About
GlobeMed's network of university chapters and grassroots partner organizations is coordinated and sustained by a Global Headquarters, located at Northwestern University.

GlobeMed Global Headquarters Staff

A team of full-time and student staff work day-to-day to support and advance the organization’s work and operations. The GlobeMed Global Headquarters provides chapter advising, support and training; platforms for best practice sharing and collaboration; annual network-wide global health and leadership development conferences; and partner recruitment, selection, matching, and evaluation.

Alyssa Smaldino, Executive Director

Hometown:
Butler, PA

Education:
Public Health, GWU ’11

Favorite Quote:
“What would it look like if we were all committed to making sure all people could be powerful?” – Alicia Garza

Alexis Barnes, Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Hometown:
Portland, OR

Education:
MIPH, University of Sydney ’11

Favorite Quote:
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

 

WHY HEALTH?
The opportunity to lead a healthy life leads to healthier, safer and stronger communities. Strong communities can shape strong systems. Strong systems give individuals the chance to thrive. I believe the wellbeing of people around the world are inextricably linked through these systems, and we have the power to change them.

Contact Alexis:
[email protected]

Balungile Belz, Director of Communications

 

Hometown:
Johannesburg, South Africa

Education:
MA International Relations, Wits University ‘16

Favorite Quote:
“You drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” – Paulo Coehlo

Priya Fremerman, Director of Operations

 

Hometown:
Dallas, TX

Education:
Biological Anthropology, GWU ‘14

Favorite Quote:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – MLK

Shengxiao Yu, Director of Partnerships, Asia, Latin America

 

Hometown:
Hangzhou, China

Education:
Comparative Human Development, UChicago ’12

Favorite Quote:
“The shortest distance between two people is a story” – Author Unknown

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Brittany Zelch, Director of Partnerships, Africa

 

Hometown:
Boca Raton, FL

Education:
Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies, Northwestern ‘15

Favorite Quote:
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

Jason Kwon, Communications Fellow

Hometown:
Naperville, IL

Education:
Freshman, Northwestern University

Favorite Quote:
“The truth is: no one of us can be free until everybody is free” – Maya Angelou

 

WHY GLOBEMED
In the modern world, it becomes so tough to see the gap that lies between developed and undeveloped countries. GlobeMed closes this divide by bringing people of different cultures together and building a deep relationship. It is amazing to see both communities teach each other and create a unity that transcends any border.

Contact Jason:
[email protected]

Caroline McClanahan, Operations Fellow

 

Hometown:
Chapel Hill, NC

Education:
Sophomore, Northwestern University

Favorite Quote:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Udita Persaud, Partnerships Fellow

Hometown:
Rochelle, IL

Education:
Senior, Northwestern University

Favorite Quote:
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

 

Nepheli Raptis, Events Fellow

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA

Education:
Junior, Northwestern University

Favorite Quote:
“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” – John Donne

Emilie Germaine Umuhire, Partnerships Fellow

 

Hometown:
Kigali, Rwanda

Education:
Junior, Northwestern University

Favorite Quote:
“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of what is wrong with the world” – Dr. Paul Farmer