Gwinnett County (METRO ATLANTA) GA – [OCTOBER 3, 2019] – Georgia First Generation Foundation announces today of the appointment of Valerie E. Cadet, PhD, to the Board of Directors.
Dr. Cadet joins Georgia First with over 10 years of experience in higher education. Currently an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, she has been with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at PCOM Georgia since October 2011. Dr. Cadet’s diverse research interests currently lie in the identification and characterization of antibiotic-producing bacteria obtained from the soil; vaccine efficacy, complications and perceptions; and social determinants of health. Her teaching focuses primarily on the immune system,viruses and bacteria, epidemiology and vaccines. Dr. Cadet earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from Georgia State University and her PhD in Infectious Diseases from the University of Georgia.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Cadet to our Board of Directors at this important stage of Georgia First's evolution," stated Charbel Aoun, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Georgia First Generation Foundation. "As a highly respected and seasoned higher-education professional with valuable knowledge and experience, we look forward to her expert engagement and assistance in guiding our objectives to bring first-generation students towards their academic and career aspirations."
I am excited to partner with such a dymanic organization," stated Dr. Valerie E. Cadet. "As a first-generation American, I understand the barriers that many students experience when faced with the daunting tasks of applying to college, picking the right major, funding it and maybe even going further to graduate or professional school. All of this without even having someone who has gone through the American school system in their family to assist them. Georgia First has the right idea and we will continue to make an impact on these young lives."