Anna C. Dragsbaek became aware of the critical role that vaccines play in the health of a community when she worked in a rural hospital as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Watching children suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as tetanus, measles and polio, was an experience that left a deep impression on Anna.
Later, Anna lived in China where she again witnessed people suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases, including severe influenza. Upon returning to the United States and settling in Houston, Anna pursued her law degree, specializing in public health law at the University of Houston Law Center, which was a natural progression from her undergraduate degree in social work from Marquette University.
While completing her law degree, Anna worked as Manager of the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital where she focused on implementing projects to boost immunization rates and on analyzing immunization law and policies.
As the President/CEO of the Immunization Partnership, Anna looks forward to working with partners to ensure that all communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. "In a community where we have top-class medical facilities and a dedication to preserving health, we can and should be the leaders in achieving and sustaining high immunization levels. Our community, our neighborhoods and our families are worth it."
Anna is very committed to the local and international community, holding past and present board positions on the American Immunization Registry Association, The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations and the Texas Lyceum. Anna also volunteers as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and specializes in the Citizenship Merit badges. Anna is the proud parent of two boys, who are both fully immunized.
Click here to watch Anna Dragsbaek in an interview about new vaccination requirements for your children on ABC 13.
Julie joined The Immunization Partnership team in January 2013 as the Director of Development. In this role Julie looks forward to working with donors and future donors to ensure that TIP has the financial strength to continue its mission and implement the organizations plan for strategic growth.
Prior to coming to TIP, Julie was raising her son and volunteering at various non-profits in Houston. She was a Development Director for the Memorial Hermann Foundation and prior to that was in pharmaceutical sales. During her professional career and volunteer experience she has gained a wide breadth of experience and thrives on new challenges.
Throughout her life Julie has had a passion for helping others and feels a calling to give back to the community, holding past and present board positions on Houston's Ronald McDonald House, the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership board, and the Junior League of Houston. She has chaired various events in Houston, such as the Charity Ball for the Junior League of Houston, Oscar Night America for the Ronald McDonald House and most recently Razzle Dazzle Pink for Memorial Hermann and the auction for the Regis school.
Julie is a graduate of Baylor University. She is a daredevil and enjoys spending time with her son, husband, Golden Retriever and friends , as well as exercising, snow skiing, traveling and cooking.
Angiela received a Bachelor of Social Work degree with highest honors from Aurora University and a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Management and Policy from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Angiela also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute and is a Certified Social Work Manager. Angiela joined The Immunization Partnership as Director of Operations in August 2014.
A native of the Chicago area, Angiela was formerly the Director of Programs for Family Shelter Service in Wheaton, Illinois and the Chief Operating Officer for the Juvenile Protective Association in Chicago, Illinois. Upon her relocation to Houston, she worked for the United Way of Greater Houston and later joined AIDS Foundation Houston, first as Chief Operating Officer and subsequently was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Angiela returned to her hometown and her former agency to lead the Juvenile Protective Association as Executive Director prior to joining The Immunization Partnership.
Known for her grace and exuberance, Angiela has dedicated the past 20 years to nonprofit administration. Angiela is a mission-driven leader and is known for implementing best practices, fostering staff development and retention, and supporting campaign initiatives.
Rekha joined The Immunization Partnership as the Director of Advocacy and Policy in December 2014. Prior to joining TIP, Rekha was with Merck Vaccines as a public sector account executive. While with Merck, she was responsible for working with state immunization programs and public health organizations to enhance immunization processes and policies as well as building advocacy networks. During her fourteen years in the health care industry, she worked with a variety of health care professionals and stakeholders to develop preventative care and chronic care health programs.
Rekha received her undergraduate in Government from The University of Texas-Austin and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University-Houston Medical Center. It was during her graduate studies where she was able to couple her passion for public health and policy issues. Rekha is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and serves on the TWU-Health Care Administration advisory board. In addition to her public health endeavors, she spends her time cooking and traveling to as many places she can go with her husband.
Robyn Carlyle joined The Immunization Partnership in May of 2013 as the Community Outreach Coordinator and transitioned to Project Manager in June of 2014. Her title was changed to Education Program Manager in October 2015.
Though her career path began as a journalist, she transitioned to public health after joining the Peace Corps in 2008 as a community health volunteer in Northern Peru. While there, she worked with local organizations to develop, implement and evaluate disease-prevention programs, and helped other volunteers to work with youth and media to promote health.
After she returned to the US in 2010, Robyn earned her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, with a focus on health education and epidemiology. She moved to Houston in 2012, and began working with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services as a senior public health educator for the Immunization Bureau. There she developed a passion for educating the community about vaccine-preventable disease. Her professional interests include program monitoring and evaluation and evidence-based programming.
Carrie joined The Immunization Partnership team in November 2015 as the Fund Development Assistant. In this role, she applies her planning, writing, and administrative experience to further TIP's donor development and fundraising activities.
Prior to coming to TIP, Carrie was traveling the world and pursuing her passion for screenwriting. She had also worked in an administrative capacity in a variety of industries, including Energy, Finance and Non-profits.
Carrie received a Bachelor of English from SUNY Fredonia, and applies her writing skills toward grant writing, donor development and branding for TIP.
When she’s not working, Carrie enjoys screenwriting, traveling, exploring world cuisines, making movies, eating healthy and spending time with family and friends.