HCSA Officers

2021 – 2022 Officers

President – Radha Bhatnagar

Radha’s main goals this year are to strengthen the student association, work on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, and decolonize public health. Last year, she served as the VP of Student Life to foster Chan community and create meaningful connections/shared experiences outside of the classroom setting. Before starting this degree, she had done research in trash reduction in low-income urban neighborhoods, as well as HIV prevention and PrEP promotion among Young Black Males who have Sex with Males in Baltimore. Radha also did some community work with undocumented immigrants and a bit of local advocacy work. Afterwards, she lived and worked in rural Nepal with a small NGO working on health programming and quality assurance. Her career interests include Violence Against Women and Girls and working with displaced communities. Methods she wants to pursue include community-based approaches and mixed-methods work.

Vice President of Academic Affairs – Jessica “Jess” Lin

Jessica “Jess” Lin is a second year SM-80 candidate in Department of Environmental Health in the Risk and Decision Sciences track. Her research interests focus on chemical mixtures in the indoor environment, particularly exposures to common consumer and household products. She is also passionate about environmental justice and promoting environmental stewardship. Last year, she served as the SM-80 Representative and helped students address remote learning challenges and advocated for more transparency surrounding student services, such as tutoring. As VP of Academic Affairs, she aims to make the Chan School a welcoming, inclusive place to support academic work as the pandemic changes how learning takes place. She will be the main as the line of communication between the students and academic faculty to address questions and concerns. Outside of classes, her hobbies include eating, playing with dogs, listening to true crime podcasts, solving puzzles and reading fantasy books.

Vice President of Communications – Julia Healey

Julia Healey is a MPH-65 student in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department. Julia’s public health interests are in structural social determinants of health and health communications, and she is passionate about promoting health equity. She has worked as a graduate student research assistant on projects related to COVID-19 vaccine equity and misinformation, affordable housing, and racial health equity. Prior to graduate school, Julia worked at the Lown Institute think tank on projects to improve America’s hospitals and health care system. She also served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Boston Alliance for Community Health. In her free time, Julia enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling, skiing, and painting.

Vice President of Student Life – Lerly Luo

Lerly Luo is a Canadian family medicine physician, public health preventive medicine resident physician in the MPH global health program. Driven by the challenges experienced in frontline community and hospital care delivery, she hopes to enhance the skills needed for health systems change at Harvard. She has a keen interest in health innovation work and was part of the global solutions program at Singularity/NASA Ames. She was born in China, grew up in New Zealand, has called Canada home for the last 12 years, and enjoys exploring Boston and its surroundings.

Vice President of Finance – Angelica Johnson

Angelica is very excited about this upcoming year and all the activities planned. Prior to Harvard, she worked as a pediatrician in the emergency room in Palm Beach, Florida. She has been a treasurer for many clubs and budgeted for many activities.

Vice President of Student Advocacy – Sarah Ann Filson

Sarah Ann Filson is a MPH 45 Candidate in the Health Policy cohort. Prior to starting at Harvard T.H. Chan of School of Public Health, she worked as an Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Doctor working within the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Since COVID-19 vaccine roll out in the UK she has been involved in community engagement to improve vaccine confidence within ethnic minority communities. She also passionate about the need for global vaccine equity. In her role as VP of Student Advocacy she wants to ensure that the student body is actively engaged in the ethos and strategy of the school. She is eager to meet as many students as possible and champion different ideas as well as address any pressing issues. Sarah is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and wants to ensure that the student organizations are adequately supported to ensure students feel a sense of belonging.

Person-at-Large – Lucas Buyon

Lucas Buyon is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Biological Sciences in Public Health Program advised by Dr. Dan Neafsey and Dr. Manoj Duraisingh. Lucas studies new ways of using mathematical modeling, genomic data, and molecular genetics, to shed light on the evolutionary history, causes of drug resistance, and epidemiology of Malaria causing parasites. Outside of the lab, Lucas is passionate about cooking, tennis, and politics.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate – Meghna Raman

Meghna Raman is an MPH-45 student in Health Management. She is passionate about improving equitable access to healthcare, particularly in low-resource settings and wants to work at the intersection of health, technology, and innovation. She holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Indian School of Business and has over ten years of full-time work experience across strategy consulting, sales and marketing, business development and P&L management. She has been a strong advocate for D&I both during her business school and the workplace. Over her professional journey, she has worked across a wide array of stakeholders from pharma and medical device firms. CXO’s of health systems, policy makers, government bodies and social health workers, giving her an ability to form strong bonds with a diverse group of people.

International Students Advocate – Mawulorm Denu

Mawulorm’s is in the MPH-45 quantitative methods program. His nationality is Ghanaian, and he Graduated from University of Ghana Medical School in 2015. He worked as a medical officer in a women’s hospital/fertility center in Accra for the past 3 years. Mawulorm was also a telemedicine physician for ‘BIMA Doctor Service’ that provided teleconsultation for less than $1 a month. Mawulorm wishes to see more inclusive atmosphere at the school. His favorite sport is soccer and he is good at Monopoly (the game).

Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator – Azariah Boyd

Azariah Boyd is completing her Master of Science in Environmental Health Epidemiology. With over five years of experience working with communities and in a variety of research spaces, Azariah has areas of interest in environmental justice, built-environment, and linguistic barriers. In the future, she hopes to close gaps within communities of color and clinical research through engagement. Originally from Boston, Azariah has been serving communities apart from her own in the Dominican Republic, Arizona and Atlanta. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stonehill College and diploma from Brockton High School. During her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, being with family and loved ones, braiding hair and hiking.

Health and Wellness Coordinator – Ivy Lin

Ivy is a MPH-45 student in health policy from Montreal, Canada. Prior to moving to Boston, she was working as a general dentist in a FQHC in Seattle, and had previously completed a DMD at McGill University and a GPR at University of Washington. She is passionate about social equity, prevention, politics, and climate change. She has a life-long love for sports and physical activity, having played six different sports at a competitive level. Her ideal Sunday would include a long hike or a run, a bubble tea as a reward, a dinner at a homey restaurant with friends, and a night singing karaoke or playing board games. She is very excited and honored to serve her fellow classmates as the Health and Wellness Coordinator this year, and looks forward to spending what will definitely be one of the most memorable years of our lives together.

Public Relations Coordinator – Elizabeth Chen

Elizabeth is in the MPH-45 Health Management program. Currently, her public health interests are broad, ranging from studying the inefficiencies of the US health system to toxicity in environmental health. Prior to the program she worked as a Management Consultant in the US federal healthcare space for projects involving Electronic Health Record implementation and the Healthcare.gov implementation. She has also conducted research in food and nutrition insecurity in Baltimore, where she studied Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Originally from California, she has spent the last few years in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. She spends her free time exploring scenic hikes with her golden retriever, Cabo.

Harvard Graduate Council Representative – Natasha Matthews

Natasha is a doctor from the UK with a long-held interest in global health, equity, mental health and human rights. After graduating, she undertook an Academic Foundation Programme spending time in clinical work and academia pursuing research in global health education and elderly health. Last year she carried out the UK National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme at the General Medical Council, within Fitness to Practise, reinforcing her burgeoning interest in medical ethics and the legal architecture for health. Natasha is interested in a career at the interface between medicine, law and public health, utilising public health law and human rights as a tool to bring about global health justice. She applied to be the HCSA Harvard Graduate Council Representative because she fervently believe in the importance of student representation in governance and wishes to better the link between the Chan School and other Graduate Schools at Harvard. She has also previously taken on national leadership roles within Students for Global Health (SfGH) UK.

Harvard Graduate Council Representative (Non-Voting Representative) – Dina Tadros

Dina is a current MPH student in the department of global health. She is a cardiac surgeon in training in Germany. Furthermore, she is a volunteer with various humanitarian aid organizations such as the German Red Cross and was involved with refugee and migrant health care in Germany. Additionally, Dina is a passionate advocate for youth engagement and served on several leadership positions of youth-led organizations. In her free time she loves to travel and read as many books as she can get into her hands!

Academic Program Representative, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology – Juan Luis Santana Guerrero

Juan Luis is currently in the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (MPH-EPI) Program (May ’23). Born in Boston and raised in great part in the Dominican Republic (DR), he completed medical school in the DR and is currently working full-time in the National Health Service of the DR as Coordinator of Analysis and Studies, as well as teach Information Technology and Research Methods courses at O&M Medical School in the DR. He also enjoys learning about computer programming as a hobby and is interested in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts to public health. He also likes green tea.

Academic Program Representative, Master of Public Health 65-Credits – Chinedum Orji

Chinedum “Chichi” Orji is a second-year MPH-65 candidate in the Health Management program. Originally from North Carolina, he spent three years in Washington DC working with Westat on social safety net policy prior to coming to Chan. At Chan, his passions lie in improving equity and efficiency of care. Outside of school, Chichi likes playing soccer, cooking for friends, and listening to new music.

Academic Program Representative, Master of Science 42.5/60 credits – Benjamin Shea

Ben is a 2nd year Health Data Science Master’s student. He is super excited to be part of HCSA again this year and to support the SM-42.5/60 programs and the broader Harvard Chan community. Prior to Chan he was working at a healthcare company on a finance, strategy, and analytics team, and is now pursuing his passions in chronic disease management and prevention through nutrition and addressing food insecurity working on the clinical research team at a telenutrition startup. Outside of class he enjoys rock climbing, running, playing tennis, hiking, going to concerts, doing community service, reading books, and mentoring.

Academic Program Representative, Master of Science 80 credits – Dea Oviedo

Dea is a first year SM-80 student in the department of Global Health and Population and her areas of interest include the equitable provision of sexual/reproductive health services, the promotion of reproductive rights, and mental health issues as they relate to exposure to violence. Dea was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and earned her BA in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College in 2020. Before coming to HSPH, she spent a year becoming certified as a sexual health educator while working on the development and implementation of COVID-19 health protocols at a school in Mexico

Academic Program Representative, Master of Public Health 45 credits – Melanie “Mel” Etti

Melanie “Mel” Etti is a medical doctor from the UK currently enrolled in the MPH-45 Global Health program. Her academic interests include the dynamics of infectious disease transmission and the development and evaluation of strategies for infectious disease control in resource-limited settings. She is also passionate about education, having worked as a teaching fellow in various hospitals during her time as a junior doctor. Following completion of her general medical training, she spent a year working in Uganda as a clinical research fellow, working on a research project aimed towards reducing rates of neonatal sepsis. She also worked as coordinator for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Working Group of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition, an international organization which aims to support high impact COVID-19 research in low- and middle-income countries. She hopes to pursue medical specialty training in infectious diseases following completion of her studies at Harvard.

Academic Program Representative, Master of Public Health 45 credits – Sid Gugale

Sid is a rising fourth year medical student at Drexel College of Medicine. His previous public health experiences include interning at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, working with a nonprofit to decrease neonatal mortality rates in Southeastern Asia, and advocating for better access to healthcare for all Pennsylvanians. His research interests center around building capacity to reduce the burden of untreated surgical disease in resource-limited areas overseas, and finding implementable, bipartisan, health care/insurance policy reforms domestically.

Academic Program Representative, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science – Yuli “Lily” Hsieh

Lily is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G3, Decision Sciences track). She uses decision science, mathematical modeling, and causal inference methods to evaluate and understand the consequences of intervention programs for major infectious diseases. Prior to Harvard, she was at the Yale School of Public Health, where she obtained her MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. After more than a year of working from home, she is excited that G2+ have returned to campus and that G1s started their program in person this year! As the Academic Program Representative of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science this year, she hopes to create opportunities for doctoral students to connect and reconnect with members of HSPH – internally across the PhD and ScD cohorts and externally with members from other HSPH programs.

Academic Program Representative, Doctor of Public – Heather Olden

Heather Olden, of Durham, NC, is a Doctor of Public Health student. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Heather specializes in patient and community engagement, strategic planning, program development and management, and qualitative data collection and analysis. Her research interests are centered largely on the impact of social justice on maternal health outcomes and utilizing patient engagement methodology to authentically translate research into clinical practice and policy. Heather is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an entrepreneur, and enjoys traveling, dancing, and spoiling her chihuahua, Ziggy.