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Luann D'Ambrosio: It's About Energy and Enthusiasm

When she's not contributing to the practical evidence base in public health, you can find Luann D'Ambrosio managing teams on the sports field.
Luann D'Ambrosio: It's About Energy and Enthusiasm

Lukas, Luann's son (middle), defends during a lacrosse game.

When she's not contributing to the practical evidence base in public health, you can find Luann D'Ambrosio managing teams on the sports field.

October 5, 2011

Two lacrosse players crouch down low in the center of the field. They are ready to face off and win the ball so that their teammates can catch the pass and score. These 14-year-olds are full of energy and fight, and Luann D’Ambrosio is there to keep the peace. As a sideline manager, timekeeper, scorekeeper, and trainer, Luann is an integral part of her son’s lacrosse team. Some people might find the lively environment too much, but Luann loves spending time at games with her son, Lukas, and her husband, Rob, who captures the excitement in photos and video footage.

Luann applies this same enthusiasm and drive to the teams and programs she leads at NWCPHP. As Assistant Director for the past six years, she provides administrative oversight for the research projects at NWCPHP, leads training activities with an experienced and skilled production team, and works on multiple evaluation activities with graduate level research assistants.

"This is one of my favorite parts of the work I do—working on these evaluation projects with the graduate students. I have a naturally curious mind. I want to know if what we are doing in the practice field makes a difference, or if there is something else we can do to further the impact of our efforts. And I love the energy, drive, and enthusiasm the School of Public Health students bring to the work. I really enjoy watching them grow and learn skills they will use forever as public health professionals."

When she's not contributing to the practical evidence base in public health or managing teams on and off the field, you can find Luann boating on the freshwater lakes of Washington and Idaho with Rob and Lukas who enjoys wake-boarding, waterskiing, and inner tubing. And if her son's sports and family boating don't take up her leisure time, you might find Luann in the company of 37 nieces, nephews, in-laws, and siblings for a picnic or other "small gathering"—and that's just her immediate family! "I have a huge extended Italian family," she laughs.

It's clear Luann draws her vitality from many sources. "I feel so much gratitude in my life, working in a career I am passionate about, and a healthy and energetic family to have outdoor fun with on the weekends."

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