Adele Savage: HMP3 Advisor

I love my job, and I hope it shows! I feel very lucky to get to work with the best people on campus—pre-health professions students. There are a lot of you, and it's a constant challenge to develop cutting-edge programs to help you pursue your dreams of becoming the health professionals of the future. That is why the HMP3 Student Board is so important. I couldn't possibly do all this alone. They are a terrific group—full of creativity, energy, enthusiasm and highly motivated to make a difference for you. I am very proud to be associated with them.

I am the mother of 4 grown children, three sons and a daughter. My master's degree is in guidance & counseling, which I try to put to good use on a daily basis in working with you all. I had fifteen years of experience in the field of public health (specifically, women's reproductive health). My mom was a surgical nurse, my dad was a public health educator and my maternal grandfather was a typical country doctor in Depression-era Oklahoma, so I come by my deep interest in health care naturally. I truly enjoy helping students find opportunities and experiences that will help them choose the best profession for them.


Marissa Justen: President

What I do: Oversee HMP3 chairs and committees; Run biweekly officer meetings; Apply for quarterly budget requests.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Physiology and Neuroscience/International Studies
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." - C.S. Lewis
If I were an organ, I would be...: Corpus callosum because I keep things together.
Contact email: mjusten@ucsd.edu


Jenny Huang: Vice President

What I do: Oversee HMP3 chairs and committees; Run biweekly officer meetings; Apply for quarterly budget requests.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Physiology and Neuroscience
College: Revelle
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "“Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.” ― Hayao Miyazaki
If I were an organ, I would be...: Funny bone because I like puns/bad jokes.
Contact email: jeh018@ucsd.edu


Alan Nguyen: Member-at-Large

What I do: Assists other board members in their projects and takes pictures at all events.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Marshall
Intended profession: Periodontist
Quote: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud :)" -Me
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would be my legs because they are so supporting.
Contact email: asn004@ucsd.edu

Austin Davis: Member-at-large

What I do: Assists other board members in their projects and takes pictures at all events.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Marshall
Intended profession: Clinical Oncologist
Quote: "Who the hell cares what anybody else cares? Just look into your heart and do whatever the hell makes you happy." - Dr. Bob Kelso
If I were an organ, I would be...: The Brain - It's the most complex and least understood organ of the human body.
Contact email: ald011@ucsd.edu


Towani Mwansa: Member-at-Large

What I do: I help out with different events that the other HMP3 groups put on. I am also in charge of the HMP3 ultrasound model volunteer program.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Physiology & Neuroscience
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "There are far, far greater things ahead than we leave behind." - CS Lewis
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would be the the brain. I love the brain because it is a great example of teamwork. There are many cells that work together so we can function the way we do. I love being a part of the team! I think it is a great sight to see, when everyone can work together towards a common goal.
Contact email: tmwansa@ucsd.edu


Adeline Chiang: MEDS Conference Co-Chair

What I do: I coordinate and train the volunteers. I am also in charge of graphics.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: International Studies- International Business
College: Eleanor Roosevelt
Intended profession: Nurse Anesthetist
Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
If I were an organ, I would be...: Lungs according to a buzzfeed quiz.
Contact email: adchiang@ucsd.edu


Lily Wang: MEDS Conference Co-Chair

What I do: I coordinate and train the volunteers. I am also in charge of graphics.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: General Biology/Sutdio Art
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs!" - Steven Universe
If I were an organ, I would be...: I'd be skin so I could change and renew myself everyday
Contact email: lily.jessica.wang@gmail.com


Christal Vo: Service Co-Chair

What I do: Find service opportunities for HMP3 and try to raise awareness for our diverse community and its needs.
Year: Second
Major/Minor: Cognitive Science with a Music minor
College: Muir
Intended profession: Music Therapist
Quote: "If you love who you are, everyone else will." --Unknown
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would want to be a stomach because it gets all the good food. I would be a huge stomach because I love food.
Contact email: ccvo@ucsd.edu


Irene Lee: Service Co-Chair

What I do: As Service Co-Chair, I plan a variety of volunteering events every month for HMP3 members. This year, I hope to implement large-scale fundraising/service projects to increase community impact and awareness.
Year: Second
Major/Minor: Human Biology w/ minor in Global Health
College: Marshall
Intended profession: Pediatrician or Psychiatrist
Quote: "“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ― Louisa May Alcott"
If I were an organ, I would be...: The right side of the brain dedicated to art awareness and imagination because I love art. I've been an avid ballerina and visual artist all my life so I cannot imagine living a life without the arts. They serve as an essential creative outlet that keeps me balanced while majoring in STEM.
Contact email: iml002@ucsd.edu


Casey Mitchell: SEARCH Co-Chair

What I do: The purpose of SEARCH is to bring diverse and exciting health careers that are not well known to HMP3 members. Responsible for organizing informational events on a variety of topics, such as: Public Health, Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Physical Therapy.
Year: Second
Major/Minor: Physiology and Neuroscience
College: Muir
Intended profession: Prosthetist and Orthotist
Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney
If I were an organ, I would be...: The stomach because I love food.
Contact email: c8mitche@ucsd.edu


Lia Signaevskaia: Search Co-Chair

What I do: The purpose of SEARCH is to bring diverse and exciting health careers that are not well known to HMP3 members. Responsible for organizing informational events on a variety of topics, such as: Public Health, Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Physical Therapy.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Revelle
Intended profession: Pediatrician
Quote: "If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain." - Francis Bacon
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would be the eyes because then maybe I wouldn't need glasses.
Contact email: lsignaev@ucsd.edu


Lorenia Gutierrez: HOPE Co-Chair

What I do: HOPE stands for Healthcare Opportunities Preparation and Empowerment and is intended to help underrepresented, minority, first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged students. Responsible for organizing events to benefit these students, such as: Miramar Cadaver Lab, Project Success, MEDS Conference, and SUMMA.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Physiology and Neuroscience/Chicano/a Studies and Global Health
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician in Family Medicine/Preventative Medicine
Quote: "Llamas are nature's greatest warriors" -Mabel Pines
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would probably be a kidney because they are shaped like bean-looking potatoes and I love potatoes.
Contact email: jog002@ucsd.edu


Yolanda Nicholas: HOPE Co-Chair

What I do: HOPE stands for Healthcare Opportunities Preparation and Empowerment and is intended to help underrepresented, minority, first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged students. Responsible for organizing events to benefit these students, such as: Miramar Cadaver Lab, Project Success, MEDS Conference, and SUMMA.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Sixth
Intended profession: Anesthesiologist
Quote: "Lux in Tenebris," a Latin expression for means Light in Darkness.
If I were an organ, I would be...: According to Buzzfeed I'd be the Stomach. "[I am] used to getting what [I] want in life. When things don’t go [my] way, [I] often make a loud fuss."
Contact email: ynichola@ucsd.edu


Danielle Burner: MED Talks Co-Chair

What I do: As one of the co-chairs for MedTalks, I help to decide what kind of events our subcommittee would like to host, and making appropriate arrangements (i.e. finding/contacting speakers, advertising, finding funds etc.).
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Molecular Biology
College: Sixth
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "Work, work, work, work, work, work" - Rihanna
If I were an organ, I would be...: The small intestine because I'm villi funny.
Contact email: danielleburner@gmail.com


Sruti Malay: MED Talks Co-Chair

What I do: As one of the co-chairs for MedTalks, I help to decide what kind of events our subcommittee would like to host, and making appropriate arrangements (i.e. finding/contacting speakers, advertising, finding funds etc.).
Year: Second
Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
College: Warren
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest, 'til your good is better and your better is best."
If I were an organ, I would be...: Skin; I tend to be easy going, and flexible, but also always try to maintain stability.
Contact email: smalay@ucsd.edu


Kimi Taira: Program Co-Chair

What I do: Responsible for organizing various programs and activities such as general body meetings. Some past events have included: the Pre-Health Fair, GAP Year GBM, etc. Requires significant time commitment and event planning skills.
Year: Second
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Eleanor Roosevelt
Intended profession: Bariatric Surgeon
Quote: "Don't start chasing applause and acclaim. That way lies madness." - Ron Swanson
If I were an organ, I would be...: Ears; I love listening to people's stories.
Contact email: kgtaira@ucsd.edu


Shannon Soriano: Program Co-Chair

What I do: I plan and organize events for HMP3. These events include the annual Pre-Health Fair, medical school application workshops, and other activities that will better prepare students for their careers in health care.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Revelle
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "Just keep swimming" -Dory, Finding Nemo
If I were an organ, I would be...: Stomach - I like to store and digest food
Contact email: sksorian@ucsd.edu


Anvesh Macherla: Peer Mentor Program Co-Chair

What I do: Serves as a representative from the PMP board whose responsibility it is to relay information between the two boards, and provide updates about the program. Designed to provide a unique mentorship experience for pre-health majors at UCSD to increase their chances of admission into their desired health professional school.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology with Business Finance Minor
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." -Confucius
If I were an organ, I would be...:Liver: one of the most versatile organs in the body Contact email: amacherl@ucsd.edu


Shayna Herns: Peer Mentorship Program Co-Chair

What I do: Serves as a representative from the PMP board whose responsibility it is to relay information between the two boards, and provide updates about the program. Designed to provide a unique mentorship experience for pre-health majors at UCSD to increase their chances of admission into their desired health professional school.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Human Biology with Cognitive Science Minor
College: Sixth
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "The best things in life are free."
If I were an organ, I would be...: If I were an organ I would be a brain; I love learning new things!
Contact email: sherns@ucsd.edu


Carol Girgis: Admin/Finance

What I do: Responsible for maintaining detailed financial records, applying for funding for large events through TAP, and taking board meeting minutes.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:23
If I were an organ, I would be...: Stomach and intestines, because I like eating a lot, and this system has always been hard at work. Highly appreciate them!
Contact email: carolgirgiss@gmail.com


Justin Tang: Communications

What I do: Responsible for creating and maintaining the HMP3 website and Facebook page, works closely with the Outreach Chair. Also involved in collecting all media, such as pictures and videos of events and the HMP3 board throughout the year.
Year: Third
Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
College: Marshall
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "Good things might come to those who wait, but not to those who wait too late." -Bill Withers in 'Just the Two of Us'
If I were an organ, I would be...: The pancreas because I'll always help you eat and I can act very differently in the presence or absence of food.
Contact email: jst001@ucsd.edu


Kathleen Miao: Outreach

What I do:Responsible for publicizing events and programs through flyering, tabling, and selling T-shirts, recruiting and retaining members, and coordinating other outreach activities.
Year: Second
Major/Minor: General Biology with Health Care - Social Issues Minor
College: Warren
Intended profession: Dermatologist
Quote: "Treat Yo Self" - Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)
If I were an organ, I would be...: Skin, because I'm usually an easygoing and flexible person. Also because this is the result I got on a Buzzfeed quiz and it just so happens to be what I plan on studying in the future :)
Contact email: klmiao@ucsd.edu


Christopher Tu: Health Professions Mentor Program Co-Chair

What I do: Coordinate the HPMP program through recruiting health professionals to serve as HMP3 mentors, organizing the HPMP orientations, conducting interviews for shadowing positions, and facilitating the mentor-mentee match.
Year: Third
Major/Minor:General Biology
College: Marshall
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "Humans cannot choose how they will die, but they can choose how they live"
If I were an organ, I would be...: I would be a skeletal muscle because I like the concept of making voluntary movements towards a goal or aspiration.
Contact email: cmtu@ucsd.edu


Gabby Brody: Health Professions Mentor Program Co-Chair

What I do: As Board member of HMP3 my position is to oversee the Health Professionals Mentorship Program (HPMP). My duties include networking with health professionals, recruiting mentors, and facilitating student-mentor matches.
Year: Fourth
Major/Minor: Human Biology
College: Muir
Intended profession: Physician
Quote: "You're braver than you seem and stronger than you think"
If I were an organ, I would be...: I think I would be the brain since it can process all senses at once; that way I don't need to pick one! .
Contact email: gabbynbrody@gmail.com