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Ms. Rhonda G. Seltz

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Faculty

Phone: (540) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.edu
Local Address:  Roanoke , Virginia , United States
Radford University
1 East Main Street
Radford , Virginia 24142
United States

Company Description: Radford University was established in 1910 and continues to offer undergraduate programs in 100+ fields and graduate programs including the MBA, MFA, and...   more
Background

Employment History

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Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
    Virginia Tech
  • Masters degree
    California State University , Long Beach
  • degree
  • master's degree
    California State University
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Virginia Health Care Foundation | Child Health
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"Relentless" is the only way to describe Rhonda Seltz and her work with the Radford University FAMIS Outreach Program. From grocery stores, to factories and church revivals, Rhonda has spent the last six years searching out eligible uninsured children and helping them enroll in the state's child health insurance programs.
A Child Health Champion | Virginia Health Care Foundation
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Rhonda Seltz
"Relentless" is the only way to describe Rhonda Seltz and her work with the Radford University FAMIS Outreach Program. From grocery stores, to factories and church revivals, Rhonda has spent the last six years searching out eligible uninsured children and helping them enroll in the state's child health insurance programs.
With tireless enthusiasm and genuine concern, Rhonda has helped enroll more than 2,000 children from the New River Valley in the FAMIS programs.
"Rhonda does not seem to be aware of the clock. Many of the local outreach sites are operated in the evening. She is more than willing to staff them, or to drive long distances to meet with clients."
In recognition of her magnificent efforts on behalf of uninsured children, VHCF awarded Rhonda the 2006 Unsung Hero Child Health Champion award.
Virginia Health Care Foundation | Profiles
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"Relentless" is the only way to describe Rhonda Seltz and her work with the Radford University FAMIS Outreach Program. From grocery stores, to factories and church revivals, Rhonda has spent the last six years searching out eligible uninsured children and helping them enroll in the state's child health insurance programs.
Rhonda Seltz: A professor working to make a difference | Whim
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Rhonda Seltz: A professor working to make a difference
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Born and raised in the New River Valley, Rhonda Seltz is not just an ordinary professor at Radford University.
"As a child, I always had a desire to make significant changes at a higher level," Seltz said. "I wanted life to be different."
Seltz grew up in a less than apathetic family. Through her own shortcomings, she preferred to attend to the needs of others.
"I wanted to get out and do something," she said. "I'm not happy unless I help other people."
At age 16, Seltz knew she wanted to go to college. She worked her way into Virginia Tech, where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. Seltz later returned to school for her master's degree at California State University. During this time, she worked with the chronically, mentally ill and the homeless at a communal clinical psychiatric facility.
Seltz received her degree in March of 1988. She packed up her things and moved to Washington, a state then notorious for drugs, crime trafficking and racial wars. She saw the need for social change and started a monthly community organization with neighborhood meetings. The organization expanded, and in 1994 won the "All American City" award by the National Civic League. This award saluted the strength of her community in Yakima for its ability to remain whole and connected in the worst of situations.
In 1999, Seltz moved back to Virginia. She became the head director of Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS).
According to the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey, close to "70 percent of uninsured children live in low-income families, compared to just over 60 percent of uninsured adults. Nearly half of uninsured children live in families with income at or below 100 percent (or the state average)."
Seltz made it her mission to give these people an equal opportunity for life insurance.
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Dental care was also a significant impact," Seltz said. "I think really being able to see changes in child care programs over the years is the biggest reward. It is phenomenal. You can see that the policy being created has a direct impact on kids in your backyard."
Aside from being the head director of FAMIS and a professor at RU, Seltz is currently involved in a path committee for access to health care, Head Start Advisory Committee in the New River Valley, Virginia Health Care Foundation, Work Force Development Partner Group and CHIP Advisory Committee. Seltz participates in various community hearings at private voting citizen town hall meetings and church and community events. Her latest plans are to bring services to the Amish community, as well as build improvement into the Roanoke area.
Even so, her dedication can come at a cost.
"I don't have much of a personal life," Seltz said. "I have to ask myself, 'What can I realistically do?' I really need a lot of flexibility and permission to say what I need to say, and I have to be politically correct," Seltz said. "Just paperwork in general creates a lot of delays."
The biggest barrier that Seltz faces is depression, which she has fought since she was a child.
"Some days I just can barely make myself get up. Once I'm up and going, it keeps me from being depressed," she said.
Despite her own personal battles, Seltz continues to fight for social justice. She has plans to work in another country one day, maybe Italy or the Netherlands. Seltz has also thought about a federal job, but feels as though she may be too vocal.
Even so, Seltz feels satisfied with the direction of her career. Interns continue to return to Radford University to share how she has impacted them.
"Just being able to teach and motivate students as well as the community is the coolest feeling," Seltz said. "Tons of students come through. I like to create 'little Rhondas' out there who get out and fight for social justice," Seltz said. "The most frustrating part is that some people want to do as little as they can get by doing. There are so many types of social injustices out there, but there aren't adequate resources to fight it. Some people just don't understand the concept of empowerment."
Seltz is a strong believer that her own affirmative action will inspire others to become leaders. In her words, "No doesn't really mean no."
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Rhonda Seltz
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"Relentless" is the only way to describe Rhonda Seltz and her work with the Radford University FAMIS Outreach Program. From grocery stores, to factories and church revivals, Rhonda has spent the last six years searching out eligible uninsured children and helping them enroll in the state's child health insurance programs.
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