UCI Public Health Alumni Chapter Board

Kalani Phillips

Kalani Phillips

President | Class of `16 `21

Kalani (she/her/they/them) is an Anteater Squared and is now back for her third degree at UCI. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Public Health Policy in 2016, with a minor in Film & Media studies. She then received her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) in 2021, with an emphasis in Sociocultural Diversity & Health. Currently, she is a PhD student in Disease Prevention at UCI Public Health and the Chair of the Student Center Board of Advisors at UCI. Her favorite place to hangout on campus is Aldrich Park and the AntHill Pub. In her free time, Kalani enjoys hiking, watching movies, and cooking. As the oldest of five children and with an even bigger extended family, she also loves being able to spend time with her loved ones.

Megan Padilla

Megan Padilla

Vice President | Class of `15 `20

Megan is a two-time graduate of the Program in Public Health, earning her BA in Public Health Policy with a double minor in Psychology and Social Behavior and Medical Anthropology in 2015, and Master of Public Health (MPH, Epidemiology emphasis) in 2020. Her favorite UCI memories include studying for statistics and epidemiology in the Public Health Graduate Study Lounge with her cohormates because she had the opportunity to bond with them, and bonding over dinner and drinks outside the academic space. Megan currently works at UCI Program in Public Health as the COVID-19 Chatline Coordinator. In her free time, Megan enjoys watching basketball, reading, and learning embroidery.

Lira Islam

Lira Islam

Events Chair | Class of `19 `21

Lira is a two-time graduate of the Program in Public Health, earning her BA in Public Health Policy in 2019 and her MPH in 2021. One of her favorite memories as a MPH student was attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in 2019. Here she enjoyed listening to inspirational public health researchers and exploring the city of Philadelphia with some of her cohort members. Lira currently works for UCI Human Resources, where she promotes a culture of whole-person wellness. In her free time, Lira enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Rajiv Ramdeo

Rajiv Ramdeo

Regional Events Chair | Class of `07 `11

Rajiv Ramdeo is a Senior Manager of Communications Technologies at Stanford Medicine, where he is a clinical informatics expert responsible for managing a team of engineers focused on improving patient experience, mobile application and telemedicine technologies. Recent highlights in Rajiv's 10 years of healthcare experience include architecting and implementing patient and clinical technologies for the new flagship Stanford Hospital activation and serving as a leading member of Stanford's inpatient telemedicine COVID-19 response team. He is also passionate about supporting diverse and equitable communities and workplaces. Rajiv holds a Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine.

Jesus Chavez

Jesus Chavez

Treasurer | Class of `20

Jesus is a recent 2020 graduate of the Program in Public Health, earning his BS and BA degrees in Public Health and minoring in Medical Anthropology. A favorite memory of his at UCI was being able to attend, present at, and even help organize different conferences as part of his undergrad experience, such as APHA 2019, NASPA 2019, and PHA Public Health Summits. He also enjoyed getting to meet new professors and taking their courses and making new friends with other public health majors. In his free time, Jesus likes to listen to music and podcasts, go to concerts and amusement parks, exercise and spend time with friends and family. At the moment, he works as Case Manager for Latino Health Access in Santa Ana, helping residents apply for rental assistance and eventually hopes to get back to school to get his MPH in Community Health Sciences or Nutrition and work in a government agency like a public health department in the future."

Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

Graduate Student Liaison | Class of `19 `22

Christine is currently a second-year MPH student, with an emphasis in Sociocultural Diversity and Health. She graduated from UCI in 2019 with a BS in Public Health Science. Some of her favorite memories at UCI include seeing all the vendors on Ring Road and attending the Summerlands concerts in the Spring with her friends. She is currently a reader for Dr. Gideonse's PH 195W class and working on research with Dr. Tanjasiri and Dr. Lakon. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her Shiba Inu, "Finn.

Sophie Nguyen

Sophie Nguyen

Student Liaison | Class of `24

Sophie is an undergraduate in the class of 2024 pursuing a double major in Public Health Policy and Biological Sciences. Currently, her favorite memory as a public health major is when she attended the 5th Annual Public Health Summit online and gained more insight on public health careers, but she looks forward to making more memories in her upcoming years. She is the 2021-2022 Finance Chair of the Undergraduate Public Health Association at UCI (PHA). In her free time, Sophie enjoys walking around the beach, exploring new [food] places, and spending time with her friends and family.

Chad Ngo

Chad Ngo

Communications Co-Chair | Class of `15

Chad Ngo (he/him) is a proud Californian, first-generation master's graduate, and communications professional committed to health justice, racial equity, and progressive politics. As a child of Vietnamese refugees, Chad is heavily influenced by growing up in the San Gabriel Valley and San Jose and is guided by his values of authenticity, connection, and mentorship. Currently, he manages strategic communications, media affairs, and public relations for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Throughout his career, Chad has worked with: LGBTQ+ community leaders, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of sexual violence, first-generation students of color, and formerly incarcerated individuals seeking substance use education. While at UCI, he was involved with his multicultural fraternity, AIDS fundamentals discussion facilitation, and peer education for the CARE Office

Arielle Bautista

Arielle Bautista

Communications Co-Chair | Class of `21

Arielle graduated from UCI in 2021 with a BS in Public Health Sciences. One of her favorite memories during her time at UCI is working for the Program in Public Health and assisting with alumni events. Here, she was able to connect with alumni as an undergraduate student and build relationships with other students and staff. She currently works in clinical research at Allergan Aesthetics as a Clinical Trial Management Assistant. During her free time, Arielle enjoys exploring new cities and finding new coffee shops!

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