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The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare's Member Spotlight feature allows members of the community to know each other beyond the CVs, publications and presentations. Each month a diverse member of AACH will be chosen to write their responses to questions they select to reveal more about themselves as people.  It is the academy's hope that learning about an individual may spark connections that blossom via email, phone conversations or in-person meetings at conferences, courses and forums.  We welcome your feedback on this enterprise and nominations for future Spotlight Members.
To view the 2016 archived member spotlights, click here!
February 2017 - Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH
Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor
Asheville, NC 

Biography: Delesha Carpenter is an Assistant Professor on the Asheville campus of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her clinical background is in respiratory therapy and she holds an MSPH and PhD in Health Behavior. Her main research interest centers on using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to improve disease self-management and patient-provider communication. She has developed a tailored video software program to improve the inhaler technique of children and adolescents with asthma. She is also in the process of developing an asthma self-management app for adolescents. Her other research interests include conflicting medication information and decreasing rural health disparities. 

What was your earliest ambition?
My earliest ambition was to be a teacher. I have the 3rd grade career day photo to prove it:)

What was the best career move?
Accepting a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Before that time, I never knew that there was a public health focus in Schools of Pharmacy. 

Who is the person you would most like to thank and why?
I’d like to thank my mother for supporting me unconditionally and encouraging me to do my best.

What book should every healthcare provider read?
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Paul Farmer

What poem, song, or passage of prose would you like mourners to hear at your funeral?
Rudy Can’t Fail by The Clash

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Live music. I spend way too much money going to concerts and music festivals.

Summarize your personality in three words.
humorous, inquisitive, creative

How would you spend your favorite day?
Hiking and kayaking near Tortuga Bay in The Galapagos 

Where are you the happiest?
Hiking in the mountains with my family.
January 2017 - Ticonna Purdle, MS, MSPH, APRN, FNP-BC, PCMH-CCE
Ticonna Purdle, MS, MSPH, APRN, FNP-BC, PCMH-CCE
UIC College of Nursing
PhD candidate
Chicago, IL 
ticonna@nursingspeaks.com

Biography: Ticonna Purdle is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in nursing research at the University of Illinois Chicago.  She is a family nurse practitioner in an outpatient setting and has worked in the nursing profession for approximately 20 yrs. She is the founder of Nursing Speaks Incorporated, an American Heart Association CPR instructor, and a NCQA patient centered medical home content expert.  She has practiced in the long term, short term, and acute care settings; and has a passion for patient education and communication. She strives to live a happy life and provide the best care for her community, family and friends. 

What was your earliest ambition?
My earliest ambition was to be a doctor. I loved to help people and wanted to make a difference.

What was the best career move?
My best career move was becoming a registered nurse. The nursing profession is wonderful & life changing work; and has opened a lot of doors for me on my career path.

Who is the person you would most like to thank and why?
My mother, she has supported my goals and achievements and always gives me the best guidance and insight.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
My guiltiest pleasure is Chinese food! I would eat it for every meal if I could.

Summarize your personality in three words.
Loving, gentle, kind. 

How would you spend your favorite day?
I would spend my favorite day shopping! 
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