Meet the Chairs

Translation Education

JESSE ORTEGA

Jesse is a 4th year medical student born in Houston,Texas but raised by parents from a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Austin, and he hopes to match into a pediatric residency this upcoming Spring. He is a soccer enthusiast and loyal fan of one of Mexico’s most popular teams, Club America. As a native spanish speaker, he can’t wait to serve as this years Translation Chair and help make the fair a success!

Welcome & Registration

LUCY CHENG

Hi I’m Lucy! I’m a 4th year med student applying into Ob/Gyn. One of my lifelong goals is to try to make everyone I meet smile or laugh, so I hope that when we meet I can bring a small amount of joy into your day. In my spare time I love to read, play PC games, work on my calligraphy business, go to my dance studio, be a couch potato with my roommate, and hang out with my friends. I’ve been involved with UTS since my first year of med school, and I’m so happy to serve this year as a Chair!

TYLER LIANG

Tyler is a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern. He grew up in Plano, TX and graduated from Austin College with a degree in Biochemistry. In his free time enjoys cooking, making dad jokes, and has a knack for writing poetry. He has previously volunteered in the Health Fair, but is excited to bring his creative skills to the UTS Chairs Committee as a Welcome Area Chair this year.

Health Fair

KATIE SMITH

Katie Smith is a third-year medical student who has been a part of the United to Serve for the past two years first as a booth coordinator, then a health fair chair, and is very excited for the upcoming year as a senior advisor. She is from Indiana and majored in Chemistry at Purdue University. She moved to Texas for medical school and to escape the snow. She enjoys baking, painting, and reading whenever she has the chance. She is thankful for the chance to be a part of such a great organization and looking forward to all the amazing events this year.

AISH RAMAMURTHY

Aish is a third-year medical student from Allen, TX. She earned a degree in Healthcare Studies and Biology from UT Dallas, where she was also a part of the orchestra and Spanish guitar ensemble. In her free time, you’ll find her learning how to play random instruments, watching sports, traveling, and obsessing over dogs. Carnaval de Salud was a big part of why she chose UTSW for medical school. After serving as Screenings Chair last year, she is excited to be back as an advisor to make this year’s fair even bigger and better!

TINA CHU

Tina is a fourth year medical student from Plano, Texas. She went to Rice University for undergrad where she worked as an EMT and double-majored in Biochemistry and Philosophy. In her free time, she is training for a marathon, writing restaurant reviews as a Yelp Elite, or laying in bed watching stand-up comedies. She has been involved with UTS since her first year of medical school – as an Aging booth coordinator and Free Clinics booth coordinator – and is excited to be a Chair this year!

JANE ZHU

Hi everyone! My name is Jane Zhu and I am a fourth year medical student. I was born in New Haven, CT but I’ve lived in Houston for most of my life. I went to Wellesley College where I majored in chemistry and minored in psychology. In my spare time, I like to play with dogs, do arts and crafts, and watch reality TV. I’m excited to be one of the Health Fair chairs this year!

JACOB STEVENS

Jacob grew up just a short distance away in Arlington where he attended Martin High School. Transitioning to college, he attended Harding University in Arkansas where he played NCAA Division II soccer for four years. It was there that he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering before deciding to continue his education in medical school. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, running, lifting weights, reading and traveling. He is excited to be involved for the third time with Carnaval de Salud. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community by providing health screenings and educational opportunities for both kids and adults. He looks forward to working with Carnaval de Salud for years to come!

ROHIT BADIA

Rohit is a second-year medical student. He got his Biology degree from UT Dallas. He volunteered with Carnaval de Salud during his time there. During his free time, you can find him playing basketball and watching movies. He is also obsessed with acting (future physician/actor like Ken Jeong perhaps?). He is excited to work with his peers to make Carnaval de Salud a fantastic event for the members of the community!

Clinic Outreach

DAMI AKINMOLAYEMI

Dami is a fourth year MD/MPH student going into internal medicine. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and attended the University of Texas at Arlington for undergrad. When he is not buried in the books or away from the wards, he enjoys playing soccer. He has a strong interest in public health and has been involved in UTS since his first year of medical school (as Free Clinics Booth Coordinator and Clinical Outreach Chair). He is excited to continue the role of Clinic Outreach Chair during this year’s Carnaval de Salud.

Health Education

JEFFREY LI

Jeff is a 3rd year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical School. He grew up in New Jersey but went to UT Austin, majoring in business and biochemistry and was an instructor there for 2 years before starting medical school. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, and exploring new and strange foods, the stranger the better. He has worked teaching classes on health literacy and education in the community for the past 2 years and is excited to join UTS as the Health Education Chair.

Science Zone

MAY XAC

May was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas but moved to the Midwest to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis. However, she missed Texas so much that she came back and is now a third year medical student at UTSW. In her free time, she loves to indulge her sweet tooth, play with her dogs, and go on hikes.

MARTYNA KOSNO

Martyna Kosno is a fourth year graduate student. She was born and grew up in Poland where she also received her master’s degree in pharmacy. She first came to Dallas as an exchange student to work as a researcher for just one year. Back then, she had a plan to come back home and work at a community pharmacy…However, her exchange program, during which she worked in a lab at UT Southwestern, made her completely fall in love with science. Now, as a graduate student, she is trying to combine her interest in disease prevention and treatment, which she gained from her pharmaceutical education, with her love for science, hoping that one day she will be able to give back to the community by pushing medicine forward! Giving back to the community is also one of the reasons why she finds Carnaval de Salud a wonderful initiative – she look forward to interacting with patrons and showing them how fascinating science can be! Outside of science, she likes to play tennis, swim and snowboard (though that last one not in Texas), read, and watch movies and shows.

MANOLO RIOS

Manolo grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, without ever imagining that he could become a scientist. Opportunities were hard to find, but despite many hardships he was able to attend The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and his master’s degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. His curiosity and dedication led him to UT Southwestern Medical Center where he is currently a second-year doctoral student in the department of Cell Biology and Molecular Biophysics. Manolo enjoys playing soccer and tennis, walking around the city at midnight trying to find places to work out, cinema, photography, and sitting in his balcony. Manolo believes that although there is very little one can do to change the world one can always change oneself. That is why he is joining United to Serve for a second year; eager to share his love for science and his passion for life.

EMILY LIMMER

Emily is a second year medical student from San Antonio. After attending college in Virginia, she is glad to be back in her home state of Texas for medical school. Emily enjoys cooking and traveling and is excited to help as one of the Science Zone Chairs for United to Serve!

ISABEL WEES

Isabel is a second year medical student from Fort Worth, Texas. She is very excited to be one of the Science Zone Chairs this year! She went to UT Austin for undergrad where she studied Nutrition and became a Registered Dietitian. She loves finding new workout classes to try around Dallas and watching Netflix with friends. Hook ‘em!

Design Team

FRAZ HASEEN

Fraz is a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical School. He grew up in the metroplex in Arlington and then went to UT Austin for college. He has been involved with United to Serve since his first year of medical school- as a Science Zone booth coordinator and then as a Design Team chair last year. In his free time, he really enjoys hammocking, taking care of bonsai trees, and playing board games. He is incredibly excited to return as a chair for this year’s Design Team and is looking forward to creating an immersive fair atmosphere!

STEVE PHAN

Steve is a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He grew up in Garland, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas as a biology major. When not studying, he likes to spend his time outdoors playing tennis, running or hiking. He has been involved with United to Serve since his 1st year in medical school as a science zone booth coordinator and a Design Team chair since last year. He is excited to create an immersive experience for this year’s fair!

JOSIE SIMMONS

Hello! I’m Josie, a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern. I grew up in Arlington and went to the University of Oklahoma for undergrad. In my spare time I can be found napping, drinking coffee, and taking care of my succulents. I’ve been involved with United to Serve since first year and I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Design Team!

RACHEL HURST

Rachel is a 4th-year medical student who grew up only a hop, skip and a jump away in Midlothian (the Cement Capital of Texas). In her free time, she loves singing, reading novels, and nurturing her herb garden. After participating as a volunteer in the past, she’s excited to bring her creative skills to the Carnaval de Salud team to make an even bigger difference this time around.

Games

MEHRABAN KAVOUSSI

Mehraban is a second year MD student. He grew up in Austin, Tx and attended the University of Texas at Dallas for his undergraduate career majoring in Biology. When he is not studying he enjoys working out, watching football, and playing tennis. This is his second year involved in UTS. He is excited to begin his role as the Game Committee Chair during this year’s Carnaval de Salud.

KATHRYN JAN

Kathryn is a third year medical student from Plano, TX. During college, she studied biochemistry and anthropology at Wash U. In her free time, she loves to get creative– drawing, playing the viola, and dreaming up new ideas. After having a lot of fun with United to Serve in the Science Zone and the Health Awareness Program for the past two years, Kathryn is excited about being involved in her third year as a Games Chair.

Arts & Crafts

NEETHU AUGUSTINE

Neethu is a second year medical student born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She studied psychology at Austin College and chose to stick around Texas for medical school. She enjoys crafting and decided to bring her love of art to Carnaval de Salud as an Arts and Crafts chair! She also loves traveling and finding new places to eat in her free time.

MEERA DEVARAJAN

Meera Devarajan is a second year medical student from Katy, Texas. She went to undergrad at Rice University where she majored in Cognitive Sciences and decided to move to Dallas for medical school. In her free time, Meera enjoys watching TV and dancing with her friends. You can find her drawing up some Arts & Crafts booths at Carnaval de Salud this year!

Community & Publicity

COURTNEY ANN PRESTWOOD

Courtney Ann is a second year medical student from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is excited to be on the PR team this year! She went to Texas A&M for undergraduate and decided to stay in Texas for medical school. She is enjoying medical school, and in her free time she loves to travel, play tennis, and spend time with friends and family.

RAMYA KROTHAPALLY

Ramya Krothapally is a third year medical student from Sugar Land, Texas and studied Neuroscience at UT Austin. She has been involved with the Public Relations since her first year, and she is very excited to be the PR Chair for the upcoming year. In her free time, she loves to plan her next travel adventure, eat tacos and Thai food, and play with her two cats, Minnie and Mika.

Volunteer

HENRY CHEN

Henry is a second year medical student originally from Cypress, TX. He graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Computational Biochemistry. Henry likes to find random coffee shops and run around random parts of Dallas. He is excited to jump back in with the volunteer committee to help make this year’s United to Serve health fair the best one thus far.

SARAH PRICKETT

Sarah Prickett is a 2nd year medical student from Kansas City, Missouri. She attended undergraduate at The University of Alabama and is excited to call UT Southwestern her new home! In her free time, Sarah loves spending time with her husband and cat, having game night with friends, and eating Chuy’s TexMex.

POOJA MARELLA

Pooja is a first year medical student from Coppell, TX.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Biology.  In her free time, she loves to find hole in the wall vegan/vegetarian places and watch TV shows related to food (Chopped and Masterchef are her favorites).  She is also a huge fan of Orangetheory Fitness. Pooja is excited to serve as the United to Serve Co-Chair for the Volunteer Committee and can’t wait to meet all the volunteers!

LINDSAY JOHNSON

Hi there! My name is Lindsay Johnson and I am a third year graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program here at UT Southwestern. I am excited to serve my third year as a volunteer chair within United to Serve. Volunteering with United to Serve has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed being able to give back to the local Dallas community. Outside of research and school, I am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I enjoy running long-distance and am currently training for my third full-marathon. A few of my other favorite hobbies include traveling, practicing yoga, and hiking.

Website

I-CHUN LIN

I-Chun Lin is a second year medical student raised in Plano, TX. She was born in Boston, moved here at one year of age, and hasn’t left since, attending The University of Texas at Dallas for her undergraduate degree before coming to UT Southwestern. In her free time, she loves playing volleyball, exploring food, and baking. She is excited to serve as the Website Chair for the 2019-2020 UTS!

AVID

MELISSA BUDICINI

Melissa Budicini is a second year PhD student excited to join the United to Serve committee as the AVID coordinator. She grew up in Connecticut before moving to Indiana to get her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. At UT Southwestern she is in the microbiology program studying how bacteria and viruses interact in the gut. She credits her love of science to opportunities that allowed try hands on science experiments in middle and high school. Because of this she is excited to help students in Dallas have the same experiences through the AVID program and hopefully fall in love with science!

Healthy Living

CECILIA ZHOU

Cecilia Zhou was born in St. Paul Medical Center (an old UTSW hospital that was replaced by Clements University Hospital). Now, as a second-year medical student at UTSW, she feels like she has come full circle. Cecilia went to undergrad at UT Dallas, where she majored in biology and minored in neuroscience and Spanish. In her spare time, Cecilia enjoys making art, cuddling with her two cats, and volunteering at the animal shelter. She is incredibly excited to collaborate with others as part of Education Outreach at the Health Fair Committee this year!

HAP Director

NIKITA AGARWAL

Nikita is a third-year medical student at UTSW who is excited to be a senior advisor for Carnival de Salud’s (United to Serve’s) Health Awareness Program (HAP)! HAP was established to ensure participants are able to access follow-up care after coming to the fair. When she isn’t exploring all the various dessert places in town, you can find Nikita attempting to burn those calories on the Katy Trail with her family’s adorable bernadoodle puppy, Theo.

Donations

CYLAINA BIRD

Cylaina is a third-year medical student who grew up in Bedford, TX. She went to Rice University where she studied the fascinating topics of Psychology and Biochemistry. She is also passionate about public health and enjoys helping communities learn more about healthcare. When Cylaina is not studying you can find her watching cooking shows, going to coffee shops and restaurants with friends, and trying the new food craze in Dallas. Cylaina is very excited to continue to be a part of making the fair great this year!

ANITA VASUDEVAN

Hi, my name is Anita and I will be serving as one of the Prizes & Donations Chair this year! Actually, this will be my 3rd year as Prizes & Donations chair. I am currently an MS4 applying to Family Medicine residency. When I’m not doing school or volunteering for United to Serve, I love spending time with my 2 cats, cooking vegan/vegetarian food, and working out with my friends.