Leah Wohlgemuth '07

What have you been doing since you graduated from Norfolk Collegiate? Where did you go to college, what is your degree in, where have you been working?

Since I graduated in 2011, I have received two degrees, a BS from University of Georgia in Biological Science, and a MPH from Johns Hopkins University specializing in international public health. Between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I spent 4 months in Tanzania volunteering at a local school and also worked at the Virginia Department of Health. After completing my Masters, I worked at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and I am currently working at Sightsavers International, focusing on public health issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

During your time in college, did you know that you would be doing the work you are doing now?

Up until my senior year of college, I was sure I would go to medical school. However, after an internship with a non-profit based in Tanzania, and taking a few classes focused on public health, I realized public health was my passion, and that was the field I wanted to focus on (to be honest, I wasn’t sure what a career in public health would look like!)

You are gearing up for a lot of life changes.  What are you most excited for in the months to come?

I’m most excited to get married in May and then move to Ethiopia in June!

With your move to Ethiopia, what exactly will you be involved in there?

While in Ethiopia, I will be the Regional Program Officer for our Neglected Tropical Disease programs.  In this role, I am responsible for the planning, implementation and verification of our programs that focus on water, sanitation and hygiene and behaviour change across 5 countries in East and Southern Africa.

What is one of your most memorable experiences at Norfolk Collegiate?

The ones I continue to have with my friends from Norfolk Collegiate!

How did Norfolk Collegiate prepare you for the “real world”?

It taught me a good balance between work and fun.