Meet our AHEC Scholars!


Daniel was raised in Jefferson, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Miami, majoring in marine science and microbiology/immunology. He worked as a school counselor for AmeriCorps in Orlando, Florida before returning to Wisconsin for medical school. He is currently a member of the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health Program at UWSMPH. Daniel joined the AHEC program to gain skills for his goal of working in community health and mentoring others. 


Hailey Bussan is an MD/PhD candidate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She is from Waunakee, Wisconsin. Hailey is interested in researching infectious diseases. In medical school, she is a member of the student government, PRIDE in Healthcare, and the Health Equity Activation Team. She joined the AHEC scholar program to learn culturally competent ways to address social determinants of health to improve health and prevent disease as a physician and researcher. She has been involved in AHEC programs for four years.


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. 


Hi my name is Shay. I am currently studying Public Health at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. I also have two minors, Spanish and Animal Behavior. I am set to graduate this upcoming May 2020. Once I graduate I plan to move out of state and work for a few years and then return to school for my MPH. In my past time, I love to be outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding or skiing, really anything active. I also enjoy working out, cooking and training my dogs. 


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. 


Christian Hernandez is a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a Milwaukee, WI native and completed his undergraduate at the UW-Madison in 2015. His recent organizational involvements include the Latino Medical Student Association where he serves on the national board of directors and as Co-Director of the Midwest region. Mr. Hernandez has 8 years in violence prevention experience working with various domestic/sexual violence centers in Wisconsin. Most recently he’s been engaged for 3 years mobilizing men in violence prevention work supported by the United Health Foundation through the National Medical Fellowships Diverse Medical Scholars initiative. 


Robin is a dual degree student in the Master's of Public Health/Master's of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is from Franklin, WI. Robin is interested in working with underserved populations around the state and would like to eventually specialize in cardiology or geriatrics. Robin is the medic chair liaison for the Physician Assistant program and works with other health professional program students to provide care within free clinics around the city. He also is involved with the Free Clinic Collaborative in Milwaukee and the Bread of Healing Clinics in Milwaukee. Robin has enjoyed being a part of the AHEC Scholars southeast region and participating in the experiential learning opportunities that have been offered.


Allie is currently a junior undergraduate student at Carroll University seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with aspirations to work in community health. She hopes to work with the American Heart Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys participating in her university’s Swim and Dive team, as well as serving on the executive board for her campus public health club. 


Jorgo is an MD/PhD candidate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He is interested in studying the biochemical processes of chronic diseases and treating them as a physician-scientist. He is also passionate about immigration health and health equity. As a medical student, he was one of the Clinic Coordinators for the Southside Clinic in Madison, a student-run free clinic geared towards providing health care and community resources to patients without insurance. He joined the AHEC Scholars to develop skills to promote health equity and address social determinants health.


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 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!


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 Talia Rhutasel.  I live in Kenosha, WI and grew up here. I am in nursing school at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I will be graduating this May with my BSN. I currently work as a student nurse intern at Froedtert South Kenosha Campus. After graduation, and getting a few years of experience as an RN, I am interested in continuing my education to become a Nurse Practitioner. In my free time, I am part of an a cappella group on campus and I am teaching myself how to play the ukulele. 


Amber Rios is a Master of Public Health student at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in Global Studies and International Affairs. Her involvement with AHEC began in 2010 as a Youth Health Service Corp member at Messmer High School and she continues to mentor and volunteer with Messmer Students who are interested in health and AHEC. Her professional interests include Emergency Preparedness, Health Equity and health disparities in underrepresented populations. She currently works as a Community Program Coordinator in the Office of Global Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Amber volunteers as a disaster dispatcher for the American Red Cross to develop her emergency preparedness skill while also giving back to her community. She plans to pursue a PhD in Public Health and become a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Researcher. 


Gerardo Rodríguez is a first-generation Mexican-American born and raised in Houston, TX. He came to Wisconsin to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin. His goal is to return to his community one day with the skills necessary to address the various health problems plaguing his family, friends, and neighbors. You can find Gerardo walking one of the state’s many trails, reading a book on a rainy day, or out with friends enjoying a great bite in town. Feel free to say hi if you ever see him; he’ll respond with a nice Howdy! 


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! 


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.  


Cheryl is a Nursing student at UW-Green Bay. She works full-time at the Milwaukee Veterans Hospital serving in-patient veterans from the across WI. She connected to working with veterans since she was raised all over the world while her father served over 26 years in the Air Force. As a reservist, she was called up for Desert Storm so others could go and serve. She joined AHEC to put her previous degrees of a BS in Psychology and a BS in Education together to learn how to help those in underserved areas have better primary preventive healthcare, especially veterans.


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.  


I’m a second-year 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.  


Payden White is a medical student who is also a proud member of the TriUMPH program (Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health) within the School of Medicine and Public Health. She is passionate about community well-being and preventive healthcare initiatives. She looks forward to a career focused on providing care to underserved communities, connecting with others, and working in interdisciplinary teams to provide the best care for patients.  

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