Leadership Team

We are all current medical students who donate our time toward our mission of providing free and accessible mentorship for all students.

Aaron Gilani

Executive Director

Indiana University School of Medicine

Aaron is a first-generation medical student who aims to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his love for medicine. Prior to medical school, he led consumer insights and product innovation at Procter & Gamble on the Old Spice and Aussie brands. He also co-founded HairCode (HairCode.com), an online "hair personality typing" program to determine the best products for consumers.  As Program Lead for the National Institute of Aerospace's OPSPARC Program, he has mentorship program implementation experience.

 

Aaron holds a B.S. from Hampden-Sydney College, certificate from Harvard Business School, and an MBA from The College William & Mary.

Eric Galante

Director, Mentor Relations

Indiana University school of Medicine

Eric is a fourth year medical student who has dedicated his free time to working with multiple school groups related to the topics of mental health and disability, for which he serves as an executive board member. He also founded the Best Buddies IUSM Citizens Chapter and helped to develop Mental Health Day at the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a project dedicated to triaging mental health patients at the neighborhood free-clinic in Indianapolis. 

 

Eric graduated with a BS from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2016 and​ plans to enter the field of psychiatry with a possible fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

Mikaela Sullivan

Director, Matching Committee

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Mikaela is a first-generation medical student who aims to help patients overcome physical deformities through orthopaedic surgery. She plans on utilizing her B.S. in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School during her career to advocate for her patients and contribute to hospital leadership. She has experience in mentorship, clinical research, curriculum development, and student government.

 

Outside of school, she enjoys reading her way through Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, listening to true crime podcasts, and running with her dog Mipso.

Breanna Thomas

Director, Mentee Relations

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Breanna is a first-generation college graduate who is committed to breaking down the barriers of healthcare, in underrepresented populations. She has dedicated much of her academic journey to increasing Black representation at all levels of education and believes that this will inspire others to take a chance on their dreams. Prior to medical school, Breanna earned her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and then a Master of Public Health. As a medical student, she serves as the Public Relations Chair for her school’s free student run clinic. She is also Academic Co-Chair for her school’s chapter of SNMA. After medical school, Breanna aspires to be a primary care physician.

 

Born and raised in Louisiana, it is no surprise that she loves Mardi Gras, crawfish, and snowballs.

Jordan Saunders

Director, Media Strategy

Indiana University School of Medicine

Jordan is a first-generation medical student with experience in mentorship. During his time at the NIH, Jordan mentored and tutored at-risk minority youth in Baltimore, Maryland. He also was a member of Minority Men in Medicine while at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill which aimed to increase the representation of African American males in medicine. Jordan hopes to serve in largely marginalized communities as a practicing physician.

 

Jordan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former Division 1 college football player. In his free time, Jordan loves playing sports, exercising, and watching Netflix.

Alexandra Jostes

Director, Scholarship Committee

Indiana University School of Medicine

Alexandra, better known as “Alli,” is a first-generation medical student and aspiring pediatrician. Alli has a strong interest in mentoring and medical education, and aims to improve access to medical school for students from all backgrounds. Alli hopes to combine her love of science, medicine and teaching in a clinician-teacher role in her future career. During medical school, Alli has spent time on the peer mentoring executive committee and on the leader board of M4M, a physical wellness club that gives back to the kids at Riley Hospital for Children.

 

Alli graduated in 2017 with a BS & BA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Go Hoosiers!

Kyle Deivert

Associate Director, Matching Committee

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Kyle is a first-generation medical student attending Eastern Virginia Medical School on an Air Force Health Professional Scholarship. Before medical school, he worked as a clinical recovery associate assisting organ transplant teams in Washington D.C., and the surrounding metropolitan area. 

 

He played Division III football at Hampden-Sydney College where he earned his B.S. and also holds an M.S. from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Sandra Hedrick

Associate Director, Matching Committee

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Sandra is a first-generation medical student with plans to go into emergency medicine and eventually academia. She has a passion for improving healthcare in underserved communities and spends her free time as a Spanish interpreter at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and as a sexual assault victim advocate across the upstate of South Carolina. 

 

Sandra graduated in 2016 from Clemson University with a B.A. in Chemistry, then took a planned gap year before starting medical school. She lived in Guatemala during this year where she volunteered in a rural health clinic and worked in a local coffee shop. Her all-time favorite things are wildflowers, books, hot tea, and spending time in the mountains.

Camilo Toro

Associate Director, Mentor Relations

Duke University School of Medicine

Camilo is a second-year medical student at Duke who believes in promoting diversity in medicine by creating a more equitable path to becoming a healthcare provider. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, he co-founded Lanzando Líderes, a bilingual after-school program for high school students in South Philadelphia’s Latino immigrant community.

 

As a medical student, Camilo helped develop SALUD, a pipeline program dedicated to inspiring Latino youth in Durham to pursue health-related professions.

Iman Richie

Associate Director, Mentee Relations

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Iman is a first-generation medical student who is dedicated to alleviating social and economic disparities in education and medicine. Before medical school, she served as an educator with Richmond Public Schools and as an AmeriCorps member in Central Virginia. In medical school, she has continued this commitment through mentorship, active service in the Charlottesville, VA community, and research. She is very active in UVA’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter and is devoted to supporting underrepresented students individuals in her community.

 

Iman is interested in pursuing a medical career in a surgical subspecialty and academia. Iman graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Society from Cornell University in 2015.

Chase LaRue

Director, Educational Content 

Medical College of Wisconsin

Chase LaRue is a first year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After growing up in and out of poverty and teaching high school in an underserved area he works closely with undergraduate and high school students to bridge the knowledge gap in accessing higher education.

 

He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry. He completed his MS.Ed at Johns Hopkins in 2017 and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2019. Chase currently serves as a Medical Corps Service Member in the United States Navy Reserve.

Andre Boyke

Associate Director, Mentee Relations

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Andre is a first-generation medical student who believes in promoting diversity in medicine through engaging with students at early levels of education.  Throughout medical school, he has devoted time to being a mentor to undergraduate and high school students with pre-health interests.

 

He graduated with a B.S. from St. John’s University, and an M.S. from Tufts School of Medicine.

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