Associate Clinical Prof, Division of Health Sciences & Medical DieteticsAssociate Director of Education, Center for Integrative MedicineOSU College of MedicineWhy do I choose to serve on the PLA board?I strongly believe in the community of practice of mindfulness and how it impacts lives, especially those who form the cornerstone of healthcare for us and for future generations.I have been working & learning for over 37 years as a researcher, teacher, and clinician. I began in pre-clinical testing of anti-neoplastic drugs for the government. After getting MS and PhD in nutrition, metabolism and exercise, I developed and used a wide array of assessment procedures in those domains for the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and managed its Bionutrition Core. I advised researchers in their design & use of these many methods. BackgroundI have been a dietitian for 18 years and involved in translating health and research information to the every-day patient through research studies, consults, & volunteer work at free clinics for the underserved. I currently serve on non-profit Boards/committees in the Columbus community. In 2013 I took on and now continue to teach graduate, undergrad, & medical students about nutrition assessment and diet and to teach undergrads in Health Sciences about Integrative Medicine (i.e. the use and role of integrative medicine in society). In my role as Associate Director of Education for the OSU Center of Integrative Health and Wellness, I am developing and implementing, with our specific integrative clinicians, the educational curricula for training healthcare professionals in many facets of integrative health. While my overall personal mission is to impact the health of my community, especially the underserved which I have been doing through leadership for 5 student organizations vested in this work, I am also developing the novel area of ‘narrative practice’ in medicine & health with competence in nutrition with students & dietetic interns. I truly believe that a person’s story is vital for the clinician and patient in the path to achieve ultimate health and healing. Through these collective interests and connections, I am hopeful to make contributions to grants and programs which impact members of my community.