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Seungyeon Jung, Director:
What I do: Seungyeon Jung is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University pursuing a major in Molecular and Cell Biology with minors in German and Sociology. She spends her time researching the mechanisms of cell division in cancer cells and volunteering in Nashville.
Why I joined NAB: She is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with dementia by building meaningful relationships. She has seen the positive impact of social interaction on individuals with dementia through her summers spent in Korea with her grandparents.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating from Vanderbilt, Seungyeon hopes to attend medical school and become a physician-scientist. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, running, and cooking.
Nitya Venkat, Director:
What I do: Nitya Venkat is a sophomore at Vanderbilt double majoring in Neuroscience and Sociology. Her primary research interests focus on neurological integration of the senses. Additionally, she is on the executive board of Vanderbilt's Undergraduate Honor Council and a member of Delta Delta Delta.
Why I joined NAB: Nitya has seen members of her family afflicted by Dementia and the struggles they face with social isolation and lost family connectivity. She volunteered for 6 weeks at a care facility in Spain before deciding to pursue a career in neurology working with Alzheimer's patients. The Vanderbilt community lacked an organization devoted to social engagement with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients so she was enthusiastic about the NAB opportunity.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduation, Nitya plans to attend medical school and work towards her long-term goal of being a neurologist. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, going to concerts, engaging in politics/ current events discussions and exploring in Nashville!
Kerry Steed, director:
What I do: Kerry is a freshman at Vanderbilt studying neuroscience and biology. She spends her time outside the classroom volunteering at the Children’s Hospital and working in an infectious disease research lab.
Why I joined NAB: Growing up with a Grandfather who suffered from dementia, Kerry learned the value of palliative end of life care and saw what a difference love and compassion can make in any stage of a person’s life. Every person deserves dignity and respect, and she hopes to provide that for the Buddies, as show others the importance of caring for the elderly.
Future plans and hobbies: As an effort to incorporate her love of art into her schedule, Mekaleya is a recently employed mural painter for the biology learning center. She also enjoys traveling both abroad and locally and hikes regularly with her friends. She plans on taking a gap year to continue volunteering and to travel before attending medical school. Kerry hopes to attend medical school post graduation. She also enjoys running, playing the piano, and participating in intramural sports in her free time.
John Sangimino, director:
What I do: John Sangimino is Vanderbilt sophomore studying Economics, Cognitive Studies, and German. He works in an educational psychology lab that investigates the mechanisms and intricacies of child memory and learning. He is the Philanthropy Chair of his fraternity and started a blood drive on campus that he has hosted twice.
Why I Joined NAB: He loves to help people and make a difference in other people's lives. He correctly assumed this would be a great form of service. Additionally, he is interested in non-profits and the business side of how philanthropy organizations function.
Future plans and hobbies: Although he is considering many options, John is interested in furthering his education by pursuing either a law, business, or clinical psychology degree. He loves playing a variety of sports (soccer being his favorite) and staying active.