Project Description

LM Class year: 2009

Hometown: Kensington, MD

Title/Company: Business Development Consultant, Centra Care Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care

Describe what your company does:

Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest healthcare system in Montgomery County, expanded its services to include urgent care and occupational health in March of 2015 in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care operates urgent care centers in Germantown, Rockville and Laurel. Our centers are open 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm to help with minor illnesses and injuries for adults and children.  Patients can walk-in or make online reservations.  We offer on-site x-rays, labs and prescriptions. The occupational health services include worker’s compensation, physical exams, drug testing and screenings and vaccinations.

Describe what you do in your role at the company:

I strategically identify companies that have occupational health requirements and establish corporate accounts to provide employment medical services. These companies include construction, moving, home care, landscaping and waste management. In this role I assist clients to be compliant with Federal and State regulations focusing on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation regulations.

Describe your community involvement:

  • YMCA Youth & Family Services, Resource Committee, Chair, Advisory Board Member
  • Downtown Silver Spring Rotary, Service Chair, Speaker Chair
  • Leadership Montgomery, Recruitment Ambassador
  • Montgomery Women, Rising Star Chair
  • A Wider Circle, Volunteer
  • Manna Food Center, Volunteer
  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Volunteer

Favorite LM memory:

My best experiences with Leadership Montgomery have been the opportunity to connect with people, learn about their stories and to create lasting friendships.

I remember fondly a long conversation with Monica Escalante during our closing retreat.  She talked to me about growing up in Bolivia, and the limited choices at grocery stores.  When buying bread there was only one option, white bread.  Everytime I shop and see the immense variety of bread choices rye, thin wheat, pumpernickel, multigrain, etc.  I always think back to the shelves in Bolivia and my friendship with Monica.  I’m grateful for all of the people I have met and continue to meet through Leadership Montgomery who have been a source of support personally and professionally.

Favorite way to spend your free time/recharge:

  • Baseball games, especially the Baltimore Orioles
  • Time with friends
  • Western Maryland Getaways
  • Volunteering
  • Boutique Shopping
  • NOT cooking

Name a leader that inspires you:

Michelle Obama, 44th First Lady of the United States, focused her attention on issues including the support of military families, education, helping working women balance career and family and encouraging community service.

Passionate about healthy eating, she worked with fifth graders to build a vegetable garden and install beehives on the South Lawn of the White House. She created the program Let’s Move to fight childhood obesity and get the country excited about exercise.

Michelle Obama showed us all that she could be First Lady, fashion icon, devoted wife and mother with a sense of humor and purpose.