Holly was born and raised in Webster, NY. She lived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey prior to finding her way to Greensboro, NC in 2008. Before pursuing a doctorate in public health education at UNCG, she studied international relations and dreamed of working with refugee populations abroad. Shortly after moving to Greensboro, Holly became aware of the sheer number of immigrants and refugees relocating to the city. She became an AmeriCorps ACCESS member through the CNNC and served at Avalon Trace Community Center. It was then that she realized that she could mentor youth from the Democratic Republic of Congo, eat injera with an Ethiopian family, and visit her favorite coffee shop all in an afternoon without ever leaving city limits. In Greensboro she could combine her love of learning about other cultures with the comfort of coming home each night. In her position as Director of Research, she loves the role of bridging research concepts between academics and community members. Holly teaches adjunct courses in the Department of Public Health Education and in her spare time enjoys traveling, yoga, and hiking with her cattle dog mix.
Listen to Holly, CNNC staff member Natacha Nikokeza and Umoja Group President, Angelique Ndayisenga interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things.