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Director of Communications,Marketing & Diversity Initiatives University of Pittsburgh Library System

As director of communications, marketing and diversity initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh

Library System, CrystalMcCormickWare is helping to implement higher levels of diversity within the library and the university as a whole. One event she helped organize in 2009, the African American Alumni Council's “Through the Years” exhibit at Hillman Library, drewsomuch positive feedback that students organized a sit-in at the computer center to demand equal rights for African-American stu- dents, leading to the creation of the African American Collection at the library. She also sits on all fac- ulty search committees of the Library System and conducts diversity training for faculty and staff, among many other professional affiliations. She is co-founder of the 9 Library Listserv, a national listserv that encourages library pro- fessionals in African-American Greek organi- zations to network. The Mon Valley native holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology and a master’s in educational services fromDuquesne University. She also has a postmaster's certification inworkforce development of professional leadership from Duquesne andwas recognizedwith theMas- tery of Distinction by classmates. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVI and has received honors from Onyx Women's Magazine. Community affiliations include membership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror- ity Inc., the Junior League of Pittsburgh, Jack and Jill of America and the Pennsylva- nia Black Conference in Higher Education, to name a few. She is a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. McCormick Ware is mother to a 13-year old daughter.

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011 Health Education

CHRISTINA L.WILDS,PhD Senior Program Officer Highmark

As a professor and health care profes-

sional, Christina L. Wilds has advanced ed- ucation and provided community care for more than a decade. Serving dual roles as a senior programofficer at Highmark Inc. and working as an adjunct professor at the Uni- versity of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Wilds’ work impacts hundreds of lives on a daily basis. Prior to her current role with High- mark, she worked with the provider’s Divi- sion of Community Affairs and as director of the non-profit affiliate Health Education Cen- ter. Through the Health Education Center she served as a health initiative specialist, was a development and evaluation analyst and conducted community assessments to determine health needs. Professional affilia- tions include the American Public Health As- sociation, Pennsylvania Public Health Asso- ciation and Society for Public Health Educa- tion. She is also a certified health education specialist. Her community commitments in- clude serving on the boards of Gateway to the Arts, Lemington Community Services and membership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Omega Chapter, where she serves as second vice president. Wilds is an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and is married with two stepchildren.

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