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Meet New Staff Member Maddie Castele
Meet  Internship & Seminar Series Coordinator Maddie Castele 
Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
Before becoming the Internship Coordinator, I was an intern myself for two summers working on projects like NEAP, OH-NIP, and FoodNest. I also was a mentor for college students on the autism spectrum at my undergraduate university before receiving my bachelor’s.

Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work here radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?
I studied at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and received my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Not too much has changed since I am still fresh out of college, but the work I do here now, while slightly different than what I used to do during my internships, is still at the same place with the same great people! 

What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
Since I was an intern for two summers, I have an interesting perspective that will hopefully assist me in managing aspects of the internship program and being a mentor to future interns. I am also looking to grow professionally since this is my first permanent position. My responsibilities are larger, and I want to take on this new role in confidence and excitement.

What are some of your interests outside of work?
My interests include anything artsy. I have my own mini “studio” in my home, and I paint or draw whenever I have free time. It definitely helps with stress and allows me to fully express my creativity. I also love to be in nature and take hikes in the summer and fall whenever I can.

Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I grew up in Westlake, OH, which is about 20 minutes west of Cleveland. I still live in that same house today. As of now, I am planning to stay on the west side when I eventually move out.

Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I would just like to thank the PRCHN for giving me the opportunity to start my career path. I have learned a lot about public health research from working here as an intern. I imagine I will learn even more professionally throughout my time as their Internship Coordinator.
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