Benjamin D. Galvan, MLS (ASCP), CIC

Title: 1) Infection Preventionist 2) Website Owner

Company: 1) Tampa General Hospital, 2) Your Infection Prevention Companion

Location: Tampa, FL

Education: Pursuing MPH in Infection Control, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (Present); BS in Clinical Laboratory Science, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA (2015); BS in Biology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2013); Diploma, Jesuit High School of New Orleans, LA (2009)

Career History: Website Owner, Your Infection Prevention (IP) Companion (2022-Present); Infection Preventionist, Tampa General Hospital, FL (2021-Present); Infection Prevention Coordinator, Osceola Regional Medical Center, C-HCA, Inc., Kissimmee, FL (2020-2021); Infection Preventionist, Advocate Aurora Health, Chicago, IL (2018-2020); Medical Technologist, Clinical Microbiology Department, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, IL (2015-2018); Internship in Medical Technology, East Jefferson General Hospital, LCMC Health, Metairie, LA (2015)

Benjamin D. Galvan, MLS (ASCP), CIC, Infection Preventionist at Tampa General Hospital and Website Owner at Your Infection Prevention Companion, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

Since 2021, Mr. Galvan has excelled as an infection preventionist at Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed nonprofit medical center with state-of-the-art programs, and serves an award-winning team of 10 infection preventionists. With a background in medical technology and clinical microbiology, he specializes in identifying and implementing processes that control and prevent pathways for transmission of disease—through which he works alongside several types of health care professionals, from direct care providers to hospital administration—and assists in creating standards, policies, and procedures within his field. Among his myriad responsibilities, he serves as a subject matter expert for assigned units, interdisciplinary workgroups, and hospital committees; helps prepare and present education and in-service programs; and investigates a wide range of infections and participates in impactful research. Most notably, Mr. Galvan chairs the hospital’s high-level disinfection committee, focusing on developing and maintaining a safe reprocessing program for reusable medical devices across the enterprise.

In 2022, he created Your IP Companion, a website that serves as a “one-stop” resource for infection preventionists and those looking to pursue a career—from general information to educational opportunities.

Prior to these appointments, Mr. Galvan was active as an infection prevention coordinator at Ocseola Regional Medical Center, C-HCA, Inc. from 2020 to 2021 and an infection preventionist at Advocate Aurora Health from 2018 to 2020. He was a medical technologist in the clinical microbiology department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 2015 to 2018 after launching his health care career as an intern in medical technology at East Jefferson General Hospital in 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory science from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in infection control at the University of South Florida.

Outside of his primary responsibilities, Mr. Galvan has served on a number of committees and has built a name for himself as a renowned and inspiring author and presenter in the field. In recognition of his contributions, he proudly received the inaugural Emerging Leader in Infection Prevention Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2021. He holds memberships with the Florida Professionals in Infection Control, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Florida Association for Healthcare Quality. Looking toward the future, Mr. Galvan strives to become even more involved and diversify his profession.

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Joyce Lynne Lacey

NAME: Joyce Lynne Lacey

Title: Director

Company: June Lynne Lacey Foundation

Location: Minnesota

Education: AA in General Studies, Minnesota State; BA in Communication, University of Minnesota, Morris; LB, Bible College of the Seminary

Career History: Pastor, Joyce Lacey Ministries (2020-Present);

Director, June Lynne Lacey Foundation (2019-Present)

Joyce Lynne Lacey, Director at June Lynne Lacey Foundation, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health services.

Since 2019, Ms. Lacey has dedicated herself to providing support and supplies—such as meals, groceries, and necessities—to caregivers and the vulnerable adults, children, and other family members they assist. Through the June Lynne Lacey Foundation, an organization founded in the aftermath of her mother’s death, she and her colleagues strive to ensure that the health care needs of individuals are not dismissed and their basic human rights are upheld—no matter their circumstances. She became motivated to help others in this capacity after her mother, June—a model, advocate, public speaker, and volunteer, among several other roles—experienced numerous traumas while placed, against her will, in a nursing home hundreds of miles from home before her passing. This harrowing period felt by Ms. Lacey, her mother, and her family led to her initiative in getting the word out about what vulnerable people are more apt to suffer through.

Additionally motivated by her faith, Ms. Lacey has served as a pastor and ordained minister at Joyce Lacey Ministries since 2020—through which she takes pride in communicating God’s messages to people who are then able to apply the teachings to their everyday lives. It has been her faith that gives her the strength to carry on when discouraged, especially while working to help elderly and disabled people in need through the foundation. Her ultimate goal is to play a role in passing “The June Lynn Lacey Bill” that would protect seniors who are under guardianship. Outside of her primary endeavors, she is active as the outreach vice president of the Minnesota Council for the Navy League of the United States and, in recognition of her services, has earned the Freedom Resource Center Leadership Award; KSTP Everyday Hero Award; WCCO Volunteer of the Year; St. Paul Saints Community Service Award; and Minnesota State Fair 50-Year Award.

Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Title: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Company: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy

Location: Livingston, NJ

Education: Residency in PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2016-2017);

Residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2015-2016);

Internship in Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy (2012-2015);

PharmD, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University (2015)

Career History: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy (2017-Present)

Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LIU Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health.

Driven to succeed and build his profession, Dr. Ocheretyaner has served as an academic professor of pharmacy practice at the Arnold & Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a graduate school of Long Island University, since 2017. He teaches on campus and in hospitals, educates pharmacy and medical residents, and regularly works with multidisciplinary teams, such as physicians and nurses, to develop the best treatment plans for patients. Board-certified in infectious diseases pharmacy and a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, he is a gifted speaker on his expertise in infectious disease pharmacy across many professional meetings and platform presentations, has authored numerous publications in the field, and also lends his services to numerous charity causes at the hospital site where he practices.

Over the course of his robust educational journey, Dr. Ocheretyaner earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the institution in 2015. Going through schooling, he knew he always wanted to pursue residency training and be directly involved in the patients’ care. In the midst of his studies, he completed an internship in pharmacy at Rite Aid, and then afterward, a residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice at SUNY Downstate Medical Center between 2015 and 2017. He also had an affinity for teaching; as a student, he was always interested in academia and sees his current post as an accomplishment of that initial goal.

A recipient of numerous awards from his alma mater and a grant from Pfizer, Dr. Ocheretyaner has been a dedicated member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue to advance in his career and ultimately be promoted to higher-level positions in academia, keep conducting research, and encourage his students to be involved in academic projects.

 

Dr. Keeyan Lea Davis

Title: Manager, Oncology and Biotech Infusion Pharmacy Services

Company: The University of Chicago Medicine

Location: New Orleans, LA

Education: Residency, PGY-2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership, University of Chicago Medicine (2020-2021);

Residency, PGY-1 Pharmacy, Xavier University of Louisiana (2019-2020);

PharmD, Xavier University of Louisiana (2019)

Career History: Manager, Oncology and Biotech Infusion Pharmacy Services, The University of Chicago Medicine (2021-Present);

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, The University of Chicago Medicine (2021)

Dr. Keeyan Lea Davis, Manager of Oncology and Biotech Infusion Pharmacy Services at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of pharmacology.

Since she was in seventh grade, Dr. Davis has been genuinely passionate about becoming a pharmacist. Always extremely driven, dedicated, and hard on herself when it comes to academics and work, feeling as though “everything she touches needs to be gold,” she has consistently relied heavily on her mother for help, advice, and general support. Her mother, to whom she attributes much of her success, has helped her to understand that she is still human and perfectionism isn’t the best or healthiest trait to possess. While in high school, she was involved in a related program that directly led to her being accepted into pharmacy school.

After six years of extensive study and training, Dr. Davis ultimately earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2019; she also received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the highest honor granted by a pharmacy institution, as a result of a vote by her colleagues and professors. Equipped with her degree, she gained firsthand experience in the field through residencies in PGY-1 pharmacy at her alma mater from 2019 to 2020 and then in PGY-2 specialty pharmacy administration and leadership at the University of Chicago Medicine from 2020 to 2021. Following these appointments, she advanced to more permanent positions at the University of Chicago Medicine, serving as a clinical pharmacy specialist in 2021, and becoming the manager of oncology and biotech infusion pharmacy services—a role in which she is responsible for outpatient infusion pharmacy, ambulatory care, and staff management.

In addition to her primary endeavors, Dr. Davis enjoys visiting community members in barbershops and beauty salons to talk about her services and provide answers to their questions about medication. She is also a proud active member of numerous professional organizations pertaining to her industry, including the National Pharmacy Association, American Pharmacists Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. Within the next five to 10 years, she hopes to grow from where she currently is and pursue more opportunities, such as becoming the director or assistant director of a new department.

Zonja L. Buey

Title: 1) Letter Carrier 2) Business Owner

Company: 1) USPS

Location: North Carolina

Education: Associate, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Living Arts College, High Point, NC (2011)

Career History: Letter Carrier, United States Postal Service (USPS) (2021-Present);

Owner, www.zonjabuey.itworks.com (online health product line business) (2014-Present);

With, Priscilla McCall’s;

With, Cole’s Warehouse;

Janitor, All Washed Up Cleaning Service, North Carolina;

Display Products, Front Row Events Group, North Carolina;

Distributor, It Works! Global, FL;

Loader, Unloader, UPS, North Carolina

Zonja L. Buey, Business Owner and Letter Carrier at the U.S. Postal Service, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of business and public health.

Driven by her passion for the medical field, helping others, and building healthy relationships with people, Ms. Buey has found success as the owner of an online health product business since 2014, a venture sparked by her own weight loss journey. While in pursuit of an associate’s degree from Living Arts College in College, which she earned in 2011, she also became a certified medical assistant—a designation that converged with her near-diagnosis as a diabetic while she was pregnant with her son. Determined to shed the pounds, she became dedicated to a healthier lifestyle and better eating habits and ended up dropping 80 pounds, going from 260 to 180. The transformation provided her with hope and a sense of confidence that she can do anything she sets her mind to, which is the feeling she has since been helping others feel. Through her business, Ms. Buey works hard to promote her wide variety of products through social media and other outlets, seeking to reach, connect with, and motivate people.

In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Ms. Buey has served as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service since 2021. She previously worked at Priscilla McCall’s, Cole’s Warehouse, All Washed Up Cleaning Service, Front Row Events Group, and as a loader/unloader at UPS. When she isn’t occupied by her primary responsibilities, she frequently gives back, donating clothes to charities and people in her community, and has helped her local church feed the homeless since 2014. With a personal motto that “health is wealth,” Ms. Buey looks forward to continuing to inspire people to take care of their bodies and achieve their dreams, grow her business, and do her best throughout her mission to impact people’s lives.

Sylvester Maduabuchi Ndimele, MPH

Title: Public Health Sanitarian

Company: Westchester County Department of Health

Location: New York

Education: Intern, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Bloomfield Health Department, Bloomfield, NJ (2017); MPH in Environmental Health Science, New York Medical College (2017); Intern, Chemist, Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Olabisi Onabanjo University (2009); BS in Chemistry, Olabisi Onabanjo University (2009)

Career History: Public Health Sanitarian, Lead-Based Risk Accessor, Inspector, Westchester County Department of Health, Mount Kisco, NY (2020-Present); Direct Support Professional, Community Based Services, Inc., North Salem, NY (2016-Present); Public Health Sanitarian, Lead-Based Risk Assessor, Inspector, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY (2019-2020); Assistant Residence Manager, Community Living Corporation, Mount Kisco, NY (2018-2019); Direct Support Professional, Abbott House, Irvington, NY (2014-2016); Kitchen Helper, Cashier, McDonald’s, Mahopac, NY (2013-2014); Concierge, Receptionist Assistant, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria (2011-2012); Teacher, Science and Mathematics, Dean of Academics, St. John Vianney Catholic Schools, Gurara, Niger, Nigeria (2010-2011); Coordinator, Nigeria Christian Coppers’ Fellowship, Gurara, Niger, Nigeria (2010-2011)

Sylvester Maduabuchi Ndimele, MPH, Public Health Sanitarian at Westchester County Department of Health, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health.

Passionate about helping people, Mr. Ndimele has always strived to have an impact on others through his work—and naturally gravitated toward public health. Born and raised in Nigeria, he grew up on a farm, which served as his foundation as he learned about work ethic, creativity, innovation, and being productive and dedicated to the job at hand. Greatly inspired by his parents, he studied hard and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria in 2009, followed by an internship as a chemist within the institution’s Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry the same year. Between 2010 and 2011, he served as a coordinator for Nigeria Christina Coppers’ Fellowship before advancing to the roles of science and mathematics teacher and Dean of Academics at St. John Vianney Catholic Schools. In addition, he was a concierge and a receptionist assistant at Chelsea Hotel from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, he immigrated to the United States by himself and moved to New York, where he worked as a kitchen helper and cashier at McDonald’s and as a direct support professional at Abbott House. Since 2016, he has excelled as a direct support professional for Community Based Services, Inc., a position he held while pursuing further training and education in his field.  Mr. Ndimele obtained a Master of Public Health in environmental health science from New York Medical College and became an intern and registered environmental health specialist at the Bloomfield Health Department in 2017.

Mr. Ndimele then offered his services as an assistant residence manager at Community Living Corporation from 2018 to 2019 and found success as a public health sanitarian, a lead-based risk assessor, and an inspector for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2019 to 2020. Beginning in 2020, he has been the public health sanitarian, lead-based risk accessory, and inspector at the Westchester County Department of Health. Additionally, he has worked with New York City’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program, through which he tests children and analyzes potential exposures. When vaccinations became available during the COVID-19 pandemic, he assisted in clinics and helped provide vaccines, medical assistance, and guidance to anyone who needed it. He has also volunteered with the Red Cross and has been a member of the National Environmental Health Association since 2017.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Ndimele hopes to apply for an associate position in the Westchester County Department of Health, and aspires to go back to school, earn another degree, and become part of academia to educate others about public health.

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Jared H. Starr, Esq.

Jared Starr

Title: Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator

Company: Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP

Location: Texas

Education: JD in Health Law, DePaul University College of Law (2020); Fellow, Jaharis Health Law Institute Fellowship Program (2017-2018); Summer Legal Extern, SmithAmundsen LLC (2018); Wellness Intern, Douglas County District Court (2017); BS in Community Health, The University of Kansas (2017); Business Development Associate Intern, RecruitIQ Staffing (2016)

Career History: Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator, Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, Dallas, Texas (2021-Present); Health Care Attorney, Brown & Fortunato (2021); Law Clerk, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. (2020); 711 Temporary Licensed Student Attorney, DePaul Law Civil Litigation Clinic (2019); Law Clerk, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. (2019); Law Clerk, Krzak Rundio Law Group, LLC (2019)

Jared H. Starr, Esq., Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator at Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for his contributions and achievements in the field of health law.

The emergence as an accomplished legal professional has come very naturally to Mr. Starr, a Texas native who hails from a family of seven attorneys. However, despite an upbringing surrounded by law, he has always been interested in health care first and foremost, and upon graduating from high school, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in community health at the University of Kansas—which he ultimately obtained in 2017. With his sights set on law, he decided he could combine his two passions and specialize in health law. According to him, “health law is always changing and there is always a need for good lawyers familiar with health care practices.” He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence with a certificate of health law from the DePaul University College of Law in 2020, and was admitted to the bar in Minnesota in 2020 and Texas in 2021.

In the midst of his studies, Mr. Starr gained experience in the field of law as a summer legal extern at SmithAmundsen LLC in 2018 before becoming a law clerk at Krzak Rundio Law Group LLC and Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. and a temporary licensed student attorney for the DePaul Law Civil Litigation Clinic the following year. He subsequently served as a full-time law clerk at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. throughout 2020 and a health care attorney at Brown & Fortunato in 2021. Additionally, since 2021, he has excelled as a medical malpractice defense litigator for Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, a Dallas-based firm where he zealously defends doctors and hospitals in health care liability lawsuits.

Motivated by the motto that “each day will be better than the previous,” Mr. Starr strives to keep growing in his role and one day advance to become a law partner and one of the most preeminent health care attorneys and medical malpractice defense litigators in the field. Extremely personable and skilled in building and maintaining relationships with his colleagues and clients, the quality of his work has always been driven by a strong dedication and compassion toward his clients and their goals. Outside of his primary endeavors, he co-authored “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities: The Latest FDA Guidance” in 2020 and is a member of the Texas Health Lawyers Association.

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Andrea I. Alvarenga, LVN

Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse

Company: San Bernardino Medical Group

Location: California

Career History: Licensed Vocational Nurse, San Bernardino Medical Group (Five Years);

With, Public Relations, The Medical Group;

Medical Assistant, Gastrointestinal Department (10 Years)

Andrea Alvarenga, Licensed Vocational Nurse at San Bernardino Medical Group, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of medicine and health care.

Motivated by a longtime passion for taking care of others, Ms. Alvarenga gravitated toward her profession at a young age through her grandmother—who suffered two strokes—and the health care providers who served as kind, compassionate, and beneficial figures for her up until her death. She has always worn her heart on her sleeve and prioritized others, and so a career in the medical field, nursing in particular, was a natural decision.

Launching her career as a medical assistant within the gastrointestinal field for 10 years, Ms. Alvarenga then found success in public relations for The Medical Group before becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse at San Bernardino Medical Group. As opposed to a physician assistant, she, in her role as a vocational nurse, focuses more on bedside care and management rather than providing treatment for patients. Primarily involved with urgent care and emergency care situations, her several responsibilities include checking the patient’s rooms; handling quality control checks for machines, such as the cardiac monitor machine; taking vital signs of patients and getting them ready for doctors’ rounds; conducting tests; and carrying out doctors’ orders, which may encompass everything from catheterization to EKGs. As a testament to her dedication and accomplishments in the field, she was recognized by San Bernardino Medical Group with an Employer of the Year Award in 2020—which she considers to be the highlight of her career thus far—and honored as “Hero of 2020” by Inland Empire Magazine. She has previously received a Leadership Award, a Perfect Attendance Award, and an Employer of the Quarter Award.

Outside of her main endeavors, Ms. Alvarenga has been active as a blood donor for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a volunteer for a diabetes walk, a volunteer medical assistant at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a devoted member of the Nurses Service Organization. Currently pursuing a license to become a Registered Nurse, she also strives to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing in order to grow professionally.

Teresa R. Taylor

Title: Owner

Company: T Squared Fitness LLC

Location: Utah

Education: AAS in Fitness, Salt Lake Community College (2018)

Career History: Owner, T Squared Fitness LLC (2018-Present); Manager, Marriott Vacations Worldwide (2002-Present)

Teresa R. Taylor, Owner at T Squared Fitness LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of health and fitness.

Always physically active and driven by a healthy lifestyle, Ms. Taylor’s passion for helping people reach their own fitness goals started during her day job as manager of the Marriott Vacations Worldwide Call Center—where she has worked since 2002. She took notice of her colleagues and saw that they were not living healthily and putting on weight, which inspired her to do something about it. Her husband was working graveyard shifts and so she was seeking something productive to do at night. Because she hadn’t pursued higher education earlier in life, she took advantage of her free time after work and dedicated herself to fitness courses at Salt Lake Community College in her mid-50s—which she considers one of the best and most rewarding decisions she ever made in her life.

In 2018, Ms. Taylor graduated from the institution with an Associate of Applied Science in fitness and subsequently became certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and earned a certificate in Functional Movement Systems. That same year, she opened T Squared Fitness LLC, which provides personal training, fitness plans, meal plans, and weight management programs to match the exercise needs of its clientele through a welcoming group environment and outside-the-box thinking. Her services extend to all ages as she trains children, teaches cycling, TRX, and group classes for teenagers, and is proud of the work she does for those who are 50 and older—during which she always strives to build good relationships with people. As a testament to her achievements in the field, she was honored by West Valley City in Utah as the “2019 Best of West Valley City” in the category of Personal Trainer. Even outside of her primary endeavors, she has committed to fitness by participating as an active runner in 41 half-marathons and five marathons.

Upon reflection of the last few years, she is extremely proud of taking the initiative to go back to school and earn a degree that enables her to help people have a better quality of life. In the future, she hopes to one day be able to turn her personal training business into a full-time job.

Paul Griffin Hunt

Title: 1) Exercise Physiologist 2) Lecturer

Company: 1) Mercy General Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation 2) California State University, Chico

Location: California

Education: Master’s in Kinesiology, California State University-Chico (2016-2017); Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, Major in Movement Studies, Fitness and Wellness, Minor in Adapted Physical Activity, California State University-Chico (2013-2016)

Career History: Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Mercy General Hospital, Dignity Health (2021-Present); Lecturer, California State University, Chico (2020-Present); Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health (2019-Present); Physical Therapy Aide, Pillsbury Physical Therapy (2019-2020); Graduate Teaching Lab Instructor, California State University, Chico (2017-2018); Intern, Enloe Medical Center (2017); Employee, C Bar D Feeds (2016-2019); Special Topics in Horticultural Therapy – Class Development Intern, California State University, Chico (2016-2017); Semester Internship #2 – Kinesiology 207, California State University, Chico (2016); Coach, Wildcat Sports Performance (2016); Semester Internship #1 – Kinesiology 207, California State University, Chico (2015); Farm Intern, Farmelot and Riparia (2014-2018); Student Assistant – Kinesiology Equipment Management Room, California State University, Chico (2014-2016); Caregiver, Movement Tutor, Accredited Home Care (2014-2015); Student Volunteer, Personal Exercise Assistant, Santa Rosa Junior College (2010-2013)

Paul Griffin Hunt, Exercise Physiologist at Mercy General Hospital and Lecturer at California State University, Chico, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

Attributing his success to hard work, focus, and discipline, Mr. Hunt has excelled in balancing his numerous impactful roles, serving as a clinical exercise physiologist at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital within the Dignity Health Medical Group since 2019; a lecturer at California State University, Chico since 2020; and a clinical exercise physiologist at Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital since 2021. Wielding dual expertise in exercise rehabilitation for cardiac and pulmonary diseases as well as kinesiology, he has built an accomplished career on a strong education and work experience background—all of which set him on the path to help others.

Mr. Hunt served as a volunteer and a personal exercise assistant at Santa Rosa Junior College before enrolling at California State University, Chico—where he majored in movement studies and fitness and wellness and minored in adapted physical activity. While focused on coursework, he was also active as a caregiver and a movement tutor at Accredited Home Care from 2014 to 2015, a student assistant in the Kinesiology Equipment Management Room at the university from 2014 to 2016, and juggling several semester internships. As a testament to his dedication and skills, he was recognized for outstanding service and leadership in kinesiology from California State University, Chico in 2016. Between earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s in kinesiology in 2016 and 2017, respectively, he interned at his alma mater, found employment at C Bar D Feeds, and gained experience at Enloe Medical Center. He then found success as a graduate teaching lab instructor at California State University, Chico from 2017 to 2018 before becoming a physical therapy aide at Pillsbury Physical Therapy from 2019 to 2020. In the midst of his subsequent duties at Dignity Health, administrators at California State University, Chico sought him out for a teaching role—one that would be strictly online as a result of the pandemic. A certified sports performance coach, clinical exercise physiologist, advanced cardiac life support professional, strength and conditioning specialist, and special population specialist, he teaches exercise testing and prescriptions, sports and physical activity epidemiology, and principles of strength and conditioning.

In addition to his myriad responsibilities, Mr. Hunt has served as an exercise assistant at Beyond Exercise: Wellness Enhancement for Life, a grant writer at Fulfilling Fields Organic Farm, a guest lecturer at Enloe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and is a frequent blood donator. A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2015, American College of Sports Medicine since 2016, and USA Weightlifting since 2017, he strives to earn certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in order to become a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional.