Career Profiles of Past Graduates

Whether you are a first year student exploring careers and major options or an alumni who is thinking about a job change, alumni career profiles provide opportunities to learn about a professional's career path and decision-making process. Alumni career profiles are provided for students exploring degree options or alumni who are considering a job transition to learn more about the career paths taken by our program graduates. The profiles provide a glimpse of the wide range of careers available to Health Services Management and Community Development Professionals.

PHS and HSMCD Alumni      Aging Studies Alumni  

 

PHS and HSMCD Alumni

Lisa Walterscheid

Lisa Walterscheid

Lisa Walterscheid (HS 2013) will be attending Touro University California (TUC) starting August 4th, 2014. TUC is located on Mare Island in Vallejo, California which is in the northern extension of the San Francisco Bay area. She has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health Joint Program - Class of 2017. It is an amazing opportunity to receive two complementary degrees that will mold her into the clinician she wants to become.

With the knowledge that the wellness of an individual is directly linked to the health of their community, she plans on working in primary care in a clinic in an underserved area. She is confident that she is well prepared for the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program due to the time spent working on her Bachelor of Science in Health Science through the Public Health Science department at Wichita State University. WSU has given me her strong foundation for her future and she will forever be a Shocker!

Whitney Crager

Whitney Crager

Whitney Crager graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Management and Community Development in December of 2012. She currently works at the Sedgwick County Health Department as a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner. She works with both emergency preparedness and epidemiology. The preparedness part of the position includes revising emergency response plans and responding to Public Health emergencies in Sedgwick county.

Whitney also manages a school-illness surveillance website for school nurses in Sedgwick County. On the website they can report illnesses, then the health department uses that data to look at trends in certain illnesses. She also works on special projects in epidemiology including a current survey looking at access to dental care in school age children. Whitney will start working on her MPH in the fall of 2014, and loves spending time with her husband and two young children.

Jamee Sholtz

  Jamee Sholtz  

Jamee Sholtz graduated with her bachelor's degree in health services management and community development in 2006.  After graduation she worked for Unicare as a promotion consultant. In 2009, she moved to KDHE where she was a Master Trainer for CDSMP, Implement the Health Communications Campaign, and collaborated with community partners across the state.

In 2012, Jamee moved to Via Christi Village McLean where she is the Director of Marketing. Jamee works with potential new residents in assisting them with the continuum care village that we have by giving them tours and answering any questions they may have. Also she works with all current residents and their families by serving as a community resource. She also works with the community in many ways by marketing McLean.

In January 2015 Jamee moved to Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita where she is the Volunteer Manager. Jamee works on recruiting, screening, interviewing, placement and evaluation of  Volunteers for all programs, committees and events that happen within Ronald McDonald House Charities. She helps keeping the Volunteers active within the charity. She also plans a yearly celebration to honor the work and dedication that the Volunteers at RMHC Wichita provides to our families.

Tara Nolen

  Tara Nolen

Tara Nolen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Management and Community Development at Wichita State University in 2012 and will receive a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in December of 2015.

Since graduation from WSU, Tara has become a leader in local and state tobacco control and other public health initiatives, as well as a local resource on coalition building, community mobilization, and strategic planning.  Currently, Tara works for the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians as a Tobacco Control Coordinator for Sedgwick County. Her position is funded through a Chronic Disease Risk Reduction grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As part of this grant, Tara  provides content expertise for the development, implementation, and enforcement of local tobacco control ordinances, smoke-free multi-unit housing policies, and tobacco-free campus policies.


Samuel Nava

Samuel Nava is a Health Services Management and Community Development Fall 2017 graduate who created this video on AIDS awareness for his Practicum Project involving World AIDS Day at Wichita State University Student Health Services.

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Aging Studies Alumni

Madison Shriner

Madison Shriner

Madison Shriner is a recent graduate from the Aging Studies program receiving her MA in Aging Studies in May 2014. She pursued the Administrative track completing her Administrator in Training practicum at Family Health and Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing facility, in Spring 2014.

While a student, Madison was a graduate teaching assistant and assisted with Well REP, a well-rounded exercise program for seniors conducted at several senior centers around Wichita. Through this experience Madison developed an interest and soon after a passion for senior centers and what they have to offer older adults. Madison is now the director at the Park City Senior Center in Park City, Kansas.

Linda Watson

Linda Watson

Linda Watson is a recent graduate from the Aging Studies program, receiving her MA in Aging Studies in December 2013. While a student, she had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant where she collaborated with faculty and published an article for the Kansas Journal of Medicine. Linda also completed the Administrator-in-Training Program, went on to pass boards, and is now working as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a position she describes as, “absolutely loves”.

Carnesha Tucker

Carnesha Tucker

Carnesha Tucker is a recent graduate from the Aging Studies program, receiving her MA in Aging Studies December 2013. She is currently the Center Director for the Northeast Senior Center in Wichita. She has been in this position going on two years and has never viewed this position as work. She considers it as being among family, in the midst of so many individuals (older adults) with a rich life history. She appreciates the stories and knowledge that come from her many discussions with members of the center and for the many opportunities she is blessed with today because of those before her who paved the way.