Meet the Fellows

2018-2019 President's Fellows

Jenny Afkinich, GS, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Jenny Afkinich

Graduate School

Jenny Afkinich is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work. She has an undergraduate degree from Wofford College in Sociology, History, and German with a concentration on African-American Studies and a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Before moving to Maryland, she was a social worker in South Carolina working with justice-involved youth as well as children and families exposed to violence.

Jenny is currently working on her dissertation focusing on the role of social workers in reducing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system. During her PhD program, she spent two years as a research assistant at the National Institute of Justice studying the impact of violence exposure on children. After completing her PhD, she hopes to continue teaching new social workers while conducting research on the perpetration of violence as well as racial disproportionality in the justice system.

Motawi Basant

Graduate School

Biography is pending

Nicole Campion Dialo, SOM, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Nicole Campion Dialo

School of Medicine

Nicole Campion Dialo is pursuing the Dual Degree MD/MPH program and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has completed the first three years of the MD program and is currently working on her MPH, with a concentration in Global Health. She aspires to be a clinician-advocate who works toward a more equitable distribution of health resources, both here in the United States and abroad. She is considering clinical residency programs in Family Medicine and Psychiatry.

Nicole is interested in this year's topic of gun violence after having lived in West Baltimore for four years, first as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital, and now as a student at UMB. Hearing Lord John Alderdice speak at the Rising Baltimore Symposium in the fall of 2017 inspired Nicole to question how healthcare systems can better support individuals who have experienced or perpetrated violence and work with communities to help break the cycle of violence. She is particularly interested the role mental health treatment may play in violence prevention

Jessica Egan, SON, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Jessica Egan

School of Nursing

Jessica Egan is pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. She has been a bedside nurse for seven years, primarily working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Although she has learned an enormous amount in the world of critical care, she is looking forward to helping her future patients through primary care and preventative medicine. Jessica believes it is important to address obstacles and health threats patients face in their immediate and surrounding environments. Unfortunately, gun violence has become a growing threat and she believes that as health care providers we are responsible for finding and advocating for solutions.

Lauren Highsmith, SSW, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Lauren Highsmith

School of Social Work

Lauren Highsmith received her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Bowie State University in 2015. Following the 2015 uprising in her hometown of Baltimore City Lauren joined The Choice Program, an AmeriCorps affiliated community outreach organization. Through the Choice Program, she was a contracted case manager, working under the Baltimore City Department of Social Services Foster Care Diversion Program. While working with the Department of Social Services, she gained a passion for working with youth who are at-risk for foster care placement, physical abuse, neglect, substance use, gang initiation, teenage pregnancy, and sex-trafficking. After completing her AmeriCorps year of service, Lauren was inspired to pursue her Master of Social Work. Lauren’s interest in gun violence is fueled by her upbringing in Baltimore City, as well as her work with the at-risk youth population; she understands that gun-violence is not only a matter of when someone decides to acquire and utilize a handgun, but more so the circumstances that lead to such a decision.

Lauren strongly believes that the social determinants of health need to be a focal point when addressing certain disparities found within disenfranchised communities. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Lauren will be completing her Master of Social Work degree, while serving as the vice president for the Maryland School of Social Work, Student Government Association. She is also an active member of United Students of African Descent (USAD), and previously served as a USGA Senator for the School of Social Work. Lauren hopes to combine her love of sports, social justice, and youth advocacy to improve the quality of life for not only the youth found in her neighborhood, but in the surrounding communities as well.

Zachary Lee, SOL, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Zachary Lee

School of Law

Zachary Lee is a second-year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Florida, graduating in 2016. While there, Zachary served as the Opinions Editor and a member of the Editorial Board to the school's student newspaper, using his column as a medium to convey his advocacy for various forward-thinking philosophical and political theories. It was here where Zachary's passion for public service and civil discourse was fully realized. He currently serves as the President of the Maryland Law Democrats and as a Staff Editor to the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class.

As a Parkland native and a new resident of Baltimore, Zachary has had a glimpse of the disparate types of gun violence that exist, and the various conditions that such violence stems from. He hopes to quell such violence nationwide through an interdisciplinary discussion involving legal practice and Constitutional interpretation. Zachary has contributed to this conversation specifically at Cleveland's March for our Lives Rally to an audience of over 10,000.

After graduating, Zachary hopes to establish a legal practice advocating on behalf of disenfranchised communities who may potentially fall prey to the effects of climate change. He recognizes the multi-dimensional relationship that exists between climate change and concepts like resource allocation, education, and public health and safety, and is excited to be part of the conversation in his new home.

Vibha Rao, GS, 2018-2019 President's Fellow, Gun Violence

Vibha Rao

Graduate School

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Vibha Rao will be pursuing a one-year Master of Science in Clinical Research through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in May 2018 and her B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014. In addition to the devastating media coverage of countless mass shootings and debate over gun control, it was Vibha's clinical experiences, taking care of patients and their families who were victims of gun violence, that showed her the impact it has on the community she has grown so close to during her time in Baltimore. The particular instance that stands out for her was in the Shock Trauma Center when a patient came in with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and her team had to open his chest at the bedside to restart his heart. Her impactful clinical experiences, developing skillset in public health research and her love for Baltimore City has piqued Vibha's passion for understanding the root causes of gun violence in the community and propose how UMB can play a role in addressing this issue from an interdisciplinary scope.

 

Photo credits: Adrienne R. Kambouris, MD/PhD Student

26Sep
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm A Commissioner Tuggle and Chief Smith from the Baltimore Police Department will share police intervention strategies designed to address gun violence.
1Nov
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm B Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris will discuss the concept that whether in the hands of civilians (legally or illegally) or carried by police officers/law enforcement, guns can be viewed as hazards.
14Mar
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm B Dr. Jonathan M. Metzl of Vanderbilt University will discuss mass shootings and their relationship to national cultural stereotypes.

2017-2018 President's Fellows: Global Literacy

The 2017-2018 President's Fellows examined the best ways for the University to prepare students to be globally literate professionals.

Wesley Chan

School of Medicine

During the 2017-2018 acedemic year, Wesley Chan was a third-year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University in 2015. Wesley became passionate about addressing issues within global health through various mission trips in Asia and South America. In 2016 he had the opportunity to work in The Gambia with Dr. Melissa McDiarmid through UMB’s Center for Global Education Initiatives to assist in strengthening the healthcare workforce through discussions and education about occupational health hazards.

Saniya Chaudhry

School of Pharmacy

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Saniya Chaudhry was a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2016. Saniya served as the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society's President-Elect and the APhA-ASP Pre-Pharmacy Mentorship Co-Chair at her school. Saniya's passions include learning about different cultures, equal access to health care for all, and promoting diversity and acceptance. She hopes to pursue a clinical pharmacy residency after graduation and provide services for underprivileged populations.

Molly Crothers

School of Nursing

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Molly Crothers was a second-year nursing student pursuing her first undergraduate degree. She completed her prerequisites and obtained a Global Public Health Certificate at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is where Molly's love for public health grew, particularly in the area of women’s health. During the summer of 2017, she was a member of an interprofessional project through the Center for Global Education Initiatives, as she and a group of other UMB students examined the barriers to retention of HIV care in Liberia. Additionally, Molly is an undergraduate research assistant in the Pain and Translational Symptom Science Department. These experiences reinforced her desire to continue her education after she completes her BSN to become a midwife and a family nurse practitioner in order to interact with the community locally and globally.

Rhiya Dave

School of Medicine, MPH

Rhiya received her bachelor's degree in Biological Anthropology from George Washington University. This degree provided her a vehicle to shape her passion for understanding socio-cultural factors and other elements of human life that impact health. With this mind-set, Rhiya decided to pursue a master's in Public Health. Rhiya selected a concentration in Global Health because of how interconnected the world is and because diseases do not respect political boundaries. Rhiya has conducted clinical research at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute and the Children's National Medical Center-Fetal Medicine Institute. She had the opportunity to travel to Botswana through UMB's Center for Global Education Initiatives and work on research to help understand the efficacy of its HIV program.

Alexandra Huss

School of Social Work

Alexandra received her bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her love of literature extended into a passion for analyzing diverse characters and individuals, which inspired her to pursue a master's degree in social work. Alexandra has taught English in Thailand and South Africa and maintains a love of international learning. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Alexandra worked as a consultant in the UMB Writing Center, collaborating with students across disciplines and cultures. Through encouraging and researching global literacy as a fellow, she hoped to help broaden horizons and help create opportunities for others through language and cultural exchange.

Esther Kimani

School of Pharmacy

Esther Kimani was born and raised in Kenya and during the 2017-2018 academic year, Esther was a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She completed her associate of arts degree with a focus in Chemistry and Biology at the Community College of Baltimore County and graduated magna cum laude in 2011. During her time at the School of Pharmacy, Esther held several leadership positions, including: president of Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity; grassroots and advocacy committee leader of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy; and bi-weekly director of Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International. Esther is currently the alumni liaison of Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity. As a result of participating in this initiative, Esther plans to apply all the pearls that she will learn from being a global literacy fellow in the future. She sees her role as a pharmacist as a way to tackle the unavailability of pharmaceutical clinics in some Third World countries. Esther plans to form collaborations between pharmacists from industrialized countries and pharmacists from Third World countries to promote learning and exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Nana Akua Tufuoh

Carey School of Law

Nana Akua Tufuoh completed a dual-degree program at the University of Florida, where she received a bachelor's degree in Health Science and a bachelor's degree in Economics in 2015. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Nana was in her final year of the Juris Doctor program at the University of Maryland Caey School of Law, pursuing concentrations in health care law and business law. Nana is passionate about addressing issues of global concern through law and policy. She has experience with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where her research focused on legal aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic such as criminalization. As a student attorney in the School of Law’s legal clinic, she assisted low-income clients with matters ranging from custody to housing. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Nana completed an externship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which she investigated policy efforts around newborn screening for sickle cell disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Sheridan Todd Yeary

Carey School of Law

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Sheridan “Todd” Yeary was a third-year evening law student at the Francis King Carey School of Law. His curricular focus was on human rights and civil rights law, building on his experience as a Baltimore City pastor and public policy advocate. Todd holds a BA in Management from National-Louis University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Certificate in African Studies and the PhD. in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University. He is a 2013 Public Policy Dispute Resolution Fellow of the Carey School of Law.

2016-2017 President's Fellows: Entrepreneurial Exploration

The 2016-2017 President's Fellows examined the best ways for the University to prepare students for entrepreneurial careers, with an emphasis on technology transfer and social entrepreneurship. 

Chinonye Donna Egbulem

School of Social Work and School of Medicine (Public Health)

During the 2016-2017 acedemic year, Chinonye Donna Egbulem was a research consultant and aspiring entrepreneur with over five years of experience in global health and development policy research. Additionally, she was in her final year of the MSW/MPH dual degree program at UMB. She has worked collaboratively on national and international-level projects to contribute to capacity-building training and technical assistance projects. Before graduate school, she served in the Peace Corps as a community health development agent in Burkina Faso. Her academic and community work have focused on reducing health disparities, improving access to maternal and child health care among transient populations, and decreasing violence in Baltimore City. She has a keen interest in fortifying public health infrastructures by explicitly linking and aligning health care delivery systems with community resources and social services.

Anna Hung

School of Pharmacy

During the 2016-2017 acedemic year, Anna Hung, PharmD, was a PhD candidate in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Anna received her BS in microbiology from the University of Maryland and PharmD from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She has research experience with the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology, University of Maryland Gemstone Honors Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine Health Professions-Student Training in Aging Research Program, and World Health Organization. She was selected for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)/Foundation of Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP)/Pfizer internship and FMCP/Allergan internship two years in a row. She has further managed care and industry experience from the Department of Defense Pharmacoeconomic Center, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

In the School of Pharmacy, Anna has served as a mentor for the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, member of the Assessment Committee, Ambassador for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, President of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research student chapter, and research assistant for professor C. Daniel Mullins. Her research interests include pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, and patient-centered outcomes research.

Ben Portney

Graduate School, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

During the 2016-2017 acedemic year, Benjamin Portney was a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he studied cellular immortality and the role of the embryonic gene pathways in cancer. Ben also is interested in adult stem cell biology and its applications in regenerative medicine.

When not busy in the lab, Ben is passionate about entrepreneurship and commercializing new and innovative technologies.

Camilo Vanegas

Graduate School, Molecular Medicine

Camilo Vanegas grew up in Columbia, Md., and attended the ARL Biotechnology Career Academy, which forever changed his outlook on science. He continued to pursue and explore his passions in multiple laboratories at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and graduated with a BS in kinesiology. While attending UMCP, he fell in love with improving the human condition and decided to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Graduate Program in Life Sciences. During the 2016-2017 acedemic year, Camilo was a fourth-year PhD candidate in the molecular medicine program, working on understanding the mechanisms behind skeletal muscle movement with regard to calcium channels and interacting proteins. Camilo hopes to one day make biology as ubiquitous and user-friendly as an iPhone so that anyone can enjoy its beauty.

2015-2016 President's Fellows: Cultural Competence

The 2015-2016 President's Fellows tackled the complex subject of cultural competence and the University's role in educating culturally aware professionals.

Amy Greensfelder

School of Social Work

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Amy Greensfelder was in her third year as a part-time student working on her masters in social work. Ms. Greensfelder co-chairs the International Social Work Organization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and sits on the interprofessional Student Global Advisory Council (SGAC). In the spring of 2015 through the SGAC, Ms. Greensfelder organized training for UMB students, faculty, and staff on cultural competence and working with interpreters that was facilitated by an internationally recognized leader in the field. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Greensfelder was offered a UMB Interprofessional Global Health Grant to participate on a project in Rwanda alongside a professor from the School of Nursing and a dentistry student. The interprofessional team worked with students from the University of Rwanda (UR) on developing a student satisfaction survey for UR. Ms. Greensfelder works at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she serves as the refugee mental health program coordinator. She applied for this project because she was interested in exploring how cultural competence, humility, and responsiveness are implemented and taught throughout the campus. She is excited at the prospect of working with students from across the UMB disciplines on putting theory into action. 

Catherine Lee

Carey School of Law and Smith School of Business (UMCP)

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Catherine Lee was a second-year law student at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She is an active member of the Maryland Carey Service Corp and a student leader for the Community Impact Program — both of which are designed to promote and facilitate service within the Baltimore community and beyond. Additionally, Catherine serves as the staff editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law and a writing fellow for first-year law students. She specifically applied to be a President’s Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year because of its focus on cultural competence. This past summer, Catherine participated in a Global Health Grant program offered through the University entitled “Access to Justice,” wherein students from the schools of law and social work traveled to Malawi, Africa, to learn about the challenges and solutions related to access to justice in the region. This experience, coupled with past academic and professional endeavors, have further re-enforced the importance of cultural awareness, competence, and sensitivity in personal, academic, and professional life. Catherine feels honored to receive this opportunity and looks forward to serving as a President’s Fellow this year.

Kattrina Merlo

School of Nursing

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Kattrina Merlo was a second-year student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received her BA in international studies from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her masters of public health from Emory University. After graduate school, she served two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras working on HIV prevention and maternal and child health. Before beginning nursing school, she worked for Farmworker Justice, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., directing a national HIV prevention project in farmworker and rural Latino communities. Kattrina is looking forward to starting her nursing career and combining her public health and nursing skills. She hopes to continue working with immigrant populations and providing services to “hardly reached” communities. Her experience overseas and working with immigrant populations in the United States have shown her the importance of cultural competence, especially in the field of health care. Through the President’s Fellowship, she looks forward to exploring cultural competence throughout the different campuses of the University and discussing ways to improve the education and training of professionals on this important topic.

Dylan Peterson

School of Medicine

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Dylan Peterson was a third-year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dylan is originally from the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a degree in microbiology. Before enrolling in medical school, Dylan worked as a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. During this time, he also interned at the Urban Indian Health Institute, where he was introduced to the many ways in which that institution tailors its services to provide culturally competent care to American Indian patients in the Northwest. After he graduates in 2017, Dylan plans on pursuing a residency in a primary care field such as family medicine or pediatric medicine. He has committed to working with medically underserved populations through the National Health Service Corps once he is trained as a physician. Dylan knows that in this role he will work with diverse communities, and he believes that participating in the President’s Symposium will contribute to his understanding of how to practice and promote cultural competency in his career and in health care more broadly.

Harlyn Susarla

School of Dentistry

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Harlyn was a second-year pediatric dental resident at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) and the University of Maryland Medical Center. As a resident, she has acted as the dental liaison for the interdisciplinary team at UMMC and UMSOD addressing the oral health care needs of pediatric oncology and transplant patients before transplantation. Harlyn is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and was inducted into the Harvard Odontological Society. She also is an active member of other dental organizations, including the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition.
 
Harlyn received a BA degree from Wellesley College, a master of public health from Boston University School of Public Health, and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she completed a thesis titled, “The Reporting of Race and Ethnicity Information in Dental Public Health Literature." As a dental student, she also was an ADEA Gies Foundation/American Association for Dental Research Dental Careers Fellow. Harlyn is actively involved in research regarding dental public health, dental education, craniofacial anomalies, and pediatric dentistry. In the future, she hopes to dedicate her career to providing accessible, high-quality pediatric dental services to vulnerable populations.

Mudit Verma

School of Pharmacy

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Mudit Verma was a second-year PharmD candidate at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Mudit received his BS from the University of Maryland, College Park in psychology with a minor in leadership studies. Mudit is an avid mental health advocate who strives to become a culturally competent pharmacist. He aspires to gain admission to a psychiatric pharmacy residency or fellowship program upon graduation. Mudit envisions becoming a psychiatric or mental health pharmacist who treats underprivileged communities on a global basis.

Overall, Mudit’s career interest stems from global health initiatives and mental health advocacy. He aspires to develop a well-rounded, cultured approach to patient counseling as a President’s Fellow since pharmacists serve as accessible health care professionals who cater to culturally diverse patient population. In addition, Mudit intends to research the ways in which culture defines the context of how mental health manifests in different patient populations in hopes of learning how he can better improve patient adherence to medication regimens in multicultural contexts. Ultimately, Mudit intends to optimize medication counseling in multicultural contexts since culturally competent communication is critical to patient understanding of consistent medication adherence.

Marla Yee

School of Dentistry and School of Medicine (Public Health)

Marla Yee is from Kingston, Jamaica, and during the 2015-2016 academic year was a fourth year dual-degree DDS/MPH student. She is currently in her clinical years at the School of Dentistry and is completing her master in public health degree with a concentration in community and population health. In 2009, Marla graduated from Haverford (Pa.) College, where she received her BA degree in biology.

Her interests in working with underserved populations and health disparities have guided her academic pursuits and inspired her application to the President’s Fellowship. Her interest in health disparities has led her to design a research project that investigated racial/ethnic differences in oral health literacy among patients seeking dental care at the School of Dentistry. 

Marla also is committed to serving the community and promoting healthy behaviors. In 2014, she was selected as a Paul Ambrose Scholar to design and implement a community-level public health project. As a scholar, she worked to promote oral cancer awareness in Baltimore City and provided free cancer screenings to residents. Marla currently serves as the vice president of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry chapter of the Student National Dental Association. She is excited to participate in the President’s Fellowship and is looking forward to sharing what she learned about cultural competence with the UMB community.

2014-2015 President's Fellows: Community Engagement

The 2014 - 2015 President's Fellows defined and synthesized students' vision for a University-based community engagement center.

Alisha Ellis

Carey School of Law

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Alisha Ellis was a full-time third-year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Alisha currently works a legislative aide for Dtate Sen. Joan Carter Conway. While in law school, Alisha has interned with the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the AARP Foundation Health Care litigation group. She is a member of several student organizations at the law school, including the student health law organization, the legislative and advocacy organization, the Maryland Service Corp, and Maryland public interest organization along with serving on the student canned castle committee where she sits on the board of the Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger.

Alisha holds a BA degree in sociology from Spelman College, an master of arts  degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in social work from the Smith College School for Social Work. Alisha also earned a post-master’s certificate in advanced dlinical practice from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Alisha is a licensed clinical social worker. As a social work professional, Alisha gained significant experience in oncology, providing counseling and programmatic support to men and women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer. Additionally, Alisha has significant trauma experience, working with clients and corporations to address workplace violence, trauma, and disaster preparedness.

Jessica Galang

School of Nursing

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Jessica Galang was an incoming traditional BSN student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received her BA with honors in psychology from Stanford University in 2011. Since then, she has worked as a research coordinator in mental health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. Jessica looks forward to starting her nursing career and conducting research from a health and human services perspective. Through the President’s Fellowship, she hopes to promote community engagement throughout the university and surrounding Baltimore City community.

Emily Smith Goering

School of Social Work

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Emily Smith Goering was a PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Emily received her MSW from the University of Texas (UT) in Austin and a BSW from Bethel College in Kansas. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Emily was a licensed social worker with experience in the nonprofit and government sectors.  During that time she was also a teaching assistant for courses in community and organizational dynamics as well as human services leadership. Her current research projects include evaluating the impact of neighborhood development initiatives and research on organizational capacity in the human service sector. Emily’s primary research interest is in the intersection of social work and technology, specifically related to how technology can benefit human service organizations and the child welfare workforce.

During her graduate studies at UT, Emily served as a graduate assistant in the University Division of Diversity and Community Engagement focusing on the promotion of academic service learning across campus. She is looking forward to participating in the President's Fellowship and further exploring the important topic of university community engagement.

Dorothy Kenny

School of Medicine (Physical Therapy)

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dorothy Kenny was a second-year student in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at UMB. She received a BA in biology and in history in 2008 and a MA in historical studies in 2010 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her master’s research focused on environmental health policy, and she presented her research at the 2010 American Geophysical Union. She worked for two years as a psychiatric rehabilitation aide and day program coordinator at Partners in Development Group, a psychiatric rehabilitation program assisting severely mentally ill adults in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. She is currently president of Project Jump Start, a student organization that provides bagged lunches to local homeless men and women around the UMB campus. Dorothy would like to focus her career on providing physical therapy services to underserved populations. Dorothy’s interests include camping, swimming, and volunteer-work. 

Maurice Mayo Jr.

School of Social Work

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Maurice Mayo Jr. was a graduate student in the master of social work program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a specialization in community action and social policy. Maurice received his BA in African-American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in 2010. 

Maurice is a native Baltimorean and has worked within the community in several capacities. Maurice is currently employed at the Food and Drug Administration as congressional affairs assistant in the Office of the Commissioner’s Office of Legislation. Maurice also has served as an intern at the Maryland Center for Veteran’s Education and Training (MCVET) in which he helped homeless veterans attain sobriety and permanent housing. Maurice also has served as a program coordinator for the Central Baptist Church Annual Fall Fest, which provides school supplies, health services, and education to the Booth-Boyd community. Maurice also serves as a volunteer at the Gift of Love Center, a local food pantry sponsored by the Central Baptist Church. Moreover, he is a member of the Boyd-Booth Community Association.

Maurice’s experience in research is embedded in his desire to uncover strategies to improve the welfare of low-income communities. Under the tutelage of faculty at UMCP, Maurice served as principal investigator into public health issues that exist within the Anacostia community located in Washington, D.C. Maurice has helped principal investigators at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) examine the impact of substance abuse on violence among African-American men. Moreover, Maurice’s inquisitiveness has led him to currently operate as a research assistant in a research project aimed at analyzing the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Among his areas of interest, Maurice is interested in community revitalization, substance abuse, education, and public health. Maurice is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, Maurice interned in the Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy. In the near future, Maurice hopes to pursue a doctorate in social work.

Emily Meyer

School of Dentistry

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Emily Meyer was a third-year dental student at the School of Dentistry after having received her BS degree in nutritional sciences from Penn State University.  She has been very involved in community engagement during her first two years in dental school as leader and member of many community service organizations, including Mission of Mercy, the Hispanic Dental Association, the Maryland Association of Pediatric Dentists, and Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children.Recently Emily worked with the Jacques Initiative at the UM School of Medicine to plan an oral health screening event during the HIV Outreach Day in the surrounding community. The link between nutrition and oral health has inspired her to work with young children to prevent oral health issues like cavities as well as weight-related health concerns. Emily enjoys visiting elementary schools to teach young children about the importance of taking care of their teeth and how to make healthy food and drink choices. During her free time, Emily enjoys knitting, hiking, reading, volunteering, fitness, and watching movies. Emily is excited to continue to engage with the surrounding community while participating in the President’s Fellowship.

Jazmyn Thompson

School of Medicine (Public Health)

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Jazmyn Thompson was a secon-year master of public health student with a concentration in community and population health. Jazmyn attended Hampton University, where she received her BA degree in psychology with a minor in leadership studies. Jazmyn is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. During her first year at UMB, Jazmyn became a member of the American Public Health Association and was acknowledged as a Gold Award recipient for the President’s Student Leadership Institute. She currently works as a project coordinator for UMB’s Center for Community-based Engagement and Learning, where she seeks to increase child care availability in Southwest Baltimore to improve employment opportunities for community residents.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Jazmyn will serve as a student leader for the master of public health program. She is a member of Class 5 of the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape program and was recently selected as a University of Maryland Women’s Forum scholarship recipient.

Jazmyn’s interests include family health, community outreach, health promotion and education, health prevention, and leadership development. In the future, she plans to work with underserved communities to improve the social determinants that influence health outcomes.

 

2013-2014 President's Fellows: Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The 2013-2014 President's Fellows explored how interprofessional education (IPE) is offered, embraced, and implemented at UMB.

Tyler Coyle

School of Medicine

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Tyler Coyle was a PGY-2 preventive medicine resident at UMB. He received his BA in history of science and medicine from Yale University in 2005 and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2010. He completed his intern year in internal medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. After taking a hiatus from medicine after neck surgery, he will complete his MS at UMB in epidemiology and preventive medicine in 2014.

In medical school, Tyler was the co-president for the P&S Club — the nation's largest medical student activities organization with an annual budget of around $150,000 — and served as the medical liaison to the Doctor for a Day program, a New York nonprofit that exposes local fifth-graders to the medical profession. He has recently been the guest speaker at two University of Maryland seminars, "Writing for the Health Professions."

Curtis Gallagher

Graduate School - Molecular Medicine

Curtis was born and raised in Lancaster, Pa., in the heart of Amish country. He received his BS in biology from York (Pa.) College in 2009 and during the 2013-2014 academic year was a graduate student in the PhD  program in molecular medicine. His research focus was the role of erg K+ channels in the brain, specifically the hippocampus. He utilized electrophysiology and confocal imaging with acute hippocampal slices and primary cultured hippocampal neurons to explore the functional role of different erg isoforms in the hippocampus and how they could functionally be a risk factor for schizophrenia. During his time within the molecular medicine program, Curtis established collaborations with the physiology department in the labs of Dr. Scott Thompson (chair) and Dr. Tom Blanpied to study the putative role of erg in neuronal hyperexcitability and synaptic transmission.

In addition to his graduate work, Curtis is a budding entrepreneur and inventor of life science products. One invention of his was previously “patent pending,” and his idea for a lab resource sharing software program is being implemented by UMB. Recently, he has begun a collaboration with the FDA’s MedWatch team to implement a novel approach to increase medication adverse event reporting by consumers. He is eager to begin his President’s Fellowship, working with his colleagues to recommend a strategy for implementation of formal interprofessional education at UMB and authoring a white paper on the subject. Upon graduation, Curtis hopes to use the scientific and creative experience he is gaining at UMB to enter the field of life science technology transfer and commercialization.

Alexis Gorden, MD

Graduate School - Life Sciences

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Alexis Gorden, MD, was a clinical gastroenterology fellow and a graduate student in the PhD program for clinicians through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. Alexis was raised in Washington, D.C., and received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Brown University. She attended New York University School of Medicine and completed a year-long research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research scholar. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Alexis’ clinical and research interests include the relationship between obesity and digestive diseases. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a speaker at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Conference, and the Maryland Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Minerva Hughes

Carey School of Law

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Minerva Hughes was a student at the Carey School of Law pursuing broad interests in health law and public service. Before starting at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Minerva completed a doctoral research program at Johns Hopkins University, where she worked on new approaches to combat the tuberculosis pandemic. She also has almost 10 years of professional experience as a scientific lead on interdisciplinary teams undertaking the clinical development of new medicines. As a law student, Minerva has completed a legal internship at the Mississippi Center for Justice, working on access to health care issues, and the University’s President Clinic on interdisciplinary team-based health care. She is a member of several scientific and student organizations, most notably, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, and Maryland’s Student Health Law Organization. In her free time, Minerva enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered for several university/community outreach programs. She looks forward to continued community service in the upcoming school year.   

Jueli Li

School of Pharmacy

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Jueli Li was a doctor of pharmacy candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before pharmacy school, she completed internships at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she worked in collaborative teams to research the mechanisms of mental health diseases and to study the proliferation of breast cancer cells, respectively. While in school, Jueli has been selected for the Pharmacotherapy Pathway, a program that improves the marketability of students pursuing a postgraduate residency program through various didactic requirements and the completion of a multidisciplinary Capstone research project. Furthermore, she has worked alongside esteemed faculty to develop evidence-based continuing education programs for health care practitioners through the University of Maryland Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions. In her spare time, Jueli has devoted herself to providing resources to the Baltimore City community. Currently, she is spearheading a team of faculty and student colleagues to improve health literacy and “school-ready” programs for indigent families. Through the President’s Fellowship, Jueli hopes to showcase the value of pharmacy within the interdisciplinary team to create a more dynamic, collaborative environment. She plans to pursue a clinical pharmacy residency upon matriculation.

Vy Nguyen

School of Pharmacy

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Vy Nguyen was a second-year student at the School of Pharmacy. Her first experience with interprofessional education was through the competition of a multidisciplinary four-year research program at the University of Maryland, College Park. During pharmacy school, she continued to receive opportunities to learn from students and faculty of different professions through her participation in a research program offered by the Office of Student Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Currently, she is promoting further interschool collaboration by co-coordinating a campuswide HIV/AIDS Awareness Month initiative. By participating in the President’s Fellowship, she hopes to help demonstrate the value of interprofessional collaboration in academic and professional settings. 

Kim Solovy

School of Social Work


 

Kaila Williams

School of Social Work

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Kaila Williams was an advanced-year student at the School of Social Work. She received a bachelor of science in psychology and sociology from Jacksonville University and has a wide variety of experience with IPE from attending the Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) program and the Navigating Transitions Along the Care Continuum for Frail Older Adults to her personal experience in the importance of interdisciplinary communication at the Baltimore County Department of Aging and her participation as a member of an interdisciplinary team at her current field placement at Union Memorial Hospital. She has gained research experience by assisting several professors at the School of Social Work in their individual studies and recently completed a summer research position at World Relief.

Kaila also remains engaged in her local community by volunteering as an Affordable Care Act Ambassador for Healthcare for All, co-organizing the Strategic Planning Committee at Milford Mill United Methodist Church, and working on the Outreach Committee for the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2012. Her most recent accomplishment in the field of aging includes receiving the Gwendolyn C. Lee Award for Innovative Practice awarded for a holistic health program implemented at the Baltimore County Department of Aging. In the future, she intends to pursue a doctorate in social work focusing on the implementation and evaluation of programs for aging adults.

2012-2013 President's Fellows: Civility

The 2012-2013 President's Fellows aimed to identify and explore contemporary issues facing the University on the topic of civility.

Abdalla Aly

School of Pharmacy

Abdalla Aly received his bachelor of pharmacy degree from Misr International University in Egypt in 2007 and worked as a teaching assistant and a pharmacist for two years. Starting in 2009, he joined the doctoral program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services research at the University of Maryland Schoold of Pharmacy, where he conducted comparative effectiveness research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and outcomes research with a particular interest in modeling heterogeneity of treatment effects and costs in oncology.

Casey Brent

School of Social Work

Casey Brent is a Baltimore City native and, during the 2012-2013 academic year, was a student in the School of Social Work’s Social Action and Community Development program. Upon graduation, her immediate goals are to work with Baltimore City on its westside revitalization project in an effort to rehabilitate her hometown. Ultimately, Casey would like to work with international populations and policy analysis and planning.

Victoria Chihos

Carey School of Law

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Victoria Chihos was interested in working in public interest law after graduation and pursuing a certificate in health care law. In addition to serving as a President's Fellow, Victoria was an active participant in many co-curricular 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 adviser and led a team of 10 law students down to Mississippi on the Maryland Law Service Corps (MLSC) Health Law trip in January 2013. She also has 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.

Ian Clark

Carey School of Law

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Ian Clark was a rising second-year law student and a member of the UMB Strategic Plan Implementation Team for interprofessional education. He also served as the co-chair of the Strategic Plan Interprofessional Public Service and Public Practice subcommittee. Upon graduation, Ian plans to practice law for a private firm or corporation, focusing on corporate law, health law, and intellectual property law upon graduation. He aims to become an expert consultant for corporations, health systems, and academic institutions on the intersections of law, health care, business, and information technology. In addition, Ian would like to counsel leadership and mentor students on importance of collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and public service. 

Mazen El Ghaziri

School of Nursing

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Mazen El Ghaziri was a doctoral student in the School of Nursing. His previous two years at UMB 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. Mazen’s academic and research interests are shaped primarily by his professional and career background in addition to where he sees himself in the near future. Key terms reflecting his research interest are: workplace violence, organization of work, work environment, quality and safety, and most important the impact of nursing on policymaking. Mazen’s career goals are so much congruent with his research interests, where he sees himself working jointly between academia and service for the advancement of the profession.

Devorah Mansdorf

School of Dentistry

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Devorah Mansdorf was entering her second year at the School of Dentistry. Throughout high school, college, and professional school, Devorah 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 intellectual and physical challenges. Devorah thinks 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.

Oksana Mishler

School of Social Work

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Oksana Mishler's academic goal was to complete her graduate research project by May 2013 and publish the results in domestic and international professional journals. She actually met this goal early and completed her project in December 2012. She continued the President's Fellowship program while serving as staff in the School of Dentistry, with her professional goal being 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 locally and worldwide. She volunteered to provide 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. Further, she provided basic oral hygiene instructions to Vietnamese children during the Operation Smile Vietnam mission.

2011-2012 President's Fellows: Urban Renewal

The 2011-2012 President's Fellows examined the role of UMB in infrastructure planning, business development, academic program design, and student activities.

Jeffrey Clark

School of Social Work

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Jeffrey was studying in the masters of social work program. He received his BA in international affairs from American University and an MA in social justice in intercultural relations from the School for International Training. Since 1998, Jeffrey has worked for nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies, including a think tank, an international development organization, newspapers, community training and organizing institutes, a community action agency, and a federal welfare demonstration program.

Jeffrey’s research interests include studying financial welfare initiatives (micro-lending, asset building, financial and economic inclusion); exploring the impact of race, class, and gender on well-being; and practicing the collective application of spiritual principles to strengthen neighborhood life and address social ills.

Michael DeWane

School of Medicine

Michael DeWane was born the youngest of three boys raised in Minnesota. He enrolled at Johns Hopkins University and graduated with general honors in public health studies. While an undergraduate, Michael was an Aitchison Public Service Fellow who pursued coursework that involved research at the primary, clinical, and population levels. Upon graduation, he enrolled as an MD/MPH candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He completed the first two years of his medical school coursework and spent the 2011-2012 school year earning a masters in public health that focused on epidemiology. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Michael's academic goals include learning the skills to be able to assist patients as well as populations.

Jennifer Jarin

School of Nursing

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Jennifer Jarin was a graduate student in the School of Nursing. She was pursuing a master of science in nursing degree with a specialty in community and public health nursing and a certification in environmental health. She practices as a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit. She also works as a graduate research assistant for the Baltimore City Health Department’s Reducing Asthma Disparities Program. Jennifer’s interests include pediatric growth and development, pediatric asthma, pulmonary toxicology, and environmental health.

In addition to the President’s Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, Jennifer was active on campus as a member of the School of Nursing’s Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the University’s chapter of the Global Medical Brigades, and the Wellness Hub’s campus apiary. Jennifer traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for her first medical brigade in June 2011. Outside of academia, she is a member of the American Public Health Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and Bike Maryland.

Nikola Nable-Juris

Carey School of Law

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Nikola Nable-Juris was a rising third-year student at the School of Law. She attended the University of Virginia, majoring in cognitive science and psychology. After graduation, she worked in Juneau, Alaska, with pregnant and parenting teenagers and in Charlottesville, Va., at a domestic violence shelter. While in law school, she has interned at the Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division, the Administrative Law Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. At the law school, she's involved in Law Students for Reproductive Justice, The Authority (an affordable housing journal), and the National Lawyers Guild. She also volunteers with the Baltimore City Teen Court Program and as an EMT with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. Nikola is interested in the law as a tool for social change, particularly in intersections of reproductive justice, women's issues, youth advocacy, and human rights, and she hopes to use her law degree to work for social justice for marginalized communities.

Catherine Wilcow

School of Nursing

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Catherine Wilcow was a second-degree student in the School of Nursing.  Before coming to UMB, Catherine worked for nearly 20 years as a research scientist studying a range of biological phenomenon, from DNA rearrangement to insulin signaling. Although she loved research,  Catherine decided to pursue a nursing degree to participate in translating research discoveries to improved patient care.  

Catherine was raised in Columbia, Md., and has lived in Baltimore City for most of her adult life. She is an active member of her children's school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, helping to raise funds for supplies and enrichment programming for students and staff.