President's Initiatives

2012-2013 President's Symposium & White Paper Project Fellows

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Abdalla Aly
School of Pharmacy

Abdalla received his bachelors of pharmacy degree from Misr International University in Egypt in 2007 and worked as a teaching assistant and a pharmacist for 2 years. Starting 2009, he joined the doctoral program in the department of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland where he conducts comparative effectiveness research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and outcomes research with a particular interest in modeling heterogeneity of treatment effects and costs in oncology.

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Casey Brent
School of Social Work

Casey, a Baltimore City native, is currently a student in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Social Action and Community Development program. She brings years of experience working in academia, volunteering with non-profits and fundraising. She is a recipient of the 2011-2012 Sandra D Hess Community Practice scholarship and was recently accepted as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.  This summer she interned with the federal government in the Department of Health and Human Services focusing on grants and working with community action agencies throughout the US. Casey's immediate goals are to work with Baltimore City on its WestSide Revitalization Project in order to rehabilitate her hometown.  Ultimately, she would like to work in community organizing and policy analysis & planning to address minority health issues.

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Victoria Chihos
School of Law

Victoria is interested in working in public interest law after graduation and is pursuing the certificate in Healthcare Law. Currently, she is researching post-graduate public interest fellowships.  Victoria is involved in many extracurricular activities on campus that allow her to be a valuable representative of the law school community. She guided first year law students through orientation as a peer advisor and will lead a team of ten (10) law students down to Mississippi on the Maryland Law Service Corps (MLSC) Health Law trip this January. She has also been involved in community service activities in Baltimore City through the Maryland Public Interest Law Project. This has provided insight about the unique problems that many Baltimore City residents face.  As a rising third year law student Victoria will soon be graduating and beginning her career.

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Ian Clark
School of Law

Ian is a second year full-time law student with a concentration in Health and Business Law.  Ian has recently completed legal internships with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of General Counsel, Maryland’s Law and Health Care Program, and Project HEAL at Johns Hopkins’ Harriet Lane Children’s Clinic.  In addition to being a President’s Fellow, Ian serves as an Implementation Team Member for the University’s Strategic Plan Committee, focusing on strategies to help UM students and faculty excel at interprofessional education, clinical care and public service.  Ian also serves the law school community as Student Engagement Chair of the Student Health Law Organization, member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Group, member of the Drug Policy and Public Health Strategies Clinic, member of the Maryland Law Service Corps, and as a Maryland Carey Law Leadership Scholar.

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Mazen El Ghaziri
School of Nursing

Mazen is currently a doctoral student in the School of Nursing. His recent two years at UMB have exposed him to scholarly work in his primary interest of workplace violence (WPV), focused on organization of work and the work environment. This is driven by his intolerance to violence at the political or interpersonal levels, after growing up in a country (Lebanon) that suffered more than 15 years of civil war and unrest.

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Devorah Mansdorf
School of Dentistry

Deborah is entering her second year at the School of Dentistry.  Throughout high school, college and professional school Deborah has volunteered innumerable hours to working with children and adults with disabilities. Together with others in a national organization known as YACHAD, she found a meaningful way to help bring together students and young adults, from many backgrounds, facing various challenges both intellectual and physical. Deborah feel that this work has made her committed and determined to take advantage of opportunities to narrow the gaps and build bridges between various segments in her community as a trained health professional.

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Oksana Mishler
Graduate School/School of Dentistry

Oksana has the academic goal of completing her graduate research project by May 2013 and publishing the results in domestic and international professional journals.  Her professional goal is to lead clinical research projects and educate foreign nations on the importance of maintaining oral health via publications. Oksana is passionate about helping the underserved, both locally and worldwide. She volunteered to provide both prophylactic and therapeutic dental hygiene services to HIV positive, financially disadvantaged adults. However, Oksana’s civic involvement was not limited to adults only. As part of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program, she educated special needs children, as well as their caregivers, on proper oral hygiene.

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Caroline Sunshine
School of Social Work

Caroline is interested in a range of issues involving violence and violence prevention among high-risk groups including those who are low-income, ethnic minority, immigrant, disabled, and other disadvantaged populations. Before starting at the University of Maryland, she served as a Public Health Analyst for the DC Government, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs to assist children with asthma and lead poisoning.  In this position, she also aided families in obtaining needed medical care, healthy housing, and other services. Prior to that, she provided case management services for children and adolescents with serious emotional/behavioral issues as well as to developmentally disadvantaged infants and toddlers.