Matriculating Class of 2008

Edwin Dietrich

Edwin Dietrich was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Yale as an undergraduate and completed his JD and received an MS at Stanford. During his undergraduate studies Edwin worked with Hawaiian homeless teens as a peer counselor and with Habitat for Humanity raising money. While in law school he spent a summer in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office counseling indigent clients and also worked at the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment representing low income minority communities against local polluters who posed significant health risks.

Angela Echiverri

Angela Echiverri was born in Chicago, Illinois and completed a double major at UCLA earning a BS in Latin American Studies and Psychobiolgy. Later she attended Johns Hopkins and received a Masters in Public Health. While completing her undergraduate degree Angela volunteered as a Clinic Assistant at the Venice Family Clinic and later was appointed as Pediatric Literacy Coordinator. Angela later assisted in research at The Drew Center on Ethnicity, Health and Behavior which looked at effectiveness of stress reduction programs for African Americans with cardiac disorders and/or diabetes. During her stint as Research Associate Angela co-authored a chapter in the book, “Handbook of Black American Health: Policies and Issues Behind Disparities in Health”.

Becca Falik

Becca Falik was born in Berkeley, CA. She loves to cook, to dance Salsa, and to hike with friends. While a student at Berkeley High, she discovered her passions for teaching and for public health. She began tutoring English to immigrants and interpreting for Spanish speakers at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. Becca also volunteered with Amigos de las Americas in a rural Honduran community, where she first used her teaching skills in a public health setting. She attended Yale University and completed her BA in History of Science and Medicine. She focused on global public health and nutrition, and co-founded the Yale Sustainable Food Initiative. Then for 6 months in Brazil, Falik supervised health and environmental Amigos volunteers, and helped develop a cooking course for mothers of malnourished infants in an urban slum. After college, she joined Teach For America and taught bilingual kindergarten and then second grade for Latin American immigrants in the South Bronx. She received an MS in Teaching: Bilingual Elementary Certification at Pace University. Then she attended Mills College for her post-bac studies, and helped pilot a teen-kid buddy program at the Healthy Eating Active Living clinic of Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. This spring, she partnered with a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco to teach exercise and nutrition classes to diabetic women in a rural village. Now, Becca feels extraordinarily lucky to be starting to study with her PRIME and UCSF peers and mentors, to gain the public health and medical skills to serve the underserved both here and around the world.

Nicole Gomez

Nicole Gomez was born in Pasadena, California and completed her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego with a BS in Biology and minor in Psychology. While in San Diego she volunteered at the UCSD Downtown Free Clinic and then went on to help found Stand Up for Kids-Don’t Run Away, a student organization that educated and provided resources for at-risk youth. Nicole also joined the San Diego Police Department of Multicultural Affairs in piloting a Saturday Science Academy for disadvantaged high school students.

Anna Loeb

Anna Loeb was born in Stanford, California and received two BA degrees from Tufts University in Spanish and Community Health. She has worked extensively with AMIGOS de Las Americas as a Project Supervisor in Honduras and the Dominican Republic and as a Training Director, and served on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula chapter of AMIGOS. Anna was Project Coordinator of the Family Advocacy Program, a medical-legal collaborative of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. East Palo Alto also served as a place of interest for Anna while she worked at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Ravenswood Family Health Center increasing the awareness of how legal issues affect the health of patients and provided free legal services in the hospital.

Sarah Marshall

Sarah Anne Marshall was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and obtained a BS in both Biology and Biology/Anthropology/Anatomy from Duke University. While at Duke she was president of Duke Allies, a student advocacy group for LGBT persons and was a senator in student government where she assisted in having gender identity added to Duke’s non-discrimination policy. Sarah has volunteered at Bellevue Hospital, a youth development agency, and a public school in New York’s the Lower East Side. Sarah also spent time in New Orleans helping to renovate destroyed homes from hurricane Katrina.

Uchenna Okoye

Uchenna Okoye was born in Los Angeles, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Teacher Credential from California State University-Dominguez Hills and was part of the UCSF Post-Baccalaureate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her time at Columbia Okoye worked as the Senior Chaplain’s Associate where she assisted students in organizing events for University stakeholders to reflect and act on critical social issues and represented the school at he Institute on College Student Values. Okoye worked with inner-city students in New York with Double Discovery Center and then taught at Centennial High in Compton, California with Teach for America. In San Francisco she has volunteered at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for low income women with cancer and at Clinica Martin –Baro.

Eunice Neely

Eunice Neely was born in Sacramento, California and received a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California Berkeley. She has tutored disadvantaged students from junior high to college level in math, biology, chemistry and physics as well as provided peer counseling while at Berkeley. Eunice has experience in research where she cultured Daphnia Magna at Vulpe Labs and studied plant disease resistance at Baker Labs. She has also volunteered at Ujima Clinic in East Oakland, Children’s Hospital Oakland and UC Davis Emergency Room. Another strong point Eunice possesses is teaching where she developed an AP Biology and Chemistry curriculum at the School for Independent Learners in Albany, California.

John Trinidad

John Trinidad was born in Alameda, California and completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of California Irvine. A native of the Bay Area, John has volunteered with numerous organizations like Filipinos for Affirmative Action, Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Advocacy and Leadership and The Alcohol Policy Network. While at UC Irvine he was a facilitator and planner at The Center OC, a local LGBT center, where he helped members of the gay community develop skills to avoid risky sexual behavior and build healthy relationships. John employed his molecular biology skills at UCI, UCI Medical, Bioefficiency Solutions and UCI Research Lab and is an accomplished actor/singer/dancer.

Jenille Narvaez

Jenille Narvaez grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. She is committed to providing outreach to underserved communities and has mentored immigrant students at the Filipino Education Center, started a pre-medical sorority for female college students, coordinated a community health fair, and volunteered as a Patient Assistant on a medical mission to the Philippines. She has also worked extensively in clinical research in the fields of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, most notably having a first-author publication exploring quality of life in patients with schizophrenia. Additionally, Jenille has participated in the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Program. She hopes to continue working with underserved communities, particularly with Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant and youth populations, to reduce community health and healthcare disparities and improve quality of care.

Janis Sethness

Janis Sethness was born in Evanston, Illinois and received two Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Community Health from Brown University. While at Brown she volunteered at the Family Health Desk at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as an EMT at Brown University Emergency Medical Services and as a Teaching Assistant for a community health course. Her research experience includes Lab Assistant at John’s Hopkins in the Department of Psychiatry studying eating disorders, as a Research Assistant in John’s Hopkins Endocrinology Department studying lipodystrophy and metabolic changes and as an RA at Children’s National Medical Center in Neurology in the neurogenetics clinic. Janis’ travels have taken her to South Africa where she conducted a study on adherence on antiretroviral therapy; to the Dominican Republic treating HIV infected individuals in rural areas and to Washington DC tutoring low-income children with the organization, For Love of Children.

Unity Nguyen

Unity Nguyen was born in Viet Nam and majored in Environmental Policy and Behavior at University of Michigan. She managed a tree nursery in a tiny African village as a Peace Corps volunteer, worked with street children in West Africa and toured with Common Vision's mobile eco-education community. During her time in Oakland she completed a Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine, practicing acupuncture and herbology as well as performed and taught music in Vietnamese and West African traditions and worked with Latino immigrant laborers.

Neal Sheran

Neal Thaddeus Sheran was born in Barrington, Rhode Island and graduated from Bates College majoring in Spanish and Biology. He spent his junior year abroad in the Dominican Republic where he taught English and interned in an orphanage for children infected with HIV. While in Los Angeles Neal began working at a drop-in center for homeless LGBT youth. Later he worked at an adolescent medicine HIV clinic at various positions including: case management, HIV education, community mobilization and behavioral research.

Gerry Slean

Gerry Rosaura Slean was born in Bedminster, New Jersey and received an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Florida. She also earned and Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in archaeological sciences and a B.A. from Harvard University in anthropology. She has worked as the coordinator for a non-profit that sees ecotourism as a tool for sustainable development in Latin America and elsewhere, and as the program coordinator for Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies.

Chris Vercammen

Chris Vercammen was born in Walnut Creek, California and completed his undergrad at San Diego State University in Kinesiology-Rehabilitation Science. While at SDSU, he was involved in peer health education, was a part of two leadership/community service organizations and worked at the campus gym. Chris also worked in clinical research at UC San Diego on a project looking at using internet and cell phone technology to promote behavior change in overweight adolescents and adults. He recently obtained his Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley and worked at UCSF for a group studying diversity in the healthcare workforce.