Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Valeria Saldana
    Public Health

    Valeria Saldana knew she had found a welcoming community from her first visit to campus.

  • Stacey Nwachukwu
    Public Health

    Stacey Nwachukwu is helping communities and influencing policy at the Statehouse.

  • Lawreta Kankam
    Public Health, Pre-med

    Lawreta Kankam is passionate about public health. She plans to go on to medical school so she can provide both care and preventive health programs for underserved groups.

  • Angeline Castillo
    Public Health

    As a well-being coach, Angeline Castillo reaches out to other health sciences students to ease their stress.

  • Alytah Noum
    Public Health

    For her practicum course experience, Alytah Noum was hired by the Lowell Community Health Center as a community health worker.

  • Chandni Shahdev
    Public Health – Epidemiology

    Her master’s degree in public health and research experiences helped Chandni Shahdev get a job with the CDC Foundation, working with employers to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • Haylee Dussault
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

  • Stefany Campbell
    Public Health, Healthcare Management option, B.S. to MPH

    Stefany Campbell was hired by Comprehensive Environmental Inc, a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm, before she graduates.

  • Abdul Hameed
    Public Health – Healthcare Management

    A practicum in infection prevention at a hospital prepared Abdul Hameed for a job with the CDC, preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and other health-care facilities.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    Kelsey Gonzalez cares for asylum seekers as program manager for Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health.

  • Annie Soup Koagne
    Public Health

    Annie Soup Koagne is getting everything she can out of UMass Lowell, while working to make it a better place.

  • Monica Kong
    Public Health

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students, gave Monica Kong the confidence she needed to succeed – and lead.

  • Kyle Mehan
    Nutritional Science

    Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

  • Toni Laracuente
    Health Information Management

    Toni Laracuente credits the Health Information Management program with helping her land a job before graduation.

  • Ashley  Ventrillo
    Public Health

    Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.

  • Mindasari Daniar
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

  • Jessica Saad
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Looking back, Jessica Saad doesn’t take for granted how much UMass Lowell —and community health especially— helped prepare her for life outside of college.

  • Andrew Farkas
    Health Informatics

    Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.

  • Omoladé Adeniyi
    Public Health, Health Sciences Concentration

    Omoladé Adeniyi is looking to make a difference in health care for those who are underrepresented.

  • Suparlan Lingga
    Public Health – Health Care Management

    Suparlan Lingga ’17 came to UMass Lowell to further his education in public health. Now he coordinates the Indonesian government’s work with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health, education and safety.

  • Richard Juknavorian
    Health Information Management

    Richard Juknavorian ’98 gets involved in the university whenever he can. He mentors students, serves on the advisory board of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, donates to scholarships and hosts events.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • Nery Rodriguez
    Public Health

    For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.

  • Nicole Haas
    Public Health

    Nicole Haas always knew she wanted a career helping people. The Master of Public Health major landed an internship with the Revive Recovery Center and is taking on one of the most challenging public health crises of the last 20 years: the opioid epidemic.

  • Kate Killion
    Public Health – Dietetics

    Kate Killion came to UML because it’s the only university in New England that offers a dietetics degree with a public health perspective.

  • Michelle Palladino
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Cassie Harding
    Public Health

    Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.

  • Tara Lynch
    Psychology, Public Health

    Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

  • Mallory Hillard
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Thanks to UMass Lowell, Hillard says she's found true satisfaction and happiness in her career and in herself.

  • Shannon Gray
    Public Health

    Shannon Gray started earning her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology as an undergraduate. Her internship with the Uxbridge Board of Health broadened her exposure to the role public health professionals play and strengthened her skills.

  • Rabia Haider
    Nutritional Sciences and Master of Public Health

    Knowing how cultural differences make an impact on health, Rabia Haider is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.