Warriors within our ranks: Military veterans at MD Anderson

Leadership. Dependability. Teamwork. Problem-solving. These attributes essential for U.S. service members also are highly sought after by top employers such as MD Anderson, and they’re just a few of the reasons recruiting and retaining veterans are priorities here. “Veterans have numerous strengths, but at their core is a willingness to serve,” says Larry Perkins, Ph.D, who accumulated more than 35 years of experience in human resources, education, training and leadership development while in the Army and is now our associate vice president for talent and diversity. “We’ve had great success recruiting veterans in recent years because their service-oriented nature aligns with our mission.” MD Anderson’s workforce includes many veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members or reservists. Here are the stories of three of these warriors. Lieutenant Colonel Carilynne Miller, United States Army Reserves Carilynne Miller served in the U.S. Army for five years, which included a deployment in Iraq. After leaving active duty in 2006 and moving to Maryland, she joined the Army Reserves and had the opportunity to work closely with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. On the civilian side, Miller was hired by Deloitte as a project manager assigned to the State Department. In 2011, Miller’s husband accepted a job at an Army base in Italy. She moved with him and transferred her duties to a nearby Army Reserves camp in Germany. After five years, Miller and her husband wanted to be closer to family and decided to relocate to Houston. Miller joined MD Anderson in 2016 as a project manager in Facilities. Immediately after beginning her career at MD Anderson, she felt a...