Biotechnician Working Lead at Merck & Co. I manufacture sterile vaccines in compliance with safe operating procedures, company and government regulations, in clean room environments.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
My kids and the impact I've been able to have in my community through my non-profit, Athletic Club of Fairhill.
What are some words of wisdom for the next generation leaders?
In life you are given two things, a chance and a choice. The choices we make with the chances we are given are up to us as individuals. Make the most of your opportunity.
What is something you’ve had to overcome?
Learning how to adjust and balance priorities as I matured in different phases in my life. Specifically evolving from student to professional to business owner to husband and father.
How did your SJU education set you up for success?
Outside of the vigorous lecture schedule, my work study in the lab had the most impact on my career success. I never thought I would work in a lab, it seemed so boring, but after working with Dr. King Smith and Dr. Snetselaar it opened my eyes to other opportunities. This experience led to an internship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where I worked in The Center of Applied Genomics. Post graduation I was hired by Merck & Co. The direct exposure to the lab environment in my work study enabled me to master the skills that I use daily while manufacturing vaccines.
Who is a leader you admire most and why
Frederick Douglas' story was always intriguing to me. After learning how to read, he felt compelled to teach other slaves how to become literate. After escaping from the jaws of slavery, he went on to become a leading abolitionist and civil rights activist. His work and dedication helped bring an end to the practice of slavery. But he always felt that there was more to do. The part he played in African Americans being granted the right to vote was what I admired most. He always embodied the phrase "Man for others."