Health and Human Services

Are you considering a job or internship in health or human services? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

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Careers in Health and Human Services

Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

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Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

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Pamela Minkler '99

Pamela Minkler graduated from Washington and Lee in 1999 with a degree in Biology and then headed to medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. While completing her residency at Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program she fell in love both with the close-knit medical community in Lynchburg and with her husband Mike, a Lynchburg native. Pamela made the decision to depart from general practice because she and Mike wanted to start a family, and she didn't feel like she could be the kind of parent she wanted to be while under the constraints of the practice of modern medicine. Pamela opened Blue Ridge Aesthetics Center in March 2006 and started there as a solo practitioner immediately following her graduation that June. Pamela loves that she has found a niche in medicine that allows her to continue to develop and maintain relationships with her patients, utilize some of the skills she gained during her training, and avoid pagers and on call nights and weekends!

Aside from her practice and raising two young sons, Mason and Jameson, Pamela has been involved with the YWCA of Central Virginia, first as a Board member and now in a fundraising capacity. She is also the chair of a Scholarship Committee for her summer camp, Camp Mont Shenandoah (Millboro Springs, VA), and the Personnel Advisor for the Xi Lambda chapter of Chi Omega at Washington and Lee.


Kelly Shifflett '90

Kelly graduated from Washington and Lee in 1990 with a degree in psychology and completed her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University.  After preparing for a career in academia, Kelly found that life had other paths to put before her.  She has used her background as a Developmental Psychologist in several areas during the course of her career, including parenting education, curriculum development, program evaluation, community education, counseling, and early childhood education and family support services. 

Kelly says: "I've been blessed by many of the unanticipated paths that have opened up for me over the years and so fortunate to find myself in positions that nurtured interests and skills in both applied and administrative areas." 

Kelly is particularly interested in prevention and well-being practices, improving interpersonal relationships, promoting healthy youth/family development, and facilitating community awareness and education regarding a variety of issues.  After nearly 20 years' experience as an administrator in the human services sector, Kelly is taking time to cultivate some of these personal and professional passions into new pursuits.

Kelly says: "My roles organizing, implementing, and supporting various forms of workplace and personal/family transitions have always been particularly rewarding and encouraged by others, and so now I'm setting off on new paths that allow me to share my experience and skill set while fully integrating and engaging in my own personal and professional development interests at the same time.  I suppose my coaching/consulting practice, People Change, is a return of sorts to my roots as a life-span developmental psychologist and my appreciation for the complexity of all of life's stages and transitions - as they have unfolded in my own life and as I have the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients along their journeys too."


Allison West '94

Ms. West graduated from Washington and Lee in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and, after working for a few years, she received her Master of Social Work.  Allison then worked as a social worker/therapist at a high school for youth with complex learning and behavioral challenges, and then she directed a community-based child abuse prevention program for Catholic Charities of Baltimore.  

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker and has recently returned to school as a PhD student to pursue her interest in prevention science and parenting interventions. Allison is happy to speak with anyone considering a career in the applied social sciences, or to anyone who needs ideas for what to do after graduation and who may be interested in non-profit work. Allison says "the nonprofit sector is a great place to gain experience, establish a work history, and make a difference if you don't have definite ideas about what career you want to pursue."  


Elizabeth Yarbrough '92

Elizabeth Yarbrough graduated in 1992 from Washington and Lee with a degree in Business Administration.  Not knowing what she wanted to do, Elizabeth took a job with First Union Bank at that time and became a commercial lender.  After two years in that industry, Elizabeth and her husband Jim decided to start a family and had their first child, Jim, in 1996. Jim is a member of the W&L Class of 2018!

After serving as the Junior League President, Chair of a community built playground, United Way volunteer and many other volunteer jobs, Elizabeth decided to return to the work force in 2009.  Now with 3 teenagers, they are much more flexible about her working hours.  She started her own company in 2009, called The Doctor's Bag, a healthcare marketing company specializing in building websites for physician practices and hospital systems.  She has recently rebranded her company under the name LinkMD and has expanded her service line to include qualified patient lead generation, physician online reputation management, and online listing management services.  She is in the process of wrapping up development of her IP, a physician database of information that can manage profiles, feed websites, and populate a physician directory and mobile app.  


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