Taylor Filippini’s Hillcrest classes in physics, anatomy, and chemistry laid a basic foundation for science. She said her teachers at Hillcrest gave her an eternal perspective, and she found herself drawing closer to God. Taylor noted that her spiritual growth at Hillcrest served to highlight her academic strengths.

Wading through the confusing maze of college applications, Taylor said conversations with respected mentors like Gregg Preston and Steve Undseth calmed her searching heart. “I learned to follow God step by step and trust him to reveal my path.”

After graduating from Liberty, Taylor started work on an MBA in Healthcare Management. She wanted to be involved in meaningful work while continuing her education, so she applied for a fellowship in Duke University’s School of Medicine.

Selected as on one of five, from 150 applicants, Taylor is flexing her administrative muscles in the fellowship program. She is gaining valuable experience, specializing in grant management for federal and foundation grants, contracts, and industry clinical trials. She is working alongside doctors who are conducting groundbreaking research.

Taylor notes that miracles happen frequently in her work. One of the doctors she routinely works with performed the first hand transplant. Others are Nobel Laureates.

Taylor’s personal, volunteer, and academic experience gives her an edge in understanding medical terminology and procedures, enhancing her job managing grants and budgets that makes significant research possible.

“I am the middle man between research and funding. But I love this academic world that is constantly changing and challenging,” Taylor noted. She spoke of her Christian witness, a concept instilled in her through many mission experiences at Hillcrest. “I am in a secular environment--very different from my high school and college...People are watching.Your life is a light and witness for Jesus.”

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