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June 2017 Alumni Spotlight
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June Spotlight
  Tammy Bresnahan '00

  BS - Liberal Studies 
             
Fulton School 


                                                                          

                                                      

      


MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY

Liberal Studies
         
                                             
CURRENT EMPLOYER

AARP

CURRENT OCCUPATION

Director of Advocacy

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH

While I didn't finish my degree in the traditional manner, I did, however begin my career in health and human services after leaving SU in 1982. Leaving Salisbury State in 1982 and needing only five credits, I was able to begin my career with the State working with young teenager mothers in Dorchester County. While I was able to get slight merit raises, my career really took off in 2000 with the State once I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury. From 2000 to 2011, I was the Executive Director of Government Affairs, advising the Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Human Services. In that role, I was able to shape public policy for the betterment of children and families. In 2011, I left the State joining AARP as the Director of Advocacy for the state of Maryland. Over the past 6 years, I have been able to shape MD policy and advocate for programs for Marylanders 50+ ensuring that as Marylanders age, there is access to resources and services.

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

The most important thing I learned while attending Salisbury was recognizing there were those with and those without. It was my career decision, to make life for those without, better. I wanted to give those who have no voice a voice to Maryland policy and decision makers.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?

Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Lacrosse, Resident Hall Association Representative and Dorm Treasurer, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, History and Political Science Club, Panhellenic Intramural Sports, and Softball and Water Polo Homecoming Committee                
            
     

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY

Building friendships and memories that would last a lifetime.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?

I only looked at small liberal arts schools with a strong emphasis on the social sciences. After a campus visit and orientation, meeting the professors, experiencing the small classes, the campus activities and being near the beach I was sold.
           

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?

Challenging, thrilling, friendships --- The classes made me think beyond my current level of understanding. Thrilling--there was something new everyday in the classroom and in campus life. Friendships were made and have lasted of lifetime.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?

Westerly, Rhode Island. There is something about the northeast that is quiet and serene. The beaches are expansive, sandy, and not as hot especially in the middle of summer. There is over 400 miles of coastline, Rhode Island has over 100 beaches for being one of the smallest states with easy access. It also allows our family to spend time with extended family. It's full of family, fun, and festivities every time we go to Rhode Island.


GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT

I have three: 2010 receiving "Unsung Hero" for Children by the MD Dept of Human Resources and the MD State Bar Association, 2017 receiving the Lyn Bodiford Award by AARP for excellence in Advocacy and 2017 being One of Maryland's Top 100 Women Daily Record.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

As good as I am with groups and one on one with people, I am a bit of a loner. I like my alone time.      
           
HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS

Spending time with family, cooking, tennis, reading and belonging to a book club, community activism and traveling.

           

         
 
         

 

 

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