Our team consists of passionate youth, educators, and healthcare professionals.
Shaun (@ShaunVerma) graduated from Milton High School and is currently a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is on a pre-med track majoring in Public Health. A selfless service advocate, Shaun founded MDJunior at age 15, which is dedicated to bringing together healthcare professionals with middle and high school students – all with a special focus on the underserved communities. Shaun is a Youth Advisory Council member for the National Youth Leadership Council and a Youth Ambassador to the Youth Leadership Institute. Huffington Post nominated him as the Greatest Person of the Day on Thanksgiving and Business Insider included him in the list of 25 Most Impressive High School Graduates of America.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Sid (@TheSidVerma) is a rising freshman at Cambridge High School in Milton, GA. A social entrepreneur, he co-founded MDJunior with his brother Shaun. He works on the Global Operations team for the Honduras Mentor-Mission, which he has been attending since 2010. A passionate athlete and a Star Scout, Sid aspires to be a medical doctor in the Army and eventually the Surgeon General of America. :)
Shresttha, is a rising senior at Lambert High School in Suwanee, GA. Shresttha aspires to become a psychiatrist. He believes that MDJunior and #YouthInHealth have the potential to enrich the upcoming generation with an abundance of knowledge and guidance, as the MDJunior has already taught him so much.
"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
Ruby is rising sophomore at Cambridge High School in Milton GA. A student athlete, she is part of the Cambridge MDJunior Chapter where she has been part of many knowledge, skills, and service sessions. Ruby leads with a selfless attitude and aspires to become a plastic surgeon specializing in the repair and correction of congenital defects and trauma surgery i.e., restoration of physical function and appearances.
"Life is about making an impact, not making an income." - Kevin Kruse
Gugan is a rising freshman at Johns Hopkins University. He aspires to become a neurosurgeon. An MDJunior team member, he calls his global mission to Honduras an “eye opening and life-changing experience”; a time which increased the scope of the power and possible ways in which students and youth can impact underprivileged communities.
Shuchi is rising senior at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena, CA. A long time MDJunior leader, she is a part of the Communications and Editorial teams. She also runs the MDJunior Chapter at her school and is preparing to be a part of the Honduras Mentor Mission for the 3rd year in a row. A Girl Scout Gold Award winner, with GYHS2015 she aspires to unlock new ways to spread the importance of youth acting as ambassadors of selfless service.
Karthik (@techsupporter15) is rising medical school freshman at Stanford University in August 2015. He is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in German Language. He considers himself fortunate to travel to Honduras with MDJunior to volunteer in underserved communities – “by far [his] favorite service experiences.” Karthik is incredibly excited to be part of GYHS2015 team, and can’t wait for you to apply to join us in September!
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi
Reinessa is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a degree in Helical and Biomolecular Engineering. An MDJunior team member, she is part of the Communications Team. Reinessa aspires to bring a change through the #YouthInHealth. She is currently a national scholar as awarded by the government of her home country, Trinidad and Tobago.
Nar (@nardugg) is a rising sophomore studying Biology at The University of Georgia. An MDJunior Team member, Nar has worked on Web Development for MDJunior and GYHS2015. He has been part of MDJunior's Global Operations in rural, SW Honduras since 2012, going on one of the first pilot missions to the country. Nar hopes to attend medical school and eventually become a psychiatrist.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - JFK
Ann-Margaret is a 2003 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education. Ann-Margaret has since been teaching Science at Hopewell Middle School, part of Fulton County Schools, in Milton, GA. Starting Fall 2015, she will be teaching at Mill Creek Middle School in Woodstock, GA. Ann-Margaret has been supporting MDJunior as a mentor and aspires to make a difference through #YouthInHealth.
Erica (@eressling) works with MDJunior as a Middle School Club sponsor and aspires to empower youth. A Social Studies teacher in Fulton County, GA, she graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish in 2006. After working as an office manager she knew her real passion was teaching and mentoring. She decided to go back to school to get her Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University. She enjoys athletic training and just completed her first Half Ironman.
Team GYHS Faculty
Deepa Mukundan, MD, FAAP; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology; Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases University of Toledo College of Medicine.
Dr. Deepa Mukundan is currently a practicing Pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She completed her medical school in India and her Fellowship in Infectious diseases at the University of Michigan. In addition to practice in the cure of infections in children, she advocates for prevention of serious infections like meningitis and runs the travel clinic for preventative care of travelers to various parts of the world. She has won awards for teaching medical students and residents at various levels of their training. Dr. Mukundan has been a mentor on MDJunior’s Global Medical Mentor Missions to Honduras.
Team GYHS Faculty
Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager, City of Milton, Georgia
As City Manager, Mr. Lagerbloom is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city, reports to the Mayor and Council, leads the operational strategies of the city, strives for increasing fiscal responsibility in government and believes results are achieved through a capable staff doing many small things right. During his time with the City of Milton, he has overseen Milton's being named “Best Quality of Life” in the State of Georgia, among numerous other honors for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting, community development, and communications. He is currently overseeing Milton’s City Hall project, Bell Memorial Park expansion and numerous road improvements. In his spare time, Lagerbloom is a member of the Alpharetta Rotary and serves on the advisory boards of the Reinhardt University Public Safety Academy and the Ed Isakson Alpharetta YMCA. In addition, he has been an active mentor to local MDJunior chapters since the inception of the organization.