Co-Presidents — Audrey Luo & Rebekah Siliezar
Project Chairs — Jamie Ko, Eugenia Zhukovsky, Claire Chang
Lunch Coordinators — Sally Weiner & Ruiyi Gao
Publicity Chair/Webmaster — Sergio Nazaire
Communications Chair — Rosario Castañeda
Finance Chair — Sonia Wang
Freshman Liaison — Kaylie Chen
Bios & Contact Info
Hailing from New Jersey, Audrey Luo is a junior in Silliman College studying Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Audrey is especially interested in mental health and hopes to dedicate her career to destigmatizing mental illness and improving mental health care systems. Outside of PHC, Audrey is co-president of Mind Matters, Yale's mental health awareness and advocacy group, and sings in Living Water and the Glee Club. She works in the Human Neuroscience Lab and volunteers at the HAVEN Free Clinic.
Rebekah Siliezar is a Sophomore Saybrugian born and raised just outside of Chicago. She has recently deboarded the pre-Med train because her real passion lies with Public Health and Epidemiology. She would love to academically pursue these fields by looking at their domestic and global inequality through the context of the Sociology, History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health, or the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration major. Last summer, you could find Rebekah at Northwestern University studying the pharmacological side of diseases through her documentation of the antileukematic properties of newly developed inhibitors on acute myeloid leukemia cell lines. This year and beyond, she is looking to get out of the lab and have a quicker and more direct impact on the prevention and treatment of disease.
Born and raised in the sunny tropics of Hawaii, Jamie Ko is a junior in Silliman double majoring in MCDB and Sociology with a concentration in Health and Society. She is a violinist and Chairperson of the Saybrook College Orchestra, a volunteer at the Yale New Haven Hospital, an EMT at the Yale Medical Emergency Services, a researcher in the Bindra Lab at the Yale Medical School, and a Peer Liaison for the Asian American Cultural Center. Aside from her extracurricular commitments, she enjoys obsessively following competitive figure skating, striking deep conversations with friends, and laughing till she cannot breathe. Jamie is interested in preventive health, especially for chronic diseases such as cancers. As a Project Chair for PHC, Jamie is excited to organize events that bring awareness to important public health issues!
Hi, my name is Eugenia Zhukovsky and I’m a sophomore in Berkeley College. My interest in public health stems from my fascination with the way that mental health is perceived in the public eye and how misconceptions create discrepancies of understanding as well as treatment throughout the United States and the world. I hope, through PHC, to encourage education about mental illnesses to enlighten public opinion: I truly believe that with proper understanding of the nature of mental illnesses that they are more likely to be treated at the source. I am a Psychology major as well as Pre-Med; I want to focus in Psychiatry with a research concentration on Mental Health in Public Opinion. I think that it is imperative to understand the different psychological, biochemical, and social aspects to really comprehend mental illnesses and how they are to be treated. In my spare time, I also participate in WYBC radio as well as write for Rumpus and perform stand-up comedy.
A sophomore in Pierson, Claire Chang is thinking of majoring in Environmental Studies or Biology. An introductory global health course that she took as a freshman sparked her interest in global/public health. Claire is especially interested in the relationship between the environment and human health. This summer, she studied farmer perceptions of rainfall change in Ethiopia, and she is excited to learn more about agriculture, nutrition, and the food system.
Sally Weiner is a sophomore in Calhoun College from Mansfield, New Jersey interested in majoring in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She has been fortunate to be a part of projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Cambodia, and Haiti. She served with Americorps in East Harlem and studied Assassin Flies at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. At Yale, she is a Master's Aide, ceramic room manager, and Lunch Coordinator for the PHC.
Ruiyi Gao is a sophomore in Berkeley majoring in Economics while on the Pre-Med track. She first became involved with public health by volunteering in free clinics throughout high school, which sparked her interest in increasing awareness of public health issues. She is especially interested in access to healthcare and healthcare management. Beyond PHC, she is involved with the Yale Scien tific Magazine and Yale Global Health Review, volunteers with HAPPY, and leads a local Girl Scout troop. In her free time she enjoys swimming, hiking, and competitive Netflix watching.
A proud upstate New Yorker, Sergio Nazaire is a Saybrook sophomore majoring in Political Science with an interdisciplinary concentration in Health Politics and Policy. He believes that health is a human right, and that governments should feel compelled to want to ensure the good health of their people. During the summer of 2015, Sergio spent 8 weeks studying Public Health abroad in Argentina and Uruguay where he learned about the socioeconomic factors that play in to the health of populations, salutogenesis, and many ways in which both Argentina and Uruguay focus their healthcare policy on the promotion of health. At Yale he is a part of the Yale Black Men’s Union, the Latin Dance Team Sabrosura, and works weekends at a Children’s Museum. As a fitness enthusiast, Sergio is interested in spreading awareness about exercise and healthy eating, and how making them a priority can lead to an even more enjoyable life.
Raised in Palo Alto, California, Rosario Castañeda is a sophomore in Silliman College and she is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Outside of PHC, Rosario is on board for Volunteers Around the World, is a medical Spanish-English interpreter for HAVEN Free Clinic, and has started to write for the Yale Scientific Magazine. She enjoys singing with the Yale Undergraduate Chorus Society, dancing salsa with the Ballroom Dance Club, and occasional yoga sessions with Yoga at Yale to relax. Through PHC, Rosario hopes to reach out to students about public health initiates and issues to improve awareness and involvement.
Kaylie Chen is a freshman in Davenport College originally from Southern California. She is prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major as she is interested in studying the building blocks of life. She is fascinated by the link between global health and education. She teaches Nutrition and Substance Abuse education with Community Health Educators in public schools. She deeply believes in health as a catalyst for all progress and as a key to equality of opportunity. She is incredibly passionate about public health and increasing awareness about important health issues.