Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.
Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.
Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years. She started her career at the U of M Medical Center transplant unit before moving to Los Alamos with her husband 25 years ago.
Professionally, she is a program coordinator for Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. After leaving the Department of Health as the public health nurse manager for Los Alamos County, she took over as program coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. In past years, she was employed at LANL Occupational Medicine as well as other medical entities and performed various roles from case manager to team lead for medical records.
Cunningham has been active in the community, volunteering as president of the Barranca Mesa PTO and Fusion Volleyball Club, a member of the LAPS Foundation and Trinity Site Revitalization Project for Los Alamos County, among others. She is an elected representative on the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education and a member of the Community Health Council.
Cunningham was born in Detroit, Mich., but spent most of her youth in Florida. She returned to the Detroit area to finish high school and attend college. She met her husband Greg at the University of Michigan, where he was completing his PhD in engineering. They celebrae their 25th wedding anniversary this year, as well as 25 years in Los Alamos. The married right before moving to the community.
The couple has three daughters, all born and raised in Los Alamos. The oldest recently graduated from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering, the middle is in college at the University of New Mexico, and the youngest started attending Colorado State University this year.
It is not necessary to buy a lunch to attend this meeting.