Maddy tyler, director:
What I do: Maddy Tyler is a second year student at the University of Minnesota studying Biological Sciences and Spanish. She spends her time volunteering at the U of M hospital as a hand massager.
Why I joined NAB: Maddy's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 7 years ago. Throughout those years she has seen the terrible effects of the disease, but she has also seen the positive impact weekly visits full of laughter, crafts, and conversation can have. Through the program, Maddy hopes to build a meaningful relationship with her buddy and help comfort them throughout the course of the difficult disease.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating from UC Davis, Raumin plans on taking several years off for research before applying for medical school. In his free time, he likes to hit the gym for an intense workout, listen to music, hike, and cook, which further entails his enjoyment of eating food. In her free time, Maddy loves to run, explore Minneapolis with her friends, and attend U of M sporting events. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Maddy plans on taking a gap year before applying dental school to continue volunteering.
Ariel Bonilla, director:
What I do: I am a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Health and Service Management with a minor in Public Health. I spend my time as an intern for Fairview Health Services by working in the Transplant Information Service and volunteering at Twin Cities hospitals such as Regions Hospital.
Why I joined NAB: I am passionate about rebuilding the social emptiness in my local Alzheimer community. Having an Alzheimer buddie will increase positivity in the human spirit for both the volunteer and the Alzheimer's resident, while creating human compassion in the volunteers to be used later on in their lives.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I hope to work in the hospital system involved in patient care project managing or working in a clinic setting by supporting the market sector. I plan to return to school to get a master’s degree in health administration. When I have time, I enjoy being in the outdoors through bike rides, jogs, or traveling. I enjoy going out of the country especially when I visit my relatives in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Tessa day, director:
What I do: I am a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying Genetics, Cell Development, and Biology as well as Public Health. I spend time volunteering at the children's hospital and volunteering in a research lab on campus studying the effects of road deicers on butterfly neural development.
Why I joined NAB: I worked in a nursing home throughout high school, and I got to know a lot of the residents really well. I wished that I had more time to spend just talking with the residents and so I was really excited when I heard about NAB because it encompasses my favorite parts of my time working in a nursing home. And in addition I know from that first hand experience how much taking time to talk with a resident with Alzheimer's can lighten their mood and make their day.
Future plans and hobbies: In the future I want to attend medical school and go into pediatrics or internal medicine. But before I go to medical school I want to travel as much as possible!