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Stacey Henson-Drake, 2018 Featured Graduate

Stacey Henson-Drake, 2018 Featured Graduate

Stacey Henson-Drake will receive a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science, completing nearly 20 years of off-and-on study. She originally began in the Spring of 1999 at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston campus. However, in 2001, she married and became a single mom. She raised kids and had a seperate career before returning in 2015 as a part-time student. Two years later, she was a full-timer again, committed to working on issues of public health. One event that changed her was her attendance of a Maine Public Health Association meeting. “My experience at this meeting really solidified my ambition to enter the field of Public Health.,” she said. “I feel as though USM has done an amazing job at offering opportunities to students that will help pave the way to a successful career after graduation.” She also spent time working as the Student Community Engagement Coordinator in the Druker Office of Community Engagement on the Lewiston campus and as the activities director of the campus’ student government association. She plans to work in healthcare administration after graduation and work towards a master’s degree in Public Health.