Board of Directors Spotlight: An Dang
Throughout the year we will be highlighting members of our Board of Directors. This month, we are highlighting An Dang.
"As Co-Chair of CCAHEC’s Program Committee, An Dang is very engaged, attentive and helpful in moving along the committee’s goals. An is super flexible and responsive when we need someone to take notes and/or facilitate the meeting due to unexpected conflicts. An asks thoughtful questions and brings a very positive energy to the group. We are so thankful to have her as a CCAHEC Board Member." - Ashley Hill, Development Director
An was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself, her career, and her role on the Board of Directors.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, where you live, family info (kids, pets, etc.).
I’m a Colorado native, I grew up mostly in Denver and Aurora. I received my BA in Neuroscience at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and my PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. I have my parents here in Colorado with me, and my brother lives in Texas. No pets yet, but I am an avid dog, cat, and bunny lover.
If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Zealand is on my bucket list! There is so much landscape and culture that I want to explore, being able to see glaciers and beaches, with the diverse wildlife and greenery would be incredible. I am also a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so seeing the set for Hobbiton would be very fun.
What is one item you cannot live without?
Food. Literally. As cliché as it is, I really enjoy trying different types of food and learning about the culture and history and flavors behind them. It’s a universal thing that everyone can relate to, share similar backgrounds with, and a great way to connect. I’m not a great cook, but I am obsessed with cooking and food/baking shows.
What is your favorite hobby?
Being able to read for fun has been the biggest treat, I enjoy all different kinds of fiction. It is a respite from the real world and I love the creativity and imagination of fantasy and sci-fi. I also enjoy watercolor and acrylic painting, and drawing with oil pastels.
Can you tell us about where you work, how long you’ve been working there, what your position is, and a little bit about what you do?
I am currently an instructor in the Biomedical Sciences department at Rocky Vista University teaching anatomy. I teach first year osteopathic medical students and students in the Physician Assistants’ and Masters’ programs. I’ve been teaching here for a little over a year and love being able to interact with students in the anatomy lab everyday teaching them about the human body using cadaveric dissections.
Why did you join the CCAHEC BOD?
I joined the Board at CCAHEC because I have a strong passion for nonprofits and outreach programs and know how impactful and effective they can be in helping others. CCAHEC is building connections, and being at an institution of higher education, I want to help support CCAHEC’s goals to connect with and build a community in various health disciplines since I work with a diverse group of students that will become future health professionals.
How long have you been a member of the CCAHEC BOD?
I am very new to CCAHEC as a Board member starting only in April of this year, but it has been a wonderful experience learning from the other members and meeting all the wonderful staff who are extremely passionate and dedicated to the programs.
Tell us about your roles professionally.
I’m currently a co-chair for the Programs Committee at CCAHEC, which has been a rewarding but challenging role in understanding program needs and initiatives. Everyone on the committee has been very engaged and I think it will be a promising year with such dedicated and passionate members collectively making efforts to help our programs. All of the staff of these programs have worked so hard and the stories have created themselves, so we need to continue to spread their successes.
What is one of your favorite CCAHEC stories you like to tell?
I participated in an AHEC program when I was younger without even knowing it, which has actually helped me develop my career path. In high school for a pre-professional health program, I toured University of Colorado and visited the anatomy lab in hopes of being a health professional. It was through college and other experiences that I wanted to be a researcher and now I help teach anatomy to health professional students, so it feels very full circle. Since AHEC has literally helped shape my career, I would like to continue to give back and provide these opportunities for others.
What is your proudest accomplishment as part of the CCAHEC BOD?
In my short time frame, I’ve become more motivated to really understand CCAHEC and all of its programs. My biggest accomplishment is learning from the other Board members and their experiences and meeting some of the program staff one-on-one to see and understand their roles. I’ve been absolutely amazed at all their accomplishments and they inspire me to do more.
What are your top three goals for CCAHEC in the coming year?
-To connect further with the staff and Board members in all the various programs that CCAHEC offers
-Build additional connections that would be useful in our mission
-Attend more program events to support our programs