Shawn’s professional career as an infectious disease epidemiologist has focused primarily on the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB). Shawn is motivated to serve impoverished, at-risk and marginalized populations, and guided by a long-standing interest in international health.
For the last five years Shawn has served as lead epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) TB Program. In this role, Shawn’s work involves all aspects of TB disease surveillance, data management and analyses, program monitoring and evaluation, as well as various research efforts.
Most recently, in the fall of 2015, Shawn served as a field epidemiologist supporting efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Task Force in Sierra Leone. Prior to joining WSDOH, Shawn spent a year with Medecins sans Frontieres (aka Doctors without Borders) in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, serving as field epidemiologist for an ongoing project fighting the region’s persistent epidemic of drug-resistant TB.
During his graduate studies, Shawn enjoyed summer internships working with Save the Children in Azerbaijan, and with the National School of Public Health in the Republic of South Africa. As a graduate student, Shawn also participated in natural disaster relief and recovery work in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Belize, as well as in the state of North Carolina. Shawn holds dual master of public health degrees—in general epidemiology, and health behavior and health education—from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Along with his work in international health and infectious disease epidemiology, Shawn shares his passions with a number of favorite outdoor pursuits including skiing, climbing and cycling.
UW alumnus, previous UW BSU president, current chair of the MLK march and rally, recognized by Ethnic Cultural Center Samuel E. Kelly as Student Activist of the year.
Jessyn Farrell has focused on environmental and social justice issues throughout her career as an activist, attorney, non-profit executive director, and policy-maker. In her work she emphasizes listening and using creative thinking to find solutions based on the values of the parties involved. She has used the principles of mediation to resolve large-scale, multi-party public policy conflicts as well as disputes between individuals. She is a state representative in the Washington State Legislature representing the 46th District, and is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Washington.