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UCI Public Health Alumni Chapter Board

Tyler Mehrbrodt

Tyler Mehrbrodt

President

Tyler is a two-time graduate of the Program in Public Health, earning his BS in Public Health Sciences with a Minor in Medical Anthropology, and a Master of Public Health (MPH). During his time at UCI, he enjoyed attending and presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in 2016. Here, he saw how research is presented and had the opportunity to speak with so many like-minded individuals. He also enjoyed his time as a Teaching Assistant as he loved working with many undergraduate students to help them grow as public health professionals. Now, he works for Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control as a Laboratory Assistant. Away from the lab, he loves to travel and SCUBA dive all around the world.

Farihah Chowdury

Farihah Chowdury

President Elect

Farihah is a two-time graduate of the Program in Public Health, earning her BS in Public Health Sciences in 2014 and her MPH in 2018. Her favorite memory as an MPH student is the inaugural "Cohortsgiving" for the MPH program. Here, she had lots of fun getting to know her cohort while eating delicious Thanksgiving food. She currently works for Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc. as the Manager of Health & Wellness. One fun fact about Farihah is that she performed at Carnegie Hall twice, playing stand up bass.

Karen Blanco

Karen Blanco

Vice President

Karen graduated from UCI in 2014 with a BS in Public Health Sciences. As a public health major, she had the opportunity to present her research at the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School. One of her favorite parts about the trip was her chance to explore the big city of Boston. She currently works for the American Cancer Society as a Health Systems Manager. While working full time, Karen is also completing her Executive MPH in Healthcare Management and Policy at UCLA.

Natasha Wasim

Natasha Wasim

Treasurer

Natasha graduated from UCI in 2017 with a BS in Public Health Sciences and a BA in Public Health Policy. One favorite memory as a public health major is her time with Public Health Association (PHA) as an executive intern and a two-term president. Here, she met some of the most inspirational people in her life. Another valued memory was having weekly dinners with her favorite professors. After her career at UCI, she earned her MPH in Environmental Sciences from Yale University. Now, she works for The Walt Disney Company, where she carries out her passion for sustainability and public health. In addition to being a sustainability advocate, Natasha is a huge dog person with two rescue dogs who are the light of her life.

Andrea Martinez

Andrea Martinez

Events Chair

Andrea graduated from UCI in 2016 with a BA in Public Health Policy and a Minor in Medical Anthropology. A few weeks after graduation, she started her Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) and graduated in 2018. She currently works for the UCI School of Medicine's Curricular Affairs team, while working toward her real estate license. Andrea believes that UCI's Public Health program is unique in that it allows you to build relationships with your peers. Her most valued memory as a public health major was walking into new classes each quarter and immediately recognizing peers that made each class more enjoyable. She enjoys maintaining those relationships and spending time with her family and friends.

Jacqueline Osegueda

Jacqueline Osegueda

Communications Chair

Jacqueline (aka "Jackie") graduated from UCI in 2017 with a BA in Public Health Policy. Her favorite memory is when she joined her public health honors cohort at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Symposium. She presented her thesis on Perceptions of Safety and Physical Activity in Santa Ana Residents. She currently works for the UCI School of Medicine and Family Medicine as a Medical Education Coordinator. As a first-generation college student herself, Jackie enjoys mentoring students and helping them succeed. She spends her spare time relaxing on hammocks and eating banana chips.

Matthew De Leon

Matthew De Leon

Communications Chair

Matthew (aka "Matt") graduated from UCI in 2019 with a BA in Public Health Policy. His favorite memories as a public health major have been attending conferences in Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington DC. These conferences left him amazed at the work being done for public health and higher education nation-wide. He currently works in the Business Development and Technology Transfer Office at the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation. In his free time, Matt enjoys going to the movies, playing with his beagle-basset hound named "Bagel," and spending time with his family.

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