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.
Rachel Burks is a first year Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. As a graduate research student in the Center, Rachel is assisting with an evaluation of the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Community Initiatives in the state of Virginia. This research will reveal the processes used and challenges faced in making Virginia communities more age-friendly. Rachel is also assisting with a Vibrant Virginia grant that will assess how substance use disorder (SUD) services and policies affect parents in recovery, their children, and the greater communities of Pulaski and Roanoke.
Taylor Holsinger is a second year Master of Public Health student in both the Infectious Disease and Public Health Education concentrations. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center, Taylor contributes to the development of Community Health Assessments in Botetourt, Alleghany and Covington, assisting the New River Valley Community Services on school tobacco prevention curriculum, as well as various other projects. Taylor has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Roanoke College, and hopes to continue her public health work on community based projects in East Africa.
Madeline Murray is a second 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 Church, Extension and Academic Partners Empowering Healthy Families in which she helps to train extension personnel on the Healthy Children Healthy Families curriculum, provides technical assistance on the curriculum delivery, attends advisory board meetings, travels to the church locations for baseline and follow-up data collection, and enters and manages the data. She is also assisting with several other projects. Madeline graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and a minor in Psychology.
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 a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center. She is a first year Master of Public Health student, pursuing a concentration in Public Health Education. At the Center, Samantha is collaborating with the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech and New River Valley Community Services on the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic project. She is assisting with process evaluations, interviews, and data analysis during the project.