Alumni

Jennifer Abu. was a sophomore at the University at Albany (SUNY). Her intended major is globalization with a double minor in public health and international affairs. After visiting Nigeria in 2013, Jennifer wanted to learn more about ways of improving the public’s health and educate people on healthier, better ways of living. Her dream is to build a free educational and health clinic in her village, Otukpa, for families in need.

Princy Abraham. was a second year law student at Albany Law School. She spent the summer between her first and second years of law school working on issues relating to immigration and is interested in both immigration and international law as well as health and human rights. Princy is an officer of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Albany Law School and began working with the GIHHR in Summer 2014. Her research has focused on Guatemala.

Kenneth Aduba. was an intern with the Institute, holds an MBBS degree from Nigeria, and is currently studying for a MPH in Health Policy and Management at UAlbany School of Public Health. He is interested in the interaction between health policies and economics. He likes making new friends, listening to classical music and intellectual discussions.

Ayoade Adeyemi. was a graduate student at the School of Public Health, SUNY at Albany. He previously spent three and a half months educating indigenous populations in Northern Tanzania on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and safe sanitation methods. Ayoade has also gained valuable experience interning for a global healthcare strategic consulting firm focused on transforming healthcare systems in emerging markets and developing economies. Ayoade is in the MPH program to become better educated on topics such as infectious diseases, health disparities, and maternal/child health. His goal is to use the knowledge gained to work with local NGO's to better health care access and quality in developing countries. His interests include global/international health, health disparities and health communication. 

Alyson Alonzo. was a sophomore from Westchester, NY majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Aside from interning at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, she was also initiated into the Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity in the spring of 2014 and became a member of Doctors 4 Hope, an organization on campus which provides opportunities such as volunteering space at local hospitals and clinics and research opportunities with the faculty in the RNA Institute. Alyson became interested in Human Rights as a junior in high school and established a club called the Human Rights Coalition, where she worked to raise money for an institution in Uganda for orphans whose parents died of HIV/AIDS.

Ruhi Al-Ahmed. was an intern for the Institute. She is originally from NYC and is currently a student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. She's working on her Bachelor's in Political Science (concentration in International Affairs) with a minor in Criminal Justice, expected 2013. Ruhi is currently working at the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli as a Student Assistant. In addition, she's worked on various research projects independently and with SUNY. Ruhi also enjoys volunteering for the community.

Mary Beth. was a member of the Society of International Health and Human Rights and is looking forward to upcoming ProBono work with the Global Institute of Health and Human Rights. She hopes to pursue a career in health law with a focus on health administration, policy, and the economics of health care. Away from school and work, Mary Beth spends every waking moment outdoors with her two loves: husband, Matt, and puppy dog, Charley. She has been a part of the GIHHR since Summer 2014 and is currently researching health and human rights practices in Mexico.   

Erika Corsi. was a first semester transfer student to University at Albany. She is an Urban Planning Major with a double minor in Geography and Anthropology, and wants to create sustainable living communities in large cities in the future. Erika joined the GIHHR in the Fall 2014 semester.   

Allison Daley. was a senior at SUNY Albany where she is majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in economics and public administration. She plans on joining Americorps after graduation and working in economic development.

Eno-Obong Essien. was a second year student at Albany Law School. She is the Project Director of the pro bono project between the GIHHR and Albany Law School and is the President of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Albany Law School. Eno has been a part of the GIHHR since Spring 2013. She has produced a report on the Dominican Republic and is completing a report on Haiti.

Christina Ehert. was from Rockland County, NY. She is a senior undergraduate student at SUNY Albany majoring in human biology with a minor in medical anthropology and is excited to be apart of the Global Insitute for Health and Human Rights! She wishes to go on to either Physician Assistant school or graduate school to obtain a degree in medical anthropology or public health research.

Jordan Tymeson. was a freshman at the University at Albany. She is pursuing a Biology degree and minoring in Spanish in French. After earning her Bachelor's degree, Jordan plans on attending medical school. Jordan is interning at GIHHR because she is passionate about researching and finding ways of resolving global health issues. Her areas of favorite study are environmental health and sustainable agriculture. She joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and is working on developing connections between environmental issues, health and human rights.

Frankie Rizzo. was an undergraduate senior at the University of Albany. He is an intended major in International Relations and Spanish, but also seeks to further his studies in the Arabic language. After wrestling for the University of Albany 2013-14 team, Frankie lived with his family in Seville, Spain studying at the University of Seville to enhance his fluency in Spanish.
In the fall of 2014, Frankie worked with Dr. Alaei on the NYS Ebola Task Force team Medical Specialty Group. They then contributed to the GIHHR panel discussion on combating Ebola, working with organizations like PAHO, WHO (Africa), CDC, PHR, and DOH NYS. Other projects involving Ebola (EVD) included a social marketing flyer for all SUNY campuses and research on efficient medical testing to combat Ebola. Currently, Frankie is on a team working to set up a health plan in Uganda with an organization from Harvard (RUN) and is also creating projects on the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Dyiamond Grant. was a senior at the University at Albany. She is majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Environmental Sciences and has a minor in Education. She plans on studying aboard in the Middle East or Africa and then continuing on to get her MPH in environmental health sciences. She joined the GIHHR in the Fall of 2015 studying pollution in the Middle East. 

Ajay Gupta M.D. was a full-time intern for the Institute in 2013. He is originally from Delaware and went to college at the University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in English and Biology. After 2 years in Washington DC at the NIMH, he moved to Albany to pursue an M.D. at Albany Medical College. His work has been instrumental in getting the institute up and running. After graduating from Albany Medical College in 2013, he started residency at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida.

Justine Wright. was a senior at the University at Albany, majoring in Human biology with a minor in French. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration on global health. Justine had the opportunity to Study abroad doing community health and medical outreach, which motivated her to learn more about international health policy and research. 

Umadevi Yokeeswaran. was a third year student here at the University at Albany currently majoring in Spanish and Public Health with concentrations in environmental sciences and epidemiology with a minor in Health and Human Rights. She plans of furthering her education in Global Health and Human Rights hoping to work with NGOs in the future to tackle health disparities in foreign nations. Umadevi has been apart of GIHHR since Spring 2014.

Cecilia Hassett. was a third year student at Albany Law School. She is a member of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Albany Law School and has been a part of the GIHHR since Fall 2013. Cecilia has produced a report on Costa Rica as well as assisted in the founding of the GIHHR's climate change and environment research prong.

Nitara Hall. was a junior at the University at Albany, majoring in Human Biology/Pre-Med. She plans on attending Medical School after college to become a cardiologist. She became an intern at Global Institute for Health and Human Rights starting Fall 2014 semester. She is currently working on creating a network between students from the State Universities in New York and students from Universities in Turkey.

Sarah Heath. was a senior from Ithaca, NY, majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. These interests grew from her love of learning about how the body and mind work from a young age. She is very grateful for her time at GIHHR because it fostered an academic interest in public health and human rights. After graduating, Sarah hopes to become either a neonatal nurse, or an art therapist.

John Hogan. was a student in the J.D./M.B.A Healthcare Management program between Albany Law School and Union Graduate College. He holds a B.A. in Political Science. Jack has experience in the fields of healthcare management and plans to work in healthcare compliance following graduation. He joined the GIHHR in Fall 2013 and has produced a report on Brazil. He is an officer of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Albany Law School.

Nakissa Jahanbani. was the Research and Programs Associate at the Institute. She graduated from American University in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations, specializing in the Middle East and International Development. Nakissa came to the Institute after working at Physicians for Human Rights' Anti-Torture Program. She has been interested in human rights since a young age and hopes to soon work in the field as well as attend law school.

Alexis Kutski. was a third year law student at Albany Law School. Alexis received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Russell Sage College located in Troy, NY. She is very passionate about family law, matrimonial law, and domestic violence law, and would like to eventually have a career relating to those fields. Alexis has interned for e3communication, the Columbia County Attorney’s Office, the Honorable Mark Powers of Schenectady Family Court, and is now currently a summer law fellow at The Legal Project. In the fall of 2013, Alexis was admitted under a student practice order in the Albany Law School Health Law Clinic where she worked on social security denial cases, social security overpayment cases, and an adoption case. Alexis has been working with GIHHR since February of 2014 and plans to continue working with them throughout her last year at Albany Law. She is an officer of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Albany Law School. Alexis joined the GIHHR in Spring 2014 and has produced reports on Bolivia and Venezuela.

Robert Kolar. holds a BA from Duquesne University (1982) and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School (2014). He works for a software development company, CommSoft, in Albany, NY. He oversees and manages CommSoft’s Client Services team. He is responsible for three CommSoft units that impact the customer’s on-going relationship with CommSoft: Quality Assurance, Documentation, and Client Support Services. He also is the primary legal resource at CommSoft, assisting in licensing, negotiations, and intellectual property matters. Kolar has more than 30 years of management experience in technical, sales, retail and service environments. He has brought to CommSoft extensive knowledge of how to build and leverage support groups, use evaluations and training to develop the capabilities of entire teams, and apply reporting and tracking mechanisms to increase productivity and customer satisfactions. Previously with Rite-Aid Corporation, Tele-Media Corporation, and Cap Gemini Sogeti, Kolar has served as Field Systems Support Supervisor, Sales Manager, and Account Director. He joined the GIHHR in Fall 2013 and produced a report on Argentina.

Faraz Khan. was a full time intern for Institute in 2013. He is beginning medical school at Albany Medical College. Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Edison, New Jersey, he went to Union College in Schenectady, New York. At Union, he completed his Chemistry and Economics degrees. He became interested in human rights and health during college, and he hopes to stay active in the work of the Institute as he looks to complete his MD.

Michelle Lauetta. was a freshman at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. She joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and conducted research on issues relating to HIV/AIDS generally, as well as HIV/AIDS related education in the African context, and issues in access to HIV/AIDS drugs in Africa.

Dut Lwal. was an intern with the Institute and an MPH student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UAlbany School of Public Health. He is originally from Sudan, and has lived in Kenya for 12 years and is an active member of SUNY Albany African Student Organization Active Club Member. His interest is in infectious disease outbreak investigation. After finishing his studies, Dut plans to go back to his home country to help his community.

Michelle Lopez. was a J.D. student at Albany Law School. She has been a part of the GIHHR since Spring 2014 and has produced a report on Argentina.

Neill Michael. was a graduated from Albany Law School in 2014 with a concentration in International Law. Prior to his studies at Albany Law, he attended Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia where he studied English Literature, French, and Philosophy. He has previously held positions at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Cergy-Pontoise, France, the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center and has provided research on language rights for Canadian Parents for French. Neill continues to provide research to the GIHHR and currently works at Johnston Law in Toronto, Canada. He joined the GIHHR in Fall 2013 and produced a report on Trinidad & Tobago. 

Jolevette Mitchell. was a second year law student at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, N.Y. . She attended Saint Peter’s College (now Saint Peter’s University) in Jersey City, N.J. where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2009. Prior to attending law school, Jolevette worked for Deutsche Bank as a Compliance Consultant performing investigations in the Anti-Money Laundering and Business Risk group. She then went on to join Morgan Stanley in its Legal and Compliance Division handling the “Know Your Customer” reports under the US PATRIOT ACT and the opening of accounts with a primary focus in Latin America. While at Morgan Stanley, Jolevette was a member of the Legal and Compliance Diversity Committee, Sub-Committee Member for Women’s Initiative Group and High School intern program (Legal Outreach); Pride and Ally Networking Group, Women’s Business Alliance. Most recently she was employed by J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. in the Investment Banking division and a member of the JPM Pride network. Jolevette currently serves as the Regional Treasurer for NEBLSA where she is responsible for the carrying out proper financials, accounting and audit procedures and for the overall financial health of the region. She will serve as President of the Society for International Health and Human Rights at Touro College Jacon D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Jolevette has been a part of the GIHHR since Spring 2014, and has produced reports on health and human rights conditions in Cuba and Venezuela. Mary Beth Moran is a second year student at Albany Law School concurrently earning her Master of Business Arts in Healthcare Management through Union Graduate College. A practicing occupational therapist, Mary Beth earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Sage Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art at Skidmore College.

Katherine Mosquera. was a J.D. student at Albany Law School. She joined the GIHHR in Spring 2014 and has produced a report on Colombia.

Nate Rousseau. was an undergraduate Business student at the University of Maryland. He joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and worked on outreach for potential partners and funders as well as HIV/AIDS education policy research.

Ellie Warner-Rousseau. will be a senior at Bethlehem High School in the fall. She is interested in international development and public health, making GIHHR an ideal work environment to learn and gain experience as an intern. She joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and conducted research in a number of areas, including health and human rights and HIV/AIDS related issues in Africa.

Casey M Schur. was a sophomore in the Honors College at the University at Albany. She is a double major in Public Health and Political Science with a concentration in Global Politics. She has also completed a minor in Biology. She plans on completing her education for global health issues.

Eric Snyder. was a freshman at Tufts University. He joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and conducted research on issues relating to HIV/AIDS generally, as well as HIV/AIDS related education in the African context. 

Anais Vasquez. was a 3L at Albany Law School, concentrating in International Lawl. She holds Bachelor's in International Affairs from Skidmore College (minor in Law and French) and has previously studied abroad in South America (Argentina and Chile) and worked abroad (Spain). While in law school, her internship experience has been within the public sector, working for public interest firms, on areas like disability and housing advocay, as well as immigration and asylum law. She hopes to work in immigration law - primarily in the area of asylum - after graduation from law school. Anais joined the GIHHR in Summer 2014 and has produced a report on Honduras.

Katie Waye. was an undergraduate freshman in the Honors College at University at Albany. She is a double major in Public Health and Public Policy with a minor Health and Human Services. She hopes to one day receive a Masters in Global Public Health and work with initiatives in health care accessibility.

Emily Wolfe. was a senior at the University at Albany studying International Relations and Spanish Literature. During the Spring semester of 2014, she was accepted into a combined BA/MA program and will graduate with her Masters in Spanish linguistics in 2015. She hopes to remain within academia for as long as she is able to, and will someday use her education to work with International Organizations and Human Rights Law.

Uma Yokeeswaran. was currently an undergraduate sophomore student at the State University at Albany. She currently doubling majoring in Spanish and Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Environmental Sciences and has a minor in Biology. She plans on continuing her education for Global Public Health and Epidemiology.

Amanda S. Volk. was a senior Public Health major and Biology minor student from Niskayuna, New York. She has been working at the GIHHR since May 2015 and is currently working on a project investigating injection drug using women in Malaysia. She is on the E-board of the University at Albany’s Students for Health and Human Rights club and is a Purple and Gold Student Ambassador. After earning her bachelor’s degree she hopes to go on and obtain and MPH in Environmental Health Sciences. Her goal is to become an environmental epidemiologist.

Asi-Yahola Somburu was full-time intern for the Institute in 2013. He is a medical student at Albany Medical College, originally from San Francisco, CA. While an undergraduate at Tufts University (2005), he majored in American Studies concentrating on Social Justice, Inequality and Public Health. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Biomedical Science at Tufts University (with a concentration on bacterial viruses), and a Masters in Public Health at Boston University (with concentrations in International Health and Infectious Disease) before moving to Albany to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor for the people. He first learned of the Alaei brothers and their work in 2009 during an internship at Physicians for Human Rights, and looks forward to staying involved with the work of the Institute as he moves forward on his medical degree.

Katie Waye. was a senior at the University at Albany and its Honors College. She is completing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy. Katie has spent nearly two years working at the GIHHR. She has had the opportunity to conduct research and subsequently assist in writing several grant proposals for the country of Turkey. She is currently applying to graduate schools and intends to receive a dual MPH/MBA with a global health concentration. She hopes to one day work for an international organization that is dedicated towards alleviating the health struggles of certain underrepresented populations like that of women, MSM, and drug users.

Emily von Werlhof graduated cum laude from Albany Law School in 2014 with a concentration in International Law with Honors, and earned her B.A. from the University of Washington. Emily was the inaugural student project director of Albany Law School's Global Health and Human Rights pro bono project in the 2013-14 school year. Starting in the Fall of 2014, Emily will be pursuing her LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

Brett Williams was a 2014 graduate of Albany Law School. He joined the GIHHR in Fall 2013 and produced reports on Belize.

Elizabeth Gray