Deborah Kiel, a public health nurse clinical specialist, is director of graduate nursing programs at Lindenwood University School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Her academic and practice experience includes health policy, public health administration, and maternal and child health. Deborah’s teaching interests include community health nursing, leadership, management, health policy, and maternal and child health. Her research focus is on reducing our community’s unacceptably high rates of infant mortality by improving the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy. Deborah’s current work examines how women’s individual health behaviors, health care delivery systems, and health policy interact to influence birth outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing, and a PhD in Public Health Studies from St. Louis University. Deborah joined the Community Advisory Council in 2013.