Meet our AHEC Scholars!
Max Albiero is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He grew up in the Milwaukee suburbs and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Neurobiology and minors in Global Health and Environmental Studies. Max’s career interest is to pursue a surgical specialty and work in a practice that serves a diverse patient population. He hopes to learn more about how to effectively reach this goal through time spent with AHEC. Before starting medical school, Max worked as an EMT in the city of Milwaukee. He enjoys winter sports, biking, and spending time with his family.
My name is Dalila Alcala and I am a Physician Assistant student at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. While at Carroll, I am a member of the diversity committee. I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. I graduated from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL with a bachelor's in biology, Pre-Health. I have been a volunteer at Christ Children's Hospital of Chicago for several years. I was the captain and MVP of my college soccer team, I love to run and play with my dogs in my free time. Prior to PA school, I was working in orthopedics and general med-surg. My goals as a PA are to use my Spanish speaking skills to help form a bridge to better serve the underserved Spanish speaking communities.
Megan Cory was born and raised in West Texas and graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry. In 2016, she co-founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, BeatDiabetes, and serves as the Executive Director, overseeing multiple branches located in California, Texas, and Wisconsin. After six years of conducting diabetes research, Megan has 10 publications and has presented her findings at multiple national conferences. She is currently a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin and plans to pursue a career in Family & Community Medicine.
MORGAN ASHLEY CRAFT
I am currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Chicago and I received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Upon receiving my medical degree, I hope to become an OB/GYN primarily serving in underserved and under resourced, urban communities. I joined AHEC to strengthen my cultural competency while working alongside like-minded individuals who also have a passion for community-health needs. During my free time, I love to be active by doing things such as kayaking, kickboxing and hiking.
Ashley received her BS in Community Health from UW-Madison. Now a first-year Physician Assistant student at the UW-Madison SMPH, Ashley serves as her student government’s Diversity and Community Outreach Co-Representative. As a Black woman, she knows all too well the negative impact that racism has on the health outcomes of communities of color. Her experiences working to reduce Black infant mortality and guide anti-racist practices at a policy and systems level represent her passion to dismantle systems that reinforce widening health disparities between white and underrepresented Black and Indigenous persons of color (BIPOC). When Ashley is not studying, she enjoys spending quality time outdoors with her daughter.
Korina Hendricks is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her B.S. in Life Sciences Communication with a certificate in Global Health. Her professional interests include adverse childhood experiences, maternal and child health, and social determinants of health. Before graduate school, Korina was employed as a research specialist with the Health Innovation Program, supporting health services research with community partners. She also spends time volunteering at Briarpatch Youth Services. Korina is excited to be an AHEC scholar to learn how to best work with and for underserved populations.
I am currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Manassas, Virginia and graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a BA in Evolutionary Anthropology, minor in Sociology, and a certificate in Human Development. I chose to pursue a career in medicine so I can work toward alleviating health disparities for disadvantaged, minority, and aging populations. As an alum of Milwaukee AHEC’s Community Health Internship Program in 2019, I am excited to join the AHEC Scholars Program! I plan to pursue a career Psychiatry and wanted to broaden my healthcare training through this program to further learn about social determinants of health in Wisconsin and other emerging issues. I love a good Sunday brunch and listening to music with friends during my free time.
Maddisen is currently a second-year PA student at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and a minor in Spanish and hopes to use her Spanish language skills to serve Hispanic populations throughout Wisconsin upon graduation. Prior to PA school, Maddisen worked as an EMT for her local fire department and as a perioperative technician in an outpatient surgery center and would like to specialize in a surgical subspecialty as a PA. She grew up in Madison, WI and loves all Wisconsin sports, especially Brewers baseball! In her free time, Maddisen enjoys hiking the bluffs in La Crosse and spending time with her springer spaniel, Winston. She is excited to be a part of AHEC in order to learn more about the unique populations in Wisconsin to better serve them as a provider in the future.
I am a Physician Assistant student at Carroll University. I am originally from Wausau, WI where I was born and raised. During my undergraduate education, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I graduated with degrees in Neurobiology & Psychology, with a certificate/minor in Gerontology. While at UW-Madison, I was very involved in research, community outreach, and volunteer opportunities throughout the Madison, WI community. Additionally, I was also a member of the UW-Madison club tennis team, which is one of my favorite activities to do in my free time, along with hiking, biking, and playing with my dog. I am very excited to be a part of AHEC to learn more about and serve the unique underserved communities throughout Wisconsin.
My name is Brittany Miller and I am a junior at Carroll University studying Public Health and Healthcare Administration. My career goals include working in organizations that support efforts to eliminate health disparities and offer health advocacy opportunities. I am currently an intern with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health working to support the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council. I joined AHEC to have additional opportunities to learn and work in community health as well as having the ability to network. Post-graduation, I plan on working for a year or two to obtain some public health experience that will be applicable to when I start a Master of Public Health program.
I am a PA student at Concordia University. I grew up in Sussex, WI, and I attended undergrad at Carroll University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While I was in school, I worked as a caregiver at an assisted living facility and did home care for people with Muscular Dystrophy. I also did some volunteering at a free health clinic and in an ER. A fun fact about me… I was an Irish Dancer for 10 years and have been playing tennis since I was 8!
My name is Elizabeth Moore and I am in my third year of medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Oregon, and I before medical school I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oregon State University. I joined AHEC to learn more about how to best serve our underserved populations and those who face health disparities. Through AHEC, I hope to broaden my knowledge by engaging in community outreach, cultural learning experiences, and interprofessional education. In my free time, I love playing my violin, doing yoga & barre classes, and spending time with my friends and family.
I am currently a junior undergraduate student at Carroll University seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with aspirations to work with rural populations in the Appalachian Mountains. I love to travel--my next trip will be to Alaska, and I'm super excited! My other favorite things include dogs (pit bulls have my heart), the outdoors, and cooking.
My name is Skylar Senseny and I am a junior in Marquette University's College of Nursing. I am originally from Michigan City, Indiana but I now permanently reside in Milwaukee. After I graduate, I plan to work in an adult care setting at a local hospital to gain experience; although, my ultimate goal post-grad is to become a travel nurse and work across the country! There is so much you can do with a nursing degree and I plan to exercise this freedom by trying everything I possibly can!
Enica Saffold is a Ph.D. Public Health candidate with Walden University. She is a Milwaukee, WI native and completed her undergraduate at UW-Milwaukee in 2014 with a degree in Conservation & Environmental Science and a minor in Pre-Pharmacy. In 2020, she completed her MPH with a concentration of Mental Health from National University. Her professional interests are mental health development, pharmacology, and environmental health. She’s also completed research at the Medical College of Wisconsin within the Pharmacy School department. Enica joined the AHEC program to gain experience in ways to address social determinants along with networking opportunities. After completion of her Ph.D. program, her ultimate goal is to work with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or building a multidisciplinary approach to health globally.
My name is Hannah and I am a wife, sister to 4, and cousin to 87. I am currently studying Physical Therapy through the DPT program at Carroll University where I participate in the Health Careers Opportunity Program in conjunction with AHEC. I enjoy spending my free time volunteering at Richard's Place in Waukesha, WI and relaxing with a good economics book.
Zak Sharif-Sidi is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Zak’s career interest is to become a dermatologist and be a role model for underrepresented minorities interested in medicine. His interest in AHEC comes from understanding the importance of the surrounding community in practicing medicine. Zak received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2014. He would go on to spend 3 years launching a health tech start up called NowPow; their mission was to help high poverty, high needs populations stay healthy by leveraging technology to access essential services in the community.
I am currently a second-year physical therapy student at Carroll University. I attended Carroll for my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. I hope to work with pediatric patients in the future to help the younger generation grow into strong individuals both mentally and physically. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring, spending time with animals and going to the lake with my fiancé. I joined AHEC to have a better opportunity to reach out in the community as well as network with many amazing individuals!
PANG HOUA XIONG-YANG
My name is Pang Houa Xiong- Yang. I am a Master of Nursing: direct entry Nursing student at Marquette University. I previously got my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in Environmental Public Health. Currently, I plan to graduate with my master’s degree and continue to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, midwife, or a nurse practitioner in women’s health. I feel that as a woman, we take on many roles that we sometimes forget that we need to take care of ourselves. I also feel that children are our future, we need to care and nurture them to become the leaders that we need.
My name is Becca Waldman and I am currently a 3rd year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from West Bend, WI and I graduated from Wartburg College in 2018 with a BA in Biology and minor in Leadership. During my time at Wartburg, I was a member of the Track & Field team and volunteered in the emergency department at the local hospital. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishing and being outdoors! I have previously participated in AHEC’s Community Health Internship Program and am very excited to join the AHEC Scholars! My goal is a career in Pediatrics, and I am looking forward to enhancing my medical education through AHEC Scholars.
Sophia was born and raised in rural northwestern Wisconsin and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Carroll University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Her professional interests include geriatrics and orthopedics. After graduation she hopes to work in an outpatient facility that serves various underserved populations. She also spends many hours coaching club volleyball throughout the winter and spring. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, cooking, hiking, and reading.
My name is Lisa Wendt and I am a 3rd year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin. I was born and raised in Middleton, WI and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. I have always had a passion for working with people with disabilities and have volunteered at places such as the Central Wisconsin Center and Milwaukee Center for Independence. Prior to medical school, I was a substitute teacher and preschool teacher. In my free time I love to travel, hike, and be outdoors.
I’m a Pharmacy student at the Medical College of Wisconsin set to graduate in 2022. I wanted to pursue Pharmacy because I have always been fascinated by how medicine works, and I wanted to be involved in the patient care process. I graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Biochemistry with a certificate in Global Health in May 2019. I am originally from New Berlin, WI, I’m a huge Wisconsin sports fan, and I’m a huge dog person. I love to travel, and my favorite trip was to Nepal in 2018 on a Global Health Field experience through UW-Madison.