CDC 1422 grant focused on creating a local and joint approach to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and stroke within West Piedmont Health District.
Megan Kearney is a second year Master of Public Health Student in the Infectious Disease concentration. Megan is assisting with the creation of health assessments that are tailored to the Roanoke/Alleghany Health Districts. Stakeholder meetings, customized surveys, and YRBS data are analyzed to determine what the major actionable health concerns are in each region.
Madeline Murray is a first year Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center, Madeline is assisting mainly with the evaluation of the CDC 1422 Grant which is focused on creating a local and joint approach to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke. She is also assisting with several other projects.
Laura Nelson, MS, MPH is a second year PhD student in Human Development and a graduate of the MPH program at Virginia Tech in both the Infectious Disease and Public Health Education concentrations. As a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center she is assisting with a Community Health Assessment for Covington and a USDA funded project supporting rural health and safety education on opioid misuse in rural Virginia.
Samantha Seay is an undergraduate field study student at Virginia Tech studying Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. She will be graduating in December 2017. Samantha currently hopes to attend the Master of Public Health Program in the Fall of 2018. At the Center she assists with assessing evaluation plans and for the West Piedmont area. She is also learning about the effectiveness and need for action plans and logic models dealing with issues in communities.