Meet Brodie Zalanka, Spring GASP Intern
What is your major at UAB/BSC and why did you choose it? I have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and am pursuing my Masters in Public Health with a concentration in environmental and occupational health.
What do you hope to do after you graduate? I am considering continuing my education and pursuing my Doctorate degree in philosophy of environmental health sciences.
What is your dream job? I want to eventually work in a leadership position at the EPA.
What do you hope to learn while interning with GASP? I want to learn more about air quality and the methods of reporting pollution.
Why is our mission to reduce air pollution important to you? As a former Army medic, I have been trained to support and advocate for the preventative side of health issues. I see a direct correlation of environmental influences impacting health. I wish to be a part of the system that aims to decrease pollutants that negatively impact everyone’s life.
What is your favorite food? Cheeseburgers!!!
What are your hobbies? I love camping and fishing.
Who or what are your influences? My family is a tremendous influence for me. I am also influenced by more former Battalion Command team and platoon Sergeant.
What are some other fun facts about yourself?
- I love to BBQ.
- Have an awesome girlfriend.
- Have a dog and cat.
- I am a retiree.
GASP is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with dirty air, and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.