Regional Chairs

Patricia Bunda, MS1

1N New England Chair

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Rommell Noche, MS1

1N New England Chair

Rommell Noche is a first year medical student at Frank H. Netter School of Medicine in Connecticut. His current interests include cardiovascular disease, precision medicine, and medical genetics. 

 

Prior to medical school, Rommell worked as a postgraduate research associate at Yale School of Medicine, Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology. While there, he explored recurrent stroke in the middle-aged and the relationship between genetically determined hypertension and brain health. Rommell has presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, European Stroke Organisation Conference, and International Stroke Conference. His work has been published in Stroke and Annals of Neurology.

 

Rommell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry in the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences. His master’s thesis investigated the role of activated endothelial cell surfaces in coagulation enzyme complex assembly. Outside of classes and research, Rommell was a volunteer coordinator for United Community Clinic, a student-run, free health clinic in West Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Penn Philippine Association, serving as an officer of the executive board and performing at the annual cultural show. His favorite dance was Sayaw sa Bangko.

 

Born in Guam, Rommell moved to Southern California at the age of five. He attended Rancho Cucamonga High School and was involved in the Associated Student Body, National Honor Society, and Science Olympiad.

Claire Perez, MS3

1 Northeast

She currently attends Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She is interested in Emergency Medicine or General Surgery and is involved in various student organizations such as Community Health Education Programs, HEARTs the student run clinic, and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. She is currently one of the leaders of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and is involved in research studying residents’ health with Fitbit.

Ms. Perez graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Tumon, Guam. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Guam with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. In undergrad, her interests focused on helping her island community and being involved in various research, from diatom taxonomy and water quality on Guam to magnetic resonance imaging research at National Institute of Health.

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Gerald Coronado, MS2

2 Capital Chair

Mr. Coronado is a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and a scholar in the VCU Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track, with an interest in pursuing Family Medicine residency. He is the co-president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at VCU and the president of the Medicine with Pride at VCU student organization. His clinical experiences include regularly volunteering with Pathways Service, Crossover Clinic, and the Medical Reserve Corps COVID programs. Additionally, he is research assistant for Dr. Youssef Roman with the Filipino Americans Community Genetic Project, currently focusing on the pharmacogenetics of gout in the Filipino American population. In his free time, he plays indoor and outdoor volleyball with Stonewall Sports League.

While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Virginia (UVA), Mr. Coronado served as a Biology Lab peer teacher, volunteer in the surgical and operating room units at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Catechist of Religious Education (CORE) team leader with LifeTeen ministries at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and health coach volunteer at the Angels of Mercy clinic. He played viola in the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, with the pit orchestra of UVA’s Opera Viva, and in university chamber groups.

Prior to matriculating at VCU School of Medicine, Mr. Coronado worked as the charge doctor’s assistant at the Advanced Wellness Centre, a holistic approach to healthcare with chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture, among other specialties in Richmond VA. In 2015, he joined Dr. Dennis Holmes, MD., Inc. in Los Angeles as research coordinator and assistant, going on to publish articles and present posters on cryotherapy, intraoperative radiotherapy, and surgical devices for breast cancer. He maintained community engagement in Los Angeles by volunteering with Project Angel Food, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health tumor board. He also served as equipment manager for the Ginger Rogers Beach Volleyball club.

Gaby Obedoza, MS2

2 Capital Chair

Gaby is a second-year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCUSOM) in Richmond, VA. She is part of her school’s Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admissions Track (fmSTAT), a dual admissions program designed to support and develop students committed to a career in family medicine. At VCUSOM, she is the secretary and sports medicine coordinator of the Student Family Medicine Association as well as the legislative representative of her school’s American Medical Student Association chapter. In these roles, she supports fellow students as they explore opportunities in primary care and patient advocacy. Gaby also supports a local free clinic, Health Brigade, by volunteering with their comprehensive harm reduction program. 

 

During college at American University in Washington, DC, Gaby majored in biology and minored in psychology with a special interest in neuroscience. She conducted research in the field of neuroendocrinology, examining the effects of estrogens on zebra finch brains following traumatic brain injury. Gaby also interned with the American Association of University Women, working closely with their STEM education programs to increase representation of women in these fields.  

 

After graduating cum laude, Gaby spent time working in multiple healthcare settings. She assisted patients in navigating clinical trials as a Protocol Care Specialist with the Sarcoma & Bone Oncology Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She also served as chief medical scribe at OrthoVirginia in Richmond, VA, which sparked her interest in primary care sports medicine. During this time, she also became involved with the National Patient Advocate Foundation and aided in the formation of a bill limiting step therapy practices that was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019. 

 

A native of Norfolk, VA, Gaby graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School with an Advanced Studies diploma. While in high school, she took 7 AP courses and was active in her school’s soccer and sailing teams.

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Donita Barrameda, MS3

3E Great Lakes Chair

Donita Barrameda is a current 3rd year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) and is originally from southern California. She is currently is in Flint, Michigan for her last two years of training and MSU-CHM’s Medical Partners in Public Health (MD-PH) certificate program. She was Vice President for her school’s American Medical Student Association chapter outreaching to college pre-medical students and organizing social events for medical students.

She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Human Development. She was very involved with the Fil-Am community especially through Filipinx Association for Health Careers (FAHC), having served various leadership positions and becoming president her senior year. One of her fondest moments in FAHC was coordinating the biennial FAHC Health Conference at UCDSOM, which featured pre-health workshops, speaker panels, and networking opportunities for high school and college students.  Throughout college she volunteered and held leadership roles at Bayanihan Clinic, a free student-run clinic serving the Filipino World War II Veteranos and underserved communities of Sacramento. She served as a co-coordinator for the clinic’s Healthy Breast Program that organizes annual free mammography screening events and resources for community members. She was also co-Outreach Coordinator organizing outreach events that provided free blood pressure, glucose checks, and health education for the Veteranos and health fair events. She completed her post-bacc program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, California and did a medical and public health service trip in Honduras with Global Medical Brigades. At KGI she initiated a diabetes program providing free diabetes screening services and health education classes to the local Latino community. She applied to medical school after her post-bacc and pursued a Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences at KGI during her application cycle. During her M.S. program, she did medical device design research with start-up company efyian developing point-of-care tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other infectious diseases.

 

She is interested in going into family medicine or geriatric medicine and hopes to practice back home in Los Angeles or San Bernardino county to help address the shortage of primary care physicians. She has a passion for mentorship, from helping high school students at youth conferences to other peers also interested in medicine and wants to keep doing this as a physician. She loves gardening, basketball (go Lakers!), and video games.

Edgar Geronimo Yap Junior, MS2

3W Midwest Chair

Edgar is a second year MD-MA in Bioethics student at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). At the SSOM, Edgar is the President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association as well as the Vice President of the Family Medicine Interest Group. Furthermore, he is involved in primary care research. He has a passion for working with under-resourced communities and students, mentoring nearby high school students in Westside Chicago through the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program and the Health Career Collaborative. Additionally, Edgar volunteers remotely with the Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals in Oakland, California, helping under-served patients with their insurances and healthcare needs. In the future, Edgar plans to pursue a Family Medicine residency. His dream is to work in a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves a large Filipinx population, as well as teach in an academic medical center and a local community college. 

 

At UC Berkeley, Edgar majored in Integrative Biology and Anthropology. He was very involved in the Filipinx community, holding leadership positions in the Pilipinx Academic Student Services (PASS) for three years. During his second and third years, Edgar hosted dozens of recruitment and cultural events for under-represented K-12 and community college students through PASS. In his fourth year, Edgar was the Director of Internal Affairs for PASS and facilitated a course on Filipinx Identity and Leadership through the Asian American Studies Department. At the same time, Edgar conducted research on biofuels at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and human paleontology at the Human Evolution Research Center. Following graduation, Edgar worked as the surgery coordinator and co-office manager at a large scale private Ophthalmology practice in the East Bay Area.

 

Edgar calls three places home, being born in Los Angeles, living in Kuwait for eight years, and growing up in the Bay Area. Filipinx advocacy has been in his family since they arrived in the United States, with his parents being active in the development of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s. During his free time, Edgar enjoys playing basketball and watching the Golden State Warriors, cooking with his partner, and learning about nature. He is very excited to be part of CYFAM and the inaugural conference. 

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April Alcantara, MS4 

3W Midwest Chair

Joshua Dejoya 

4 Southern Chair

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Angela C. Arata, MS1

4 Southern Chair

Resident of Napa, California, Angela Arata graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Biology. At UCSD, Angela served as an ambassador for Sixth College, tutor at Gompers Preparatory Academy, volunteer at UCSD Medical Center, and student supervisor at Foodworx.

 

Following her undergraduate studies, Angela worked as a clinical laboratory technician while completing the Pre-Professional Health Academic Program at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). At CSUEB, Angela served as Co-President of Global Medical and Dental Brigades, leading two medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Panama. Additionally, she volunteered as events coordinator for AFS-USA’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, organizing community events for foreign exchange students as well as taking on responsibilities as a student-family liaison.

 

Angela is interested in preventative medicine, social justice, caring for underserved communities, mentorship, and research. Angela currently serves as Quality Director of the Mabuhay Health Center, a student-run free clinic in San Francisco, and was on the inaugural steering committee of the Filipinx Mental Health Initiative-Solano County. Angela is a Certified Lifestyle Coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and previously served as a health coach at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and as a life coach for Girls on the Run. 

 

Angela currently works as a research assistant in a biochemistry lab led by Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz at Touro University California. Angela will begin medical school this Fall. 

Michael Baliton

5 Rocky Mountain Chair

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Neil Wingkun

6 Southwest Chair

Althea Alquitran

6 Southwest Chair

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Gwen Dumayas

7 Pacific Northwest Chair

Justin Lopez

8 Northern California Chair

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Felipe Cataquiz

8 Northern California Chair

Gianna Kaye Apoderado,

9 Greater LA Chair

Ms. Apoderado graduated top five at Rancho Cucamonga High School and is currently majoring in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

At UCLA, she has held and currently holds leadership positions in several organizations. In UCLA’s Pilipinos For Community Health, she has been the Preventive Health director, the Health Fairs director and will be the External Vice President in the 2020-2021 academic year. For Tinig Choral, she has been the Internal Relations director, the Alto Section Leader, and is now the incoming President.

During high school, she volunteered for the local animal shelter and was co-president of the RCHS chapter of the California Scholarship Federation. In addition, she played varsity tennis and was team captain for two years. At UCLA, she volunteers in the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, as well as at local senior homes, hypertension awareness sites, and free health fairs. She is also a member of a Filipino-based a cappella group called Tinig Choral. Currently, she works as a laboratory helper in a UCLA prostate cancer research laboratory.

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Brenden Gregorio,

9 Greater LA Chair

Mr. Gregorio is a third-year pre-medical student at UCLA majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Passionate about empowering the Pilipinx community and other underserved communities, he volunteers as a peer tutor for SPACE, a campus outreach project that promotes access to higher education through academic and holistic support. Brenden also works as a research intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center—under the guidance of his PIs, he conducts lab work to study the effects of transcriptional regulators on neuronal plasticity, learning, and memory. On campus, Brenden is actively involved in the Multi-Interest Greek life. He is the internal vice president of Zeta Phi Rho, a multicultural fraternity, and served as the council treasurer for the Multi-Interest Greek Council. Understanding that everyone’s path to medicine is unique, he will be taking a few gap years before applying to medical school.

John Dayao

10 San Diego/Imperial Chair

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Abby Ahyong

11 Desert Mtn Chair

Jasmin Reyes Moncada, MD, MS, MPP

12 Pacific Islands Chair

Jasmin Reyes Moncada, MD MS MPP is an OB/GYN chief resident (PGY-4) at the University of Hawaii. She earned her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, Masters of Science from San Francisco State University, Masters of Public Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, and medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA  through PRIME-LA. Her hometown is Carson, CA.
  
Why did you choose the University of Hawaii to do your training?
Because it is an academic program with a community feel. I am rigorously challenged in an intimate environment where my attendings care about me both as a person and colleague. I also want to serve the underserved, and we at UH actually “walk the walk and talk the talk”. Our UH attendings staff our local FQHCs and our program fosters a strong spirit of social justice.
 
What’s the best thing about being a resident at the University of Hawaii?
Within 10 minutes from my home, I can be watching the sunset at the beach with my 3 year old son and husband after a long day at work.