Meet the 2012 Fellows
To learn more about their experiences in the Fellows Program, watch their digital stories here.
Elisabeth “Bee” Berger is a first-year student at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in Health and Social Behavior, specializing in Global Health. Her passions are adolescent well-being and reproductive empowerment, locally and globally. She received her Bachelors in Biology from UCLA and has spent time working in basic and clinical research. Longing for a deeper role in making change happen, she worked both clinically and in the community as a health educator with the underserved youth of Los Angeles for the last three years. Elisabeth sees herself becoming deeply involved in research, practical application, and the proactive transformation of the sexual health education and clinical practice paradigm. Eventually, she would like to become an integrated health provider, working to master and unite the practices of Public Health, Western Medicine, and Eastern Medicine into one cohesive discipline to holistically improve the quality of life of her community. Elisabeth is a proud dog parent, a devoted bicycle-commuter, and loves Capoeira, dancing, yoga, spending time with good friends, good food, good music, and all other manners of merriment. Follow her blog here.
Oliver Chu is a MBA/MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley, concentrating in Health Policy and Management. He is originally from Orange County, California and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Oliver spent a year in Sudan working as an outreach nurse with Doctors Without Borders. Before his time in Sudan, he worked for a number of years as a Cardiothoracic ICU Nurses at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Oliver also served as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia with the United States Army. Oliver hopes to go into healthcare administration and help provide cost-efficient, accessible, quality healthcare in this complex healthcare system we face today.
Rebecca Fuoco is an MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley, concentrating in Environmental Health Science. She also works part-time as a Program Associate at the Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley where she works to facilitate communication between the health scientists who study flame retardant chemicals, the industries using them, and the policy-makers who regulate them. She is a Bay Area native but spent the past four years in the much colder Ithaca, NY obtaining her B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Her ultimate career goal is to work as both a scientist and advocate for chemical policy reform. In her free time she likes to cook and host parties. Follow her blog here.
Marlowe Dieckmann is an MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley, concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. She is originally from Oakland, CA and was born in Berkeley. She holds a BA from Smith College in neuroscience and psychology and played ice-hockey and soccer at Smith. Over the last 8 years she has worked for 3 different global health non-profits in Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Dominican Republic. In her free time, she plays on 2 soccer teams and coaches 2 soccer teams.
Roza Do is an MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley concentrating in Health Policy and Management, and a 2005 alumna holding a BA in Public Health and Public Policy. Prior to returning to Berkeley, she worked as a Project Manager with the Pacific Business Group on Health in San Francisco, collaborating with health plans and providers to develop regional programs to improve organizational capacity and quality of care across outpatient settings. She is interested in broad multi-sector collaboration integrating urban planning and public health to improve the social, environmental, and economic structures that impact health care delivery and perpetuate health inequities in vulnerable communities. Roza was born in Rhode Island, raised in Southern California, and enjoys DJ’ing and collecting classic soul, funk and hip-hop records. She stays grounded and inspired by both music and public health that share the power to create, educate and heal communities, small and large, and most importantly, they both go well with food. Follow her blog here.
María Fernández is an MPH 2012 candidate at UC Berkeley in Health and Social Behavior, with a specialty in Multicultural Health. María is originally from Tampico, México, but grew up in San Diego. She graduated from Stanford University in June 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Human Biology and a minor in Modern Dance. During her undergraduate career María worked on an obesity and diabetes prevention clinical trial through a dance intervention for at-risk Latina youth and also worked very closely with the Stanford Janitors through an English-tutoring student group. Through her volunteer work she realized she was incredibly passionate about studying and addressing health disparities within socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. María would like to continue to gain the tools and knowledge to become a more effective agent of change in her community and her work with underserved Latino communities. In her free time she loves to dance, play capoeira, watch movies, spend time with her family, or meet up with friends.
Christina Jeffery is in her first year of the concurrent MPH/MSW degree program at UC Berkeley. Her concentrations are "Maternal and Child Health" in Public Health, and "Health" in Social Welfare. She was born and raised in Barrow, Alaska, and received her Bachelors degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, she worked for three years at the Stanford Prevention Research Center on an adolescent smoking cessation research project. Christina plans to focus on adolescent reproductive and mental health issues, particularly among Alaska Native youth. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and spending time outside enjoying the beautiful California weather.
Nisha Parikh is an MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley in Environmental Health Sciences, with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene. She is a southern California transplant, growing up in Cerritos, California. She received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. Nisha has interned with Orange County’s Health Care Agency, focusing on H1N1 awareness and prevention. She enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring San Francisco with her friends. Follow her blog here.
Patrick Ramirez is an MPH 2012 Candidate at UC Berkeley in Health Policy and Management. Patrick grew up in Firebaugh, CA, a small farming community in the San Joaquin Valley. He holds a B.S. in Health Science from CSU, Fresno. After completing his baccalaureate, Patrick spent a year at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine post-bacc program, where he first started doing research related to health workforce and diversity issues. For the last few years, he has managed a statewide consortium focused on strengthening and diversifying the health workforce by supporting health professions pipeline programs through research & evaluations, policy & advocacy, building collaborations, resource sharing and networking. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys all types of music, his dog Rocky, photography and sports. His idea of a great evening is dinner, desert with coffee and a comedy (live show or movie). He is a technology junkie and a self-proclaimed nerd. Follow his blog here.
Ashley Williamson is an MPH 2012 candidate at UC Berkeley in Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology, with a specific interest in the epidemiology of communicable diseases. Ashley is originally from Montreal, Canada but was raised in Southern California. She graduated in Fall 2007 from California State University, East Bay with a BA degree in Biology & Psychology. With a background in health education & psychology-based research, Ashley comes to the interdisciplinary field of public health with hopes of transcending from clinical research and epidemiologic surveillance through to preventative program implementation. Ashley would eventually like to matriculate to medical school and bring a public health perspective to healthcare and research. During her free time, you will find Ashley bartending at a local microbrewery to fund her education or playing indoor soccer and volleyball to stay active.