Past Scholarship Winners

Here, we give brief profiles for winners of past scholarships at the Institute for Diversity in Health Management.


2015 - 2016

Transamerica Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Victoria Lo received her undergraduate degree in management science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate student in the health administration program at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her academic work, Lo is the founder of a summer science camp for disadvantaged girls. She has also served on the board of directors of a community health clinic and volunteered as a case manager in Baltimore.


Jean-Claude Velasquez received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and is a graduate student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. His ambition is to continue to serve the community as a hospital administrator. Velasquez has been involved in a number of volunteer activities including interning with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, teaching English as a second language and collaborating with immigration attorneys to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship.


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Carolina de la Puente

Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Monique Gilliam


2014 - 2015

Transamerica Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Sheryl Muirhead-McCrae will begin her graduate studies in health care management at Florida International University (FIU) in Fall 2014. She has also worked in the health care field for a number of years and is deeply committed to delivering health care services to underserved communities. Her volunteer work includes coordinating free health fairs aimed at helping women gain access to health services.

Tina Huynh is pursuing dual Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health degrees at the University of Utah. In addition to her academic achievements, she has proven her dedication to community service. Huynh has volunteered for a number of organizations such as AmeriCorps, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the University of Utah Hospital. Ultimately, she plans to become a health care administrator for a non-profit organization.


2013 - 2014

Transamerica Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Ahmed Dagane is currently enrolled in an MBA program for Health Care Management at Concordia University, St. Paul. After receiving an associate’s degree in Nursing from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Mr. Dagane earned a B.A. in General Studies and B.S. in Nursing at Metropolitan State University. He is currently a nurse manager at Hennepin County Adult Detention Center. Mr. Dagane is especially interested in expanding his education, and after he earns his master’s degree, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health. Fluent in Somali, Kiswahili, and Arabic, Mr. Dagane hopes to work for the World Health Organization and use his education and experience to help people around the world.

Richard J. Martin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to graduate school, he earned a B.A. in Speech and Communications at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As the first member of his family to attend college, Mr. Martin strives for academic and professional excellence. As an undergraduate, he achieved high academic honors. Inspired by his childhood mentor, Mr. Martin is committed to being a positive role model in his community and has performed community service for nearly a dozen organizations. (Mr. Martin is also a 2013 SEP intern.)

Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Joseph Lopez - Mr. Lopez is about to complete his Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Concurrently, he is working to achieve his MD from Harvard Medical School. His undergraduate degree is in Human Biology from Stanford University. Mr. Lopez is also the primary financial support for his aging parents. While in graduate school, Mr. Lopez has been recognized by the Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar, Linnane Scholadr and National Hispanic Society for Hispanic MBAs Scholar. He has tested at 90% proficiency and has coordinated the Barrio Assistance program, a tutoring program for low-income communities. He is also helped organize the Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education student group at Stanford University and volunteers at the Arbor Free Clinic in San Francisco. In short, Mr., Lopez demonstrates the academic excellence and the service to community that is the hallmark of the Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship.

Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Marilyn Abidu - Marilyn is working towards her Masters in the Community Health; specializing in Health Policy Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. By volunteering at the University of Chicago hospitals, Provena Covenant Medical Center and Heartland Medical Center, Ms. Abidu has become focused on the financial challenges currently facing healthcare. She has dedicated her career in Health Care to answering the challenges that face healthcare providers and patients in the coming years.


Pauline Aranda - Pauline is pursuing her degree in Health and Human Services Administration at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Ms. Aranda represents the hard-work and tenacity that the Institute hopes to support. Ms. Aranda has no financial support from family and recently moved her whole family to Rochester, MN to support her husband’s post-graduate work at the Mayo Clinic. Institute resources will help fund her education and support the entire family unit.


2012 - 2013

Diversified Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Diana Paloma is a non-traditional student who is currently working on her dissertation for Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Paloma, a mother of 3 children, she is also the current director of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at Queen’s Health System.  Ms. Paloma is very active in many volunteer programs in her Hawaiian community. She intends to use the scholarship to support health programs for native Hawaiians.

Charity Stowers is a 25 year old Master’s in Health Services and Administration graduate at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Stowers began her medical career, when she lost her father to improper medical care at a VA facility in 2007.  Ms. Stowers is dedicated to improving conditions at VA facilities around the country.


Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Krista Stepney


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Omolade "Molly" Alawode



2011 - 2012

Diversified Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Sheena Garcia

Joseth Abara


Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Ameka Catchings


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Eghosa Oyegon


2010 - 2011

Diversified Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Allison D. Au recently completed a master of health service administration and leadership degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from American University in Washington, D.C.  A former Gates Millennium scholar, she is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives and National Capital Healthcare Executives.  Au has a noteworthy track record of volunteerism and has served as a volunteer language instructor at the George Washington University Chapter Global Language Network, a scholar mentor for the Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation and a Patient Speaks project volunteer at La Clinical Del Pueblo  Her professional experience includes numerous internships with hospitals and healthcare systems in Illinois, Washington D.C., Arizona and Colorado. Au's objective as a future leader is to improve health care quality.

Bryan Cutliff will be pursuing a master's degree in health services administration and business at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from Utah State University and served as a research assistant in the Speech Communications Department.  Cutliff has also held several positions as a supervising teaching assistant at Utah State.  As an Eagle Scout, Cutliff values community service and for two years, he served as a Spanish speaking service representative in Florida where he worked with community leaders, local government and individual community members.  His goal is to serve as an operations officer in a hospital environment.


Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Allison Au (see above) 

Alfred (Freddy) Koenig is a first-year graduate student at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he carries a 3.85 GPA in the Master of Health Care Administration Program.  Freddy graduated with a degree in biology from Texas A&M University in 2004, after which he cultivated his interest in health care management as a laboratory and medical technician, first at Texas A&M, and finally at a local allergy treatment clinic.  In 2007, Freddy and his brother founded Koenig Personal Fitness, a wellness and nutrition consultancy that continues to serve clients throughout the San Antonio area.


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Ming Ming Liu will enter the MBA program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in the fall of 2010 with a concentration in health care administration and delivery.  Ming Ming earned a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where she achieved a GPA of 3.95 and received the university's Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Scholarship.  After serving as a diesel systems engineer with General Motors, she began her career in health care as a systems analyst at Albuquerque's Presbyterian Health Services, where she saved the organization over $2 million by helping to improve customer satisfaction, data integrity, and reporting.

Christopher Williams holds a master of public health with a focus in epidemiology from Tulane University and is currently enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Doctor of Public Health Leadership Program.  Christopher has spent nearly ten years in the health services industry, serving in the areas of quality improvement and general consulting with eQ Health Solutions (formerly Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc.).  He has conducted research and advised health care organizations on issues ranging from diabetes self-management to health information technology, and he has spearheaded multiple projects designed to improve care for Louisiana's underserved populations. 


2009 - 2010

Diversified Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

Kristian Henderson attained her master of public health degree in health policy administration at Yale School of Public Health. She also earned a B.A. from Yale University. She was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Accolade Leadership Award and the Richter Summer Fellow, and she was recognized among Urban America's Best and Brightest.


Active in numerous organizations, she was a chapter vice president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; serves as the director of research and development for the Elm City Youth & Family Center in New Haven, CT, and was a community health educator for a local high school relationship and abuse group. Henderson pursued a career in global public health which she learned about as an undergraduate after traveling to New Orleans to assist with the Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts, as well as to the Dominican Republic and Swaziland, Africa. After witnessing firsthand so many residents lacking basic necessities and access to adequate health care, she returned from these experiences "eager to learn more about health disparities, public health, and how this global issue could be addressed," as she wrote in her essay. "Realizing that health disparities were a global issue, traveling solidified my desire to start a global health organization."


Pernell Jones attained his master of health administration at the University of Southern California, where he was also a teaching assistant in health policy & management, and served as a student liaison to the Student Health Council. Jones earned his B.S in health science from California State University, where he also minored in biology. He also held several research positions including one at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as at the University of California. He presented at several conferences and has served as a volunteer at LA Health Action, as well as for Compton's Youth Against Tobacco Coalition.

Pernell's long-term goal was to start a not-for-profit organization that aims to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity and diabetes in medically underserved communities through exercise, dietary management and health education.


Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Deanna Dick
Robbie Frank


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

Amy Johnson
Miranda Palmer


2008 - 2009

Diversified Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

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Elliot C. Roberts Scholarship

Jensen Chiu

Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

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2007 - 2008

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2006 - 2007

Diversified Investment Advisors Leaders in Health Care Scholarship

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                                Raven Carter has an undergraduate degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and recently received her Master of Business Administration from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She has dedicated the last seven years to working in the health care industry in various capacities ranging from being an operating room assistant at a large community hospital to serving as a family support coordinator for the tissue division of an organ procurement agency.  One of her most recent accomplishments is winning First Place at the Tulane Business Plan Competition for her work on a strategic plan for a 23-hour urology clinic and surgical center in New Orleans.

In the future, she aspires to become an entrepreneur in the health care industry as well as the chief executive officer of an urban health care institution.  Her vision is to work for a health system that shares her passion for innovation in providing quality care to all patients while maintaining a strong focus on wellness through prevention and education.  This summer, Carter will undertake an administrative fellowship at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia.


                                Jyric Sims has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.  He completed a summer internship with Triad Hospitals in Gadsden, Alabama and a three-month summer residency at Sentara Health System in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is a member of ACHE and served as Vice President of the UAMS ACHE Student Chapter.  He is also a member of NAHSE and serves on the 2007 National Student Summit Committee.  He has conducted health disparity research at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program and at Louisiana State University with the Ronald E. McNair Program. 

Sims' long-term goal is to become the chief executive officer of a large, integrated health care delivery system.  Sims is currently an administrative fellow at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  In leisure, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.


Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship


Alton Brooks, Jr. (A.J.) was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Health Policy and Administration.  A.J. is entering his second year of graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, working on his Master of Health Administration degree.  Currently, he has an administrative internship at Sentara Bayside Hospital and Princess Anne Campus as part of the Institute's Summer Enrichment Program.  A.J.'s interests in healthcare include hospital operations and strategy.  His career goal is to be the CEO of a hospital.


                                Bryson D. Palmer is a 2007 Master of Arts degree candidate of Healthcare Administration and Health Education at Columbia University, New York City.  Bryson graduated in three years from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  With a keen interest in service to his community, Bryson's academic interests include studying the disparities in access to quality care as well as diversity in health care executive management.  His overall goal is to become a leading executive in a managed care or health care services setting.

Currently, Bryson works at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the leading hospital for orthopedics and rheumatology.  The Hospital is also a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  There, Bryson works with executive management and nursing administration on business special projects.

Bryson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds the rank of Eagle Scout, and is an Executive Committee member of the Jersey Shore Council's Boy Scouts of America and an active member in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


                                Wei-Han Kan received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biophysics from the University of Houston-Main Campus in 2001.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he began working for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a research coordinator.  In 2007, he received his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.  He will receive his Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas Women's University in 2008.  Wei-Han also volunteers at the Urban Business Initiative every two weeks to assist low-income small business owners.  In the future, he would like to hold a management position that utilizes his finance and health care administration skills.


                                Akilah Williams was born and raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago.  She received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Afro-American/African Studies.  In 2007, she received her Master of Public Health, focusing on Health Policy and Administration, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship


                                M. Alison Cubero is currently focusing on a career in the health care industry with an emphasis on IT and business strategy.  She is pursuing an MBA/MHA dual degree at Kenan-Flagler Business School and the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  Last summer, Alison worked as a Strategy Specialist with SCS Consulting in Washington, DC, on a Department of Defense strategy and change management project.  This summer, Alison is working at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in Princeton, New Jersey, in the Information Management Associate Program, an internal information technology consulting group.


                               Yolanda Simms received her bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in Chemistry and her master's degree in Environmental Health Sciences/Environmental Chemistry from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She is also a mother of four, a minister's wife, and a youth Sunday school teacher.  Yolanda currently attends the University of Baltimore Health Systems Management program.




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2005 - 2006

 Elizabeth Navarro  University of Southern California
 Shirley Carrington  Regis College
 Derrica Robinson  University of Central Florida
 Terika Haynes  University of Florida
 Denise Fair   University of California, Berkeley
 Anura Cheryan     Washington University St. Louis


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Updated: Sept. 8, 2015