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Longtime volunteer in the field of brain injury rehabilitation Suzanne Kelley Doswell '74 received the Brain Injury Association of America's (BIAA) prestigious Founders' Award in December 2009, honoring her for "leadership, integrity and dedicated service." Suzanne's involvement began in 1992 when she herself was severely injured in a head-on collision. "My life journey took me from the world of independent school administration ... into that of brain injury," she says. "I found myself in the world of disability and in an unfamiliar culture that called me to become a forceful advocate of others." Her next 17 years were devoted to learning and sharing all she could about brain injury. She served on numerous boards in her home state of Massachusetts and was recognized with awards from both the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIAMA) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2000, Suzanne "graduated" to federal level advocacy, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and lending her considerable experience and expertise to various programs and committees. Certified as a Brain Injury Specialist in 2003, Suzanne was promptly elected to BIAA's board of directors and in 2006 joined BIAMA's staff as Western Regional Manager, providing information and counseling to both private individuals and professionals. Suzanne credits Western as "not only conducive to creative learning and self growth, but also to exploring the gifts of other cultures and appreciation of everyone's treasures." Even today, she believes, "Freedom With Responsibility, the Western mantra of the '70s, remains a guide as I share ideas, gather knowledge and search for answers that will improve the quality of life for the survivors of brain injury."


As of August 1, 2010, Molly M. Eggleston '94 became Executive Director of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). Molly had been on the staff in the Pittsburgh headquarters, was previously part-time consultant to the NBPHE, and is currently the part-time executive director for the Foundation to Advance Public Health through Certification. Before her involvement with NBPHE, Molly was a deputy executive director at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, as well as a member of the Charter Class of Certified in Public Health. At Western in the early '90s, Molly says the WCP provided her with "inspiration and success models." She "felt a kinship with then-Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala ['62], because she was a Western College grad" and had "visions of meeting her as I moved into health care work." Her master's thesis (for her degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) was "less daunting after successfully completing the Senior Paper," and today she appreciates the writing-intensive competency-based curriculum offered in the Western Program even more: "Working in the Ida Montimer Windate Writing Center honed my writing and editing skills, which I use daily for press releases, peer-reviewed journal articles, web content, and proposals to the National Board of Public Health Examiners."

 

 

 

 

 


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