Z'Kera Sims
Selections Chair, NLC Tampa Bay

She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Howard University in 2009. While at Howard, she served as a volunteer through AmeriCorps Jumpstart program; which she credits as the catalyst for her career in Public Health. Z’Kera received her Masters of Public Health degree concentrating in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. After graduating, she completed a year-long internship with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration where she assisted in managing a portfolio of discretionary grants for states and community based organizations inclusive of women and their children in residential and outpatient treatment facilities across the country. In 2016, Z’Kera was awarded the Global Health Corps (GHC) Fellowship. As a GHC Fellow, she lived and worked in rural Zambia with adolescent girls and their communities providing sexual and reproductive health education and capacity development for rural health centers. Z’Kera moved back to the Tampa Bay area after completing her GHC Fellowship; she now works for Moffitt Cancer Center in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behaviors where she manages two multi-state, federally funded programs, related to creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities to participate in cancer health disparities research. In her spare time, loves exploring different cultures through food and travel, reading, and spending time with her husband and family. Z’Kera is also a licensed Zumba instructor; she teaches regular classes and is very passionate about spreading her love for fitness.