Meet your 2017-2018 Exec Board!
Name: Cory Arrouzet; San Jose, CA
Previous education: Public Health Science and Biology, Santa Clara University
Why I joined SORT: I am very interested in infectious disease outbreaks and wanted to gain practical experience through SORT to supplement classroom learning. I also wanted to get involved on campus and be part of a community of like-minded individuals.
Fun fact about me: I’ve driven across the country.
Name & Hometown: Mikala Caton; Vallejo, CA
Previous education: Biology and Global Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Why I joined SORT: I joined SORT because I am passionate about disease outbreak prevention and investigation. SORT presents its members with invaluable opportunities to network with, train with, and learn from current public health experts and leaders in the fields of emergency and outbreak response.
Fun fact about me: I love a cappella music and have been singing most of my life.
Name & Hometown: Kristen Cowan; Aurora, OH
Previous education: Public Health Sociology and Spanish, Ohio State University
Why I joined SORT: I am interested in working in outbreak response and it seemed like a fun way to meet other students who are passionate about the same things as me.
Fun fact about me: I have a fraternal twin who looks identical to me!
Name & Hometown: Stephen Uong; Dallas, TX
Previous education: Public Health and Microbiology, University of Texas at Austin
Why I joined SORT: I’ve had some experience in outbreak response at the state health department and wanted to gain some hands-on experience in emergency response and outbreaks.
Fun fact about me: I’ve fallen asleep while walking before.
Name & Hometown: Jennifer Pigoga; Narragansett, RI
Position: Communications Chair
Previous education: Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Rhode Island & Emergency Medicine, University of Cape Town
Why I joined SORT: I joined SORT to explore new topics within response, and to connect with likeminded peers.
Fun fact about me: I’ve bungee jumped off of the world’s highest bridge.
Name & Hometown: Cymone Gates; Harvey, LA
Position: Community Outreach Liaison
Previous education: Biology, Emory University
Why I joined SORT: SORT is one of only a few organizations at Rollins that places a specific focus on public health emergencies. I joined SORT because of my background in domestic emergency response and preparedness, and my desire for applied practical experience in outbreak response.
Fun fact about me: Until age 18, I had never eaten a banana.
Name & Hometown: Meghan Franczek; Broadview Heights, Ohio
Previous education: Behavioral Neuroscience, Ohio State University
Why I joined SORT: I joined SORT because of my interest in outbreak investigation and response. I actually decided to pursue a career in public health because of my fascination with the recent Ebola outbreak and I knew SORT would provide me with hands-on skills and experience in this area.
Fun fact about me: I trained a golden retriever who is now working as a guide dog for a blind individual in Brazil.