Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL) Board
The Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL) Board - formerly the Center for Health Leadership Association (CHLA) Board - is a self-managed group that engages students across School of Public Health disciplines to focus on developing leadership programs and activities. The experience of serving as a board member provides students with a hands-on way to develop their own leadership skills by working as the governing body of the SCIL. The Board also provides a unique opportunity for learning how to build and manage a decision-making body and allows for relationship building between concentrations and degree programs.
2016-2017 Board Members
Chrissy Badaracco - MPH, Public Health Nutrition, Class of 2017
Chrissy is pursuing her Master of Public Health degree and concurrently completing requirements to become a registered dietitian. She graduated from Princeton in 2012 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minors in Italian, Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Energy. She worked in communications for the EPA's Office of Water, completed extensive independent research on sustainable energy and agriculture in Kenya, supported the menu planner in Oakland's school lunch program, and conducted a clinical research project on dietary behaviors and chronic disease at the NIH. In her future career, she hopes to improve the American food system and help people improve their health through food and healthy lifestyles. Chrissy enjoys all things food and cooking, tennis, foreign languages, and craft projects.
Lauren Caton - MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Class of 2018
Lauren is a first-year MPH student in the Maternal and Child Health program and a recent graduate of the University of Texas with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. As a lifelong Texan, breakfast taco connoisseur, and outdoor enthusiast, she is excited to be in the Bay Area! Her experience with founding a nonprofit mentorship organization, along with other internships with the Texas Advocacy Project and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health allowed her to realize her passion for serving adolescent mental and reproductive health needs through the preventive lens public health provides. After graduation she hopes to earn her doctorate and dedicate her career to developing and evaluating programs that provide youth with the information they need to make healthy decisions.
Caity Connolly - MPH, Health Policy and Management, Class of 2018
Caity is a first year MPH student from Lodi, CA. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. During her undergraduate years, Caity became interested in public health while working with members of a Bedouin tribe during an anthropological field school in rural Jordan. This experience inspired her to join the Peace Corps after graduation as a community health education volunteer in Morocco, where she worked mainly on issues related to women’s health and empowerment. After returning from Morocco, she worked in the Western Region office of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service as a WIC Program Specialist, focused on evaluation and improvement of WIC clinic operations and service coordination. At Berkeley, Caity is interested in studying process improvement in health systems, as well as issues related to improving the health and wellbeing of refugee populations. Outside of school, Caity loves long-distance running, cooking new recipes, scuba diving, and traveling.
Daniela Flores - MPH, Public Health Nutrition, Class of 2018
Daniela is a first year MPH student from Calexico, CA, a town along the U.S.-Mexico border and received dual BS degrees in General Biology and Public Health from the University of California, San Diego. While in San Diego, she conducted clinical research for obesity prevention with Latino communities at the San Diego State University Research Foundation. Her current research interests are nutrition focused, and she is particularly interested in reducing health disparities, increasing access to health care for underserved communities, and obesity prevention. When Daniela is not studying Nutrition, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring new places.
Elise Harb - MS, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Class of 2017
Elise is a pediatric optometrist and is a clinician scientist at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and is currently studying to get her PhD in Vision Science and an MS in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at the School of Public Health. Her research interests surround understanding the role of human behaviors in a child’s development of refractive error (need for glasses). She is originally from the Bay but just moved back after being in Boston for 14 years. In her spare time she loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors, wander around her local farmer's market and cook (and eat of course!).
Brittany Margot - MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Class of 2017
Brittany is a proud Bay Area native pursuing an MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Education. During her undergraduate years, she studied critical issues in child development and spent two years conducting research in the Center for Infant Studies. A self-proclaimed baby fanatic and arts enthusiast, she completed a senior thesis in the arts with a focus on the social determinants of breastfeeding. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco and began her career as a birth doula at San Francisco General Hospital. Her public health interests involve correcting health inequities and encouraging cultural competence among healthcare professionals. In her free time, she enjoys long walks to the grocery store, watching Food Network, and knitting baby booties.
Hmelissa Mlo - MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Class of 2017
Hmellisa (the H is silent) was born and raised in North Carolina. She traveled a long 55 miles from home to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in Psychology and minored in Hispanic Studies. Throughout her entire undergraduate career, aside from a month in Spain and a semester in Singapore, plus 1 year postbac, Hmellisa worked for the Mother Infant Research Studies at UNC School of Medicine which she believes truly helped her realize her passion for research. She worked on multiple studies that examined things such as the effects of maternal substance abuse on infants' neurological health and associations between lactation and perinatal depression. Desiring more experience in public health, Hmellisa decided to travel an even longer 2,700 miles from home to pursue an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Berkeley. At the moment, her research interest is pregnancy health, specifically perinatal depression, but since beginning her program, she's been intrigued by social determinants of health and MCH policy. Hmellisa enjoys cooking, eating, watching sports, traveling, and of course, anything to do with babies.
Simone Saldanha - MPH, Public Health Nutrition, Class of 2017
Simone is a second year MPH Nutrition student hailing from Colorado. With an interest in human behavior and the sociocultural components of disease, she studied anthropology and health at the University of Oklahoma. She served two years as an AmeriCorps member at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, coordinating nutrition education. This ignited her passion to study food security and nutritional health outcomes, which brought her to Berkeley's School of Public Health. Besides being interested in all things food, Simone enjoys traveling, playing ultimate frisbee and organizing potluck dinners.