MEET THE 2020-21 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Caroline is a senior from Cary, NC majoring in Psychology with minors in Health & Society and Spanish for the Health Professions. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a dual degree in Occupational Therapy and Public Health. Since joining AED in Fall 2017, Caroline has held several exec positions as the 2018-19 Service Chair and 2019-20 New Member Coordinator. She is passionate about AED because it has given her her best friends, unforgettable memories, and invaluable opportunities to give back to the community. Besides AED, she works as the Creative Director of Undergraduate Student Government, works as a medical caregiver, and runs a nonprofit organization called Abilities Dance that provides free dance classes to individuals with intellectual disabilities. In her free time, you can probably catch her playing with dogs, taking classes at CorePower Yoga, or cooking/baking.
Neil is a senior studying Health Policy and Management with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Having joined in Spring 2018 and previously served as Philanthropy Chair and Treasurer, Neil has made some of his closest relationships here. To him, the organization has been essential (and a lot of fun!) to his time at Carolina. His favorite part of AED is learning new perspectives surrounding health and health care which have greatly shaped his interests and future career. He intends on pursuing an MD-MPH and working in family medicine and health services research. In his free time, he enjoys hiking/skiing/biking in the mountains and playing the banjo. Outside of AED, Neil is involved in cardiovascular epidemiology research and plays a lot of Jenga with kids in CPALS.
Amelia Curtis is a junior from Gainesville, FL. She is majoring in Biology and Classics with a minor in Chemistry. After graduating, she hopes to attend Medical School and aspires to be an interventional Radiologist. Amelia joined AED in the Fall of 2018, and has fallen in love with the close-knit community of AED and has made some of her best friends through it. Outside of AED, Amelia serves as a Peer Instructor for Bio 101 and as a Sunday School Teacher at a local church. She is also very active in UNC sports and occasionally dabbles in Sports Marketing. Outside of school, Amelia loves spending her time outdoors, with friends, or in the kitchen baking or whipping up a good southern meal.
Daniel Kim is a Senior from Chicago, IL. He is studying public policy with minors in chemistry and statistics. He joined AED in the fall of 2018 with the hopes of meeting a group of likeminded students with similar pre health career goals. AED brought him not only that, but some of his closest friends at UNC. On campus, Daniel serves as the Undergraduate Secretary on the Executive Undergraduate Student Government Branch, conducts URCT funded research concerning factors and determinants on cardiovascular health across North Carolina counties, and is a registered member with CPALS. This past summer, he worked on a project to develop a new polymer chemistry course that will be implemented in the upcoming school year. In his free time, Daniel enjoys cooking and catering large scale events with baked goods. In Chicago, he runs a yearly non-profit holiday gift wrapping business that has generated thousands of dollars for the Dupage PADS charity to help stop homelessness in his hometown.
Sam is a senior from Smithtown, New York majoring in Quantitative Biology with minors in Computer Science and Spanish for the Health Professions. Since joining AED in Spring '19, she has met some of her best friends, been given the most incredible opportunities, and made some of her favorite memories in college. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and work in pediatrics. Outside of AED, Sam is co-chair of Tar Heel TABLE, a UNC Hospitals Volunteer, a cabinet member of the Campus Y, and a Buckley Public Service Scholar. In her free time, you can find her binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, hanging out with friends, or eating at Cava.
Abel Miranda is a Junior from Charlotte, NC, born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Chemistry. A non-traditional student veteran, being able to join AED in the fall of ‘19 really helped his transition from military to student life after serving over 5 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Through AED, Abel was able to foster a sense of community, finding a family in AED and a home at UNC. In his spare time, you can find Abel hanging out with his pup, Noah, finding cool hikes around the area, jamming out on his guitar, hunting down high quality ramen spots, or relaxing at the beach. He plans on using his experiences in and out of the service to become a surgeon, and travel around the world helping the underserved receive quality medical care. Fun fact about him, he ate scorpion while visiting Thailand, which he claims tasted like a mean lobster.
NEW MEMBER COORDINATOR
Virginia is a junior from Hickory, NC. She is majoring in Biology and Philosophy and minoring in Chemistry. She joined AED in the fall of 2018 and loves the community formed with her fellow pre-med students. She has met some of her closest friends here and is excited to foster those relationships in AED’s new members. Virginia plans to earn her MD and work in Pediatric Oncology to help other young adult cancer survivors. Other than AED, Virginia volunteers in the Pediatric Oncology unit through CPALS, is a member of greek life, and works as a medical caregiver. When she's not doing homework, you can find her binge-watching Criminal Minds, wandering campus looking for dogs to pet, or thrifting with friends.
NEW MEMBER COORDINATOR
Chris Lung is a Junior from Charlotte, NC. He is majoring in Psychology and Medical Anthropology and minoring in Chemistry. He joined AED in the Fall of 2018 and has enjoyed every moment he has spent in AED with his newfound family. They have brought him many new and exciting perspectives on healthcare and life in general and he has found some of his closest friends through the organization. He hopes to one day go on to become a child/adolescent psychiatrist specializing in children with mental disabilities. Outside of AED, he is an avid hiker, mountain biker, soccer player, violinist, and photographer. He is also on the Operations Committee for Carolina for the Kids, a NC Special Olympics soccer coach, an undergraduate researcher studying maternal/child health and works as a bobarista at Kung Fu Tea. His favorite restaurant on Franklin Street is Cha House (don’t tell his boss) and he is an avid foodie and baker.
Hannah Rayala is a senior from Chapel Hill, NC pursuing a BSPH in Nutrition and minors in Med/Lit/Culture and Spanish for the medical professions. Hannah joined AED in spring 2018 and has loved being a part of the wonderful community of driven individuals she has found through the organization. She is interested in the intersection of medicine and public health and will pursue a MD/MPH after graduation. Outside of AED, she works as a medical scribe for the UNC Emergency Department, a research assistant at the Carolina Population Center, a student instructor for BIOL 252, and conducts epidemiologic research on cardiovascular disease. In her free time she enjoys reading, skiing, watercolor painting, and cycling at Purvelo.
Kimmie Baxter is a senior from Clinton, North Carolina. She is studying Exercise and Sports Science and Religious Studies with a minor in Neuroscience. Kimmie joined AED in Spring 2019 excited to meet a group of driven individuals who all bring a fresh perspective to health care. After graduation, she is hoping to attend Physical Therapy school and work in rural North Carolina. Outside of AED Kimmie serves as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Sports Psychology, is the Vice President of the National Residence Hall Honorary, is a Physical Therapy Tech at Reynolds and Associates, and works with the Tarheel Ambassadors at sporting events. Otherwise, you may find her playing ukulele, going on a bike ride, taking polaroids, or trying to squeeze in a beach day.
Helen Hong is a senior from Beijing, China who is working on her Psychology B.A as well as Spanish for the Medical Professions and Medical Anthropology minors. She joined AED in Fall of 2017 and it has been a large part of her undergraduate life at UNC. In the future, she is working towards pursuing a career in emergency medicine as a physician and in the long run working in various parts of the world with non-profit medical organizations. Currently, she is a part of a neuroimaging analysis lab with the UNC School of Medicine and is applying to be a part of South Orange Rescue Squad as an EMT-B. Aside from the hectic pre-med life, she works as co-photo editor for the student run magazine Coulture, boxes, plays the guitar and cooks a lot.
Ayaka is a sophomore from Allendale, New Jersey. She is pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. Mathematics with a minor in Spanish for the Health Professions. Ayaka joined the AED family in fall of 2019, excited about the prospect of being surrounded by peers who share a passion for healthcare. Since then, she has fallen in love with the collaborative, supportive, and truly inspiring AED community, some of whom are now her best friends. Outside of AED, Ayaka is the Outreach Chair for UNC Best Buddies, the treasurer for Carolina for Amani, a research assistant in the Cahoon Lab, and a Spanish translator at the Student Health Action Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys drawing/painting, cooking/baking, and playing with any dogs she comes across.
Celeste is a Junior from Cornelius, NC. She is pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Neuroscience and is interested in becoming an OBGYN or Pediatric Surgeon. Celeste joined AED in the fall of 2018 when she was just a freshman and has met some of her bestfriends through the organization! AED has truly been a home at UNC with a family that shares a love and interest in healthcare! Outside of AED, Celeste works in the Sondek Lab, a free clinic, and is a certified EMT. In her freetime, Celeste loves to bake/cook, go shopping, practice yoga, go on the lake, try new foods, and travel!
Alyssa is a Junior from Long Island, NY. She is majoring in Biology and Medical Anthropology and minoring in Chemistry with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician in the future! Alyssa joined AED Fall 2019 and has loved the organization ever since. She is her Pledge Class President and has loved being able to call the AED community her second family. Besides finding lifelong friends, and having amazing professional opportunities from AED, her favorite part is the community of support from a group with similar career interests. Outside of AED, Alyssa is also a part of Carolina Vibe, a dance club at UNC, and is a member of Phi Mu. In her free time she enjoys baking and going to the beach.
Ceren is a sophomore from Cary, NC majoring in Psychology and Medical Anthropology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She is hoping to become involved with clinical psychology in the future! Since joining AED in the fall of 2019, Ceren has enjoyed making new friends and becoming part of a family that all share her love for healthcare and helping others. AED has made her feel like she has a home here at Carolina. Outside of AED, Ceren is also a team member for the UNC Equestrian Team and serves as their Horse Show Coordinator. In her free time she loves to ride her horse Monkey (who loves bananas), make artwork, bake, spend time outdoors, and try new foods! In the near future, she would also love to launch a blog discussing mental health and feminist ideas with self-made illustrations.