Asma Karim 

External President 

Hello! My name is Asma Karim, and I am a fourth year majoring in Biomedical Engineering: Premedical. I apparently have an ENFP personality based on the Myer-Briggs Test. I am a grade A extrovert (I am probably the loudest person that I have ever met). Generally, I am very protective and caring for the people that I love, and I live life with a lot of ambition and vision. I joined SHIP to be a part of a greater medical community and foster my love and compassion for people through medicine. What I never expected was that I was to be part of a family of AMAZING individuals that continue to inspire me to become my better self. SHIP has taught me the strength, honor, and courage that I carry with me as I serve our patients and fellow SHIP members. I am involved in other UCI organizations called GROWTHH (Global Refugee Organization Working Towards Health & Hope) and AEMS (Anteater Emergency Medical Services).  I also work as an undergraduate researcher for a project that involves utilizing contact lenses for ocular drug therapy.


Alisa Chen

Internal President 

Hi! My name is Alisa Chen and I am a third-year Biological Sciences major. According to the Myer-Briggs test, my personality type is INFP. With this personality, I am an altruistic, passionate, and hard-working individual. Most people are surprised that I am 82% introverted because I am constantly tapping into the 18% around other people. When I was younger, I used to fantasize about being a fashion designer. Today, my dreams and aspirations have taken a 180-degree turn; I strive to become a nurse that upholds compassion in the healthcare field, routinely providing not only medical but also emotional support to patients and families that need it most in hospitals. Serving in SHIP, I have experienced the heart-warming gratitude patients express for the basic services we provide contrasted to the stark disappointment I have felt from encountering the abundance of obstacles that often prevent us from doing more for our patients. These feelings constantly motivate me to do as much as I can for the underserved as an undergraduate student and to eventually do even more as a licensed healthcare worker in the future.

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Jonathan Lee

Vice President

 Hello! My name is Jonathan Lee and I am a third-year Biological Sciences Major. According to the Myer-Briggs test, I am an ISFJ, but the F:T ratio was 52:48, so I’m part ISTJ as well. The ISFJ side of me defines me more because while typically reserved, I’m always there to support my friends through the thick and thin. At the same time, traces of ISTJ shine when I do tasks because I like to carefully plan out things in advance. When I was younger, I always dreamed that I’d work at an aquarium because I love marine life, especially whales. However, as I have grown older, I started aiming towards the healthcare field more because of my strengths in the sciences. Joining SHIP has been the best decision I made at UCI because it has given me the opportunity to help patients through my passion for biology and empathy towards their hardship. I hope to become a physician one day so I can use the tools of medicine and compassion to not only treat the disease, but also care for the individual.

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Catherine Zhang

Vice President

Hi! My name is Catherine Zhang, and I am a third-year Biological Sciences Major. Based on the Myer-Briggs test, I am an ENFJ, who has key traits of compassion, loyalty, optimism, and genuity. I describe myself as an individual who has a lot of love in my heart for others, and I find myself doing everything I possibly can for others, even if it means making sacrifices of my own. I love animals, so in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Now, I have redirected my desire to help humans through a career in healthcare, inspired by my experiences working with the underserved through SHIP. SHIP provided an outlet for me to meet incredibly motivated and kind individuals, who inspire me to become a better version of myself, and also work alongside the most appreciative patient demographic, igniting a passion to do as much as I can for these deserving individuals. Outside of SHIP, I also serve on board for an online biomedical publication Morning Sign Out at UCI, a Coordinator for UCI’s General Chemistry Peer Tutoring, and work as an Optometric Assistant.

Jeanette Meraz

Clinic Coordinator 

Hello! My name is Jeanette Meraz, and I am a third year Biological Sciences major. According to the Meyer-Briggs test, I am best described as an INFJ-T, a.k.a. an Advocate. Advocates are quiet and mysterious, and have strong passions for helping others, which I have found true for myself. With medicine, and with working at Crescent Clinic, I am able to direct my energy into something that is meaningful not only to me, but to the patients and the lives I am able to impact with my work. When I was about ten, I had dreams of being a doctor, which changed to a couple other careers, before it eventually became obvious to me that medicine was my calling. Not only has SHIP given me the opportunity to help patients, but SHIP has given me endless confidence in my abilities and helped me grow as a student, leader and person. Each day working in the clinic is exciting & memorable, and I hold a special place in my heart for my fellow SHIPmates, and for the patients I have gotten to meet. The experiences I have had and will have in the upcoming years with SHIP will have a great positive impact on the way I will practice medicine in the future.

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Isaac Cinco 

Medical Clinic Coordinator 

 Hello! My name is Isaac Cinco, and I am a 4th year Human Biology Major. According to the MBTI Test, I am an ENFJ-T (the Protagonist) meaning I’m supposed to be a confident, charismatic leader seeking to help others. Is this true? Maybe, we should meet and you can let  me know if I fit the criteria. For the longest time, I was unsure of what career I wanted to pursue. When I was ten years old, I had aspirations to become a dentist. I’m not particularly sure why, but I do remember that my dad decided to tell me I’d be dealing with decaying teeth and blood, and I’m not sure why you would tell your ten year old that, but I decided at that moment that dentistry probably wasn’t for me (even though Dentists and that field are amazing). When I reached college I had my eyes on the medical field, but wasn’t sold on what profession I would like to pursue. Through becoming certified as an EMT and the amazing work we do at our free health clinic, I realized that I really enjoyed patient interaction and that primary care was where I wanted to be. Before joining SHIP, I was unaware of the unfortunate gap between those with healthcare and those without. This organization and experience has given me the opportunity to identify this reality and strive to do the best that I can to make sure that everyone can be provided with quality healthcare. 

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Roaa Saadeh 

Dental Clinic Coordinator 

Greetings! My name is Roaa Saadeh and I am a third-year Human Biology major. According to the Myer Briggs test, my personality type is Protagonist ENFJ-A. Altruistic in nature, my unyielding desire is to do good in and for communities, be it in my own home or the global stage. Making a difference in the causes I am passionate about is my pride and joy. Working as a Certified Dental Assistant, I am also involved in several campus organizations including MSU, NSLS, PDS, and of course SHIP! When I was younger, I had not committed to a single professional aspiration, but I was confident of my enthusiasm in the arts, humanities, and sciences that influenced me to where I am today. SHIP has impacted me tremendously including allowing me to further recognize the clinical, ethical, and ingenious aspects of the dental profession. I admire the talent, energy, and resolve in collaborating with diverse undergraduate students in our pursuit to earnestly provide continuous aid to low-income and underserved groups. Lastly, I am grateful to work alongside incredible SHIPmates paving through uncharted territories establishing Crescent Dental clinic. I look forward to all the growth it will incur in the future!


Cathy Lu


Hello! My name’s Cathy Lu and I'm a third-year Biological Sciences major with a minor in Medical Anthropology. As an ISFJ, I hold an altruistic approach to life-- valuing the importance of growing a support system with those around me to help each other become the best version of themselves. I'm always open to building new friendships, and you best believe I'll always be there to cheer you on in life. You can always find me at your local coffee shop, which might explain why my dream job as a child was to open my own café. Growing up with my grandparents and through my experiences in SHIP, I now aspire to become a PA, discovering my passion for patient care and advocating for healthy lifestyles (and possibly part-time café owner). SHIP has not only provided me with patient care experience in an altruistic manner, but has helped me foster a pre-health support system of kindhearted and passionate individuals. Outside of SHIP, I enjoy volunteering as a tutor for disadvantaged K-12 graders, work as a medical scribe at Apollo Physicians and serve as an intern on the mental health commission.


Nydia Gomez

Marketing Director 

Hello friends! My name is Nydia Gomez and I am a second-year majoring in Public Health Sciences! According to the Myer-Briggs test, I am an INFP-T, which means that I am a mediator always looking for the good in situations and people. I always tend to get hyper interested and passionate with everything I do, leading to sidetracking on other projects and my own personal “organized chaos” from time to time.  When I was a little girl, I often dreamt about becoming an artist as I always enjoyed drawing, painting, and playing different instruments (and still do!). My yearn to inspire others has evolved into wanting to pursue the healthcare field as a Pediatrician in order to help people through whatever means I am capable of, especially those in an underprivileged position. SHIP has truly allowed my passions to grow beyond what I thought I was capable of, as I’ve seen myself get truly excited to wake up and help others every clinic shift despite being a total night owl. Outside of SHIP, I am involved in Public Health research with GHREAT, Hermanas Unidas, and Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and enjoy drawing and my dog in my free time!

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Aiah Shyanne Lee

Marketing Director

Hello! My name is Aiah Shyanne Lee and I am a junior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Medical Humanities. According to the Myer-Briggs test, I take on the personality of a defender (ISFJ-T); I am an altruist who acts with empathy, patience, and hard work. When I was a child, I was always fascinated by all things related to outer space, and my dream career was to be an astronaut! However, my career goal now is to provide service to others as a clinical pharmacist. My involvement in SHIP has and continues to be a transformative experience that further defines this pursuit.  I am grateful to SHIP for all of the knowledge it has equipped me with about patient care, the kind and motivating people it has surrounded me with, and the opportunity it has given me to express my passion for serving others as an undergraduate student. Outside of SHIP, I am also a Bio Sci 2A Peer TA and I work as both a private tutor and a certified pharmacy technician.


Megan Chow

Finance and Fundraising Committee Leader 

Hello, nice to meet you! My name is Megan Chow and I am a second-year Biological Sciences major. According to the Myer-Briggs test, I am an ESFJ (Consul). I strive to encourage, lift, and strengthen others in the same way I was. In such a voiceful society like today, I often find it difficult to understand right from wrong, but people come from different backgrounds and perspectives, so I will always fight to see the absolute truth for myself! During my childhood, I was obsessed with Kim Possible and fantasized about joining the FBI. So, when my mom suggested cheerleading and karate lessons, I immediately agreed because I wanted to follow the footsteps of the great spy herself. As I grew older, my spy obsession translated into a career in healthcare as I realized that I wanted to “protect and save” patient lives. In the future, I hope to become a physician assistant who makes decisions and provides treatment that directly influences the quality and standards of patient care. To be a part of SHIP is an opportunity that I am forever grateful for. When I joined as a first-year, I was terrified of meeting people who I had never seen or spoke to. However, as the year went by, I discovered that these same people not only support, but also challenge me to learn and grow.


Isaac Mora

Finance and Fundraising Committee Leader

 Hello! My name is Isaac Mora and I am a second year Biological Sciences major  and I am an INFP-T (A Mediator) according to the Myer-Briggs test. What I value most are people who are more experienced than I am and are willing to share that experience with those around them. If I’m in a position to do so I also love sharing what I know. I love collaboration, and in the process seeing other people’s mindsets, idiosyncrasies, and just their ways of doing things. Since I was young I have always aspired to be a physician, someone who can serve and help multitudes of people simply with the knowledge they have attained. Being a part of SHIP has only further heightened these aspirations. SHIP has taught me how an organization such as ours can be the difference between making something as vital as healthcare be a commodity vs a rarity. I’ve learned that we as volunteers can be catalysts of change, while also recognizing the things we may take for granted. 

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Denden Yehdego 

Community Outreach Committee Leader 

 Hey, my name is Denden. I’m a 3rd year Human Biology Major and an ENFJ (the Protagonist!): a "charismatic, inspiring leader able to mesmerize my listeners." Shucks, that makes me blush. Outside of medicine, I love meditating,  philosophy, voice acting, improv, video games, and pouring my heart out from my guitar. When I was younger I was so obsessed with Spongebob that I wanted to be a fry cook! When I told my teacher that, boy, was she angry! After that odd Spongebob-loving phase, I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember and plan to lessen healthcare disparities in the U.S. and improve healthcare in my home-country, Eritrea. As cheesy as it sounds, SHIP is gasoline that fuels me with fiery purpose. Whenever I volunteer for our clinics, I feel like my batteries are recharging! Providing healthcare to underserved communities within our supportive and dedicated family has, by far, been the most rewarding part of my undergraduate experience and an honor to partake in. If you resonate with SHIP's values and are considering applying then you definitely should. You will not regret it.


Tori King 

Community Outreach Committee Leader 

Hello! My name is Tori and I am a 3rd year majoring in Biological Sciences. My Myer-Briggs personality test describes me as an ISTJ, which means I am a “responsible organizer.” I’d say this is pretty accurate because I love to plan things out, whether it’s tracking school work, detailing out a road trip itinerary, or obsessing over my Spotify playlists. When I was younger I dreamt of becoming an engineer who designed rides in Disneyland. However, I quickly discovered that I valued working with people much more than with machines (and I thought working at Disneyland might take all the magic away). Fast-forward to the present and I am now in the pre-PA route! My involvement in SHIP has only strengthened my passion for the medical field. Being able to work closely with our patients has shown me how much of a difference I can make in peoples’ lives. Through SHIP, I have been exposed to the huge inequality in the American healthcare system and I plan to continue working with the underserved population in my future as a Physician Assistant.


Paola Duran

PEAR Committee Leader 

 Hello! My name is Paola Duran and I am a third-year Biological Sciences major. According to the Myer-Briggs test I am an ENFP-T (campaigner) who is seen as independent, energetic, and compassionate. I enjoy the social and emotional connections I make with others. I consider myself to be a caring person and extremely family-oriented! When I was younger I was obsessed with Food Network and swore I was going to go to culinary school. Now you can catch me pursuing a career in medicine as a Physician Assistant! Through SHIP, my passion for working with the underserved has flourished and it has definitely been one of the most life changing experiences I have had. It has allowed me to grow as a leader and as a patient healthcare advocate. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing I have made a difference in a patient's life, which keeps me motivated to do something for the greater good. I feel honored and proud to be a part of an organization that aims to combat healthcare disparities within underserved communities. Outside of SHIP, I am a part of the Red Cross Club, a CNA, and I work at Yogurtland!

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Zaynab Ketana

PEAR Committee Leader

 Hello everyone! My name is Zaynab Ketana and I am a third-year Biological Sciences major. My Meyers-Briggs personality is INFJ-T (advocate) which apparently makes for less than 1% of the population. Advocates are usually soft-spoken but have a sense of purpose in their lives to help others. When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a genius scientist that came up with some cool new medicine to spread around the world. As I grew older, however, I became more interested in connecting with people to directly take care of their ailments. My dedication to becoming a scientist quickly changed to wanting to serve patients in the healthcare field with care and empathy. This zeal grew even further when I became involved in SHIP, which has given me the privilege to explore both medicine and compassion in a completely new light. Being surrounded by so many supportive SHIPmates with all the same goals to help others makes me even more motivated to do beyond the bare minimum for others in my community and beyond.


McKenna Pace

Research and Development Committee Leader

Hello! My name is McKenna Pace and I am a fourth year majoring in Biological Sciences. My Myers-Brigg personality type is ISFJ. This personality type is held by individuals who are supportive, enthusiastic, and reliable. However, this personality type also tends to take things too personally, be shy at times, and overload themselves in great efforts at altruism. When I was younger, I dreamed of being a veterinarian. In high school, however, I became enthralled with the field of mental health counseling and genetics, thus leading me to pursue a career in genetic counseling. Volunteering at Crescent Clinic has taught me so much about the underserved community and about the struggles that the socio-economically disadvantaged face when seeking healthcare. Getting to meet and help the individuals that make up this population has been incredibly rewarding and brought about so much personal growth. Outside of SHIP, I am also a part of the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group at UC Irvine, the School on Wheels tutoring organization, the COACH program at the UCI Counseling Center, and am currently studying to become a birth doula.


Ly Nguyen 

Research and Development Commitee Leader

Heyo! My name is Ly Nguyen and I am a third-year Biological Sciences (Exercise Sciences) student at UCI! According to the Myers-Briggs personality test, I am an ISFJ (Defender) who is seen as generous, kind, caring, and personable. Back when I was a wee lad of 10 years in the 5th grade, I dreamed of becoming a doctor because I always wanted to care for the well-being of others! And now when I am at the ripe age of 20 years, I am still interested in becoming a doctor, specifically one in family medicine because I want to be able to form deep, interpersonal relations with patients in the long-term rather than be restricted by their age or their ailment. My time with SHIP has actually strengthened this desire to enter the medical field because my experiences volunteering at the clinic has reaffirmed the fact that everyone deserves the highest quality of healthcare regardless of socioeconomic status, age, or illness. Along with SHIP, I am a part of the Andersen Lab at UCI, captain of the Anteater Quidditch team, Hospice volunteer at St. Joseph, and work as a Behavior Technician outside of school!


Wesley Vu

Mentorship Leader

 Hi everyone! my name is Wesley Vu, and I am a third year Biological Sciences major. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ISFJ (Defender), which suggests that I am kind, compassionate, and reliable! When I was 10 years old, I loved art and cooking, so I thought I wanted to pursue a career as either an artist or a chef. However, after about 10 more years, I am now pursuing a career as a physician. Being in SHIP has reaffirmed my desire to work in the healthcare field, as it has allowed me to surround myself with some incredible people who care greatly for our patients and who continually inspire me with their passion and drive. SHIP has opened my eyes to the many healthcare disparities present in our society, and I hope that the knowledge I have gained through SHIP will allow me to be a more compassionate and empathetic provider in the future. In addition to being in SHIP, I am also involved in cancer research in the Edinger Lab at UCI, and I am also an Organic Chemistry Peer Tutor.


Gabby Romena

Mentorship Committee Leader

Hi, everyone! My name is Gabby Romena and I am a fourth-year Biological Sciences major and Public Health minor. My Myer-Briggs personality type is INFJ, the Advocate personality, which is apparently one of the rarest personality types! This basically means I am someone who is quiet, imaginative, idealistic, and will tirelessly fight for a cause I believe in. When I was 10 years old, I wanted to become a chef, because I loved watching the Food Channel on TV and loved eating food. Now, with a whole decade of more experiences under my belt, I now am pursuing a career in nursing science, with an interest to become a nurse practitioner and/or a researcher in the future. Although I still love food, I have also come to love working in healthcare and in underserved communities through SHIP, and now am dedicated to one day working actively to help close this health disparity in our country in multiple capacities. SHIP has definitely helped me realize what I want to pursue as a career and has also given me my own community of amazing, supportive people.

Sophie Lee

Dental Commitee Leader

Hello! My name is Sophie, and I am a third-year Biological Sciences major. I used to be an ENTP, but my most recent test indicated an INTJ, so my personality is arguably fluid. My variable Myers-Briggs results together suggest that I am an innovative and strategic thinker. Considering my inability to commit to something as trivial as a personality type, I have come a long way in committing to something as weighty as a career in dentistry. Back in elementary school, I wished to be a vast multitude of things, including a teacher, designer, singer, and doctor. Eventually, however, my experiences, academic interests, and unique skills directed me to dentistry, and SHIP has confirmed time and time again that my passion truly lies in providing healthcare to the underserved. From clinical administration to patient resources, every effort that SHIP makes to ensure the quality and accessibility of healthcare for underserved populations embodies exactly what I wish to continue doing throughout my lifetime. Thanks to this amazing organization, I am constantly reminded of the potential I hold in making a difference in the lives of others.

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