In mid-April, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences honored alumni at its Alumni Awards Banquet — these alumni are making important contributions in their community and within their professions. The honorees represent the change agents who have graduated with degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and gone on to find success professionally, through civic engagement and through their intellectual and cultural pursuits. The awards recognize the Distinguished Alumni, those who graduated more than 10 years ago; the Outstanding Alumni who are handpicked by their home departments; and the Rising Stars who graduated within the last 10 years and show great promise in their careers.
Brandenburg has served in leadership positions during two major disasters. He was an on-duty emergency physician one mile away when a 1995 terrorist bomb blast destroyed the Federal Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Brandenburg subsequently assisted in the epidemiologic research of this terrorist incident, and later collaborated with family members of pediatric bombing victims in Project Pediatric Preparedness.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Brandenburg was tapped to serve as medical director of the Oklahoma Evacuee Center at Camp Gruber, where thousands of displaced New Orleans residents were housed and treated following their rescue from the storm. During the Hurricane Katrina response, Brandenburg’s action plan (“Operation Child-ID”) was disseminated nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the real-time Centers for Disease Control Health Alert Network. Brandenburg has published over 25 peer-reviewed medical papers in the field of emergency medicine, three medical textbook chapters and two parenting books on preventing childhood injuries. Brandenburg lives in Tulsa, Okla. with his wife and two boys.
What professional advice would you give your younger self?
“Prepare for failures, setbacks and adversity. Despite all your best efforts to work hard, striving for integrity, honesty, and excellence in both your professional and personal life, you will fail repeatedly, experience setbacks and face unimaginable adversity. You will overcome these experiences by keeping your goals in sight while still allowing adjustments of course when necessary, having perseverance, asking for and accepting help from others when needed and using your moral compass to guide you through the foggiest nights.
As you journey toward your goals, be appreciative of the challenges in your way because it is that resistance (like workouts in the gym on your muscles) that make you strong and wise. And when you get where you’re going, only then will you realize that the great joys of life are what happens on the journey; so, be sure to enjoy the ride.”
Class of 1984, Psychology
Retired Assistant Inspector General for
Management and Administration
Office of Inspector General
Department of Veterans Affairs
Dana L. Moore, Ph.D. was named assistant inspector general for management and administration in July 2012. Management and Administration provides comprehensive support services to all organizations in the Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General and operates a nationwide toll-free hotline. These services include strategic and operational planning, congressional reporting, report publication and follow-up, space planning and facilities management, and all phases of the budgetary process, human resources management, information technology and data analysis. She recently retired this fall.
Previously, Moore had been a member of the Senior Executive Service for more than six years, serving as deputy assistant inspector general for healthcare inspections for four years and as deputy assistant inspector general for management and administration since 2010. She has a broad range of experience within the Office of Inspector General as executive assistant to the inspector general, Office of Inspector General hotline director, and operations support division director, coupled with extensive knowledge of veteran affairs programs and operations gained from 21 years as executive director of Leadership VA, human resources manager, education specialist and clinical psychologist.
Moore has practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C., and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and English from Austin College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from WVU. She began her federal career at the Nashville VA Medical Center in 1977, and has served continuously with Veteran Affairs ever since. Her husband is an Army veteran and a retired international tax treaty attorney who now studies history. They live in Alexandria, Va.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve been given?
“You come to graduate school to learn a body of knowledge and particular skills, both of which can become dated rather quickly. What you learn as a professional that carries you forward is the language and the ethics of your profession, and you learn how to teach yourself what you need to know.”