J.D. came to Pfizer in 2003 as a result of the acquisition of Pharmacia, which he joined as a contractor in 1997 and full–time in 2000. He has done work in UNIX system administration, disaster recovery planning and testing, network perimeter security and partner connection services. He currently works as a security analyst and engineer on Pfizer's Security Assurance team, combating network intrusions, PC malware and other threats to the security of Pfizer's data. In his off hours, he serves his home city of Portage, Michigan as a part-time firefighter, providing medical first response services along with rescue and general firefighting duties.
On his fellowship assignment with the International Trachoma Initiative and Helen Keller International, J.D. will work as a Surgical Delivery Fellow, supporting the Tanzania Ministry of Health and a partnership of 50+ NGOs in financial and logistical planning for delivery of antibiotics, corrective surgical services and supplies and other means of combating trachoma and the infections that lead to it. He is hoping to develop a greater appreciation for the challenges posed by trachoma and other "neglected tropical diseases," as they are categorized by the World Health Organization. He also hopes to become more educated about, and appreciative of, East African and other world cultures.
The International Trachoma Initiative is dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. Helen Keller International is dedicated to eradicating preventable blindness and ensuring children and adults no longer suffer the debilitating effects of poor nutrition.