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Ricardo Padilla

Assuaged Foundation

Public Health Intern

    I live in sunny California in an agricultural community. I am prior service, Army, and have held multiple MOS jobs of combat medic, psychiatric specialist, and licensed vocational nurse. I reached the rank of E6 working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Civilian life I began to work as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a Skilled Nursing Facility adjacent to a Hospital. With my leadership skills, I moved up the ranks to hold the title of Director of Staff Development. I was blessed to have this position as it gave me a new perspective on the direction I wanted to take in my career. This position focused on collecting data on systems that needed improvement and educating staff. I later advanced my career in an assisted living position as a Resident Care Director with different issues resulting in utilizing more of a broad team approach. During my years as a Director of Staff Development and Resident Care Director, I have volunteered as a soccer coach in the community promoting regular exercise and leadership to the younger population. I have also attempted entrepreneurship teaching certified nursing assistant continuing education. I hold a certification as a substitute teacher and work for the high school. I graduated from Excelsior College with my Associate's degree, and then eventually a Bachelor's degree in Science. I then continued my education with Purdue University Global during the height of the pandemic and successfully finished my degree with a Master's in Public Health. I do plan in the future to continue my education but not anytime soon. Special thank you to Cynthia and Team Assuaged for the opportunity for the platform to expand my wings and create an avenue for fulfilling my goals and dreams.