Officers 2020-2021

President

Elijah Ortiz

Hello Everybody! My name is Elijah Ortiz and I am so honored and excited to serve as your AMSA President for the 2020-2021 Academic School year. Currently, I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Computer Science.  Outside of school, I like learning about sustainability, gardening, and longboarding. So, if you find yourself wanting to discuss these topics, feel free to talk to me about it! Prior to assuming this role, I was the Co-Director of Pre-Medical Affairs. In that position, I was able to learn about the foundations of this organization and how we function as a team to serve you guys. Now, I am confident that we will do our best to make your experience in AMSA as great as it can be despite these unique times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have or even just to talk!

Email: ortize2017@fau.edu


Vice-President

Nicholas Pizzo

Hello amazing AMSA members! My name is Nicholas Pizzo and I am elated that I have the opportunity to serve as your Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year! I joined the American Medical Student Association two years ago with the intent of learning more about the field of medicine and becoming acquainted with other pre-medical students like myself. That year, I was the most active member! Last year I served as the Co-Director of Volunteering, where I implemented new volunteering events like Chef for a Day at Quantum House and the Love Serving Autism tennis clinics. Throughout my time in AMSA, I have experienced the joys of working on such a unique leadership team and I am thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve received through this organization. 

I am a junior at FAU this year majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology. I have served for the last two semesters as a Learning Assistant for Calculus 1 through the Math Learning Center. After graduating, I would like to pursue a research fellowship for a year or earn my Master of Public Health before matriculating into Medical School. At the moment, I am keen on the field of interventional cardiology as a potential specialty. For the last two years, I have researched the causes and effects of Citrus Greening Disease, but I am focused on entering neuroscience and/or immunology research lab this year! 

Outside of school, some passions of mine include cooking (especially Mediterranean and vegan food!), running, reading, and painting. Additionally, I am an avid environmental advocate and I love to incorporate earth-friendly practices into my daily life, including composting and minimizing single-use plastics. I cannot wait to embark on this new year as your Vice President and look forward to meeting everyone! 

Email: npizzo2016@fau.edu


Secretary

Justin Xie

Greetings!

I am Justin Xie, your secretary for this academic year. I am a current 3rd-year student at FAU who is double-majoring in Biological Sciences and Anthropology with plans to continue to medical school upon graduation. Originally from Sacramento, California where I grew up and graduated from high school. I am involved in medical scribing, research in the Ken-Dawson Scully lab, and serve as a hospice volunteer with Trustbridge Hospice. Furthermore, I do spend my time volunteering with an on-campus organization called “Splash Pals” where I spend time with special needs children, teaching them to swim and helping to develop their social skills.  In my spare time, I enjoy running, weightlifting, and reading.  I have been involved with AMSA since my freshman year and have enjoyed seeing the pre-health students connect and share opportunities and connections. If you ever need help with anything AMSA related or just simply want to hang out, feel free to approach me at any point whether in a meeting, on campus, or anywhere else.

Email: jxie2018@fau.edu


Sergeant at Arms 

Jinelle Vasquez

Hi guys! My name is Jinelle Vazquez and I am so incredibly excited to be your Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2020-2021 Academic year. Throughout this position, I act as the liaison with both National AMSA and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine here at FAU. Throughout this position, I coordinate AMSA’s involvement in Gross Anatomy Labs, Standardized Patient Program, and the Healthcare Careers Outreach Program (HCOP). Furthermore, I am also responsible for planning and organizing the annual trip to the AMSA National Convention in D.C. In my previous year at AMSA, I served as one of the Co-Chairs of Women in Medicine. I am currently a Junior at FAU pursuing a double major in Biology and Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in Dr.Wilcox’s Infant Cognition Lab and Dr.Wyneken’s Sea Turtle Lab at Gumbo Limbo. I am also the President of Pre-Health Ambassadors and a Scribe at Delray Medical Center/West Boca Medical Center. After I graduate with my Bachelor’s, I plan to obtain a master’s degree in Public Health and then apply to medical school. I absolutely adore watching foreign films, painting, and going to the beach. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email, or come up to me at one of the meetings. I’m so happy to be part of the leadership team for another year and I’m so excited to meet all of you!

Email: vasquezj2017@fau.edu


Treasurer

Safiyyah Mir

Hello my lovely AMSA members! My name is Safiyyah Mir and I have the pleasure of serving as your new Treasurer for 2020-2021. I’ve been a part of the FAU fAMSA since 2017 and became the Director of Fundraising the following year. I’m grateful for every moment spent on the Leadership team and I’m excited to continue serving our amazing organization as an Executive board member. Pre-COVID, I spent my free time finding new places to eat and going out dancing. But now in lockdown, I have frequent Netflix parties and I’ve started doing Yoga! Despite the challenging circumstances, I know AMSA will persevere and accomplish yet another successful year helping you all achieve your dreams and do your best! If you have any questions or you just want to chat, please feel free to email me! I look forward to meeting all of you!….. at a distance. —–

Email: smir2016@fau.edu


Advocacy, Health Administration, and Public Health

Arielle Ayotte

Hi AMSA members ! My name is Arielle Ayotte and I am pleased to introduce you to this new interest group as one of the Directors of Advocacy, Health Administration, and Public Health in Medicine. I am so excited to share with you all these aspects of working in the medical field. I am a senior majoring in Mathematics, in addition to my premedical studies, and I aspire to be a surgeon or pediatrician. I love traveling, painting and playing the piano. I am looking forward to seeing you at our events.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to email me or my wonderful Co-Director Maya. 

Email: aayotte2017@fau.edu

 

Maya Khazem

Hi everyone! My name is Maya Khazem and I am honored to serve as your Co-director of Advocacy, Healthcare Administration, and Public Health in Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am responsible for educating our AMSA community on healthcare laws and policies, patient advocacy, disparities in healthcare, and many other public health-related topics. As a third-year student at FAU, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and am interested in specializing in a surgery-focused career upon completion of medical school. I was born and raised in South Florida, and I am of Lebanese descent. In my free time, I enjoy baking, traveling, and playing soccer. My favorite dessert to make (and eat) is a French fruit tart— it is so irresistible! Feel free to approach me at our meetings, or email me if you have any questions about our interest group. I look forward to an amazing year with you all!

Email: mkhazem2017@fau.edu


Clinical Skills

Leslie Fruggiero

Hi FAMSA!! My name is Leslie Fruggiero and I have the honor to serve you as your Co-Director of Clinical Skills alongside the amazing Natalia (the best person to fangirl about with anything) for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am currently a senior at FAU pursuing a B.S. in Biology. I am bilingual as my family is from Venezuela and Italy, my dream is to travel across continents like Europe, South America, etc. and provide everyone with the best medical care I can give. My life goal is to become a Family Medicine physician and open my own private practice just so I can organize a Pro Bono Project to the communities in need. AMSA has quickly become something that means so much to me, I have made amazing friendships and connections. So, to have the opportunity to start with giving back to our wonderful members means the world to me. Our goal is to shine a light on the risks of high blood pressure, BMI, and pulse rate for communities’ home and abroad. Natalia’s and my responsibility as your Co-Directors will be to prepare and train all our members to properly take blood pressure, BMI, and pulse rate so that we may serve everyone and apply these skills to our future careers in medicine. As a team, Natalia and I are doing our best to create memorable and enriching events for our members! We can’t wait to meet and get to know all of you! If you need ANYTHING, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re all in this together!  

Email:lfruggiero2017@fau.edu

 

Natalia Tomaszewska

Hi everyone! My name is Natalia Tomaszewska and I am beyond excited to be one of your Clinical Skills Co-Directors alongside the wonderful Leslie (my fellow Twilight & Marvel extraordinaire) for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am currently a senior at FAU pursuing a B.S. in Biology. Some fun facts to know about me: I am bilingual as my family is from Poland, I adore reading books (for fun), listening to vinyl records, hope to travel Europe one day (one of my biggest passions), adore tennis & soccer, and aspire to become an Emergency Medicine Pediatric Doctor. I have been an AMSA member for the past two years and attended the Bahamian and Puerto Rican Outreach Trips last year, which I how I got to know the lovely FAMSA I have today. Together with Leslie, our goal is to spread awareness in communities about the risks of high blood pressure. At our training sessions, we will train AMSA members in taking blood pressure, BMI, and pulse rate so we may serve communities at home and abroad while learning these clinical skills to use in our careers as future healthcare professionals. Please don’t hesitate to contact either Leslie or I with any questions, we would be more than happy to answer. I am looking forward in getting to know all of you lovely members and having a great year!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

~ Mother Teresa

Email:ntomazewska2018@fau.edu


Communications

Kimora FeQuiere

Hello FAMSA! My name is Kimora FeQuiere and I will be your director of Communications for the 2020-2021school year. I am currently a senior pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I am a Resident Assistant (RA) at FAU, Medical Scribe, and a K-12 tutor. I am a member of the Psychology club and Scientific Mentoring for Academic Research Training (SMART) club. I also plan to become involved in research and continue shadowing and building my clinical skills repertoire. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school to pursue my passion of Cosmetic Dermatology. I strive to be the best version of myself and encourage others to do the same for themselves. My hobbies include roller skating, tennis, horseback riding, being outdoors, traveling, yoga, working out, and health & wellness. If I am not studying or working, you will most likely find me at my favorite place, the beach! I am excited to serve on this team of like-minded individuals to give AMSA and their members the best and most memorable experience!

Email: kfequiere2017@fau.edu


Diversity in Medicine

Aishwarya Bandaru

Hi FAMSA! My name is Aishwarya and I will be your Co-Director of Diversity in medicine. I am currently a sophomore studying Neuroscience and Behavior. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and later specialize in Pediatrics. Outside of the classroom, I am the Vice President of the Indian Student Association and Boca Coordinator for FAU Aatish, FAU’s competitive Bollywood dance team. One of my favorite things to do is cook, so if you have any recipes I should try, send them my way! I also love to travel and learn about different cultures. In fact, one of my most memorable AMSA experiences was the 2019 New Providence Outreach trip. My Co-Director and I have a lot of amazing events and meetings planned for Diversity in Medicine this year. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me an email!

Email: Abandaru2019@fau.edu

Hina Qadri

Hi everyone! My name is Hina Qadri and I have the great pleasure to serve as one of the Directors for Diversity in Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am currently a senior majoring in a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. My goal after graduation is to have the incredible opportunity to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist. I am excited to bring together two of my favorite passions being culture and medicine together this year. I am half Ecuadorian and half Pakistanian and growing up culture has been an aspect in my life that has defined who I am today. My goal for this interest group is to bring awareness to the importance of culture and its impact on the medical field, as well as to discuss topics regarding the diversity in minorities, sexualities, religion, and overall the different perspectives that exist in medicine. Some fun facts about me are that I am fluent in Spanish, I love to travel, and  I work as a hostess at The Capital Grille in Boca. When I am not studying in the library or working you can catch me working out, watching Netflix, going to the beach, and eating out. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me! I am excited to meet all of you and have a memorable year together! 

Email: hqadri2018@fau.edu


Exercise Lifestyle Nutrition in Medicine

Alejandro Colas

Hey AMSA Members!!!! I’m name is Alejandro Colás and I am excited to be serving as your one of your Directors of Exercise, Lifestyle and Nutrition in Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic school year!!! My goal is to encourage and motivate you guys to surpass your health-related goals while staying on top of a busy premed curriculum. I cannot wait to see what we all accomplish this year as we push each other to become the best version of ourselves. If you have any questions, whatsoever don’t hesitate to ask me in person or through email.

Email: acolas2017@fau.edu

Samantha Jensen

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Jensen (I usually go by Sam) and I will be your Co-Director of Exercise, Lifestyle, and Nutrition in Medicine! I grew up in Norway until moving to the US in 2007. I’m currently a senior at FAU majoring in Psychology and taking classes to prepare myself for the MCAT. So far, I have been a part of FAU’s diplomacy program for 2 semesters, and I am and have been an officer of the Splash Pals FAU chapter for 4 semesters.  After graduating at FAU, I intend to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist.  Whenever I am taking a reprieve from school, I like to work out, travel, cook, and learn about other cultures.  With my amazing Co-chair, we hope to create a happy and healthy environment to learn about the importance of exercise, nutrition, and having a balanced lifestyle. I am so excited for this great year ahead and I can’t wait to meet all of you! If you have any questions or just want to hang out, feel free to contact me!

Email: sjensen2018@fau.edu


Fundraising

Dillon Cram

Hello AMSA members! My name is Dillon Cram and I have the pleasure of serving as the Co-Director of Fundraising for the 2020-2021 academic year. Currently, I am a senior pursuing a double bachelor’s in Biology and Finance with aspirations to go to medical school. This upcoming fall semester marks my first year of involvement with the AMSA Leadership team! I am also the chief scribe in the Memorial Regional Hospital ED and have been scribing for the past 2 years. Being in the ED for the past 2 years has opened my eyes to the amazing environment of medicine and patient care. I plan on pursuing a field in medicine and the AMSA family feels like the right group of people to surround myself with to be successful. I’m extremely excited to be part of the leadership team and I’m am looking forward to meeting all of you! If you have questions, comments, or concerns at any time feel free to approach me and ask! I am here to help.

Sincerely, 

Dillon Cram

Email: dcram2014@fau.edu

Ashley Leos

Hello AMSA members! My name is Ashley Leos and I am so excited to serve as one of your Co-directors of Fundraising, along with Dillon, for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am a junior pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with aspirations to be the first in my family to go to medical school in Miami and study sports medicine. This is going to be my second year being a part of AMSA and I am truly honored to be part of the officer team this year. AMSA has given me the opportunity to meet new people, learn and explore different health careers, and go to amazing outreach trips, which I would highly recommend for every member to attend. Outside of school, I love to spend time at the beach with friends, workout and play lacrosse with my teammates, binge watch shows on Netflix, and travel to different places, even go on random road trips. My goal as your AMSA officer for this year, even with everything going, is to provide numerous fundraising opportunities for you guys through the Hardrock events and make them as fun and enjoyable as possible. Attending the fundraiser events will allow the members to raise money for medical outreach trips, charities, or to help members make money for themselves. I am super excited to make new friends and meet all of you guys this year! If you guys have any questions, please reach out or come to me in person! 

Email: aleos2018@fau.edu


International Outreach

Isabella Alvarez

Hello, amazing people! My name is Isabella Alvarez, but I go by Izzy. I am delighted to be a part of this fantastic leadership team as one of the Directors for International Outreach. To give you some background, I am a community college transfer and I am part of the first generation of my family to be born in the U.S. The first semester that I transferred to FAU after receiving my AA, I fell in love with AMSA and all that it has to offer. Such as, going to retirement homes, interacting with people who have disabilities, learning different cultures, meeting and interacting with different kinds of doctors, etc.—I was hooked. In the midst of these opportunities, I got plugged into mission trips. Each trip I have been on has shifted my perspective on various things and has humbled me. Going outside of what is familiar is necessary to become the best version of yourself and I believe going to different countries is a great way to do so. Mission trips are something I plan to continue beyond my college years, which makes this experience super exciting as I lend a helping hand. Fun fact, I was not always a Biological Science Major. Originally when I started college, I was an Exercise Science Major to eventually do something in Sports Medicine but soon realized what I specifically want to become—a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Outside of school, I am also a servant-leader for the young adult ministry at Church of All Nations in which my roles include being a singer on the worship team, as well as, being one of the leaders for the prayer team. A hobby I love to do is kickboxing at my local gym and running long distances. Medicine and health is a passion that keeps growing for me each day and I love that we can all come together and learn from one another in this multicultural organization. I would like to encourage you to join our International Outreach Trips, if you have any questions feel free to contact me or my Co-Director Victoria. We are here to help you and make this journey memorable. Cannot wait to meet you!

Email: ialvarez2018@fau.edu

Victoria Lugo

Hello AMSA members! My name is Victoria Lugo, and it is a pleasure to serve you as your Co-Director of International Outreach for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am currently a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school with hopes of becoming an emergency physician! I am beyond excited to be planning these memorable trips for you all this year and cannot wait to see the memories and experiences you guys will gain from serving others on these trips. Attending these medical outreach trips is definitely one of the most humbling experiences, and it allows you to immerse yourself in different cultures while utilizing your medical skills. I cannot wait to meet you all, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

 Email: vlugo2018@fau.edu


Marketing

Fatima Alukidi

Hello FAMSA!! My name is Fatima Alukidi and I will be your Co-Director of Marketing for this year. I’m super excited to be serving AMSA and take on this position! What that means is that I will update all AMSA social media accounts, flyers, and overall keep the members involved in any activities throughout the year alongside my co-director. I am excited to meet everyone at the GBMs and other AMSA events and take pictures of you guys to post on our social media! I’ve been a part of the AMSA family since 2018 and it’s been an amazing journey since, I joined all GBMs, some interest group meetings, and volunteer events. And of course, my absolute favorites were gross anatomy labs and PROT. This will be my third year in FAU, and I’m pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior and Minoring in Psychology with aspirations to go to dental school and later specialize in orthodontics. I am also currently working in Dr. Hock’s Lab, where I study the effects of blindsight on the perception of motion and speed. I was born in Baghdad, Iraq and I lived in Amman, Jordan so I can read and speak Arabic (it’s harder than you think!!) I love to travel and absolutely love anything that has to do with food or coffee! During any free time, I always love to learn more about beauty and skincare, I also enjoy cooking and listening to music, and hanging out with friends. I spend most of my time on campus studying so you can always catch me at the library. If you have any questions always feel free to email me.

Email: Falukidi2018@fau.edu

 

Isabella Grande

Hey guys! My name is Isabella Grande, and I am your Co-Director of Marketing for the 2020-2021 academic school year! Even though we are going to be virtual, I’m excited to keep up morale on all of our social media platforms and getting to meet you all during GBMs and other AMSA events. I am a second-year student at FAU double majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. After obtaining my BS, I aspire to attend medical school and become an OBGYN.

Outside of AMSA, I am involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Fields’ lab where I study cancer chemical biology and proteases of the extracellular matrix. Aside from school, you can usually find me at a coffee shop, gym, or spending time with family and friends. Please feel free to reach out to me with any and all questions!

Email: igrande2018@fau.edu


Mental Health in Medicine and Research

Anuradha Ramdas

Hello, my beautiful FAMSA! My name is Anuradha Ramdas, Anu for short, and I am thrilled to be one of your Co-Directors of Mental Health in Medicine and Research along with Natasha for the 2020-2021 school year! I am currently a junior majoring in Health Science with a concentration in women’s health. After I graduate with my bachelor’s I plan to pursue medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician! After accomplishing my goal of becoming a physician, I aspire to join Doctors Without Borders as a volunteer to help provide healthcare to those in need. Aside from AMSA, I am also the Public Relations Chair for Global Medical Brigades, a member of Eat for Tomorrow, and a camp counselor for the City of Sunrise.

When I’m not busy with school or work you can find me at your local Starbucks, tending to my cacti collection, or doing a face mask in my bed. I love art, plants, animals, and traveling!

Mental health is something I am very passionate about and I am *psyched* that I get to share that passion with all of you. Although it isn’t mentioned enough, mental health is a very important part of each and every one of our lives. I believe you’ll find this interest group to be a fun and interesting one, that will provide you with knowledge that you can not only apply to your future careers, but to your own everyday life as well!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions you may have!

Email: aramdas2016@fau.edu

Natasha Ramnauth

Hello AMSA! My name is Natasha (Tash) Ramnauth and I am honored to serve as one of your Co-Directors of Mental Health in Medicine & Research, along with Anuradha, for the 2020-2021 year! I recently graduated with my B.S in Neuroscience in Summer 2020 from FAU and I am now pursuing my master’s degree in Biological Sciences at FAU. Mental health is a topic that often takes a back seat to other topics, even by many medical and graduate schools. My mission is to educate our members on the importance of mental health within ourselves and to teach our future health care providers the value of why we should heal our patients not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Joining AMSA has been a rewarding experience. AMSA has provided countless opportunities for me to give back to the community and has helped consolidate my future goals as a physician-scientist. In Spring 2020, I joined Asghar Lab in Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine and I will be continuing with this lab as an MS Student to conduct my research proposal. I am also a microbiology lab teaching assistant. Outside of academics, I LOVE everything Star Wars, learning Bollywood dancing, and playing video games. I cannot wait to meet all of you and talk about mental health!

Email: nramnauth2017@fau.edu


Premedical Affairs

Linden Bravo

Hey AMSA members!! My name is Linden Bravo and I am so honored to be your co-director of pre-medical affairs for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a senior pursuing a bachelor’s in Biological Science. I am excited to be working alongside Matt to offer premedical opportunities to our members. I was born in New Jersey, raised in South Florida and I enjoy boxing, hiking, kayaking, and fishing during my free time. I am an ER volunteer,  have shadowing experience, and participate in the honors research program. I was once a freshman, sophomore, and junior and I know how stressful the premed track can be which is why I want to help you along the way. Please do not hesitate to contact me, I am here to help you!

Email: lbravo2017@fau.edu

Matthew Araujo

Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Araujo and it is my pleasure to serve as one of your 2020-2021 Directors of Pre-Medical Affairs. I am of Brazilian and Colombian parentage, and was born in Englewood, New Jersey; but was raised in Boca Raton for most of my life. Currently, I am a Senior majoring in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience and Behavior, and minoring in Psychology. It is my hope to one day attend medical school on an Air Force HPSP scholarship and serve as an anesthesiologist. Aside from my responsibilities in AMSA, I currently serve as an intern and Outreach Coordinator for FAU’s Chapter of SplashPals, Member Liaison for the Scientific Mentoring for Academic Research Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Club, and Director of Communications and Marketing for the Classical Art Appreciation Society (CAAS). 

Outside of school, I enjoy watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette with friends, going to Rocco’s for all you can eat tacos, hitting the Ave on weekends, and whatever other crazy adventures the week has in store. Other hobbies of mine include going to the beach, playing piano and guitar, surfing Netflix for new shows to binge, scouring South Florida for the best restaurants, and spending quality time with my year-old Pitbull, Daisy! Whether you have questions relating to AMSA, school, or anything in general, please feel free to reach out to me! It would be my pleasure to help you as much as I can in your journey as a Pre-Medical/Pre-Health student and through life. Let’s make this year one to remember!

Email: maraujo2017@fau.edu


Specialties in Medicine

Gustavo Huaman

Hello fellow AMSA members! My name is Gustavo Huaman and it is my pleasure to be serving as your Co-Director of Specialties in Medicine. I am an undergraduate junior seeking a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Doctor. After completing medical school, I seek to do my residency with some branch of the military, and serve my country in many ways.

I am currently performing research in Dr. Binninger’s lab, studying the effects of the deletion of the MSR gene in Drosophila. Apart from that, I am also part of the college of science’s “Soar in 4” Scholars program, as well as a member of the HOSA future health professionals team. In my free time, I love to go to the gym, go to the beach with friends, swim, and play guitar. I was born and live in Parkland, Florida after my parents moved here from Colombia and Peru.

Ever since I joined AMSA, I have been shown nothing but kindness, and have been welcomed by everyone on the team, and my goal is to show the same hospitality to my FAMSA. If any of you need advice, a friend, or just someone to talk to, I’ll be there for you. I am very excited to point my fellow AMSA members in the right direction by providing you all with the presentations we have lined up from various doctors that will give you all a better idea of the various specialties that medicine has to offer. I am looking forward to being part of hopefully one of the most productive years in AMSA history. Can’t wait to meet all of my fellow AMSA members!

Email: ghuaman2019@fau.edu

Marcel Orellana

Hello AMSA members! My name is Marcel Orellana and I have the great privilege of being one of your directors for Specialties in Medicine for the 2020-2021 academic year. I’m so excited to bring in health professionals from all kinds of specialties so that we can all learn about the huge and diverse field that makes medicine so interesting! I was born in New York and eventually moved down to Miami for high school and college. I’m currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in Biology, I conduct research at the FAU college of medicine, and I volunteer as a youth teacher at my church! My goal is to graduate, attend medical school, and become either a trauma surgeon or an ER doc. Aside from school, I love mustangs, playing video games with my friends, cooking, and singing! Fun fact: I’m also a twin. If you ever need pre-med advice or just need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m super excited to meet you all and look forward to a wonderful AMSA year!

 Email: morellana2019@fau.edu


Records

Karla Menchu-Saban

Hello awesome AMSA members! My name is Karla Menchu-Saban and I am honored to serve as your Co-Director of Records, along with Melissa, for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Throughout this position, Melissa and I will be keeping track of points for attending sessions, logging volunteer hours, and AMSA T-shirts distribution. I am so excited to work alongside all of the other amazing AMSA officers this year and continue to meet new people. 

I joined AMSA during my sophomore year in Fall 2018, which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. AMSA has given me so many opportunities that have helped me grow and develop the ability to learn about the healthcare system such as having the opportunity to provide free blood pressure screening for the community. I participated in two outreach trips New Providence, the Bahamas in 2018, and Escazu, Costa Rica in 2019. Despite pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, I am a certified medical interpreter and CPR/First Aid. Aside from AMSA, here at FAU, I am an Elite Owl Leadership Ambassador with the Office of LEAD, serve as the Secretary for Blood Pressure Screening Association, and work as an Operations Assistant in Campus Rec. Outside of school, I am a Take Stock in Children mentor and a chaperone for the School District of Palm Beach County. Some of the things I enjoy doing are drawing, spending time with my family, walking on the beach, volunteering, traveling, and taking pictures.

I’m super excited to ensure that this year will be filled with informative meetings, awesome events, and professional discussions. I look forward to all of the meetings and events we will be holding for you all in the 2020-2021 academic year! As a First-Gen college student, I am making the most of my college experience. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to internships, leadership conferences, participation in organizations, or anything, do not hesitate to reach out to me because I’m here to help you all. God bless you all!

Email: kmenchusaban2017@fau.edu

Melissa Garcia-Gonzalez

Hey everyone!!! My name is Melissa Garcia Gonzalez and I am honored to be serving as your Co-Director of Records for the 2020-2021 year. I am originally from Cuba and have been living in South Florida since I was about 8 years old. I currently live in Boca and am a rising senior at FAU pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school to further realize my dream of becoming an Emergency Room physician. Ever since I can recall, I have been fascinated by medicine and the compassion of it, not only in healing but as well as in uniting unlikely people together. My decision to become a doctor is driven by the fact that I genuinely enjoy assisting others and improving their quality of life. I joined AMSA to be able to meet others that shared that same passion for medicine as I do and be able to give back to the community through the amazing opportunities this organization provides. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with my puppy Milo. I also love volunteering and currently volunteer at West Boca Medical Center, Caridad Center, and Boca Helping Hands. I am so excited to meet all of you this year and keep track of all your hard-earned points and volunteer hours, etc. If you have any questions regarding your points, volunteering hours, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Email: Melissagarci2017@fau.edu


Research

Imitsal Imran

Hi AMSA members! My name is Imtisal Imran and I will be serving as one of your Co-Directors of Research for the 2020-2021 year. I am currently a junior at FAU pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences and I plan to attend medical school after graduation (I still don’t know what I want to specialize in because there are too many appealing options). I conduct research in Dr. Nouri-Shirazi’s lab, where we are interested in improving vaccines in order to reduce vaccine failure rates among immunocompromised populations. My current research is focused on developing an in vitro culture system to detect and compare changes in frequency and function of memory B and T cell subsets specific to vaccine antigens within the peripheral blood of individuals. Outside of academics, I love to draw, try new food, and hang out with the people I love. If you ever want to talk to me about research or anything else in general, feel free to reach out to me! Welcome to AMSA and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Email: iimran2017@fau.edu

 

 

Vivek Sreejithkumar

Hello everyone, my name is Vivek Sreejithkumar and I look forward to serving as one of your Co-Directors of Research for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am a second-year student at FAU majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Mathematical Sciences. I joined AMSA and began conducting undergraduate research in my past year at FAU, and I have found both to be wonderful opportunities to enhance my interests and to work towards my professional goals of attending medical school and becoming a neurologist. I began my research working with Dr. Tuncer in the department of Mathematical Sciences and conducted a project about mathematical modeling on the epidemiology of the influenza virus. Furthermore, I have also worked in the MPCR Lab with Dr. Hahn, conducting a research project with 2 fellow undergraduate students. The objective of that project was to develop a predictive algorithm that uses artificial intelligence and pose-tracking technology to predict falls in the elderly. In this upcoming year, I look to apply for the Max Planck Honors Program and conduct neuroscience research at the Max Planck Florida Institute at the FAU Jupiter campus. Overall, I am extremely passionate about research and I am super excited to guide my fellow AMSA members through the process of joining a lab and executing a research project. In my spare time when I am not studying or working on research, I enjoy reading, traveling, and passing time with my friends and family. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the AMSA leadership team for this year and share my research experience with my peers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, thank you!

Email: vsreejithkum2018@fau.edu


Volunteering

Dila Boyalikli

Hello everyone! My name is Dila Boyalikli and I am so excited to be one of your Co-Directors of Volunteering for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am originally from Turkey and this year will be my third year in Florida. I am a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences. I am planning to graduate from FAU a year early, go to medical school, and eventually become a surgeon. My ultimate goal after being a surgeon is to serve in the rural areas that do not have many opportunities. Other than school and AMSA, I really enjoy sailing, reading parapsychological books, growing my own fruits and vegetables, and cooking Turkish foods. I am a huge nature and animal person. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to talk about anything. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and having an amazing year with our AMSA family! 

E-mail: dboyalikli2018@fau.edu 

Hannah Phelps

Hi incredible AMSA members! My name is Hannah Phelps and I am beyond honored to serve as your Co-Director of Volunteering for the 2020-2021 school year! I am a Junior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a double major in Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior. My goal as your Co-Director of Volunteering is to provide volunteering events that help to serve the community and are fun and engaging in addition to long term volunteering opportunities to pursue on your own. I hope that through our events, you will make connections and build skills that will fuel your passion for medicine and prepare you for professional school, whether that be medical school, dental school, PA school, etc. In addition to my involvement in AMSA, I am involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Wei’s lab where I study the molecular pathways of neurodegenerative disorders. I also have an infatuation with Calculus 1 and work as a Learning Assistant for Calculus 1. Outside of school, I volunteer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and my church. In my free time, I love to read, spend time with my friends and family, play the Sims, and listen to Twenty One Pilots. I am so excited to meet and serve the community with all of you!

Email: hphelps2017@fau.edu