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 University of Houston, 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.
Nidhi joined The Immunization Partnership in 2010 as the Director of Education and Advocacy.
For the past twelve years, Nidhi Nakra has been working in the private and public health sector, with diverse experiences in the international, national, state, and county arenas of Immunization and Maternal and Child Health. She currently oversees the Austin office for The Immunization Partnership.
Prior to her current position, she served as a Public Health Advisor for the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and was based at the Los Angeles County Immunization Program. There, she was a member of the Senior Management team and directed the Advocacy, Evaluation, and Promotion Unit. Prior to her CDC post, Nidhi managed the County's African American and Latino interventions. During her time in Los Angeles, Nidhi also served as a technical advisor for the World Health Organization in the Solomon Islands, where she supervised their successful 2006 measles campaign.
Nidhi began her career as a health services consultant for integrated healthcare delivery systems, managed care companies, and non-profit organizations. Nidhi and her husband live in Austin. They have two beautiful children.
Tracye became a part of The Immunization Partnership team in August of 2010 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and transitioned to the role of Development Assistant in 2013.
After attending Stephen F. Austin State University as well as the University of Houston Downtown, Tracye pursued a career in the Non Profit arena, fulfilling her goal to be of service to those in need. With more than five years of experience in public service, and a unique ability to perform duties for others with empathy and heart, Tracye brings a unique approach to administrative functions within the organization.
Outside of the office, Tracye is a devoted mother, daughter, soccer team manager, and Co-Leader for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto County with a passion for fine arts and an appreciation for professional football.
Robyn Correll Carlyle joined The Immunization Partnership in May of 2013 as the Community Outreach Coordinator.
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.
Cleopatra became a part of The Immunization Partnership team in October of 2013 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO.
After attending Cameron University in Lawton, OK and receiving a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, she began work as an Administrator for the Refugee Health Program with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and where she was promoted two months into her employment. She worked educating incoming refugees on the importance of getting the required vaccines, as well as, assisting three executives in the Department.
Cleopatra comes to us with over 12 years of administrative experience and almost five years of immunization education. She developed a passion for immunization education while working for the State of Colorado, and has continued to pursue her passion with The Immunization Partnership.
Outside of the work, Cleopatra is an avid sports fan. Her favorite teams are the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets. She worked with children as a volunteer in her community in Denver, and continues to pursue volunteer options here in Houston.
Lauren’s passion for public health developed after working as a Development Manager for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in San Diego. While there, she partnered with local businesses, families and community members to raise money for type 1 diabetes research. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona, concentrating in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Lauren completed her internship with the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute in Oakland. Her public health interests include health equity, collaborative partnerships and community outreach. While completing her degree, Lauren enjoyed researching a variety of public health issues such as food security, community paramedicine and PTSD among military veterans.
Outside of work, Lauren loves to read, travel and spend time with family and friends. She looks forward to exploring Austin and the rest of Texas!
Maureen M. Moore joined the Immunization Partnership in September 2008 as Project Coordinator. Education, training and coordinating with community partners are key responsibilities that she embraces.
Prior to joining TIP, she was the Vaccines for Children program manager and Immunization Registry Coordinator for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. It was in this position that Maureen’s passion for “all things immunization” developed. Designing and presenting vaccine-preventable disease related educational programs in a clinic setting was a central piece of her work there and continues to be her focus. Maureen is not new to the non-profit world. As Administrator of the C. G. Jung Educational Center of Houston for 15 years, she promoted and designed educational programs.
Besides her passion for her family and immunizations, Maureen loves the Houston Astros, Texans and the University of Texas Longhorns!