LMSA Midwest Executive Officers

LMSA Midwest
Executive Board 2020-2021

Please contact our main account for more information: director.midwest@lmsa.net

Check out the Midwest LMSA Executive Board Organization Document for more information on the Board’s organization and the job descriptions of each board member.

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Gracia Vargas
Co-Director(s)
University of Michigan Medical School, M4

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Pronouns: (She/Her/Ella)

Gracia grew up in Stamford, CT, and is the proud daughter of two Guatemalan immigrants. She is passionate about health equity, medical education, and empowering Latinx medical students to be leaders in their communities and institutions. She is applying to general surgery this fall and hopes to one day become a pediatric surgeon. Gracia has a deep love for her LMSA familia, and is thrilled to be serving as co-director of the Midwest Region for a second year!

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Christian Hernandez
Co-Director(s)

Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee / MS4

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Pronouns (He/Him/El)

Christian Hernandez is serving this year as a co-director, formerly serving roles on the LMSA MW Board as CFO and CIO in 2019 and 2018 respectively. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI of Mexican and Boricua roots he’s passionate about creating opportunities for underrepresented in medicine students, supporting projects aimed at bridging health disparities, and tackling systemic racism on several fronts. Hobbies he enjoys include Latin dancing, gardening, weight-lifting, and event planning.

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Jesús Acevedo Cintrón
Chief Development Officer
Washington University in St. Louis

Email: cdo.midwest@lmsa.net
Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Jesús Acevedo Cintrón is 4 th year MD/PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where he served as the social chair and co-president of the local chapter, in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and formerly as the 2020 National Conference Chair. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in 2015 after completing his undergraduate studies. He is very passionate about his Latino background, using different learning experiences to teach people about the Latino culture and heritage. In his free time, he enjoys doing exercise, watching TV series and collecting Star Wars figures.

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Richard Gomez
Chief Information Officer

Loyola University Chicago, MS4

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Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Richard Gomez, a Dallas native, is a fourth year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Prior to beginning medical school, he completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in biology. After college, he worked for six years in different industries in Los Angeles. These included working in data and consulting for a health technology startup and assisting in cancer trials at Cedars-Sinai hospital. He is a proud member of the LMSA Midwest board, as CIO, and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. He plans on training in psychiatry, in an effort to address critical mental health issues in the US.

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Jesús Bazán Villicaña
Chief Financial Officer

G1, MD/PhD at Washington University in St. Louis

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Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

My name is Jesús and I am excited to be serving as Chief Financial Officer for the Midwest board this year.  I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and went to Indiana University for undergrad. I will be starting my PhD portion of my training microbial pathogenesis. During my first two years at WashU, I was involved in the local LMSA chapter and was co-president last year. I look forward to being able to continue my involvement of LMSA at the regional level and hope to be able to aid in the LMSA mission in my role as CFO. My favorite part of LMSA is the sense of community, especially at conferences, which motivates me to help however I can. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, baking, and being outside. 

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Carmen Javier
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Scholarship & Fundraising Chair

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Mauricio Franco
Mentorship Chair(s)

MSU College of Human Medicine, M4

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Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

My name is Mauricio Franco and most know me as “Jimmy.” I am a Los Angeles native living in the Midwest. What I hope members learn about me is my passion for centering grassroots organizing, health justice, and fighting oppression. I hope to connect with others along this medical journey to grow and diversify mentorship. As a queer person of color, I believe visibility and authenticity are critical to impactful mentorship. Gloria Anzaldua says “To survive the Borderlands, you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.” My hope is that in sharing my story of ups and downs others will feel empowered to do the same. I am a photographer, a writer, I love to garden, and I live with my husband and our 16 year old dog. I am applying Pediatrics for residency to serve adolescent/ young adult populations specializing in infectious disease or hematology/oncology.

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Ivonne Beltran Lara 
Mentorship Chair(s)

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, M4

Preferred Email: mentorship.midwest@lmsa.net
Personal Email: ibeltranlara@luc.edu
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Ivonne is very excited to be co-mentorship chair for the 2020-2021 year! Through MiMentor as a pre-med and through LMSA as a medical student, she has worked on various mentorship projects that have prepared her for this experience. She is looking forward to supporting the mentorship chairs of the individual LMSA chapters throughout the Midwest Region. 

As a first-generation immigrant from Colombia, she witnessed the challenges her family faced navigating the health care system which inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. After graduation, she will train at a family medicine residency to pursue her goal in providing individualized care for diverse populations. She has been inspired by her mentors to continue global health initiatives,  address social injustices, and continue mentorship efforts. Outside of work, Ivonne loves to spend time with her family and friends, to get a tough work out in, and to try out new recipes!

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Zach Jaeger
Community Affairs Chair

Washington University in St. Louis
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Jennifer Chinchilla
Health Policy & Academic Affairs

Michigan State College of Human Medicine, M3

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Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Jennifer is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants. She was born and raised in San Francisco, Ca. In college, she realized the health disparities she and her community faced were not the norm. After graduating as a proud SF State gator she worked for the SF dept of public health, volunteered as a health advocate for Spanish monolingual womxn, and completed the UC Davis Postbacc. Currently, she is involved in research to improve interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency. She enjoys writing spoken word, drinking cafesito with her husband, and fighting for immigration reform.

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Guadalupe Jiménez
Health Policy & Academic Affairs

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Anisa Bravo
Public Relations Chair

University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford, M3

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Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Born and raised in Chicago, passionate about social media, public health, conservation, policy, and advocacy. 

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Bryan Rangel-Alvarez
Webmaster
Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, M2

Email: webmaster.midwest@lmsa.net
Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Bryan Rangel-Alvarez is currently attending Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is originally from California and is passionte about mentoring and believes strongly in the phrase “Pay it forward”. Being raised in underserved communities and witnessing the toll that various social determinants of health have on an individual’s life expectancy is what prompted his commitment to health care and inspired him to be a health advocate.

 

 

 

 

 

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