Cachet Colvard - President
Cachet is a second year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) and Master of Business Administration dual degree candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and College of Business. In 2015, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan where she majored in Asian Cultures & Languages, with a concentration in Chinese. Throughout her graduate career, Cachet has been working at the Detroit Medical Center in the Project Management Office where she has been able to work on major projects and receive vast exposure to the DMC’s large health system. As an emerging leader in healthcare, Cachet wants to build a community rooted in equity, respect, and integrity and hopes to use her training to provide high quality care to those in her community. She believes that access to care is the right of every human being regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Ultimately, Cachet wants to help create a larger platform for women and minorities in healthcare to achieve success and leadership within their organizations.
Alyson McAdams - Vice-President
Alyson is a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Nutritional Sciences department with a concentration in Dietetics. She serves as the Vice President on the Executive Board for Women in Health Leadership. Alyson received her BA from the University of Michigan in 2015 in Spanish and International Studies. She spent the past year and a half as an intern for MHealthy's Tobacco Consultation Service and Alcohol Management Program, learning the ropes behind this dual prevention and treatment-based approach, which she hopes to apply in her nutrition education. Alyson is currently working at Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service as the Wellness Coaching student intern and a BASICS facilitator. She is interested in leadership development and skill-building, group and one-on-one dialogue facilitation, and promotion of self-care.
Ariel Herm - Co-Chair of Professional Development and Networking
Ariel is a second year Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is Co-Chair of the Professional Development and Networking Committee. Prior to beginning at Michigan, Ariel worked for five years in clinical pediatric asthma research, health education, and consulting in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. Ariel graduated from Haverford College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish. While in college Ariel studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and she uses her Spanish in community legal and medical clinics. Ariel is passionate about creating effective health education tools that empower patients to choose healthier behaviors and accomplish better management of chronic conditions. This summer Ariel worked for The Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, CA, in their Regional Health Education department. She contributed to a wide range of health education projects on cultural competency, education for safe opioid use and designing appropriate mobile technology to improve medication adherence. Ariel is passionate about innovative methods to motivate behavior change for healthy living and the business strategy involved in creating companies and products in the health care space.
Bharathi Ramachandran - Co-Chair of Professional Development and Networking
Bharathi is a second year Epidemiology graduate student and she serves as the Professional Development Co-Chair forWiHL. She is from sunny California and graduated from UC Davis in 2013, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has been involved with many public health initiatives for the homeless community in Davis. Before starting her Masters education, she worked at Stanford University investigating clinical risk factors in the Obstetric Anesthesia department. She continues her research in women’s health and reproductive cancer epidemiology at UofM. In addition to her research interests, Bharathi has great passion for global health and social impact initiatives and hopes to become a social entrepreneur in the future. Bharathi is the Business Lead for Project MESA, an UofM engineering initiative addressing cervical cancer incidence in Nicaragua. Project MESA was a finalist in the Ross Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track in 2015. Bharathi is proud to be on the WiHL board and is committed to empowering women and promoting professional and personal success.
Sydney Egan - Chair of Communications
Sydney is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the Nutritional Sciences Department, concentrating in Dietetics. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2011, after which she spent three years in New York City working as a project manager for an art consulting company before she decided to switch career paths and pursue a degree in public health and nutrition at the University of Michigan (though she still paints and does other artwork as a hobby). Sydney currently works for the communications office at SPH, and is looking forward to completing her program and earning her registered dietitian’s license. In her career she hopes to be an advocate for nutritional health either in a clinical, corporate, or government setting.
Chair of Finance
Bios coming soon!
Serena Bidwell - Chair of Community Service and Mentorship
Serena is a second year Master of Public Health candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is in the Global Health Epidemiology Department and is also pursuing a certificate in public health genetics. She has a passion for children’s health care, changing trends of disease profiles, and access to care in emerging economies. She currently lives out these interests by working at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital as a cardiology technician and the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) as a graduate research analyst, where she examines health disparities and pediatric health needs in Michigan. Additionally, Serena is actively involved in cancer research in Southeast Asia. She completed her summer internship in Indonesia and Thailand, where she generated an overview of the pediatric cancer incidence and survival rates in both countries. Serena received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She double majored in Honors Neuroscience and English and loves merging her backgrounds in science and communications through the field of public health. After graduating from her current program, Serena hopes to pursue medical school and apply her training to patient-based interactions.
Sarah Wizinsky - Chair of Spring Forum Committee
Sarah "Swiz" Wizinsky is a second-year Master's of Health Services Administration (MHSA) candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sarah is a Michigan native and lover of the great lakes. As an undergraduate, Sarah double-majored in Chinese Language and Global Women's Health (a self-designed curriculum created through the Individual Major Program) at University of Michigan. After graduating with her BA, Sarah went on to work as a project manager in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System. In this role, she managed the implementation of a new inpatient electronic health record, specifically supporting faculty and staff in the Birth Center. Navigating across the health system in collaboration with faculty providers, system administration and health information specialists, Sarah developed the ability to communicate across professional boundaries and lead diverse workgroups forward. Sarah's interest lies in leadership styles and the role leadership plays in driving successful change management and implementation in the context of care delivery.
Lacey Evans - Health Behavior and Health Education Department Representative
Lacey is a first-year Master of Public Health student in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Michigan with a minor in Gender and Health. Through her work at the Institute of Gerontology, Lacey assists with studies investigating driving behaviors and the ability of aspirin to reduce health events among older adults. In the past, Lacey was the Employee Wellness Intern at MHealthy, the University of Michigan’s wellness and risk reduction services. While at MHealthy, she helped plan and implement physical activity programming focused on improving the health of faculty and staff. In addition to her interests in working with older populations and employee wellness, Lacey hopes to gain knowledge and work experience in health communication.
Grace Kuan - Environmental Health Sciences Department Representative
Grace is a second year Master of Public Health student in the Toxicology Program of the Environmental Health Sciences Department. In 2015, she received her BS from the University of Michigan where she majored in Neuroscience with minors in German and Environment (PiTE). Grace is passionate about protecting the public’s health by applying evidence-based methods in understanding, managing, and communicating the use and hazards of chemicals in the environment, such as those in our food, water, clothing, and personal care products. This past summer, she worked at ToxServices, a toxicology risk assessment consulting firm, using science in evaluating various environmental hazards in order to protect human health by informing decisions regarding risk management. For instance, this may involve drinking water contaminants, cosmetic and fragrance ingredients, food additives and dietary supplements, etc. Grace looks forward to using her professional and personal experiences in creating a supportive and encouraging environment for students through her position in WiHL.
Health Management and Policy Department Representative
Bio coming soon!
Lillian Fineman - Epidemiology Department Representative
Lillian is a second-year Epidemiology EMA track Master of Public Health student at the University of Michigan. She serves as the Epidemiology Department Representative on the Executive Board for Women in Health Leadership. Lillian graduated from Emory University in 2010 where she received her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in evolution and genetics, along with a double major in Anthropology. Lillian is a Georgia native, most recently relocating from Hawaii, who has a passion for travel. She plans to work internationally studying the spread and control of infectious disease among populations. In addition to her MPH, Lillian is currently pursuing certificates in both Global Public Health, as well as Public Health Genetics.
Elizabeth Roach - Nutritional Sciences Department Representative
Elizabeth is a second year Master of Public Health student in the Nutritional Sciences department, concentrating in dietetics. She is the Nutritional Sciences department representative for Women in Health Leadership. She graduated with her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2013. Elizabeth is interested in the intersection between nutrition and development, and is especially interested in childhood obesity. She has worked as a research assistant in the Lumeng-Miller lab at the University of Michigan since 2012 studying child health and behavior. Elizabeth hopes to continue her career working with children in a clinical setting upon receiving her registered dietitian certification.
Biostatistics Department Representative
This position is open!
Wenlu Yan - Health Informatics Department Representative
Wenlu is a rising second year Master of Health Informatics(MHI) candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Information. She serves as the MHI Department Representative on the Executive Board of Women in Health Leadership. Following her undergraduate study in software engineering, she worked as an IT consultant of collaborative software for 3 years in Shanghai and Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she volunteered for the Chinese Organization for Rare Disorder for 2 years which allowed her to gradually develop a deeper passion for harnessing the power of information to enhance health and transform individual health and healthcare. In graduate school, through the Multidisciplinary Design Program, she has been working with genetic specialists in Kellogg Eye Center designing and developing an on-cloud web application to automate and assist with the diagnosis of retinal dystrophies. Along working in the project, She found her strong interests in population health and data analysis. This summer, she did two internships. She interned in the Division of Immunization at Shanghai Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked in conjunction with Dr. Abram Wagner at the University of Michigan conducting a qualitative research project on vaccine decision-making. Currently she is interning as a data scientist in IBM Watson Health. She is working in the implementation team at Explorys in Cleveland gaining an understanding how multiple pieces of the Explorys frame work work together as well as understanding how the data is used in the client’s overall business to provide both business value and value to their patients.