I began working with Dr. Wallace in 2007 as a Project Coordinator of the BEATS Project after I graduated with my Master’s in Public Health from New York University. As my interests and duties developed, I became a Project Director of the study. In 2012 my role as Project Director ended but I was fortunate to develop valuable research related skills- protocol writing, applying qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis and interpretation. I acquired strong communication skills by writing abstracts, funding proposals, manuscripts, and presenting at conferences. I am currently a Health Promotor at WellFort Community Health Services in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. My interests include addressing behaviors that place Black youth and young adults at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, promoting healthy sexual behaviors and developing sustainable partnerships between community members and established institutions.