What is your day job?
I work to organize training and education for non-clinical staff in health centers in our state. I have also been working to help collaborate networks for Afghan refugee support.
How long have you lived in the Grand Traverse area?
I moved here in November 2019, but my family has been here since 2016.
What is your favorite thing about living and working in the Traverse City area?
I love the greenery and views up here, especially taking the long drive along the M-22 peninsula. Great to work remote with a view!
What do you do for fun?
Paint, bike the TART trail, and explore other ways to be active such as rock/ice climbing (also video games).
How do you get involved in the community?
I was previously a community health worker at one of our health centers and was able to get connected to many of the cultural and social groups in the area. With my new job, I continue looking for volunteer opportunities and I try to stay up to date with happenings via social media.
What is your favorite local business and why?
Leelanau Cellars is my happy place. I love their wines (Winter White and Great Lakes Red are my favorites) and I enjoy that no matter what the weather the winery always has a great view and great service.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I briefly worked for the Census and could tell many strange and interesting stories about the “behind the scenes” in government operations.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees in four years.
What is something you learned in the last week?
I learned how to belay top rope! Also, I learned that approximately four in ten (or 46%) undocumented immigrants are uninsured, compared to less than one in ten (about 9%) citizens which creates a barrier to access of necessary and critical healthcare services but can be alleviated through expanding access and eligibility (source).
How can other TCYP members support you ?
Being relatively new in town and with social activities paused with the pandemic, I am always open for suggestions on what are the best hikes, restaurants, lakes, and events to check out. Also, I am open to having professional chats via coffee or tea!