MESH BOARD 2020 - 2021

Carissa Lee
Position: Outreach Director
Year: 4th Year

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Short blurb: I am so grateful to be a part of an organization such as MESH that has provided me both direct hands-on opportunities to engage in local communities, as well as serve abroad in Cambodia through MESH's Sustainable Health Empowerment team. Throughout these past three years in MESH, I have gained invaluable insight and perspectives, as well as an amazingly close-knit group of peers who constantly provide a supportive environment. I hope to become a physician in the future, and love spending my free time outdoors either hiking or running!

Devanshi Agarwal
Position: Internal Director  
Year: 4th Year

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Art History

Short blurb: I'm so grateful and excited to serve as the Internal Director for MESH this year. MESH was the first club I joined as a freshman at UCLA and I immediately resonated with the values of the club as well as its dedication to service. As someone aspiring to enter the field of healthcare, I have learned a lot through my involvement within Project Healthfair for the past three years. My interests also include trying new food around LA, watching reruns of The Office, or visiting art museums. I look forward to serving as the MESH Internal Director for this year!

Sahil Telang
Position: External Co-Director
Year: 4th Year

Major: Biology
Short blurb: Hey! I am excited to be your External Co-Director for VFC for the upcoming year. I have had the opportunity to be a part of MESH since coming to UCLA and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to continuing volunteering with VFC as a CA and getting to spend time with all the great people at MESH. In my free time, catch me at Wooden playing pickup or whipping up food in my kitchen.

Emily Peng
Position: External Co-Director
Year: 3rd Year

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Minor: Biomedical Research
Short blurb: Serving the community with MESH has been one of the most humbling experiences in my life so far. Whether it’s educating service recipients at health fairs or inspiring kids at Venice Family Clinic, I’m always grateful to make an impact on patients’ lives (while working alongside pretty amazing people). Aside from healthcare and volunteer work, I love traveling, adventuring with friends, and visiting aesthetic food places!

Sayantan Ganguly

Position: Historian
Year: 3rd year

Major: Biochemistry

Short blurb: From learning about preventative healthcare to increasing my appreciation of for health education, my time in MESH has been instrumental in my journey to become a healthcare professional. As a volunteer at VFC I have been able to help in local community while getting hands-on experience with clinic physicians. Outside of MESH, I love to play tennis and read books!

Samantha Kwock

Position: Finance Chair
Year: 3rd Year

Major: Physiological Science

Minor: Asian American Studies
Short blurb: Within MESH, I am grateful to have met so many people passionately committed to serving their community. Although the pandemic presents new challenges, through MESH, I hope to help implement innovative ways to continue giving back. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing basketball, and going on new food adventures!

Soman Khan

Position: Project Hearts Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Biology
Short blurb: Soman Khan began volunteering with Project Hearts in MESH to exercise his passions for community service and providing accessible healthcare to underserved communities. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he loves to play sports, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. The knowledge and experience he has gained with MESH along with the support of the organization’s motivated and passionate community have inspired him to pursue a career in medicine, where he hopes to help patients in a larger capacity.

Grace Hong

Position: Project Hearts Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Psychobiology

Short blurb: I've been so fortunate to surround myself with the most genuine, passionate members of this organization along with the community members we serve around LA. With each experience in Project Hearts, I've become more self-aware of our potential impact and my own personal lifestyle habits. I can't wait to see new faces join, so I'd love to talk! Added bonus if you're up-to-date with The Bachelor.

Wilson Yeh

Position: Project VFC Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Psychobiology

Short blurb: Joining MESH my second year here at UCLA was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. From our impact on community health to the friends I've made, there's not a single moment in MESH that I wouldn't relive again. Going out to get Korean BBQ, boba runs, and hiking in San Diego are just a few of the amazing memories I shared with my fellow members in MESH. Aside from MESH, I love going out for hot pot and long road trips.

Ruby Tang

Position: Project VFC Co-Director

Year: 2nd Year

Major: Biology

Minor: Biomedical Research

Short blurb: MESH was the first organization that I joined at UCLA, and I could not be more grateful for the experience I've had. Beyond volunteering at Venice Family Clinic and connecting people in underserved communities to essential resources, I've made friends with so many amazing people. If you're looking to join a family of people who are just as passionate about healthcare equity as you, look no further! Outside of MESH, I like to sketch, binge The Office and Parks and Rec, and fail at cooking.

Megan Li

Position: Project Maryvale Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Applied Math

Short blurb: I am so grateful for MESH for providing me with opportunities to volunteer with the underserved community. Over the past few years, I have learned so much from the time I have spent with the foster youth at the Maryvale Residential Home. These experiences have given me a different perspective on education and healthcare, while also educating me on the foster care system. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trips to the beach!

Bianca Nguyen

Position: Project Maryvale Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Human Biology and Society

Short blurb: MESH provides a great opportunity for students to work with underserved populations while also raising awareness about and themselves becoming advocates for these communities. Project Maryvale specifically has educated me on the numerous barriers foster youth face and the ways in which we can best provide support for these individuals within the scope of our organization. I hope to take what I have learned from Maryvale and its mission of education and empowerment with me in the future when working in the field of healthcare policy.

Selina Park

Position: Project Healthfair Co-Director

Year: 3rd Year

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Short blurb: Joining MESH in my first year has helped me realize my passion in education and its importance in preventative healthcare. I am excited to continue to work with other members in organizing health fairs and providing access to healthcare services and knowledge to all communities. Aside from MESH, I enjoy baking and trying out new foods with friends!

Brittney Prusty

Position: Project Healthfair Co-Director

Year: 2nd Year
Major: Psychobiology

Minor: Cognitive Science
Short blurb: I am so grateful to have been a part of MESH since coming to UCLA. Project Health Fair has provided me with the invaluable experience of not only serving, but also connecting with people in the LA community. I am honored to serve everyone as the new PHF Co-Director and lead the team into even more engaging volunteer opportunities. I look forward to pursuing this passion for healthcare as a physician in the future. Outside of MESH, I enjoy traveling, baking, and meeting new people!

Patrick Ma

Position: Internal Development Chair

Year: 2nd Year

Major: Pre-Human Biology and Society

Minor: Public Affairs
Short blurb: I am moved by MESH's emphasis on spreading health information to local low-income communities. I am proud to be part of Project Hearts, a small, tight-woven group that brings medical resources and food to those with little access. The intersection between health and public policy fascinate me, and I am excited to learn more about it as I pursue medicine. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and going on the very occasional jog.

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