New Staff Feature: Tina Markowitz joins the Foundation

We’re excited to welcome Tina Markowitz to the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation as the Administrative Assistant/Office Coordinator. In this dynamic role, Tina will lead day-to-day office operations and provide support the Foundation’s executive staff and Board of Directors. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better:

Where are you from and how did you end up in North Carolina?  

I am originally from Liverpool, NY (just outside Syracuse, NY).  My husband and I moved the family to NC from Mt. Laurel, NJ roughly 4 years ago looking for a different change of pace and an opportunity for him to start a personal business.   

What drew you to the Foundation?

When we moved here, I found an opportunity on a familiar career path – commercial property management.  Having just been at Rutgers University in higher education it seemed like a great fit for my background.  After 3 ½ years, my current position at NCSU was being phased out to 3rd party management so it was a good time to make a career transition.  Psychology and Health Care Administration had been my original field of study and wanting to dig back into my desire to find a career with a purpose, I was excited to find FHLI was a growing nonprofit with opportunity to branch back into that area.

The programs FHLI has in place to assist individuals and provide services that they would not otherwise have are so important.  There are services that provide food, health care access and community support without which there could be devastating effects.  With all the changes to healthcare, it is frustrating to see access and costs becoming difficult for so many.  I’d like to be part of the solution to finding options for better care, making it accessible as well as affordable for everyone.

What types of organizations have you worked for in the past? 

I have worked for a variety of health and policy related institutes such as the SUNY Fredonia Birth Control Information Center, the Walter Rand Institute at Rutgers University, and Performance Management Services, Inc. I’ve also worked in commercial property management with ARES, Inc., Kilroy Realty, and with NC State University. I volunteer with the Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, on PTO committees, and with Virtua Breast Cancer.

What are you excited for in this position? 

I am excited to learn more about nonprofit management in general, the programs this foundation has to offer and how I can grow toward possibly managing a program of my own.

What do you like to do for fun/ in your free time?

I love to travel to see new places/learn cultural & ancient history, spend time with family, bake and try new recipes, high adventure activities, and volunteer for various causes