Executive Leadership 2019-2020

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Executive Director.

Ryan Sutherland is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health. His research focuses on the intersection of international development and public health, centering on homelessness, substance use, refugee rights, and maternal and child health. Presently, Ryan is interning for the United Nations Development Programme in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the Democratic Governance and Poverty Reduction Unit and is conducting research on tobacco use and tobacco risk perception among street children in Makassar, Indonesia. Prior to coming to Yale, Ryan was working for the United States Agency for International Development in Indonesia and was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of PAWS (Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles), Ryan serves as a Coordinator of the Neighborhood Health Project and works as a Sexual Health Educator with the Haven Free Clinic.

Assistant Director.

Nukte Goc is a second year MPH student at YSPH concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health. Prior to starting her MPH studies, Nukte worked as a research associate in Gunel Lab in the Yale Neurosurgery Department for more than 3 years. There, she participated actively in planning and designing the Integrated Research in Gene Discovery Project focusing on understanding genetic mechanisms of mendelian brain disorders. Furthermore, having worked closely with vulnerable populations in Turkey, Nukte is committed to help improve health outcomes and continue to address health disparities in low- and middle-income countries. This summer, Nukte is interning with Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative in Ethiopia. During this internship, Nukte is working to help strengthen immunization systems in Ethiopia with the Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health’s Expanded Program on Immunization team. Her second project aims to leverage local networks to increase immunization coverage in Ethiopia and Cameroon. During this internship, she had a chance to travel to Cameroon for fieldwork and Germany to participate in the United Nations World Food Program’s Vaccine Delivery Bootcamp. Her goal upon graduation is to work in global health field, specifically in the area of project implementation. She is committed to continuing improve global health outcomes and is so excited to serve as the Assistant Director of the New Haven PAWS project!

Volunteer Coordinator.

Becca Schapiro is a Masters of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on homelessness, social determinants of health, and reproductive health. Presently, Becca is interning for the Street Medicine Team at Mercy Care in Atlanta, Georgia and is conducting research on morbidities in patients experiencing chronic homelessness who have access to primary care and psychiatric services. Prior to beginning her masters, Becca completed her bachelor’s degree in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health at Yale College where she studied the creation of healthcare programs for populations experiencing homelessness. In addition to serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for PAWS, Becca serves on the Steering Committee of Y2Y New Haven.

Undergraduate Coordinator.

Hanna Blankemeier is a junior at Yale University, majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology and pursuing a premed track. She is on the Varsity Swim and Dive Team at Yale and enjoys working with SNUGS, a student-run organization that provides free swim lessons to individuals in the New Haven area who have special needs. She also works with and serves as a counselor for Camp Kesem, an organization that provides a week-long summer camp to children whose parents have been affected by cancer. Last year, Hanna worked with an organization called Volunteers Around the World, fundraising and learning about healthcare in impoverished communities of Central America. Over spring break, they travelled to Guatemala for a medical outreach trip where she was able to work alongside doctors in medical clinics that they set up each day in various cities around San Pedro la Laguna. She hopes to return to Central America following medical school for a more long-term opportunity. Following graduation, Hanna will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She is very interested in sustainable healthcare for homeless populations and is excited to serve a second year as the Undergraduate Coordinator for PAWS!