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Part 3: Close-Up Spotlights Dr. Karen Cieslewicz

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With what appears to be an alarming rise in disastrous events facing the modern world, there are those who by natural instinct run from disaster… and then there are people like Dr. Karen Cieslewicz.

From an early age, Karen developed a strong passion for helping people. “I always wanted to be a doctor and I truly wanted to be the best doctor I could possibly be,” exclaims Cieslewicz.

She executed this desire and pursued a career in healthcare earning her MD at Ross University School of Medicine. On September 11 2001, Karen was working as a research assistant in a vascular surgery department. One of the most brutal and tragic events in the history of mankind brought out some of the most heroic acts we may ever see. First responders from all over put their own safety aside and rushed to the aid of all of those trapped in this horrific situation.

Karen immersed herself in the many aspects of disaster relief and went on to her earn her Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from American Public University and is an Inaugural Scholar, Disaster Science Fellow and Certified Emergency Manager.

After earning her degree and certification, Karen knew that the best tool for gaining knowledge is through experience. Without hesitation, Karen dove headfirst into the relief efforts for such recent events as Hurricane Isaac, National Security Events, and the earthquake of 2010 in Haiti. “From response, relief, to rebuilding; you need to act fast.When you see the devastation and the human element in those situations, it affects you.”

For more information call 301-519-8044, email kacieslewicz@gmail.com, or visit www.linkedin.com/in/karencieslewicz.