“She is not only a great volunteer but a leader of volunteers. Olivia truly inspires and encourages others to participate. Her leadership of others leverages her time to enable greater change within our community. At AGS she has raised the commitment of students of all ages to service, at the time mentoring kindness and good behavior on all fronts.”
– Amy Conlee, AGS Internship Program Director
Olivia is currently an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. She works for the Communication, Partnerships and Policy Unit with the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in the Division of Global Health Protection. She credits participation in AGS’s Global Travel Program with igniting her passion for global health. Olivia received her B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology from Berry College in Rome. GA. Olivia studied abroad at the University of Hyderabad, India, where she studied the factors that hinder girls’ education in rural and urban Telangana State. She returned to India for an internship with Apne Aap Women’s Collective, an organization working to prevent sex-trafficking in Mumbai’s red light district.
Olivia recently graduated with her Master’s in Public Health in Global Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She has pursued research in areas of mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence in India, Haiti and within refugee communities in the United States. Olivia is passionate about global health communications and has utilized her communication skills to benefit a variety of projects and programs. Olivia is currently providing communications support to a maternal mortality survey among the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh. In her free time, Olivia volunteers with organizations serving the Clarkston, GA refugee community.
Olivia was named 2011 “Teen Volunteer of the Year” by the National Association of Fundraising Professionals Atlanta Chapter. In addition to founding many service clubs at AGS, Olivia was a leader for Girl Talk and served on their National Teen Advisory Board. She has served at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, worked in the emergency room at Grady Hospital, and tutored at Friends of Refugees in Clarkston and the International Community School. Taking her service abroad, Olivia traveled to Ecuador and Kenya with the CARE Future Leaders Program. She is also a former member of the varsity swimming and volleyball teams.