Francine Baker

Francine is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Public Health Science with a concentration in Biological Science. Her interest in public health, specifically health inequities, comes from personal experience being the mother of two children with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder characterized by anemia, chronic pain, and myriad of other complications. Although her main focus is on sickle cell disease, Francine desires to raise awareness in the community on chronic genetic conditions that are often misunderstood and underrepresented. (Francine@uaid.org)

Lauren Correia

Lauren is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience.  After years volunteering in health facilities of varying socioeconomic communities, Lauren became interested in public health and recognized the importance of mitigating health care disparities.  As a new member of the UAID family, she aims to use her graphic design and marketing skills to draw greater attention to the initiatives of the organization, as well as the health inequities burdening society.  She plans on pursuing a career in the health care industry, either as a pharmacist or a healthcare policy analyst after graduation. (Lauren@uaid.org)

Colleen Howarth

Colleen is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health. She did her undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a degree in Social Work. In the past she has worked with adults with serious mental illness, and hopes to be planning community programs around mental health and substance use after graduation. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her beagle, and taking trips to Richmond in her spare time. As a new UAID intern, Colleen aims to put theory to practice and help community projects reach their full potential. (Colleen@uaid.org)

Lucille Hu

Lucille Hu is a student at Case Western Reserve University majoring in Anthropology and Biology. Her path to public health began with an interest in reconciling medicine with social justice, which led her to an eye-opening introductory public health course freshman year and a subsequent job at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. There, she investigated the methods of community-based participatory research, in which both community and public health experts come together to formulate more impactful and sustainable solutions. She was drawn to UAID for its values of committing to the empowerment of local communities and for encouraging students to consider the context of these communities in creating change. In her spare time, Lucille enjoys dance, music, baking, design, and photography. (Lucille@uaid.org)

Malath Ibrahim

Malath Is a student at the University of Maryland majoring in Public Health and Arabic. She first gravitated towards the field of public health after living throughout the Middle East and Africa and noticing health disparities between countries as well as different communities and social classes within countries. She joined UAID as an intern because of it’s emphasis on customizable solutions for different community needs. She plans on obtaining a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in conjunction with a medical degree in order improve health equity in small villages in Sudan. She enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and painting. (Malath@uaid.org)

Stephen Kane

Stephen is a current medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He did his undergraduate at University of Maryland: College Park and completed a MS at Georgetown University in biophysics and physiology. He has been involved with UAID since his junior year of undergraduate on the chapter level and currently acts as one of the directors of the Chapters team. He enjoys learning about health policy, health inequities, and the history of medicine as well as hiking, running, playing with his turtle, and getting to know members of the UAID family. (Stephen@uaid.org)

Kristin Lemperle

Kristin Lemperle is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University majoring in Public Health. She first started her university experience playing collegiate soccer but then decided to focus her efforts elsewhere. Kristin served an 18 month mission for her church, this is where she developed a passion for public health as she realized health iniquities occur in any location throughout the world. After her undergrad, Kristin would like to pursue a Masters in Health Care Administration. As a UAID intern, she looks forward to learning the most effective ways to prevent and reduce health inequities at a community level, as well as developing management and leadership skills. Kristin enjoys being in the outdoors with her husband and baby boy. (Kristin@uaid.org)

Shweta Lodha

Shweta Lodha is a student at Duke University, currently studying Neuroscience and Chemistry. After learning about the many factors that prevent diverse communities from receiving proper healthcare, Shweta realized how important it was to work towards alleviating health inequities in order to improve a community's general state of well-being. Over the last year, Shweta has worked on collecting and converting pertinent research about important health related issues in to infographics that are accessible by different types of communities. As a Community Projects intern, Shweta hopes to help different UAID chapters across the United States implement projects in an efficient and responsible  manner. Ultimately, Shweta would like to use her experiences with UAID to learn more about the divergent contexts in which health needs can exist so that she can one day make positive changes in the world of public health. In her spare time, Shweta enjoys singing, hiking, running, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to new places. (Shweta@uaid.org)

Tabetha Luhn

Tabetha Luhn is an undergraduate senior at the University of Vermont majoring in Political Science and Anthropology with a global health concentration. She became interested in public health after learning about legislative policies surrounding health care and health inequity in America. After working with a Vermont based campaign focusing on childcare this summer, Tabetha is looking forward to her time interning with the Management team. She enjoys hiking and reading and plans to pursue an MPH after graduating with her bachelors this spring. (Tabetha@uaid.org)

Rory Moore

Rory Moore is a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate at Boston University School of Public Health. He is attaining a concentration in Health Policy and Law with a certificate in Sex, Sexuality, and Gender. He desires to analyze and alleviate existent health inequities and disparities amongst the LGBTIQ+ and African American populations and improve the overall health care system of the United States of America. He is very passionate about social justice work especially when it comes to understanding the intersectionality of how it relates to racial equity and public health. He just graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and minors in Leadership Studies, Chemistry, and Psychology. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar and Daniels Fund Scholar for the Class of 2013. Recently, he worked with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation as a Research Development Intern addressing how their leadership programming can be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. He also worked as a Health Policy Intern for The One Colorado Education Fund where he crafted a health policy brief on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and conducted an inclusive LGBTIQ+ Terminology Index for the organization. As the Co-Director for the Management Team, he works with the External Division on the following initiatives; Board of Advisors, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter), Annual Report, and Website Maintenance. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, hiking, spending time with family, friends, and his loved one. (Rory@uaid.org)

Talia Morikawa

Talia has been a full time physical therapist for 3 years. She works for Penn Medicine providing home care services to patients in West Philadelphia. She also attends University of Pennsylvania where she is working toward her Master's of Public Health. She joined UAID because she is passionate about addressing health disparities caused by socioeconomic and political factors. With a degree in public health, she plans to transition out of clinical practice and work more on preventative, upstream approaches to improving the health of communities in Philadelphia. More specifically, she is interested in program planning and evaluation. (Talia@uaid.org)

Sonia Pandit, MPH MBA

After conducting field research in the villages of Punjab in 2008, Sonia Pandit founded UAID to empower undergraduate students to make a hands-on difference in the lives of rural villagers who are affected by infectious diseases. Her leadership experience includes serving as Sophomore Class President, Freshmen Class Council Representative, Ezra Stiles College Council Representative, Public Health Coalition Events Coordinator, and South Asian Society Outreach Coordinator at Yale University. Sonia has researched at Yale School of Medicine, University of Washington, and at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine while volunteering extensively at the Emergency Department of the Hospital of St. Raphael, Leeway AIDS Facility, and UW Medical Center. She also has experience interning at NBC Universal in Washington D.C., the Maryland General Assembly, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Sonia graduated from Troy High School in 2007 as Valedictorian and from Yale University in 2011 with a major in Political Science. She  graduated with a Master of Public Health degree in Health Systems and Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013 and with a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015. (Sonia@uaid.org)

Emily Pareles

Emily Pareles is currently a junior at the University of Vermont, majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Global Health and minoring in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Most recently, she completed an internship within the parks department in Burlington, Vermont, as part of the office staff at North Beach Campground, where she learned about park management and maintenance. During her brief time as a microbiology major, Emily primarily focused on the social and political side of the health field where upon she soon realized her true passions lie. This fall, she will be applying for her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner College of Medicine and hopes to work for a town or state health department in the future. Emily joined UAID as an intern for the Chapters Team, and is extremely excited to start making a difference in combatting health inequities in various communities.  Additionally, Emily is a photographer and writer for Headwaters Magazine, the sole environmental publication on UVM’s campus. Some of Emily's interests include hiking, skiing, spending quality time with her cats, sketching and portraiture. (Emily@uaid.org)

Corine Peifer

Corine is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health Studies and minoring in Social Policy along with Entrepreneurship and Management. Through various experiences dealing with health care policy and management, Corine recognized the correlation between health inequities and overall wellness and became interested in public health. After graduation, she plans on obtaining a Masters of Public Health, concentrating in health care administration. In her spare time, she enjoys watching baseball, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. (Corine@uaid.org)

Tamara Peterson

Tamara is a student at North Carolina State University majoring in Science, Technology, and Society with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Health, Medicine, and Human Values. Her interest in public health developed from a passion for social justice, medicine, and addressing health inequalities both locally and abroad. She is currently planning her own nonprofit and campus organization pertaining to an intersectional approach to health disparities affecting women in her community through advocacy, education, and implementation. As an UAID intern, she hopes to learn valuable nonprofit management and leadership skills. She enjoys traveling, visual and performing arts, philosophy, and nature. (Tamara@uaid.org)

Olumide Tunde-Sanya

Olumide is a student at the University of Maryland that majors in Neurophysiology and Biology. He gained an interest in public health at a young age when he lived in Nigeria, where he was born, and witnessed the health disparities in not just his hometown, but throughout the country. He joined the UAID board as an intern in 2015 because of his interest in learning more about and being involved in making a positive difference in the world of public health. He is also interested in mental health and neuroscience, and plans to pursue a medical degree in the neurological field after graduation, and has interned with several doctors and volunteered at local hospitals to gain the necessary experience. (Olumide@uaid.org)

Jason West

Jason West is a student at Princeton University, where he is concentrating in French & Politics while pursuing a certificate in Global Health Policy. His independent research at the undergraduate level has focused on issues of public health stemming from environmental conditions, including natural disasters, and on language as a determinant of health. His passion for social justice drives his interest in analyzing disparities in health outcomes along lines of gender identity and sexual orientation. He hopes to continue studying health systems and policy at the graduate level, then to spearhead a health initiative devoted to defending the right to health for people within LGBTQIA and immigrant communities. On campus, he serves as an advisor for first-year students, works with Princeton Caribbean Connection and the Order of Black Male Excellence, and tutors for 100-level French courses. (Jason@uaid.org)