Meet the Yale Alzheimer's Buddies Student Director team!
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Hallie Gaitsch, Co-director
What I do: I am a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major at Yale College (Class of 2019). In addition to being a Yale Alzheimer’s Buddies Director, I am a board member of the Yale Medical Profession Outreach and Yale Undergraduates at Connecticut Hospice.
Why I joined NAB: I see NAB as a powerful organization intent on helping to restore the natural human rights to dignity and human understanding through the determination, intelligence, curiosity, and goodwill of students across the country.
Future plans and hobbies: After I graduate, I plan to pursue neuroscience research and medicine. Besides research and academics, I love reading (anything and everything), playing viola and violin, watching old movies, and laughing with my friends and family.
Sarah Caldwell, Co-director
What I do: I am an anticipated Yale University 2019 graduate studying biomedical engineering and a member of the varsity gymnastics team. I have been invested in ALS advocacy and fundraising for the past four years and the author of the memoir Just to Make You Smile: a teenage author's reflections on loving and losing her father to ALS.
Why I joined NAB: Throughout high school I volunteered in a local nursing home, facilitating discussions between residents and students, and a large number of residents I worked with suffered from Alzheimer's and dementia. I was able to form a connection with many residents, with each week having the potential to uncover a new piece of their lives, an incredible occurrence that I want students at Yale and residents in the New Haven area to be able to experience as well.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating from Yale, I plan to either attend medical school or work for a biotech company. I enjoy doing gymnastics, running, writing, and traveling.
Kanan Shah Kate Tanawattanacharoen, Co-director
What I do: I am a Yale Undergraduate (Class of 2019) studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Global Health. Outside of school and Yale Alzheimer's Buddies, I work as a research assistant in a social gerontology lab at the Yale School of Public Health and serve on the Yale College Council.
Why I joined: I am very interested in the management of the growing global burden of noncommunicable diseases, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, especially in low-resource settings. I see the time we spend with people with Alzheimer's Disease as an incredibly valuable intervention, but also as a stepping stone to creating better end-of-life care for people faced with Alzheimer's Disease.
Future plans and hobbies: In the future, I hope to become a physician and public health researcher. In addition to academic work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography and travel, baking pies in the summer, and playing Christmas music.