I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, on the banks of Lake Erie, and moved to Tucson in 1981. I have a bachelors degree in journalism from The Ohio State University (1973) and a masters in public health from The University of Arizona (UA, 1996). Luckily, those two powerhouse universities don’t often compete against each other on the football field or the basketball court.
For most of my career, I have worked in public relations and corporate communication, with a stints as a freelance writer and photographer. While working in the communication office of the Arizona Cancer Center at the UA, I started writing cancer prevention materials; this sparked by interest in public health, behavioral medicine, and prevention. After I received my MPH in 1996, my career shifted to research and public health program management. I was involved in several research projects including Five a Day for Better Health, Family Sun Safety, and smoking uptake by adolescents. I was the program director for the Arizona Smokers Helpline and related Internet and evaluation services for many years.
Since 2004, I have been the managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s top internal medicine journals with a circulation of approximately 130,000. In January 2016, I stepped down as managing editor to become the Journal’s part-time social media/technology editor. Working part time gives me means I can devote more time and energy to running for the Arizona House.