In 2009, she was appointed by the White House to the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, serving throughout the Obama Administration.
She served as the Director and her portfolio included engagement on minority health outreach and health disparities reduction strategies.
The first time Craig Melvin visited the small-town western Pennsylvania “homestead” of his future wife, Lindsay Czarniak, he was taken aback by her family’s Christmas Day tradition.
“At the end of the meal, they were like, ‘Oh, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” recalls Melvin, an MSNBC anchor who hosts “MSNBC Live” and co-hosts “Today” on Saturdays. “I thought it was a joke, but lo and behold, they went and got baby Jesus out of the manger and we sang ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”