Emily first traveled to East Africa in 1985. During this trip she was exposed to the devastation caused by “Slims Disease,” now known as AIDS, a disease that was little understood but claiming lives across the planet. Shortly after returning home from that trip, one of her best friends in San Francisco was diagnosed with AIDS. It was at that moment that Emily forged a personal commitment to fighting the deadly disease and improving the wellbeing of those in need.
As the BCDC’s chief medical officer, Emily provides guidance on all healthcare initiatives the BCDC implements in Buseesa. During a weeklong medical excursion to Buseesa in February 2014, and 2015. Emily led a team of nurses that treated over 1,200/1700 Buseesa residents for malaria, worms, typhoid fever, HIV/AIDS, and a wide range of other ailments. Emily’s professional background, fundraising efforts, and devoted spirit have been the cornerstone of public health improvements in Buseesa, including construction of the area’s first-ever permanent clinic in December 2014.
Emily has a B.F.A. in Theater Direction from Emerson College, a B.S.N. in Nursing from Samuell Merritt College, and an M.S.N. in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento. Emily is a Family Nurse Practitioner at The Easy Bay AIDS center in Oakland California, a Member of The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and AIDS Education Training Center faculty. She is also President of the Board of Directors, NorCal AIDS Cycle, a 4-day, 330-mile bicycle ride to raise funds for HIV services in the Greater Sacramento Valley.