Board of Advisors

Omar Sahial


Omar is an alumnus of the UniversityLink Medical Science Program and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology. He is currently enrolled in an MD program at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Before medicine, Omar was a former business owner with a client-centered […]

Christopher Larson

Curriculum Development Advisor

Chris serves on the Boards of Directors for the San Diego chapters of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and American Diabetes Association, and on the early-career grants review committee of The Obesity Society. He is an advisor to the Harrington Discovery Institute, the Center for Molecule and Translational Medicine at the University of California-Riverside […]

Lindsay Ward

Community Outreach Advisor

Lindsay Ward, IMF was educated at the University of Alabama and received her MS in Counseling Psychology. Lindsay is currently the Team Lead for Telecare PROPS Program. She has worked extensively with homeless youth and has served on the county of San Diego’s Housing council.

Ramón A. Hernandez

Primary Board Advisor

Dr. Ramón A. Hernandez, DrPH, MPH, is the Associate Director for the Center for Community Health and the Section Chief for Community Health in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego, School of Medicine. He is part of a dynamic team focused on preventing chronic diseases and promoting health equity through policy, systems, and […]


Sadaf Chaudry

Co-Founder and President

Sadaf is from San Diego, California. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego and will starting Medical School at the UCSD School of Medicine as part of the entering class of 2018. She has been honored to receive UCSD’s 2018 Change Maker’s Award. Sadaf has dedicated […]

Gabriela Benito


Gabriela is a University Link Medical Science Program alumnae from the University of California, San Diego where she is completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics/Applied Science. Her focus in on satisfying requirements in preparation for Veterinary School. She was born and raised in the border town of El Centro, California. Her experiences there encouraged a […]

Aaron Figueroa


Aaron was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. When he was 8 years old, he immigrated to El Centro, California along with his father, mother, and three brothers. Growing up as a native Spanish speaker, he learned English through making connections with peers and counselors. His ability to network served him as a stepping stone […]

Cheyenne Mercer


Cheyenne Mercer was born and raised in San Diego. She attended San Diego Mesa Community College where she studied biochemistry and obtained an Associates of Science in Biology. During her time at Mesa Cheyenne was involved in many on-campus activities. She volunteered in the chemistry laboratory, conducted research and created a course experiment on nutrient […]

John Nungaray


John was born in San Diego, California, and after spending his early years in the small mountain town of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, moved back to San Diego where he started school and spent the rest of his childhood and early adulthood. He is an alumnae of the University Link Medical Science Program and is […]

Michelle Hamed


Michelle was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She recently graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science and plans to pursue a future career in medicine. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Michelle worked in the Emergency Department at Palomar Health as a medical scribe and is currently […]