Meet the Board of Directors leading CATCH UP
Kevin Pirruccio, Founder and Head Board Member
Yale University, Class of 2017, Economics (B.A.) and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (B.A.)
Kevin led the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY) when he founded CATCH UP, which was based on the premise that a collaborative between multiple institutions, managed by dedicated student leaders, could effectuate positive change in a community that needed it most. Kevin has enjoyed taking part in various research experiences, from orthopedics research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, to adipocyte metabolism at the Yale School of Medicine, and to Health Economics research at the Yale School of Management. He also leads the Yale University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, and is a member of the Yale Club Wrestling Team. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys fitness and downtime with friends and family, as well as volunteering at a local student-run primary care clinic. He is an aspiring physician with interests in health economics and outcomes research.
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Klevi Golloshi, HAPPY Representative
Yale University, Class of 2018, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (B.S.) and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (B.S.)
Klevi is the current leader of the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY) and has taken a part in CATCHUP to promote a change in the community for better access and more efficient healthcare for people of all ages as well as socioeconomic status. Klevi has directly participated in different research initiatives including improvement of pediatric preparedness in CT Hospitals as well as innovative immunobiology research in tackling lung cancer at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a member of the Yale AEPi chapter as well as a member of Danceworks, a Yale dance group. During his free time, Klevi enjoys hiking with friends, working out and spending time with family. He hopes to explore the field of pediatrics in the future.
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Emily Zhen, StudentsCare Representative
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018, B.S. in Economics (Finance and Management) and B.A. in Biology - Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program
Emily currently leads the Penn chapter of CATCH UP in partnership with a healthcare volunteering organization she founded, StudentsCare at Penn. She is excited by the opportunity to combine health outcomes research with hypertension screenings in low-income communities in Philadelphia and hopeful about the positive impact that the organization can have across the country. As a dual degree student studying both biology and business, Emily is passionate about initiatives that combine a medical focus with an entrepreneurial application, and CATCH UP perfectly aligns with this passion.
At Penn, Emily is conducting health policy research regarding the differences in health benefits based on insurance tiering and has experience doing biomedical research at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. On campus, Emily is a member of the Wharton Social Impact Advisory Board, a project leader for 180 Degrees Consulting, and a member of the club swimming team. In her free time, she loves to run in the city with friends, attend kickboxing and spinning classes, and record music covers. She aspires to combine her passion for business and healthcare in her future career.
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Alan Yang, Harvard Representative
Harvard University, Class of 2018, A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Alan leads the Harvard chapter of CATCH UP, which functions as a program of the Harvard Pre-medical Society. He is interested in the interplay between infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases and how this interplay affects people’s lives. Alan also enjoys conducting research on antibiotic resistance, is a member of the Harvard College Running Club, and helps lead the Harvard College Piano Society and Harvard-Radcliffe Music in Hospitals and Nursing Homes Using Entertainment as Therapy (MIHNUET). In his spare time, Alan enjoys jamming on the piano with his friends, working out, and exploring different cuisines.
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Dan Schreck, CareFree Clinic Representative
Brown University, Class of 2018, B.A. in History
Dan is the outreach coordinator of CareFree Clinic at Brown University. He is particularly interested in the epidemiology of blindness in the developing world, and how global disparities in healthcare access might be mitigated with modern communication technologies. Dan has conducted research with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights to examine nutritional deficiencies among individuals in the Rhode Island correctional system, and with the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (CLAN) at Brown to investigate the neural correlates of contemplative practices. Away from campus, Dan is an avid hiker, food enthusiast, and rock climber.
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