Originally from Massachusetts, Pam graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1983. Prior to The Davies Project, she performed auditory physiology research in Boston, served as a freshwater inland fisheries extension agent for the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and worked as a project manager for Catholic Relief Services in Benin, West Africa.
Pam moved to East Lansing in the early 90’s where she completed her MS and PhD in agricultural economics. This is where she met her husband, Milan, a math professor at MSU. They were married in 1994 and have four children.
When Pam’s oldest was three, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Throughout Peter’s 3+ years of chemotherapy, Pam saw how hard it is for those struggling socioeconomically to manage the non-medical aspects of their children’s care. This led to a complete career reboot with Pam first joining the MSU Children’s Health Initiative as associate director, then founding, in 2014, The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children.
The Davies Project provides free rides to all kinds of medical care for children who are seriously ill, to prenatal care for expecting women, and to the Sparrow NICU for parents of hospitalized infants. It is the first of its kind in the country. With the tagline of MORE THAN JUST A RIDE, this agency’s volunteer-provided rides bring much solace and a sense of belonging to families who rely upon it. Every aspect of The Davies Project is geared towards helping every child be as healthy as possible while breaking through the significant isolation Lansing area families experience when caring for a seriously ill child