Hello, I'm Pam Carter.
I was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and am the daughter of a truck driver and a stay-at-home mom. I graduated from Rockingham Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, worked as a Registered Nurse at RMH, and eventually transitioned to the specialty of Occupational Health Nursing. This provided me an environment to work in business and industry, caring for the employees. I graduated from James Madison University with an Undergraduate Degree with a concentration in Occupational Health Nursing.

My foundation as a nurse propelled me on a path of public service. As my interest in occupation health and safety grew, I accepted a position with Albemarle County as their Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellness Manager, working with their Board of Supervisors and School Board members with the goal of reducing costs while improving the lives of their employees. Through various programs and strategies, and through partnerships with local businesses and industry experts, I developed various programs that helped the county improve the health of their employees, while saving the county tens of thousands of dollars. 

In an effort to increase my knowledge and skills in the field of occupational health and safety, I returned to school, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. Throughout my career, I was active in my professional organization, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Along with holding the position of president on a local and state level, I eventually was honored to serve as the national president of this organization. In this role with a million-dollar organization with over five thousand members, I gained valuable knowledge regarding leadership principles, budget oversight, and coordination and allocation of resources. During that time, I created and served on the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Committees. This provided me the opportunity to work with various agencies such as the US Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to advocate and collaborate for the passage of regulatory issues and best practices to improve existing workplace safety and health programs. 

I am now an Adjunct Professor at Mary Baldwin University, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, in the Nursing Program. While I have always valued education, this role has truly provided me more in-depth understanding of the importance of highly qualified, well-trained, and well-compensated educators in our community. 

I also work at Houff Corporation, located in Weyers Cave, as their Environmental Health and Safety Officer. This role has provided me valuable experience and perspective related to agriculture and the specific and unique demands of that industry. 

Family is very important to me. My husband, Mike, works in the IT field. My daughter, Rebecca Simmons, is the Executive Director of our local Children’s Advocacy Center, and my son-in-law, Tim Simmons, is a Sergeant with the Virginia Department of State Police.