Public Health Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science
This is the time to enter into the public health sector — the demand for public health careers is expected to steadily grow over the next decade. This exciting field of study will introduce you to an array of fulfilling, diverse job opportunities that concentrate on human health, illnesses, disease prevention and the environment. Public health is integral to every society; it addresses the most pressing health concerns to date by going beyond traditional medical care provided by physicians and current healthcare systems. Through research, public policy and by supporting various organizations, public health graduates learn unique ways to indirectly and directly impact the well-being of a population.
Often labeled a “hot field for a global generation,” public health trains future leaders and advocates for a better tomorrow by offering a strong foundation for studying the health of human populations through education, research and practical, hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Beginning your freshman year, you’ll work directly with distinguished faculty on cutting-edge research. Additionally, Mercyhurst's liberal arts approach gives you an advantage — by combining the public health program with 15 other fields of study, you can create a unique, multidisciplinary undergraduate education that can lead you to a career that better fits your interests.
Paula Davis-Olwell is a demographer with expertise in public health nutrition and medical anthropology. Her research on infant feeding in Uganda developed an observational methodology for measuring mothers’ implementation of exclusive breastfeeding. She was on the faculty of Population Studies at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and she has collaborated with faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Prior to Mercyhurst Dr. Davis-Olwell taught in Health Care Administration at Mary Baldwin College, where she taught courses in health policy, medical anthropology and health care ethics. She has previously taught in Africana Studies at University of Pittsburgh and at Brown University. Dr. Davis-Olwell recently completed an NIH funded fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in which she studied CAM therapies for depression, including yoga and energy healing. Her research and teaching address present-day public health issues—malnutrition, maternal mortality, mental health, population policy, infectious diseases, refugee health—through a lens of social studies of science and technology.
Demography and Population Studies
Food and Nutrition
Maternal and Child Health
Comparative Health Systems
Qualitative Research Methods
Dr. Davis-Olwell’s current research addresses the process of setting and measuring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically those related to child nutrition and maternal health. In addition, she is completing a systematic review of research on spirituality and depression, and planning new research on yoga as therapy for depression.
National Institutes of Health (NCCAM), Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2007-09, University of Virginia
Mellon Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, 1997-99, Brown University
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Student Inductee, 1998, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
Paul Harper Endowment Award, Best Doctoral Dissertation, 1998, Department of Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
American Anthropological Association
Society for Social Studies of Science (4s)
Society for Medical Anthropology
African Studies Association
Dr. Davis-Olwell’s research has circulated as reports on projects initiated by global health agencies (USAID; Wellstart International; MEASURE/DHS) and has been published in journals and edited volumes dealing with population studies and reproductive health in Africa.
Dausey is an international authority on health care and public health. He is a trusted voice on public health matters who is regularly consulted by the media for his views on topics ranging from health care reform to infectious diseases. He has received thousands of media mentions in print media around the world including USA Today, the Washington Post and US News and World Report. He has conducted interviews for a wide range of radio and television news media including: NPR, NBC, and ABC. In the United States, he has worked on the ground with local and state public health agencies in all regions of the country including agencies in: Connecticut, Louisiana, California, Georgia, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Internationally, he has led, directed or participated in projects in more than twenty countries including: Mexico, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, China, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania. His research has been profiled in some of the nation's leading medical and public health publications including JAMA and The Nation's Health. He has received millions of dollars in grants to fund his research from some of the nation’s top foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and from numerous government agencies and organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dausey has served as a director or trustee on the board of a variety of organizations including the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, Health Careers Futures, Techbridge World, the American College of Health Care Executives, and Women for a Healthy Environment.
Dausey was one of the first researchers to develop and quantitatively test measures to assess the performance of US public health agencies. His research on disease surveillance in US public health agencies gained international attention and sparked an ongoing debate about what should be expected of public health agencies when responding to infectious disease outbreaks. Dausey is an international expert on regional disease surveillance. He developed evaluation metrics and tools for public health agencies around the world to assess their ability to detect and respond to pandemics. He and his colleague Melinda Moore were the first to coin the term "sub-regional disease surveillance networks" to describe the emerging trend of transnational disease surveillance cooperation. Dausey and Moore developed the first framework for evaluating the sustainability of such networks comprising of strategic and tactical sustainability-enabling factors that can be used to characterize networks and to orient planning for their sustainability into the future.
Prior to joining the Mercyhurst faculty in 2011, Dausey was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the Senior Director of Health Programs and Initiatives at the H. John Heinz III College. Dausey maintains an honorary faculty position at Carnegie Mellon as a Distinguished Service Professor. Dausey was also formerly a full-time researcher at the RAND Corporation where he remains as a senior consultant working on projects related to global public health. After receiving his bachelor degree in psychology from Mercyhurst University, Dausey was trained in epidemiology and public health at Yale University by some of the world’s leading health researchers including: Mark Schlesinger (dissertation chair), Robert Dubrow, Stanislav Kasl, Michael Bracken, Sarah Horwitz, and Theodore Holford. While at Yale, he served as a teaching fellow for several of the flagship courses of the program including the Principles of Epidemiology. Dausey was subsequently trained in higher education leadership and administration at Harvard University at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Education. He employs the case study method that he learned at Harvard in many of his classes.
Dausey is an award-winning teacher. He uses a variety of pedagogical techniques from case studies to simulations and exercises to get his students interested in the subject matter and to make them curious to explore it more. He teaches a wide range of courses at Mercyhurst including the Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Health Care Policy. He has taught in a variety of locations in the US including New Haven, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC as well as international locations including Nairobi and Adelaide. He has extensive experience with teaching distance learning courses and using asynchronous learning techniques. Dausey also has extensive experience with study abroad. He has lead, advised or participated in study abroad initiatives in Mexico, Vietnam, Ireland, Ghana, Uruguay, Bangladesh and Tanzania.
Dausey graduated from Mercyhurst with the highest Latin honors (summa cum laude) where he received the social and behavioral sciences award for academic excellence during graduation. At Yale, Dausey was a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, which fully funded his graduate studies and provided an annual stipend for his research. Dausey’s research on pandemic influenza preparedness in Southeast Asia received a Gold Award in 2007 from the RAND Corporation. The President of RAND gives this award annually in recognition of exemplary research. Dausey also has been recognized for his role as a role model and mentor to students at Carnegie Mellon University where he received both the Alpha Theta Mentorship Award and the Panhellenic Intrafraternity Council Role Model Award in 2008. Students who want to recognize professors that have made a lasting impression on them and who provided them with mentorship and guidance outside of the classroom nominate professors annually for these awards. Dausey is an accomplished teacher and has developed pedagogical techniques that have been adopted by other professors. In recognition of his teaching, in 2010 he received Carnegie Mellon’s Marcia Wade Teaching Award given annually to one professor every year at graduation. Dausey was also acknowledged at Carnegie Mellon’s “Celebration of Education” in 2011 for exceptional teaching. In 2012, Dausey was elected as a fellow in the American College of Epidemiology.
1.Dausey DJ, Moore M. Using Exercises to Improve National and Sub-Regional Public Health Preparedness in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:474.
2.Toro ML, Garcia-Mendez Y, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J. Comparison of a manual wheelchair designed and produced in Mexico to a wheelchair produced in China based on ISO testing and clinician and user feedback. Proceedings from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American Annual Conference, 2013.
3.Toro ML, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J. 4R Model for Lifelong Mobility: increasing wheelchair lifecycle in less resourced settings. Proceedings for the 29th Annual International Seating Symposium. PS4.1: 150-153, 2013.
4. Toro ML, Garcia Y, Ojeda AM, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J. Quantitative exploratory evaluation of the frequency, causes and consequences of rehabilitation wheelchair breakdowns delivered at a pediatric clinic in Mexico. Health Research Policy and Systems. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23: 48-64, 2012.
5.Moore M, Dausey DJ, Phommasack B, Tok S, Guoping L, Nyein SL, Ungchusak K, Vung ND. Sustainability of Sub-Regional Disease Surveillance Networks. Global Health Governance, 2: 1-43, 2012.
Moore M, Dausey DJ. Response to the 2009-H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in the Mekong Basin: Surveys of Country Health Leaders. BMC Research Notes, 4:361, 2011.
6.Kilbourne AM, Fullerton CA, Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Hermann RC. A Framework for Measuring Quality across Silos: The Case of Mental Disorders and Co-occurring Conditions. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 19:113-116, 2010.
7.LaTourrette T, Davis LE, Howell DR, Sama PR, Dausey DJ. Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents: Functions, Practices, and Areas for Future Work. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.
8.Parker A, Nelson C, Shelton S, Dausey DJ, Lewis M, Pomeroy A, Leuschner K. Measuring Crisis Decision-Making for Public Health Emergencies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.
9.Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Herrell JM. Performance Measures for Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders. Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy, 4:18, 2009.
10.Shelton S, Chan EW, Nelson C, Dausey DJ, Lotstein D, Zambrano J, Parker A, Abramson D. A Workshop Template to Assess and Improve SNS Planning. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.
11.Nelson C, Beckjord E, Dausey DJ, Chan E, Lurie N, Lotstein D. How Can We Strengthen the Evidence Base in Public Health Preparedness? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2:247-250, 2008.
12.Lurie N, Dausey DJ, Knighton T, Moore M, Zakowsky S, Deyton L. Community Planning for Pandemic Influenza: Lessons from the VA Health Care System. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2: 251-257, 2008.
13.Desai RA, Dausey D, Rosenheck R. Suicide among discharged psychiatric inpatients in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Military Medicine, 173: 721-728, 2008.
14.Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, Bahney B, Haviland A, Zakowski S, Lurie N. Improving and Enhancing Telephone Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Public Health Agencies. American Journal of Public Health, 98: 1706-1711, 2008.
15.Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Herrell JM, Rickards L. States’ Early Experience in Improving Systems-Level Care for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders. Psychiatric Services 58:903-905, 2007.
16.Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, Bahney B, Haviland A, Zakowski S, Lurie N. Improving and Enhancing Telephone Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Public Health Agencies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2007.
17.Moore M, Dausey DJ. Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Partners Regional Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise: After Action Review. Bangkok, Thailand: MBDS Publication, 2007.
18.Jackson BA, Buehler J, Cole D, Cookson S, Dausey DJ, Honess-Moreale H, Lance S, Lurie N, Molander RC, O’Neal P. Bioterrorism with Zoonotic Disease. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2007.
19.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Buehler J. Designing and Conducting Tabletop Exercises to Assess Public Health Preparedness for Man Made and Naturally Occurring Biological Threats. BMC Public Health 7: 92, 2007.
20.Jackson BA, Buehler J, Cole D, Cookson S, Dausey DJ, Honess-Moreale H, Lance S, Lurie N, Molander RC, O’Neal P. Bioterrorism with Zoonotic Disease and Public Health Preparedness: Issues and Opportunities at the Boundary Between the Public Health, Agriculture, and Law Enforcement Sectors. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science 4: 287-292, 2006.
21.Dausey DJ, Aledort J, Lurie N. Tabletop Exercises for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Local Public Health Agencies. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 2006.
22.Aledort J, Lurie N, Ricci K, Dausey D, Stern S. Facilitated Look-Backs at Annual Influenza Season. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 2006.
23.Kilbourne AM, Salloum I, Dausey D, Cornelius JR, Conigliaro J, Xu X, Pincus HA. Quality of Care for Substance Use Disorders in Patients with Serious Mental Illness. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 30: 73-77, 2006.
24.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A. Public Health Response to Urgent Case Reports. Health Affairs W5:412-9, 2005.
25.Desai RA, Dausey DJ, Sernyak M, Rosenheck RA. The Effects of Federal Verses State Funding and Academic Affiliation on Mental Health Services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health 32:267-83, 2005.
26.Dausey DJ, Ricci KA, Stoto MA, Sloss EM, Davis LM, Lurie N, Myers SS, Olmsted SS, Ridgely MS, Wasserman J. Communication with the Public in Outbreaks of West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A in the United States. Working Paper, 2005.
27.Desai RA, Dausey DJ, Rosenheck R. Mental Health Service Delivery and Suicide Risk: The Role of Individual Patient and Facility Factors. American Journal of Psychiatry 162: 311-318, 2005.
28.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A, Meade B, Molander R, Ricci K, Stoto M, Wasserman J. Bioterrorism Preparedness Training and Assessment Exercises for Local Health Agencies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.
29.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A, Meade B, Molander R, Ricci K, Stoto M, Wasserman J. Tests to Evaluate Public Health Disease Reporting Systems in Local Public Health Agencies (ISBN-10: 0833038273). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.
30.Stoto MA, Dausey D, Davis L, Myers S, Olmsted S, Ricci K, Ridgely S, Sloss L, Wasserman J, Lurie N. Learning from Experience: The Public Health Response to West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.
31.Stoto MA, Olmsted SS, Sloss EM, Dausey DJ, Davis LM, Lurie N, Myers SS, Ricci KA, Ridgely MS, Wasserman J. Public Health Assessment in Outbreaks of West Nile Virus, SARS, Moneypox and Hepatitis A in the United States. Working Paper, 2005.
32.Taneilian T, Ricci K, Stoto M, Dausey DJ, Davis L, Myers S, Olmsted S, Willis H. Exemplary Practices in Public Health Preparedness. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.
33.Farley DO, Chinman MJ, D’Amico EJ, Dausey DJ, Engberg JB, Hunter SB, Shugarman LR, Sorbero M. Evaluation of the Arkansas tobacco settlement program (ISBN-10: 083303748X). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2004.
34.Desai RA, Maciejewski PK, Dausey DJ, Calderone B, Potenza MN. Health Correlates of Recreational Gambling in Older Adults. American Journal of Psychiatry 161:1672-1679, 2004.
35.Desai RA, Liu-Mares W, Dausey DJ, Rosenheck RA. Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in a Sample of Homeless People with Mental Illness. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 191:365-371, 2003.
36.Sernyak MJ, Dausey D, Desai R, Rosenheck R. Prescriber Non-Adherence to Treatment Guidelines Despite a Self-Assessed Need for Neuroleptic Change. Psychiatric Services 54:246-248, 2003.
37.Dausey DJ, Desai RA. Psychiatric Comorbidity and the Prevalence of HIV Infection in a Sample of Patients in Treatment for Substance Abuse. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 191:10-17, 2003.
38.Dausey DJ, Rosenheck R, Lehman A. Preadmission Care as a New Mental Health Performance Indicator. Psychiatric Services 53:1451-1455, 2002.
39.Steward CL, Ortega AN, Dausey D, Rosenheck R. Oral Health and Use of Dental Services Among Hispanics. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 62:84-91, 2002.
40.Rosenheck RA, Dausey DJ, Kasprow W, and Frisman L. Impact of Receipt of Social Security Benefits on Homeless Veterans with Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services 51:1549-1554, 2000.
Post-grad, Harvard University
Ph.D., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
B.A., Mercyhurst University
Eileen Zinchiak brings 21 years of community health experience to Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health, with skills and expertise in working with groups and communities to form healthy lifestyles. Eileen’s background blends public health mission, project management, marketing, and grant writing to create innovative local programs addressing national and global health issues. Her public health campaigns are well known to residents of northwestern Pennsylvania.
Mercyhurst is home to Eileen, a graduate from the Class of 1980 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts as a Psychology major. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, first in the class, receiving the Archbishop John Mark Gannon Award for General Scholastic Excellence Award, the top academic recognition given by the College, as well as the Academic Excellence Award for the Social Sciences Department, with a 4.0 G.P.A. in her major. She was active in the College Senate, Campus Ministry, and the Egan Scholars program, earning Outstanding Egan Scholar of the Year 1979. Eileen was the first Mercyhurst student to continue graduate studies in health psychology, at the University of Miami, Florida. While there, she was awarded the U.S. Public Health Services pre-doctoral training grant for behavioral medicine research in cardiovascular disease. Eileen is also a charter member of the Mercyhurst O’Neil Society, established in 1990 for alumni giving.
At the Institute, Eileen will expand Mercyhurst’s role with regional and national experts and organizations, tapping her diverse community-based experience: wellness campaigns with adults and youth, community behavior change, worksite wellness, health care and environmental policy, nutrition advocacy, aging services, geriatric medicine, and youth technology and health care training programs.
She brings considerable expertise for large-scale population-based public health services. For 14 years, Eileen steered the region’s Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign to vaccinate one-third of Erie County seniors annually. This public health effort received recognition by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and by the Pennsylvania Health Educators Institute, as one of Pennsylvania’s largest community-run efforts, using more than 500 volunteers. National public health officials recognized the County-wide pneumonia vaccination program as an important public health innovation in the early 1990s, as one of the first community immunization campaigns in the U.S. to increase vaccination rates when combined with offering flu shots. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation chose to videotape the local pneumonia outreach campaign for training purposes in 2005.
The Institute will tap Eileen’s experience using media and technology-based techniques for public health education. The use of TV and radio in social marketing strategies for health promotion earned national recognition of Erie and Crawford County public health campaigns, “Cut the Fat, Erie” and “Eat 5-A-Day of Fruit and Vegetables.”
Eileen’s research study to place nutrition information on menus in Erie-area restaurants in 2004 aided public health efforts only now being carried out by national restaurants. The local healthy restaurant dining project was designed with input from the Center for Science in the Public Interest and nutrition advocates. It was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health. From this work to tackle America’s growing obesity problem, the Pennsylvania Department of Health invited Eileen to assist in writing the State Obesity Prevention Plan in 2001.
She has also been a leader in community preventive health, working with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Eileen first piloted Pennsylvania’s falls risk assessment program with Erie County residents in 1998, then piloted the expanded falls prevention program of University of Berkeley for thousands of elders in 13 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania, in 2007. Eileen’s work received a major national award when she created a model walking, tai chi and nutrition program for older adults. It was selected as one of the top 10 most innovative physical activity programs in the country by the National Council on Aging in 2005.
Eileen has collaborated extensively with other local health and social service agencies. Her work was honored with the first Community Collaboration Award, bestowed by United Way of Erie County in 2005 for 60 partnerships created to provide preventive health services to local citizens. She will help lead the Institute using her expertise from professional leadership roles in 16 health-related organizations, and membership in numerous national, state, and local committees and task forces, plus government testimony, conference planning, grant writing, and outcomes evaluation in community health.
Eileen will be a familiar face to the public, as media spokeswoman for community health, TV host and frequent guest on TV and radio public interest shows, and health writer and frequent lecturer to workshops and civic groups.
James Teufel is a national leader in health promotion and advanced models for health improvement. He has 15 years of professional experience in psychology and public health at research institutes, community-based organizations and universities.
Prior to Mercyhurst Dr. Teufel was the National Health and Evaluation Director of the OASIS Institute. He oversaw successful aging programs in 42 cities across 25 states, with projects focused on improving the functional physical fitness and the chronic disease management skills of older adults. Prior to OASIS, Dr. Teufel was Director of Research and Evaluation for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. He is also recognized for evaluating the return on investment of medical-legal partnerships and describing the civil legal access gap in the United States.
Social inequities and health
Health promotion theory
Scaling and sustaining health programs
Dr. Teufel’s research and teaching expertise includes medical-legal partnerships, evidence-based practice dissemination, social determinants of health, social justice, and health promotion. His service interests include developing community-university partnerships, conducting secondary data analysis, disseminating medical-legal partnerships, writing grants for community-based organizations and assisting organizations with strategic planning and evaluation.
Graduate Student Researcher of the year award, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
2012 Generations United Program of Distinction Award as CATCH Healthy Habits director, implemented in 14 states
National Nursing Centers Consortium
Shawnee Health Service
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois Healthcare
American Evaluation Association
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Public Health Management Corporation
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships
Society for Public Health Education
American Public Health Association
Dr. Teufel's national expertise in health promotion, evaluation, and integrated care systems has resulted in extensive publishing and presenting. He has made more than 60 professional presentations at regional or national conferences and has authored 30 published manuscripts.
Dr. Thomas Cook is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with over fifteen years of experience in public health spanning community-based program development and evaluation to epidemiological studies. Thomas has served as the lead statistician on multiple applied and clinical research studies. Dr. Cook earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, with a Master’s of Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, both from Case Western Reserve University in his native Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Cook has also develop methods for addressing social, psychological and economic stressors in court and criminal justice settings and their role in predicting suicide risk. Dr. Cook is also involved in research on the role of alcohol exposure in the exacerbation of asthma and other inflammatory diseases, particularly among adolescents and young adults, and their synergistic role in suicidal behavior and mood disorders. Thomas has been published in both clinical, psychiatric and epidemiological journals and is currently working on a study of aeroallergen and air pollution exposures on premature death in Hungary. Dr. Cook has also developed numerous public health outreach programs and education campaigns, primarily targeting inner-city youth to promote active lifestyles, community safety and prevent injury. Thomas has served as a volunteer coach and organizer in the sport of cross country skiing for ten years and also enjoys running, cycling and hiking. Thomas’ wife, Emily, works in community development and non-profit project management. Thomas’ daughter Olivia will be attending college next fall and is an avid cross country runner and skier