PreMedCC is a student-led organization established by students in Fall 2021.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Our mission is to provide useful resources and assistance for students on their pre-medical track. To help connect students to professionals in the field, every week, we host Zoom meetings with physicians, professors at medical school, deans of admission, and many more.
Rachel Mortimer, President
Hello, my name is Rachel Mortimer and I am a second-year student at Santa Rosa Junior College. I was born and raised in Sonoma County. By fall of 2022, I plan on transferring to a 4-year university to complete my major in Biochemistry and minor in Spanish. While at the SRJC, I have tutored students in math subjects from prealgebra to AP calculus and statistics. I am also in the process of getting my 200-hour yoga teaching certification, a time-consuming but worthwhile endeavor. After graduating from a university, I plan on taking a gap year to study for the MCAT and then apply to medical school. I am most interested in emergency medicine at the moment and hope to complete EMT training during my gap year. If I am not in front of my textbook or laptop studying, I am probably reading, doing yoga, at my favorite local coffee shop, or working at Trader Joes. I am honored and beyond excited to help other premedical students achieve their goals through PreMedCC and make valuable connections with other students.
Madeleine Babb, Executive Vice President
Hello everyone! My name is Madeleine Babb and I am the Executive Vice President here at PreMedCC. I started my academic career at Santa Barbara City College where I majored in Biological Sciences and worked as a Tutor for Biology and Precalculus classes. I also served as President of the SBCC Biology Club and Secretary for the Pre-Med Club. I then transferred to University of California, Los Angeles and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minor in Genetics and Society. I recently took the MCAT and am starting two gap years working as a Mohs surgery histology technician before starting medical school. My ultimate goal is to pursue a medical career specializing in either dermatology or obstetrics. I am very excited to be at PreMedCC and I am eager to assist other current or former community college students in reaching their goals!
Trinity Papamandjaris, Vice President of Programming
My name is Trinity Papamandjaris and I am from London, Ontario, Canada. I am entering into my third year of university at the University of Guelph. I am studying biomedical science. I am also a varsity athlete on the women’s basketball team. My family is pretty small since I don’t have any siblings. I live with both of my parents, who are chefs, as well as my two dogs Kobe and Luna. My hobbies include tennis, cooking, and reading mostly fantasy novels.
My professional goal is to become a doctor. The two fields that interest me most are emergency medicine and surgery. I am not quite sure which will suit me best but hopefully through experience I can find which field I am most passionate about. I also volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross as a personal disaster volunteer. That means that I help families in my community cope with emergencies such as house fires and floods.
Other causes that are important to me are animal rights and social justice. I support animal rights by maintaining a vegetarian diet. I also volunteer with animal rescue organizations and local dog shelters when I can. As for social justice, I do my best to learn from others and to be an active ally for minorities in my community.
Two personal goals of mine are to learn sign language and to volunteer abroad. I would love to learn sign language to improve accessibility in health care. Finally, volunteering abroad would give me a more profound understanding of the daily life of people around the world.
Monserrate Ayala, Creative Design
Hi, I’m Monserrate Ayala and I am currently studying Materials Science & Engineering and Business Administration at MiraCosta College. I am in Southern California and plan on transferring into a 4-year university either in California or on the East Coast. I plan to become a doctor with a specialization in Orthopedics. My love for sports and medicine as an academic study correlates with my pursuit in Orthopedics. I currently have an Athletic Training internship; working alongside Athletic Trainers has caused my interest in orthopedics to flourish. I am excited to help assist people from diverse backgrounds in their medical journey through PreMedCC.
Aside from medicine, I love listening to music like Wale the Sage, Mac Miller, Colde, and Rex Orange County. I play soccer and as a way to relax, I love watching sports! I also have a passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures, food, and people.
Jovana Vincent, Programming
Hey everyone, my name is Jovana Vincent and I am a sophomore at St. Joseph’s High School in Kerala, India. I’m interested in the medical field and intend to become a doctor. Some fun facts about me is that I have been learning classical music for over 9 years and I am a professional singer. I have also learned Bharatnatyam a classical dance form for a couple of years. I spend a lot of my time listening to music and podcasts, playing piano, watching medical shows and dramas, cooking and by hanging out with my loved ones. I really like to socialize. My favorite T.V shows are Hospital playlist and Descendants of the sun. And lastly my favorite colour is lavender.
Giselle Pineda, Vice President of Social Media
My name is Giselle Pineda. I come from a Salvadorian background but was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. I am a First-Generation student at Seton Hall University, which means I am the first in my family to ever attend college and am pursuing a double major in Biology and Catholic Studies. I plan on becoming a Physician Assistant specialized either in pediatrics or family medicine. I am currently working in the healthcare field as a National and New Jersey State certified EMT volunteering for the local first aid squad. My hobbies include drawing/painting, reading, and hiking or taking long walks. Here at PMCC I am one of five chiefs in the PR/Outreach team which means I work alongside my team to create flyers, announcements, emails, posts etc. in order to connect and spread the work about our events.
Minh Ngoc Nyugen, Vice President of Creative Design
My name is Minh Ngoc Nguyen. I’m a sophomore student at the Honors College at the University of Houston majoring in Biochemistry. After college, I plan to go to dental school and become an orthodontist.
I’m also a freelance graphic designer and graphic design teacher at Skillshare. I started self-studying graphic design when I was in high school and it soon became one of my passions in life. It is the summer of 2020 when I began teaching graphic design online on Skillshare. So far, I have published two courses with over 530 students from all over the world. My curiosity fuels me to learn new things and I love to share my knowledge with people like-minded.
Also, I’m the co-founder of Bluei Studio, an online store selling high-quality digital products for high school and college students. Our team strives to provide specially designed products for students at an affordable price. Besides, I’m the co-founder and social media manager for The Best Gift Giver, a website that provides gift ideas for all occasions to your loved ones. My role is to design graphics for the website as well as social media posts and edit TikTok videos.
Lucia Rivera, Creative Design
Hi, my name is Lucía Rivera and I am a Latina first-year undergraduate student from San Diego, California. While I am a pre-med student and Biology major, I am also passionate about healthcare disparities, environmental causes, and racial equity. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, reading, crocheting, cooking, and gardening! I hope to one day help improve healthcare for underserved communities as a pediatric medical doctor, potentially within an internal medicine sub-specialty.
Hannah Finegold, Programming
My name is Hannah Finegold, and I help run the speaker events at PreMedCC. Originally from Sacramento, I graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz, where I majored in Legal Studies while taking medical school prerequisite courses. During my time as an undergraduate, I worked as a student researcher at both UC Santa Cruz’s Science and Justice Center and the Genomics Institute, in addition to completing an internship at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital’s Plastic Surgery department. Upon graduation, I helped start a non-profit, Live To Give LA, which raised funds to benefit USC’s Program for Rare Blood Disorders. Since then, I have worked on finishing the medical school prerequisite courses at Foothill College. During this time, I presented multiple public health research projects at Foothill College’s Research and Service Leadership Symposium. In response to COVID-19, I began volunteering as a contact tracer for Santa Clara County in 2020 and currently work to lead the contact tracing efforts at Foothill College. I recently finished EMT training and plan to work as an ER technician before entering medical school, with the goal of becoming a gastroenterologist.
Heledanne Woldesselasie, Programming
My name is Heledanne and I am a senior majoring in Global Disease Biology at the University of California Davis. I am a first generation student and would like to pursue a career in medicine. I transferred to UC Davis from De Anza community college so I have experience with navigating the transfer system. I was also a peer advisor at UC Davis Transfer Center so if you have any general questions about the transition process and how it feels to be a premed transfer student, then feel free to reach out. The number one thing to remember is that you DO belong at your university and you CAN do it!
As for hobbies, I like to write stories, draw, read novels and watch movies. I am excited to be a part of the PreMedCC team and I look forward to assisting anyone from community college students to university students in their journey to become a healthcare professional.
Ilianna Rivera, Social Media
Hello, my name is Ilianna Rivera. I have over two years of experience working as a Behavioral Technician and now work as a Mental Health Technician at a psychiatric hospital. I am currently attending Sacramento City College majoring in biology. After I graduate with my AS I plan on transferring to UC Davis where I will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. My goal is to become a clinical lab scientist and continue my education in the medical field.
Outside of work and school, I am a mother to my son, who I love spending my free time with, as well as a fashion model and mental health advocate. I am very excited to be a part of the PreMedCC family and am looking forward to helping and connecting with other students who share similar aspirations in health care.
Mariah Hernandez, Creative Design/Outreach
Hello! My name is Mariah Hernandez, and I currently attend the University of California, Irvine. After completing my prerequisites at Irvine Valley College, I transferred to UCI in the fall of 2020. I am majoring in Biological Sciences and double minoring in Art History and Medical Humanities. Once I complete my studies, I plan to graduate in the spring of 2023. My on-campus involvements include the Free Clinic Project, BioSci Student Council, and mentoring first-year STEM transfers in our Transfer Center. I also work in clinical research on our medical campus in Orange. After I graduate I plan to take a gap year to complete the MCAT and apply to medical school. I am interested in various medical specialities including Hematology/Oncology, Urology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Aside from my studies, I enjoy reading, baking, yoga, and chilling with my cats. I am incredibly excited to be a part of PreMedCC through the Design Team, and I look forward to helping pre-health community college students accomplish their goals!
Claritza Ramirez, Creative Design/Outreach
Hello, My Name is Claritza Ramirez, and I am currently in my second year at Los Angeles Mission College. I am a first-generation student, and I plan to transfer to a University in the Fall of 2023. I am in between majoring in Biochemistry or Biology. I enjoy learning about science, especially chemistry, which has been my favorite course so far. My dream is to pursue a career in medicine, and I would like to specialize in OB-GYN. A goal of mine would be to get more involved in extracurricular activities and to meet new people. I enjoy playing video games, reading manga, and watching K-dramas.