Resa Brinkley began her career in student affairs and advising over 20 years ago, when she was still a student herself, seeking her ABJ at the University of Georgia. Working with professional students throughout her career, she joined the committee for premedical advising at the University of Georgia in 2006, completing over 500 admissions packets each cycle. It was at the University of Georgia where she also completed her Master of Public Administration with a Higher Education Administration major. Her primary research focus centered on increasing retention & graduation rates, particularly in at-risk, underrepresented, LGBTQI+, non-traditional, and first-generation college students. From there she went on to develop the Health Professions Advising program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she advised over 1500 students each year, advised multiple student organizations, led an advisory committee, and deepened her passion for the importance of the journey for each individual applicant towards their goals. This includes a near-encyclopedic knowledge of everything from high school planning and successful transition to college through admissions to medical school and beyond to the residency match process. More recently, Mrs. Brinkley served as the associate director of admissions of a medical school for three years. She has a deep understanding of socioeconomic factors affecting healthcare and those seeking careers as professionals in the field, working tirelessly for efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her free time, she is a cancer care patient advocate and an animal welfare volunteer, advocating for those in most need.