Rachel Byrd


Work Experience: After completing her master’s degree, Rachel worked as a Program Supervisor for an organization serving adults with disabilities.  She led the restructuring and alignment of six different residential facilities resulting in higher service capacity and higher resident satisfaction rates. After the birth of her twins, Rachel worked for the United States Army when she was specifically hired to assist in the design and implementation of a multidimensional process to meet the requirements of a new Public Health Command initiative.  When she successfully completed her contract with the Army, Rachel transitioned into the healthcare field working in lean management.

Current Position: Rachel joined the University of Iowa Health Care as an Operations Engineer in 2019 and transitioned to the Project Management Office in 2020.

Hobbies/Family: Outside of work, Rachel is a busy wife and mother of three boys.  Raising a son with special needs due to his pre-mature birth, Rachel and her husband founded a sports program designed specifically for special needs youth. 

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University of Iowa, Sociology, 2006
Master of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University