Executive Board

Robert Bucayu, MS4/MPH, Conference Coordinator

Mr. Bucayu is currently a 4th year medical student in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) at UC Irvine School of Medicine (UCISOM) with an MPH degree in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He also serves as a member of the Center for Health Equity Data Advisory Council with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is currently applying for pediatric residency programs this year.

 

At UCISOM for 2 years and UCLA for 2 years, Robert was co-leader of Filipino Americans in Medicine (FAIM) where he initiated/expanded mentorship programs and boosted the medical training pipeline for Pilipino Pre-health Undergraduate Student Organization (PUSO) at UC Irvine and Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH) at UCLA. While at UC Irvine, he initiated health screenings with Seafood City Supermarket, Filipino Outreach Group of St. John Neumann, and Together in Christ at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. During his second year of training, he conducted research on evaluating the association between the health related quality of life of Filipinos and obesity in Orange County in collaboration with the UC Irvine School of Nursing and presented his research at the 2016 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations Building Healthy Communities Summit and the 2016 APAMSA National Conference. In 2016, Robert organized and directed the first Community Health Fair for Filipinos in Orange County in collaboration with The Filipino American Community of Orange County, Filipino Migrant Center, and Filipino American Health Workers Association. At UCLA, Robert collaborated with Dr. Antonio Moya and Filipino American Services Group, Inc to put on the Kapayapaan Healing Festival in Historic Filipinotown to address pressing health needs for the Filipino American community in Los Angeles. His research and career interests involve diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education, LGBTQ+ health disparities in children and young adults, HIV/AIDS, minority communities and health care access, and mentorship and leadership development of pre-medical students from underserved backgrounds.

At Stanford University, he was a resident advisor for freshmen, Community Outreach Co-Chair and Spanish interpreter for the Pacific Free Clinic, Praise and Worship Leader for the Catholic Community at Stanford, A capella director for all 4 years for Pilipino Culture Night lead by the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU), Community Service Co-chair for PASU, and member of Stanford Talisman A capella and Everyday People A capella. He was also an undergraduate research assistant in a pediatric allergy and immunology lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. After graduation, Robert volunteered as Fundraising Chair for the Mabuhay Health Center in San Francisco, a UCSF-affiliated free clinic focused on the Filipino community.

Robert graduated top four at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, and majored in Biology with Honors and minored in Spanish with an advanced proficiency notation at Stanford University.

Antonio Moya, MD MPH MSHP, CYFAM Co-Founder

Antonio Moya, MD MPH is a Board Certified Neurologist and LA County DHS Scholar working at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  He completed his neurology residency at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to residency, he graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine as a PRIME-US Scholar and also completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on Global Health in Asia.  

 

He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the Philippines before medical school, specifically working on establishing telemedicine stroke care in this archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands.  Antonio has primarily focused on the Filipino and Asian Pacific Islander global community, having served as one of the medical directors of the UCSF Student-Run Clinic Mabuhay Center and Director of the UCSF Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.  Antonio has partnered in Los Angeles with the Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), having been awarded multiple community and national grants to leverage media tools to improve health behaviors related to stroke and other non-communicable diseases.

 

Career Interests: Dr. Moya is interested in stroke prevention and treatment among underserved communities, telemedicine to facilitate neurology education, referrals, diagnostics, and treatment, and Asian Pacific Islander immigrant health disparities.  He will be working as a full-time neurologist at the LA Department of Health Services in July 2020.  

Research Interests: Dr. Moya is interested in using qualitative research methods to understand stroke and health disparities.  He uses research as a means of advocating for the disaggregation of data among Asian subgroups. He would also like to focus on how to use telemedicine as a  platform to increase neurology care for immigrant, non-English speaking patients.

Angelico Razon, MD MPH MSHP, CYFAM Co-Founder

Dr. Angelico Razon is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include patient- and community-centered system design and policy interventions to promote patient self-efficacy and address social determinants of health. His research focuses on transitions of care, especially with how Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) access the healthcare services as they develop into adults.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, he served as the Nonprofit Management Fellow at the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run nonprofit human service organization serving youth and communities in the Greater Boston Area. Afterward, he attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California through PRIME, a dual degree program focused on leadership in underserved and vulnerable communities. He pursued a Masters of Public Health in Healthcare Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he also received the Zuckerman Fellowship for interdisciplinary work in public service. Dr. Razon completed Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan.

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Melissa Palma, MD MPH, Research & Program Committee Mentor

Melissa Palma, MD, MPH  is an Iowa-raised daughter of Filipino immigrants. She graduated with degrees in biochemistry and medicine from the University of Iowa and began her career dedicated to the health of underserved populations. Her medical school capstone project for the Service and Global Health Distinction Tracks focused on health education programs for rural migrant farmworkers and a needs assessment of refugee social services in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.

Dr. Palma was a Family Medicine resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts prior to training in Preventive Medicine  at Cook County Health in Chicago, IL, one of the oldest and largest safety-net health systems in the US. She graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Northwestern University in June 2020 and serves on the Organization of Resident Representatives for the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Palma also serves as a board member of FYLPRO, a leadership program affiliated with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. Her academic interests include immigrant and refugee health, advocacy for health equity and addressing health disparities, and mentorship of underrepresented students in medicine.

Dr. Palma  also advocates for the Filipino community as an inaugural member of the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship anthology, We the Interwoven, for emerging Iowan writers from immigrant backgrounds. Exploring themes of migration, belonging, and home in the Filipino diaspora, her writing has been featured in the Des Moines Art Festival, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Book Festival, and the non-circulating Pilipinx American Library exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art.

Jasmin Reyes Moncada, MD MS MPP, Workshop Committee Mentor

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.

Kristen Ampig, MS2, Head of Social Committee

Ms. Ampig is currently a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). She is currently interested in OBGYN or general surgery as specialties. At DUCOM, she is a co-president of the Filipino-American Medical Student Association and a co-steering coordinator of Mothers and Baby Dragons. She is also a patient advocate at the Eliza Shirley Clinic. She continues to explore her interests in research through the DUCOM Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship. She is also the lead female singer of the Dennis Novack Experience band that performs annually at the Pediatric Aids Benefit Concert.

At the University of California Irvine, Ms. Ampig pursued her passions for service and medicine. She was a member and leader of Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity for 4 years. She volunteered at the UCI Outreach Clinic and Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP). She founded the OCNEP Undergraduate Division to increase awareness about the opiate epidemic, recruit volunteers, and raise funds for OCNEP. She was involved in research in all 4 years in numerous projects studying epilepsy, neuroanatomy, and development and cell biology. She was honored with Excellence in Research following presentations and a publication on her research in the assessment of Tox21 efficiency in identifying novel obesogens. She also presented at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Conference for 3 years. Ms. Ampig currently has 3 publications through her research work in her undergraduate years. In her gap years, she worked as a scribe in an Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, discovering her strong interests in women’s health.

Ms. Ampig graduated from Crescenta Valley High School with the honor of receiving the Falcon Award for leadership, service, and academics. She was also honored with the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation award. She dedicated herself to service throughout high school by volunteering with Key Club and at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was also involved with the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. She was awarded the Character and Ethics Project Recognition by the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Fire Department, City of Glendale Mayor, County of Los Angeles, California State Senate, California Legislature, and United States Congress for co-founding Camp Firework. She also continuously explored her interests in science through the CVHS Academy of Science and Medicine and the Caltech Summer Research Internship. Outside of academics, Ms. Ampig enjoyed being a part of the Charismatics Chamber Choir. 

Mericien Venzon, MD/PhD Trainee (GS2),

Head of Research Committee

A Bay Area native, Ms. Venzon graduated as Moreau Catholic High School’s Valedictorian and Associated Student Body President. Figure skating competitively since she was four years old, she also won the 2009 Philippine National Championships, earning her a spot to represent the Philippines at the 2010 Olympic Trials and 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. 

 

At UCLA, Mericien continued to compete internationally while also founding UCLA’s first national figure skating club team. In addition, she was an active member of Pilipinos for Community Health, running senior citizen health screening sites on the weekends. She first got interested in research as an undergraduate and was awarded UCLA's HHMI Undergraduate Research Scholarship. In the ER as part of UCLA’s elite Stroke Team, she assisted in enrolling patients in clinical research trials testing intra-ambulance therapy to more rapidly identify and treat cerebral ischemia. In the Alfaro lab, she pursued her interests in bioinformatics and was the first to apply mathematical models conventionally used in studies of vertebrates to viruses, including flu and HIV, to investigate differential evolutionary dynamics in nonpathogenic vs. pathogenic human viruses. She graduated with highest departmental honors from UCLA in 2014, majoring in Biology with a minor in Evolutionary Medicine. She was chosen as one of five recipients of the 2014 True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award, was honored as a Bruinlife Senior of the Year, and is featured in UCLA’s Optimist Campaign among other prestigious alumni.

 

She matriculated in New York University School of Medicine’s MD-PhD/Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in 2016 and joined the Cadwell Lab in March 2018. Currently in her second year of her PhD under the NIH Pre-doctoral Training Fellowship, her thesis project is looking at the interrelationships between the gut microbiome, host immune system, and intestinal parasites to identify new targets for treatment of human parasitic worm infections. She founded NYUSoM’s Women in MSTP group which helps foster community, mentorship, and allyship in a male-dominated field. Most recently, she was one of the founders of ppe2nyc.com, a centralized grassroots solution to NYC’s PPE shortage at the peak of COVID-19 that enabled PPE to be efficiently collected and distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless shelters where NYC needed it most via a text-in hotline. Her career aspirations include running her own translational research lab and specializing in neonatology. She prioritizes practicing wellness regularly through hip hop yoga, boxing, and trying to find NYC’s best pizza slice.

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Karen Anne O'Laco, MS4, Head of Logistics Committee

Ms. O'Laco is currently a fourth-year medical student at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Driven by her family’s experiences, she is currently interested in anesthesiology, with a possible future in critical care or pain medicine. At DGSOM, she recognized and continues to address the need for community building among her peers. She led endeavors to coordinate the creation of medical student families across classes, construct opportunities for personal and professional development, and develop over 100 shadowing experiences for early clinical exposure and career exploration.

Ms. O’Laco graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles. Over the course of her four years, she celebrated the Filipino American experience through art, mentorship, and open discourse with Samahang Pilipino at UCLA. Her continued commitment to serving both her local and global underserved communities manifests in her dedication to volunteerism, particularly with the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project in coalition with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), and St. Francis Children’s Fund.

Neille Apostol, Head of Workshop Committee

Born in Brussels, Belgium and raised in Pangasinan, Philippines, Mr. Apostol immigrated to California at the age of 7 and graduated from Lakewood High School with highest honors. He then pursued a double major in Biochemistry and French & Francophone Studies in Literature and Culture from UCLA. 

 

In college, Mr. Apostol was heavily involved with Pilipinx student organizations such as Samahang Pilipino and Southern California Pilipinx American Student Association. He also worked as a research assistant at the UCLA School of Nursing, studying anal dysplasia screening methods in HIV positive men. Now a Bay Area transplant, he works in clinical supply management in pharmaceuticals for oncology medication. Outside of work, he volunteers with the Mabuhay Health Center, Volunteers in Medicine, and UCSF.

 

At UCLA, he was the recipient of the Martin-Turrill Memorial Award for Best Major — a merit-based scholarship awarded to the top 2 students nominated by instructors and faculty in the French department. Also, he is a research assistant at UCSF’s Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab that is doing research on the psychosomatic effects of social situations such as sexual orientation disclosure and stress.

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Jaira Mendoza, Head of Program Committee

Jaira graduated valedictorian at Pacheco High School and is majoring in Physiological Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

 

At UCLA, she is the Pre-Health Advising and Mentorship Director of Pilipinos for Community Health, an organization that aims to increase health literacy and outcomes by providing services that directly address the community conditions of the Pilipinx community in the Los Angeles area. She works closely with Filipino Americans in Medicine (FAIM) at UCLA, where they collaborate to hold an annual winter conference to provide UCLA undergraduates resources and advice regarding medical school. She is also a Peer Tutor for Carson High School under Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE), an outreach project under the Student Initiated Outreach Center at the Community Programs Office. This project aims to provide culturally relevant education, promote student empowerment, and provide resources to high schools in the Los Angeles area with a substantial population of Pilipinx students. Outside of these two organizations, she is a part of UCLA’s Competitive Badminton Team and works at Ackerman Union as an Events Staff Supervisor.

During high school, she held numerous positions in her school’s Associated Student Body and served one year as president. She was also heavily involved in the Interact Club, in which she participated in local community projects every month, and in her free time helped tutor high school students after school. In addition, she played in her high school Volleyball Team for four years and was awarded Scholar Athlete awards by Pacheco High School and the Western Athletic Conference.

Timothy Corpuz, Head of Exhibition Committee 

Mr. Corpuz graduated from El Camino High School and majored in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.

 

During high-school, Mr. Corpuz served as the Associated Student Body President. While attending undergrad, he served as the Executive Director of the Suitcase Clinic. He also volunteered at the Lifelong TRUST Center and worked at the Saijo Lab at UC Berkeley. He is currently a research technician at the Knight Lab at UCSF. His research interests center around understanding the impact of diet on neuronal circuits that drive hunger and feeding.

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Nina Gutierrez, MS1, Co-Head of Grant Writing Committee

Ms. Gutierrez attended St. Francis High School in Sacramento, CA. In high school, community service was something she was passionate about. For four years she volunteered at Challenge Sports, a program that offered a space for children with special needs to participate in soccer and basketball. She attended a service trip to New Orleans and helped my school’s campus ministry. She also participated in the Science Olympiad. She was in the top 10% of her class and graduated in 2015. 

 

For undergrad, she attended the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Blackman Lab where she studied monkeyflowers. She also participated in two premedical organizations, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Pilipino Association for Health Careers (PAHC). She made some of her best memories in these organizations and later held leadership positions in both for two years. She also had a great time volunteering at the Mabuhay Health Center as a health coach and Fundraising Chair. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology and Infectious Diseases and a minor in Disability Studies. 

 

She took a gap year while applying to medical school where she worked as a medical assistant at Marin Retina, a private practice ophthalmology clinic. Now she is a rising MS1 student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. 

Rommell Noche, MS1, Co-Head of Grant Writing Committee

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.

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Allen Siapno, MS3, Co-Head of Publicity Committee

Mr. Siapno is currently a 3rd-year medical student in the Charles R. Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a recipient of the David Geffen Medical Scholarship. He continues to push for social justice in Medicine in his roles as the co-coordinator of the Filipino Americans in Medicine at UCLA, a student delegate to the California Medical Association (CMA) and American Medical Association (AMA), and a member of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). He has also devoted time as a mentor, tutor and volunteer for various UCLA programs. His speciality interests include Urology, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics. 

At UC Berkeley, Mr. Siapno continued to nurture his interest in science while expanding his perspective by pursing a double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and South & Southeast Asian Studies. It was during this time that he returned to his roots by becoming an active member of UC Berkeley’s Pilipinx Community. Some of his fondest memories include speaking to high school students for Outreach Programs and performing at the Pilipino Cultural Night for 2 years. As a leader in the Pilipino Association for Health Careers (PAHC), he worked to address and increase awareness about health issues affecting minority communities by organizing and supporting events including the Medical Mission Benefit Concert, PMSNC’s Medical Mission to the Philippines, and the Minorities in Health Conference. Following graduation, he taught at an after-school program in Rancho Cucamonga and scribed in the Emergency Department at Riverside Community Hospital. He also volunteered as a COPE Health Scholar at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center.

Mr. Siapno was born in Dagupan City, Pangasinan but grew up in his hometown of Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac, Philippines. He immigrated to Southern California at the age of 11 and considers Fontana, California as his second hometown. Growing up, his biggest passion was playing tennis before eventually deciding that science was his true calling. He graduated from Etiwanda High School at the top of his class, as a 4-time member of the Varsity Tennis Team and a Regional Medalist in Science Olympiad. 

Dianne Lumaquin, MD/PhD Student (GS3),

Co-Head of Publicity Committee

Ms. Lumaquin is currently a 5th -year MD-PhD student at the Tri-Institutional Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering MD-PhD Program. She is conducting her thesis research on the mechanisms of melanoma metastasis at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has received the Medical Student Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation and the NIH NRSA Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Fellowship F30. As a strong advocate for women physicians, Ms. Lumaquin served as co-chair of the Female Association for Clinicians, Educators and Scientists (FACES) and student overseer for Weill Cornell Women in Medicine. She currently serves as mentor and admissions committee member for the Gateways to the Laboratory Program.


Ms. Lumaquin graduated from UCLA with a major in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and a minor in Biomedical Research. She was inspired by her honors thesis mentor, Dr. Donald Kohn, to become a physician scientist. She was supported by the UCLA Amgen Scholars Program, IMSD Care Fellowship, HHURP, and HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. Outside of the lab, she was deeply involved in Pilipinos for Community Health as Health Fairs Director and Membership Relations Director as well as a caseworker for the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project.

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Philippe Labrias, MS4, Co-Head of Mentorship Committee

Mr. Labrias is a rising fourth year medical student at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Quinnipiac University. He is a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, first generation US college graduate and soon to be a first generation physician in his family. During medical school, he has found his home specialty in women's health, aspiring to become an OB/GYN. He wishes to give back and serve women and LGBTIA+ patients build their families as an obstetrician/gynecologist.  He also founded Netter's Notes, a music in medicine interest group and raised money for local non-profit organizations and started "musical missions" where they visit local nursing homes and serenade elderly residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, became a student lead for the Crisis Text Line at his medical school and led a cohort who signed on to do a total of at least 2,800 hours of crisis counseling work. Currently in CYFAM, he is invested in shaping and establishing in a first of its kind national Filipino American mentorship program to connect future potential Filipinx-American immigrant medical students and to a mentor that will help them shape their future careers in medicine.

 

Despite his discontinuous education due to his family's financial challenges as new immigrants, he used that has his motive force to succeed--Mr. Labrias not only graduated magna cum laude and departmental honors in biology with his basic science honors thesis in zebrafish genetics while simultaneously working in the Medical ICU as a Patient Care Associate at Yale-New Haven Hospital throughout. He also participated and led the health science delegation alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua for two consecutive years, played men's club rugby and was a founding father for the Beta Theta Pi chapter in his university. Following graduation, he worked as a translational researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai studying Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), co-authoring multiple papers in the genetics, microbiome, and IBD drug development using the zebrafish model in Science Translational Medicine, eLife, and Disease Models and Mechanisms, respectively. During his free time, he is training for the virtual 2020 NYC marathon this November and plays Dance Dance Revolution recreationally.

Sophia Anne Marie B. Villanueva, Co-Head of Mentorship Committee

Sophia graduated from Eagle Rock High School and is a third-year majoring in Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Sophia is an undergraduate researcher in the Colwell Lab which focuses on circadian rhythms and sleep. By better understanding the basic biology of this timing system, their lab is studying new therapies to improve the quality of life of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders and the people who care for them. She is the treasurer for the UCLA Taekwondo team and served as webmaster and communications officer in her second year. She is also a general member of the Pilipinos for Community Health, an organization that aims to improve the health literacy and outcomes of the Pilipino community as well as the greater Los Angeles area through its components of Preventive Health, Pre-Health Advising and Mentorship, and Community Outreach. During high school, she played varsity tennis for two years and was involved in the swim team for one year. She was an active member of the 2018 Class Officers for multiple years and served as secretary in her senior year. She worked as a tutor at her local elementary school for three years and was an active volunteer in the Diabetes Center and Sterile Processing Unit of Glendale Memorial Hospital. In addition, she completed and received her diploma for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

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Vincent Grospe, Website Designer and Consultant

Mr. Grospe graduated with valedictorian status at St. John Bosco High School. Throughout high school, he was passionate about medicine and engineering. So he took four years of Project Lead the Way engineering classes, published papers in numerous literary media, and founded Medicine and Engineering Honor Society (2013-2019), a CA nonprofit association and international NGO in nine countries. In addition, he has founded additonal charity projects dedicated to homeless veterans and victims of natural disasters.

 

At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Mr. Grospe is currently majoring in Human Biology and Society with a pre-medicine curriculum. He is the co-founder and CEO of Aristotle's Mentorship, a nonprofit association dedicated to mentoring high-achieving, under-resourced high school students in Los Angeles. Recognizing the obstacles that his mentees faced, he then founded Management & Education Research Collective, a think tank group dedicated to bridging the educational inequality gap by collaborating with higher education scholars from law and medical students to full professors. In 2020, all mentees in the first graduating class of these programs will be attending a four-year university, and they received $1.2 million in financial aid during their four years.

He is also passionate about utilizing community health strategies in order to improve health outcomes. He is a research assistant for the UCLA Pilipino American Stroke Intervention Project, which researches barriers affecting acute stroke care among Pilipinx-Americans, and UCLA Division of Cardiology Women's Cardiovascular Center, which utilizes text-messaging technology to educate individuals about heart health. He also volunteers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's cardiology units and consults nonprofits, small businesses, and start-ups. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking new recipes, and exploring Los Angeles.

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