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I am a corporate and intellectual property attorney who spent five years working at a law firm in western Pennsylvania providing advice to various business clients, many in the healthcare industry (prior to law school, I obtained my Master's in Public Health). I then spent two years working as in-house counsel for a home health and hospice company based in Pittsburgh, PA. After moving our family to Madison about a year ago for my husband's career, I started working for Zendesk as Corporate Counsel.
With relocating, I resigned from all my Pennsylvania-based boards and activities, and I'm looking for an opportunity to become more involved and connected in our new Madison community.
During my time in Pennsylvania, I was appointed by the County Executive to serve on the local Board of Health. Over the past decade, in addition to my work with professional industry groups (such as my local bar association and the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives), I have: served on various boards and committees (including serving as a board member for our local chapter of Meals on Wheels and serving as a board member for our local hospital's Institutional Review Board); been an active participant in local community organizations (local chapter of Therapy Dogs United and member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association); and served as an adjunct professor (teaching an undergraduate Health Law and Policy course at Mercyhurst University).
Brings to Board
I would hope to bring the following skills to a board: Ability to think strategically to help the organization achieve programmatic and financial goals; Experience in corporate governance and board procedure; Experience helping CEOs, COOs, and VPs consider the potential outcomes associated with various business decisions; Experience in review of legal issues and risk management, including contracts and intellectual property; Experience in healthcare industry operations and regulations; Collaborative approach to problem solving; Strong written and oral communication skills.
Hopes for a Board Seat
I wish to serve because I want to use my experience, time, and skill set to help organizations achieve goals that make a meaningful community impact. While I was involved in various volunteer opportunities here and there throughout college and grad school, my first "call to action" to board service occurred when I returned to my hometown for my first job after law school. I had always been the "hands on" volunteer (e.g., building steps with Habitat for Humanity during my time in New Orleans, coaching youth sports, or handing out public health flyers to at-risk populations). But, when I started working as a corporate attorney, I found that board opportunities presented the ability to use my legal and business experience to impact not just one "hands on" project, but multiple ongoing efforts. Board service is also just a great way to give back and get to know your neighbors, which is important to me as a relative newcomer to Wisconsin.
Experience you hope to gain
I would hope to gain the following: Ability to connect with community members and support community initiatives; Ability to apply previous experience and skills to support organizational initiatives.
Hours you can work
- business strategy
- contract negotiation
- health law
- legal writing
- patent law