Partner Profile: A Conversation with Dr. Jeremy Souder and Eileen Jaskuta

Liz Owens, MS

March 29, 2022

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision of healthier communities through equitable, accessible, and quality health care.

In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13 – March 19) this month, we’re excited to feature the Chair and Vice Chair of HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee to learn more about what patient safety means to them and what they see as the most important priorities in patient safety today.

Jeremy Souder, MD, MBA, serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital of Penn Medicine and serves as Chair of HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee.

Eileen Jaskuta, MSHA, BSN, RN, serves as the System Vice President Quality and Patient Safety at Main Line Health and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee is the voluntary expert panel of health care providers and partners from organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania that identifies the region’s quality and patient safety priorities and provides clinical guidance to HCIF and its Board of Directors. Additionally, the Clinical Advisory Committee plays a key role in advising the Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) and its programs, such as the Health Equity Data Strategy Collaborative, Safe Table, Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Awards, and Leadership Summit.

Both of you serve in key roles on HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee that oversees the Partnership for Patient Care (PPC), which just celebrated its 15 year anniversary last year. What do you consider to be the greatest benefits and accomplishments of PPC during your tenure on the Committee?

Dr. Souder: The PPC convenes a broad regional community around the shared mission to make patient care more equitable, safe, and effective. In particular, I feel that the Safe Table Program and the Patient Safety and Quality Award Program create learning communities that foster the development of a shared understanding of challenges, opportunities, and solutions identified by leaders in our region’s healthcare organizations.

Eileen: I have served on the Advisory Committee several times throughout my career, but my most recent tenure has been 5 years.  I have always found that the greatest benefit of PPC is the sharing of best practices in the region and the opportunity to participate in collaboratives to advance quality of care.

This month, we’re celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 13-19, 2022. Given the many changes and challenges that have been encountered by healthcare systems over the past two years, what do you see as the most important priorities in patient safety today?

Dr. Souder: I see the ongoing workforce challenges, the care for patients simultaneously coping with behavioral health and other medical conditions, the course of the pandemic, and striving for equity in our care outcomes to be the key priorities.

Eileen: The most important priorities in patient safety today really focus on two things in my mind – getting back to the basics and including equity in the work of patient safety.

What is one key thing you’d like the public, or someone not in healthcare, to understand about patient safety and the role it serves in our communities and the healthcare system as a whole?

Dr. Souder: That it depends on people caring for people—trust, mutual respect, concern, and compassion—in 360 degrees, as much as it depends on process improvement, data, and technical improvements.

Eileen: The role that patient safety provides is to be preoccupied with failure to ensure safety for the patients we serve, and to develop interventions to prevent safety events from occurring.

“The most important priorities in patient safety today really focus on two things in my mind – getting back to the basics and including equity in the work of patient safety.”

Eileen Jaskuta

How did you become interested in patient safety?  What are your greatest accomplishments within your field so far (in other words, what are you most proud of)?

Dr. Souder: In my junior year of internal medicine residency, I began to feel disenchanted with my chosen profession. I saw how hard everyone was working, smart people were, how closely they paid attention, and how much they cared…and yet people got hurt, or didn’t get what I wanted us to be able to give them. 

Then I learned about the field of patient safety, and that there was another way to think about caring for people than the one I’d learned in my textbooks, and it gave me hope. I realized that understanding physiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology and pharmacology were necessary, but not sufficient, to achieve the outcomes we all pursue. 

I’m immensely proud that we, as a field, are grappling with challenges of high reliability, continuing with impatient determination to get better at what we do together for patients. I’m also inspired to see that now, when I bring up concepts like systems error, or the “Swiss Cheese Model” on rounds, students always nod their heads in recognition—they understand these core concepts before they get to their clinical training, and I see them engaging more regularly in ways I don’t remember seeing a decade ago. This gives me great hope! 

Eileen: I was always interested in providing great care and patient safety was naturally a part of providing great care. I also had family members impacted by patient safety events and knew that we in healthcare could and should do better by our patients. I think much has been accomplished over the years in patient safety. Transparency and disclosure were critical to those accomplishments because we could learn from one another to make lasting improvements.

I learned about the field of patient safety, and that there was another way to think about caring for people than the one I’d learned in my textbooks, and it gave me hope.

Dr. Jeremy Souder

You have supported HCIF’s work through numerous PPC programs (including but not limited to the Health Equity Data Strategy Collaborative, Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award Program, and Safe Community) over the years. What do you think makes HCIF unique? What is something you’ve learned through our partnership?

Dr. Souder: What makes HCIF unique is its ability to convene different regional stakeholders around the shared aim of delivering excellent care to everyone in need.

What is a quote that inspires you in your work?

Dr. Souder: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results that it gets.”

If you are interested in connecting with our partners on LinkedIn, you can find Jeremy Souder here and Eileen Jaskuta here.  

Something that you may not know about Dr. Souder is that his favorite hobbies consist of water sports—whether that’s winter or summer water sports, he enjoys both! Eileen shared that things she likes to do for fun include hiking, learning how to golf, and watching college basketball!

Board Profile: A Conversation with Chaudron Carter-Short, PhD, EdD, RN, NEA-BC

February 28, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, HCIF would like to recognize and amplify the work of Black health care professionals in our region. We are proud to share insights from an interview with Chaudron Carter Short, PhD, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care Services at Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal & Northeastern Campuses. Chaudron has been a member of HCIF’s Board of Directors since January 2020. 

What drove you to pursue a career in healthcare?

My mother always worked in a hospital and as a single mom, she sometimes brought me to work with her. She recommended I go into nursing, but when it came time for college, I chose to go for pharmacy.  However, I realized I didn’t really enjoy being in a lab as a college student and decided to change trajectories to nursing. It sounds cliché’, but I love helping people so nursing was the perfect choice. Prior to becoming a nurse, I was always a nurturer; it was kind of a passion for me. I found nursing fascinating and engaging very early on.

What are some of your responsibilities in your current role?

In my current role as the Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care Services, I have the responsibility and oversight for the nursing department. In my role some of my obligations include vision setting for the department, establishment of best practices for patient care, regulatory compliance, and to ensure there is a strong line of communication between the Chief Nursing Officer and my team. My team is essential to my role, as I have the responsibility of helping them develop and to realize their potential as clinicians and leaders.

During this past year, my team and I had to manage in the face of crisis. In order to be the person that my team looked upon during the height of COVID, it’s been important for me to take the time to de-compress and take care of myself. I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with family/friends to help me overcome the stressors that have been associated with each COVID wave.

What has been your proudest professional achievement?

My proudest professional achievement was attaining Magnet status for Temple University Health System. Prior to that, I worked as a clinical director at another facility and was looking for a new and different challenge. When I went to Temple in 2015 to support the Magnet journey, some of my colleagues thought the idea was wild. I admit, there were many obstacles and bumps in the road, which made getting Magnet status that much more pleasurable.  We were actually designated Magnet with exemplars (which are additional accolades you can receive by appraisers). The most gratifying reward was when one of my prior cynics that originally doubted me, came to personally visit me and said, “if anyone could do it, I knew you could.”

What is a recent memorable experience you have had as a healthcare professional?

When the pandemic hit, we had to build a full COVID hospital in a different building by moving all ancillary services out of the building to make space.  We took care of about 300 COVID patients in that building. The teamwork and collaboration that took place to provide exceptional care for patients was awe-inspiring. Temple received most of the COVID patients in Philadelphia and had the highest number of patients with the best outcomes. We postponed elective procedures/surgeries, and the nursing staff from those areas, developed a team model concept to care for the COVID patients. Staff were on the units with the sickest of the sick, when patients could not have visitors or could not speak with their loved ones, nurses went above and beyond by providing technology (sometimes their own personal devices) to connect patients with family members. The staff was fearful and exhausted, but you never heard one complaint. The team made sure no person was left alone and as a leader this is what nursing is all about.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by really helping others, especially helping others to achieve a goal through mentorship and support.

What is something you’ve learned being a part of the HCIF Board?

I’ve learned that there’s an opportunity to learn about other organizations across the region. The HCIF Board provides an opportunity to break down silos among healthcare organizations to share and educate. I am enjoying helping to grow HCIF and I’m especially encouraged by HCIF’s desire to diversify the Board of Directors.

When you’re not busy working to improve the lives of others, what do you like to do?

I enjoy being with family/friends, watching TV, reading, playing games, and weight training. I have a daughter who is 27 and a son through marriage who has a 1-year-old. My grandson is the highlight of some of my weekends.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to be a competitive figure bodybuilder; when I’m stressed, I need to work out and I try to do it most mornings.

Partner Profile: A Conversation with Serge Ginzburg, MD

Kaynaat Syed, MHA

November 29, 2021

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision for a responsive, coordinated health care community that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers to achieve better health.

In recognition of Men’s Health Month, our team interviewed Dr. Serge Ginzburg, MD to learn more about his career in Urology, prostate cancer awareness, and his involvement with PURC.

Dr. Ginzburg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He has been an active member of PURC since 2015 as the surgeon champion for Einstein Health Network and the former chair of the Biopsy Working Group where he spearheaded efforts to increase the utilization of Transperineal biopsies in prostate cancer diagnosis. Dr. Ginzburg currently serves as the Director of Prostate Programs for PURC through which he supports HCIF with setting collaborative goals, establishing metrics, and identifying approaches and activities that best support participating practices.

What led you to urology? What interests you most about urology? 

Transitioning from a career in engineering to becoming a physician, I was looking to take advantage of my dexterity and to harness my interest in technology.  I wanted a career that allowed me to work with my hands, so a surgical specialty was a natural choice.  Importance of family, work-life balance and recognizing like-minded colleagues in the field of urology made it an obvious choice.  If I had to do it over, I would pick urology again.   

What is one thing you think people should know about providing prostate cancer care? 

Prostate cancer is a serious condition, but it is rarely an emergency.  Patients should not be pressured into a quick treatment decision.  It is crucial that patient education is emphasized, and shared decision making is embraced.  With potential for significant impact on patients’ lifestyles and functional outcomes, comprehensive up-front counseling is critical to avoid downstream regret. 

What are your greatest accomplishments within your field so far? 

I try to critically evaluate new technologies and techniques as they emerge.  I felt that the transperineal approach to prostate biopsy was the way forward and I pushed hard to adopt it across our regional collaborative.  I believe that the benefits of widespread adoption of this technique will result in long term benefit for many patients. 

If you could motivate people in your field to tackle one issue or address one challenge, what would it be? 

Racial disparity, social inequity and implicit bias in prostate cancer care are real.  A huge gap in resource allocation exists and I do all I can to level the playing field.  I am proud to make state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge surgical techniques available to our urban, immigrant, underserved and underinsured population.   

What have you found most valuable about working with HCIF? What is something you’ve learned from our partnership? 

The privilege to collaborate with the brightest minds in prostate cancer care has been the most rewarding.  It is amazing to see such a diverse group of urologists and health networks committing time and effort toward a common goal – to improve quality in prostate cancer care.  Mentors like Dr. Robert Uzzo and Dr. Jay Raman along with friends and colleagues motivate me to grow outside my comfort zone, and I’m truly thankful for that.  

What’s a quote that inspires you in your work? 

“In theory, confidence and competence go hand in hand.  In practice they often diverge.  The ultimate goal is confident humility.”  – Adam Grant, Think Again 

What are some of your favorite hobbies, or things you like to do for fun? 

I really enjoy the outdoors and always have fun hiking, camping and kayaking with my wife and sons.  Every year we look forward to our ski trip to Mont Tremblant. My favorite place that I visited is Patagonia, where I backpacked the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park.  It was amazing. 

Partner Profile: A Conversation with Vic Caraballo, MD

May 27, 2021

In celebration of the Partnership for Patient Care’s (PPC) 15th Anniversary, the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is featuring our partners on our website and in our monthly newsletter. As a long-standing collaborator with HCIF, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work accomplished by Independence Blue Cross, HCIF, and the region’s health care organizations over the past 15 years through PPC. The intent of these profiles is to give our readers a better understanding of the breadth of work of the Partnership for Patient Care, as well as an introduction to our innovative and valuable partners with whom we we are fortunate to work.

For this month, we are delighted to feature Victor Caraballo, MD, MBA, Vice President of Quality Management, Independence Blue Cross. In his role, Dr. Caraballo is responsible for all activities associated with ensuring health plan compliance with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation standards. Dr. Caraballo is also actively involved in leading Health Equity activities in Independence as well as across many stakeholder organizations.  Dr. Caraballo holds both undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Caraballo is a longstanding supporter of HCIF and currently serves on the HCIF Board, Clinical Advisory Committee and is an advisor to our Health Equity Data Strategy, Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC), and Partnership for Patient Care programs. We conducted an interview with him to learn more about his experience with the Partnership for Patient Care program:

Independence Blue Cross supports the Partnership for Patient Care (PPC), which is a unique collaboration between a payer and providers to jointly fund quality and patient safety improvement initiatives and has been recognized as a national model. In celebration of 15 years, what do you consider the greatest accomplishments of PPC since its launch in 2006?

The Partnership for Patient Care program, led by HCIF has been so important. The creation of this unique collaboration has been the most impressive feat, in my opinion. Starting with the regional medication safety program and moving on to hospital acquired infections, readmissions, and more recently, Safe Table, the ability to address these challenging issues and create real and lasting change has been invaluable.

In addition to your involvement in PPC, you have supported HCIF’s work by serving on the Board of Directors, the Clinical Advisory Committee, and as a Champion for several programs. What do you think makes HCIF unique?

What makes HCIF unique is that it is a neutral convener, bringing together various stakeholders throughout the healthcare marketplace.  But HCIF also understands the market and the intricacies of healthcare, as well as the dynamics of our region.  I have been involved in a number of HCIF’s programs over the years and have appreciated its unique ability to maintain neutrality, while helping to solve very complex healthcare challenges in our community.

What have you found most valuable about working with HCIF? What is something you’ve learned through our partnership?

Experiencing the value of building coalitions is really unparalleled. Being able to see this in action and motion over the years has been incredible to witness – it’s very clear that we’re stronger when working collectively. We’re all connected in our healthcare ecosystem and the importance of working across stakeholders has been very instructive. No institution is an island – tackling healthcare problems together shows the power of coalitions.

PPC’s vision statement is “to be the safest region in the country.” As HCIF celebrates its 15th year, what are some of the most significant benefits to participation in PPC?

Collaboration with peers across the region is one of the most significant benefits of the PPC program. Working through this unique coalition allows individual institutions to have a seat at the table to solve real challenges. Peer conversations that are so critical and networking with colleagues are other benefits that comes to mind. The biggest benefit is working together. So much of the healthcare system is interconnected. For example, if you think of our readmissions work – this just isn’t a problem that can be solved working in your own bubble.  PPC allows for interchange of ideas and best practices.

As HCIF and Independence Blue Cross turn to/look forward to the next 15 years of PPC, what do you think is the next big frontier in healthcare for the Philadelphia/SEPA region?

The next frontier is about being aware of critical issues such as health equity, and being able to mitigate the drives of health inequity. We need to address health care holistically by evaluating social determinants of health. Many players will need to work together in a way that improves health and accrues to everyone’s benefit.

You’ve been at Independence Blue Cross for19 years. How did you become interested in quality improvement and/or patient safety?  How has your background as an Emergency Department physician influenced your interest in quality improvement and/or patient safety?

First, I always wanted to serve an underserved population and working in the emergency department allowed me to do this. What got me interested in quality and safety was my training in emergency medicine. Working in the emergency department (ED) requires a very process-driven and modular approach to care, while also recognizing the importance of treating the individual. Working in the ED allows you the option of reflecting back at the end of the day to see how I could deliver care in a better way.

What has been your personal proudest accomplishment within the quality/patient safety field so far?

There have been a lot of different accomplishments, but problem-solving some very challenging issues tops that list. I am also very proud of my work with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), serving on a number of committees.  Recently, I have been working to lead Independence Blue Cross’ (IBC) COVID 19 program.  COVID has really shone a light on the issues of inequities in healthcare and vaccine access.  I am very proud of the leadership IBC is taking to address health equity and integrating this into our quality and safety programs.

What is a quote that inspires you in your work?

“A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. And art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect.”

I have found this to be profound and inspiring – especially the importance of having lofty goals and integrity in your work. Everything you do should be of excellence and accrue to your ultimate goal.

What are some of your favorite hobbies, or things you like to do for fun?

I love music, reading, and cooking Mediterranean-inspired food and Italian cuisine.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a long-time environmentalist, especially growing up in the 70s. Being a city boy, I always found it important to have a connection to nature. The 1970s were a time when the environmental and climate issues came into national consciousness, and I was especially moved by the commercial showing a Native American man crying due to the mistreatment of nature. I explored the ideas of alternative sources of energy when I was a kid and won an essay contest from the White House with President Jimmy Carter.

Partner Profile: A Conversation with Sara Lomax-Reese

March 29, 2021

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision for a responsive, coordinated health care community that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers to achieve better health.

HCIF is proud to serve as project manager for Go to Know, a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of colorectal cancer on the African American community. Through this program, anyone can request an at-home fecal immunochemical testing kit, or “FIT kit”, to be screened for risk of colorectal cancers.

For this month’s partner profile, we are excited to feature a Go to Know partner, Sara Lomax-Reese. Sara is the President and CEO of WURD Radio, Pennsylvania’s only African-American owned talk radio station, and a longtime advocate for the health of the African-American community. 

[Cassidy Tarullo]: How did you become interested in health awareness?

[Sara Lomax-Reese]: My father was a doctor and I remember growing up going to his office in South Philly, and working in his office as a teenager. He ended up having health care centers all over the city of Philadelphia in underserved communities. So, I was exposed at a very early age, seeing not just the science of medicine, but also the art. He was a brilliant, brilliant physician. 

When I graduated from journalism school, I started reporting and writing for different newspapers and magazines. My father had stopped practicing and had developed a health care management organization, and the family business was providing managed care services to prisons and jails around the country. My entire family was involved in that business, except for me as a journalist;  I was an outlier, because I wasn’t working in the family business. But, I did want to do something that really was meaningful within this journalism avenue. I was living in Atlanta, and I connected with another Black woman who was an editor at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the two of us started talking and planning and exploring; we wanted to develop a magazine that would fill a void. Once we started doing the research, we realized that there were no magazines at the time that focused specifically on the Black community from a health perspective. I had this lightbulb moment where I realized that I could still be within the family business, but on my own terms. So, we pitched this idea of starting a consumer-based Black health magazine to my parents, and they were willing to take a chance on it.  My co-founder, Valerie Boyd, and I, launched HealthQuest: The Publication of Black Wellness, in 1992. We published that for about 10 years, and it grew from a quarterly magazine that reached about 25,000 people to bimonthly with a national circulation to  500,000 people. It was a real journey, being a media person and developing a media business, but also from a health standpoint, and seeing the racial health disparities that exist. Throughout COVID, everybody has been saying, “Wow, racism exists in healthcare”. Well, we knew it. Anybody who’s been in health care has known that for a very long time. I’ve also learned so much about culturally-specific communications around health and wellness, and figuring out, what are some of the ways to really connect with a Black community with information that can oftentimes be scary and numbing? How do you break through, so you can connect and really help people? How do you spark interest and awareness proactively? 

“Health and wellness is so deeply embedded in who I am at this point.”

– Sara Lomax-Reese

I closed the magazine down in January 2002, and it was pretty devastating for me, because I just invested so much of my time and energy in it. But, my father bought WURD in 2002, and at that time,  then General Manager, Cody Anderson asked me if I would want to host a weekly show. I started doing a three hour radio show called HealthQuest Live, that was basically a radio version of my magazine. That kept me very connected with health communications and health information. At the same time, I became a yoga teacher, and learned about holistic nutrition. I started doing workshops for Black women, that integrated yoga and holistic nutrition. I did that for a few years, and simultaneously, the radio station was continuing to evolve, though it was struggling financially. I was the only one in my family who had media experience, so even though I was really committed to not being a part of management and media entrepreneurship, I got drawn back in. I became the President and General Manager in 2010, and have been running the station ever since. I wasn’t able to keep the HealthQuest show on air, due to the day-to-day operations of the station, but health and wellness is so deeply embedded in who I am at this point. 

[CT]: What accomplishments are you proudest of as the CEO of WURD?

[SLR]: That we’re still alive and kicking and growing. We’ve defied the odds. I think we might actually be the only independently-owned Black talk radio station in the country. Even if we’re not the only, we are one of very few. There’s a reason that there’s not a proliferation of media outlets like ours. It’s very difficult to build and maintain. I’m really proud of the fact that something that my dad ventured into as a community service, has survived. He always thought that it’s important to give the community a voice. 

[CT]: What is one thing that you feel like people should know about colorectal cancer? 

[SLR]: That it’s highly preventable. That you can survive. When you’re working multiple jobs, or under a lot of stress – you’re not sleeping well, you’re not eating well, and there’s all of these things that could potentially be indicators of a problem or a disease state. But you are so busy and so distracted, that you just chalk it up to, “Well, you know, I’m just tired”. I think that really cultivating mindfulness and awareness about your physical and emotional and mental wellbeing is super important. 

[CT]: What have you learned so far by participating in the FIT Kit distribution program that has surprised you? 

[SLR]: I don’t know if this surprised me, but I appreciate the fact that we have major partners at the table who are co-creating something that could have a real impact on the Black community. And I appreciate the fact that we have the commitment, willingness, creativity, and interest to figure it out, because it’s not easy. There are a lot of moving parts and complexities, and I appreciate the fact that everyone is willing to try, and to put in the work to put something together that we’re going to learn a lot from. It’s all hands on deck, and I appreciate that.

[CT]: If you could motivate people to tackle one issue or address one challenge in health, what would it be? 

[SLR]: I remember when I was doing the magazine, I asked my father, “Dad, what’s the number one health issue facing the Black community,”, and he said, “Poverty”. I really think that until we can come up with strategies to create more equality, more access to financial resources and education, this continues. People get trapped into these cycles of disenfranchisement, and it becomes generational. Figuring out ways to create access and opportunity for people who have been left out and locked out is super important. 

“It’s literally a matter of life and death that we share information in ways that are accessible and culturally specific.”

– Sara Lomax-Reese

[CT]: Why do you feel that it’s important for media outlets like WURD to promote health topics to the community?

[SLR]: There’s a lot of history with Black people in the health care system, that has been very damaging and exploitative. So, I think that it’s very  important to have outlets that people Black people trust to have their best interests at heart, and know that they’re not being taken advantage of. Because we suffer disproportionately from just about every disease state that exists, it’s literally a matter of life and death that we share information in ways that are accessible and culturally specific. 

[CT]: What is a quote that inspires you?

[SLR]: I have three. 

  • If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. – Audre Lorde
  • To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. – James Baldwin
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson

[CT]: Lastly, we’d like to ask some fun questions about you outside of your professional life – what are some of your favorite hobbies, things you like to do for fun, favorite places you’ve visited? 

[SLR]: I love hanging out with my friends – I have an amazing group of girlfriends. I love yoga and meditation, eating out, reading books, watching movies, and traveling. I want to travel to Bali. I studied abroad in college in Paris, and that was amazing – I love Paris. I traveled to South Africa, and that was an amazing trip too.