Who knew that $12.00 an hour could bring tears of joy to a future Don Wong award winner? It could and it did to this young gal, fresh out of high school where she had fallen in love with photography while hiding out with the other lost souls in the school darkroom.
At 22 with no career prospects, no health insurance and juggling three jobs to support her toner habit, she took a chance on Henry Ford hospital and Mark Croswell (past BOD member) took a chance on her. She showed her mettle by braving the public transportation system of inner Detroit to get to work when her car broke down ( and you think YOU have a tough time getting to work! ) Under Mark’s kind mentoring she built up her resume, her portfolio, and her resolve to make a name for herself in ophthalmic photography. Several years later she landed a position at the Kellogg Eye Center where she worked as a Ophthalmic Imaging Specialist for just over two years and then moved on to the Director of Ophthalmic Ultrasound at the same University.
While I’m sure it is daunting to walk the in the footsteps of Csaba Martonyi and Richard Hackle, she’s proven that it’s Girls Rule at Kellogg Eye. She’s racked up several impressive certifications, awards and was even a member of the Board of Certification. She is also a founding member of the inaugural Professional Development Committee. In her spare time she finished her bachelor’s degree and went on to her Masters of Public Health at the University of Michigan. After work you could find her working as a volunteer tutor or training as a disaster relief volunteer for the Red Cross. I first met Alexis in 2011 while watching her run away with the best Scientific Session presentation. I predicted from the audience that this OPS member would walk away with the award, and I was right!
She loves to travel and is currently serving in the Peace Corps with her husband. She relocated January of 2014 to a small island called Maewo, part of the island nation of Vanuatu. Her poise and command of the podium went well beyond her years and her trajectory speaks to her hard work and tenacity. I predict we haven’t seen the best of Alexis yet.
Check out her website ( http://invanuatu.com/ )to see some of the amazing projects she is involved with!