Freneka F. Minter, M.S., MCHES, is a native a Murfreesboro, TN. She currently works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Center for Health Services Research as a Project Coordinator in Nashville, TN but also as a “without compensation" (WOC) employee for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Care and Health Services Research Center at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems VA Hospital. Prior to this position, she worked for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) also known as Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) as a Health Education Specialist in the Health Communications and Technical Training Department’s Health and Safety Training Group and at the Tennessee Department of Health, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program as a Public Health Educator. Other previous experiences include the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Division for Alcohol and Drug Abuse as a Prevention Specialist, Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Center for Health and Human Services as Project Coordinator/Assistant. From these experiences, she has worked collaboratively with over 15 different local, state, and federal agencies in Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Efforts, Cancer Control and Prevention Efforts, and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Efforts. She has both a Masters of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) with a concentration in Health (2005) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry (2002) from Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Health Services with Walden University. She has completed all her coursework and working hard on her research studying gender differences in health service use to complete her dissertation.