I have been in this area for all of my life – my family originated from the Kannapolis area and was employed at Cannon Mills. Given that members of my family worked in the textile industry, I witnessed how job opportunities changed in the U.S. and moved away into foreign markets. As a result of my relationship to and dedicated interest in this area, I navigated my career toward understanding how to assist dislocated workers in the region. I was a member of the Rapid Response team that supported the community when Pillowtex closed in 2003. When the R3 Center of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College opened in 2007, I joined the center which is designed to address the need of dislocated workers in the area. This initiative serves as a connection to economic development in the area and helped us become engaged with the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in which I have been very involved. Bringing research to this area has numerous advantages. In addition to participating in NCRC activities, I am also an active member of the MURDOCK Study Community Advisory Board. Read More
Selina Baker joined the MURDOCK Study in June 2011 as a Staff Assistant for the Kannapolis office of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute/MURDOCK Study.
Prior to being hired, Ms. Baker worked with Novant Health at the Steele Creek Family Practice as a Medical Records Coordinator. Originally from upstate New York, Ms. Baker is now a resident of Kannapolis. She started her career with the banking industry where she worked in a variety of operations positions for First Charter Bank and Oswego County Savings Bank.