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2017-2018 Executive Board
USGA President, School of Dentistry
Yumin (Mina) is a third-year dental student who is interested in serving her community. Before attending the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Mina was a neuroscience and dance double major, worked as a research associate in the San Francisco Bay Area, and volunteered as a head instructor for SNAP (Special Needs Aquatic Program). She has served on USGA for two years and is excited to join USGA for her third year and serve as president. Mina looks forward to working together with her fellow students.
Julia Peter Thayer
USGA Vice President, Graduate School
Julia is a fourth-year PhD student in the toxicology program within the Graduate School. She is from Lancaster, Pa., and received her BS in Forensic Science from Penn State in 2014. Her research focuses on the function and mechanism of the USP24 gene in Parkinson’s disease. She is looking forward to working with the other USGA senators in the upcoming school year.
USGA Treasurer, Medical School
Redmond (Red) is a third-year medical student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Originally from just outside Towson, Md., he graduated from the University of Richmond in 2014 with a BS in Biology. His future careers goals are to be a physician in the Baltimore area, working in health administration and policy with a focus on primary and palliative care.
USGA Programming Coordinator, Graduate School
Lain is a fifth-year PhD Graduate School student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics track of the Molecular Medicine program. His research focuses on the differential susceptibility to Type 2 Diabetes in the obese using rare genetic models of obesity. Before matriculating into the PhD program at UMB, he received his BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.
USGA Secretary, Graduate School
Nivedita (Niv) is a fourth-year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. Her research focuses on the molecular crosstalk between autophagy and neuroinflammation pathways following traumatic brain injury. Before matriculating into UMB, she received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and a diploma in German Language and Literature from Mumbai University. Nivedita has served on USGA for two years as the senator for the Indian Association and International Students Organization. During her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and jogging along the Inner Harbor.
USGA Parliamentarian, School of Dentistry
Alexandra is a fourth-year dental student. She grew up in a military family and graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Alexandra is involved in many dental organizations; she serves as president of the UMB American Student Dental Association and national member-at-large of the Student National Dental Association. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching TV shows, hiking, and trying out the many great restaurants in Baltimore. Alexandra has served on USGA as a senator and is in her second year as parliamentarian. She looks forward to working with USGA to have a positive impact during the 2017-2018 school year.
Elyse De Laittre
USGA Webmaster, Graduate School of Nursing
Elyse is a fourth-semester CNL student in the nursing school. She is originally from Minnesota, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012 with a Journalism degree, and has spent the past five years living in Baltimore. When not in class or at clinical, she also works in the School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology as a technology training specialist. Elyse hopes to start working in pediatric nursing after graduation and eventually pursue additional education to become a nurse practitioner.
USGA Advisor, Director of Student Development and Leadership
With more than 25 years of experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Cyndi has worked at UMB since graduating from the School of Medicine’s Radiologic Technology program. Cyndi loves advising student organizations and helping students develop into well-rounded, holistic, and professional student leaders.