Ellen Segar received her B.S.N. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa. A mother and grandmother, Ellen has worked in a variety of settings including the hospital, schools, public health and in home pediatric care. Additionally, Ellen has extensive experience as a research nurse, working with populations of all ages. Her research interests have included bone health, hydration in the elderly, effects of estrogen replacement therapy and most recently the efficacy of various vaccine regiments, focusing on the rotavirus vaccine for several years. She has also actively volunteered with the Iowa City IA Community School District, her church, the Iowa City Public Library and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. In 2011, she made her first trip to Jamaica with the Issa Foundation and has returned multiple times.