Kristi Messer, MPH, LCSW relocated to Florida in 2010 from Washington D.C where she had spent years working with the Department of Health and Human Services to successfully launch community health centers across the nation. As a passionate public health professional, Kristi currently serves the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM) as an Assistant Dean overseeing undergraduate programs, as well as the Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. Kristi is the founder and president of On My Own, a non-profit organization providing independent living and employment skills training to adults with disabilities. Kristi also serves on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations dedicated to positively impacting individuals experiencing homelessness, Broward County Taskforce for Ending Homelessness and Showering Love. Kristi is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is committed to positively impacting communities, children, families, and adults. She is currently working with individuals affected by substance use disorders. For more than twenty years, Kristi has dedicated her professional life to underserved and vulnerable population groups through her involvement with the homeless, individuals with disabilities, communities affected by disasters, and persons impacted by mental illness. Kristi has presented her research and academic achievements at over 40 international, national, state, and local conferences.