Health and Human Services

Explore careers in health and human services by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment with a career adviser and begin networking to learn more.

Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

Social Work & Counseling

Human Resources

Healthcare & Public Health

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Peer Counseling - The Peer Counseling Program is a team of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students experiencing any kind of emotional problems. Recognizing that students often feel most comfortable talking with friends about life issues, the Peer Counselors receive extensive training on how to help other students.
  • Red Cross Club - Guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Red Cross Club of Washington & Lee will learn, practice and exemplify humanitarian values through mission-related service projects.
  • Wounded Warrior Project - The mission of our student group is to organize fundraising events that engage the entire W&L student body with the goal of raising money and awareness for the WWP. They provide several services that help veterans adjust to civilian life following active duty and cope with physical or non-physical injuries.

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.

Mercy Kibe '11

Mercy is a Kenyan-American third-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Mercy took a gap year to conduct research with a neurobiology lab at UAB. The year off was an invaluable experience and Mercy is happy to discuss the benefits of taking time off before medical school with any interested students.

She is currently based in Rwanda as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship allows US based medical students to take a year out of medical school to conduct clinical research abroad.

Johan Garcia Padilla '14

Johan's interest in public health was sparked by an internship through the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His exposure to different stakeholder interactions and administration in healthcare settings prompted an interest in healthcare management and the integration of healthcare from a multidisciplinary approach. Johan worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health where he did anything from policy work to research for purposes of carefully understanding all of the elements that make healthcare administration the unique field that it is.

Johan is completing his MPH in Healthcare Management at Yale. Currently, Johan has slowly begun to focus his interest on international healthcare, and how the industry can become more competitive for purposes of raising quality standards across the world. Most recently, he has traveled to India and China where met with hospital and healthcare administrators to learn about the nuances that make their systems great or challenging. Johan has embarked on a study in Columbia that assesses the variability of healthcare delivery and how this variability contributes to differences in patient outcomes. With this mindset, it is his firm belief that we can learn from different healthcare systems to make our own much better.

Johan hopes to continue his travels across the hemisphere, and as a Latin American, he hopes to see his region thrive in areas of business and healthcare. Johan hopes to work in hospital administration or healthcare consulting upon completion of his MPH degree, and would love to speak with W&L students considering public health as an alternative or an addition to a medical degree. At W&L, Johan was a Spanish major on a pre-med track, with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Pamela Minkler '90

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 an Advisor for the Xi Lambda chapter of Chi Omega at Washington and Lee.

Jamila Seaton '09

Jamila graduated Washington and Lee in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Concentration in Poverty Studies and Human Capability. When she entered W&L, she was determined to be a pediatrician, but soon realized that she was not passionate about medicine. Through the Shepherd Poverty Program, she learned more about Public Health during her summer internship at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, AR. Public Health seemed to be the ideal field to combine her interests in health and research with her passion for people and patient outcomes.

In 2010, Jamila moved to Tampa, FL and completed her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida in 2012. While at USF, she received the Student Graduate School Challenge Grant award of $5000 with 4 colleagues to conduct research about Father Involvement during Pregnancy. She presented the research at 3 national conferences, including the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting October, 2012. Immediately following graduation, Jamila began working as a contract writer and researcher for the Arthritis Research Institute of America where she was an intern prior to graduation. In May, 2013, she started working at FMQAI/HSAG as a Data Analyst where she worked with programs directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), particularly Florida's End-Stage Renal Disease Network. Additionally, she has continuously tutored students in various levels of Mathematics since she began tutoring Calculus in the Math department at W&L. This is another passion that also reinforces how much she values education.

Jamila has had a longstanding dream of being on the Board of Directors for the Green Bay Packers one day and moved to Green Bay, WI to be closer to the legendary NFL team. She is a Health Care SAS Programming Analyst with UnitedHealth Group.

Kelly Schifflett '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."

Alvin Thomas '14

After graduating with a Chemistry-Engineering major, I am pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of International Health. I have worked with a number of research groups while at Hopkins; some highlights include HIV prevention work in Uganda utilizing mHealth empowered community health workers and addressing diarrhea in young Bangladeshi children who eat dirt. I also developed a new mathematical model that analyzed hotspot transmission of tuberculosis in gold mining communities in South Africa. I am currently applying to PhD programs in Epidemiology in the hopes of continuing my work in infectious disease mathematical modeling.

Amanda 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.