Alumnae Spotlight

Read about the inspiring achievements of Douglass alumnae and spread the news about their accomplishments.

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Dr. Ellen MacKenzie, Class of 1972,

Douglass alumna Dr. Ellen MacKenzie, Class of 1972, was named dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A longtime faculty member who was recently named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, she assumed her new role as the school’s 11th dean on October 1, 2017. The school’s announcement notes her undergraduate days, saying, “MacKenzie’s path to trauma care can be traced back to her foundational interest in numbers. The Long Island native majored in mathematics at Douglass College before diving into the world of biostatistics as a PhD student, then faculty member, at Johns Hopkins in the late 1970s. As a young biostatistician working on several trauma-related projects, MacKenzie noted the lack of data on long-term outcomes for patients—which ultimately led to several studies that would change how surgeons think about successful recovery from injuries.”

To read the full announcement, Click here.

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Margaret (Marty) Gillis, Class of 1975,

Douglass alumna Marty Gillis, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator, is the recipient of the 2017 McDonald’s 365Black Business Pioneer Award.  She joins a distinguished list of previous recipients, some of whom include: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Tom Joyner, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Mary J. Blige and Marion Edelman. She is pictured in a group portrait of this year’s recipients in an advertisement published in the September 2017 issue of Essence and Ebony magazines.

To read her bio, Click here.
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Jennifer Woods, Class of 1986

Douglass alumna Jennifer Woods of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, became the new chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Mercer County.

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