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.
Nina Gutierrez, MS1, Logistics Committee Member
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.
Stephanie Algenio-Anciro, MS4, Logistics Committee Member
Ms. Anciro is currently a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) through the Health Professional Scholarship Program with the Air Force. She is pursuing her interests in community health and applying to Family Medicine residencies. At DUCOM, she continued to lead as President of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and founded the Filipino-American Medical Students Association at Drexel. She has also devoted time to vulnerable communities as a student volunteer and advocate at Streetside Prevention Point in Kensington, Philadelphia and at the Salvation Army.
At Brandeis University, Ms. Anciro applied herself in many different ways, evident in her studies alone, as she pursued a double major in International and Global Studies and Biology, with minors in Anthropology and Chemistry. She was an active participant in the Brandeis community, advocating for her peers as she took on leadership roles such as Head Community Advisor, Intercultural Center Programming Board, and Diversity Conference Director and Founder. She took a particular interest in dance, joining and later on leading the Ballroom Dance Team and Kaos Kids hip-hop group. Following graduation, she worked at a health technology start-up in Boston, scribed in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, and pursued her interests in Latin dance by joining the Alma Latina Dance Team.
Ms. Anciro was a very active member of the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College student body. In addition to graduating in the top 10 students in her class, she led the Model United Nations club and played on the Bowling and Boys’ Tennis teams. Outside of the classroom, she taught tennis at New York Junior Tennis League as a Junior Coach and led their summer reading program, later taking on more leadership roles in the organization. She also participated in the Filipino-American Human Services Inc Internship aimed at exploring the Filipino culture and creating community amongst young leaders.
Gianna Kaye Apoderado, Logistics Committee Member
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.