Meet Our Board Coordinators
They're Some Talented Folks!
QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR
Luke is a second year medical student from Michigan. He completed a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. During this time he was heavily involved in community service as the chair of hunger and homelessness projects for Circle K and the Vice President of Operations for a food bank for students. After graduating, he completed an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan before working as an epidemiologist and a clinical trials coordinator for a year. Upon coming to Drexel, Luke saw the Health Outreach Project as the perfect opportunity to hone patient skills and learn about Philadelphia’s diverse populations. He is looking forward to working with the rest of the HOP board to expand HOP’s impact on the city and keep improving our programs.
PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT AND STUDENT TRAINING COORDINATOR
Kelly is a second year medical student from Puxico, Missouri. She graduated from University of Missouri – Columbia with a degree in Biochemistry and then received a Master of Science from Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. As a student at Mizzou, Kelly maintained a position as a phlebotomist while also participating in a Prosthetic 3D Printing Club for the local children’s hospital and volunteering at a free health clinic focused on providing care to the many rural, underserved patients in the area. Kelly’s passion for caring for the underserved didn’t begin there. Growing up in rural Missouri, she experienced first-hand the detrimental effect of a lack of access and opportunity to medical care. This inspired her to serve communities like hers and fostered her passion for HOP. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve HOP and the Philadelphia community and looks forward to the coming year. During her free time, Kelly enjoys playing guitar, spending time outside (especially if there is BBQ involved), and playing with her two cats Oscar and Athena.
Joseph is from Chicago, and graduated in 2018 from the University of Chicago with a BA in the Biological Sciences. He spent the following year completing a Masters at Drexel while working as a research assistant at the Radiology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is continuing his research. He volunteered at UChicago Medicine and is excited to continue volunteering at Drexel through the HOP clinics as the Pharmacy Coordinator.
Philip graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. But, despite loving the skillset of engineering, through his life experiences he ultimately found the field of medicine to be more rewarding. Before coming to Drexel, he worked at a Health Center in Richmond, VA providing care for the city’s underserved population. Something unique about the clinic’s model of care was that they provided medical, dental, social, pharmaceutical, and behavioral support all under one roof. He had the opportunity to work within each department during his time there. Doing so gave him a great perspective that’s hard to fully capture with words: everyone is different. Not just genetically, but in their hopes and fears, beliefs and expectations, personalities and experiences. That is why he finds medicine so rewarding, because it’s about being human. He believes that patients deserve sensitive and understanding people caring for them, and as Advocacy Coordinator, he's working to ensure that is their reality.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Sophie is a second year medical student from San Diego, CA. She attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and went to grad school, earning her a Masters in Science from DUCOM Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.
She spent her time in college advocating for women that couldn't advocate for themselves in regard to sexual assault/domestic violence. This is something that she was extremely passionate about. She worked mostly in conjunction with her student health center and local hospital to ensure that survivors were receiving access to all of the care and treatment that they may need (both physical and psychological). Her experiences working with these women made her very passionate about working with populations of people that have access issues to essential resources. This made her exceptionally excited to work with HOP which helps underserved populations obtain access to basic medical services. She truly believes that we are lucky to have such a large and well-organized organization to be able to reach so many people in our community.
HEALTH EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Katelyn Sanchez is a second year medical student originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her B.S. from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where she worked as a pediatric ER scribe while concurrently working as a lab assistant for a neurobiology research team at The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. After receiving her bachelor’s, she worked in New Orleans, LA as a Medical Assistant/scribe at an Internal Medicine practice before matriculating to Drexel College of Medicine. Her numerous relocations to various countries throughout her childhood proved to be an expansive ground for learning more about the world and the unique communities that comprise it. Over the years, she has developed a true appreciation for differing cultures and their values, and she is driven to learn more about those whose backgrounds vary from her own. As she pursues a career medicine, she is further motivated to continually enhance her cultural competence and also realize her responsibility to use her knowledge to not only bridge the health disparity gap that is prevalent, but also to advocate for those communities so others may learn and evoke change as well. She believes that becoming more culturally competent allows for personal growth that is only possible through understanding others' perspectives. As the new Health Education Coordinator, she is extremely excited to work with the different HOP projects. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the greater Philadelphia community, so that she may contribute to providing healthcare that is more personalized and holistic.