LMSA Midwest Executive Officers

LATINO MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
2021-2022

CO-DIRECTORS

Jennifer Chinchilla (She/Her/Hers)
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Jennifer is serving as Co-Director this year, formerly serving as Midwest LMSA Policy and Academic Affairs Chair for 2020-21 and as her chapter president for 2019-20. She is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In college, she realized the health disparities she and her community faced were not the norm. After graduating as a proud San Francisco State gator she worked for the SF dept of public health on a variety of projects targeted to reduce health disparities in underserved and minority populations. She also volunteered as a health advocate for Spanish monolingual women, diagnosed with cancer. Prior to matriculation, she completed the UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program. Currently, she is involved in research to improve interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency. Her interests include social justice, immigration reform, health equity, and underserved medicine. She enjoys writing spoken word poetry, drinking cafesito with her husband, and taking care of her plants and fur baby.

Jesús Acevedo Cintrón

Jesús Acevedo Cintrón (He/Him/His)
Washington University School of Medicine

Jesús Acevedo Cintrón is 5th year MD/PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where he served as the social chair and co-president of the local chapter, in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and formerly as the 2020 National Conference Chair. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in 2015 after completing his undergraduate studies. He is very passionate about his Latino background, using different learning experiences to teach people about the Latino culture and heritage. In his free time, he enjoys doing exercise, watching TV series and collecting Star Wars figures.

 

 

 

 

 

"I look forward to empowering our next generation of Latinx physician leaders and nurturing a sense of community amongst our LMSA familia”

Ana Maria Viteri, Public Relations

CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER

Kryssia Campos
Michigan State Univeristy College of Human Medicine

Kryssia was born in El Salvador and migrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 13 years old. The struggles she has faced as a queer undocumented immigrant have empowered her to get involved in advocacy and affirmed her passion for medicine. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. Over the years, Kryssia has advocated for the rights of undocumented youth and Central American refugees. As one of the few DACA students in her program, she helps raise awareness about the challenges undocumented families face when accessing healthcare. Currently, she is involved in research to identify the barriers LGBTQ+ patients face when accessing health care. She also co-leads a mentorship program to increase the number of Latinx medical students in Michigan. Kryssia is passionate about mentorship and about challenging the systemic inequalities that affect people’s health. She is committed to becoming a physician to care for and advocate for immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities. During her free time, she enjoys exploring Michigan with her fur baby and her partner.

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Zach Jaeger (he/him/él) Washington University School of Medicine

Zach Jaeger (he/him/él) is a 4th-year medical student at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously served LMSA Midwest as Community Affairs Chair for two years, as well as National Service Chair for one year. He is originally from both St. Louis, MO, and Sacramento, CA, and swims, bikes, and runs in his free time. He is passionate about improving Latinx healthcare through community service, mentorship, and research and will be applying into Dermatology this year!

CHEIF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jesús Bazan Villicana Washington University School of Medicine

“My name is Jesús and I am excited to be serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the Midwest board this year. I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and went to Indiana University for undergrad. I am currently in my PhD phase training, in the microbial pathogenesis program. During my first two years at WashU, I was involved in the local LMSA chapter and was co-president last year. I look forward to being able to continue my involvement of LMSA at the regional level and hope to be able to aid in the LMSA mission in my role as CFO. My favorite part of LMSA is the sense of community, especially at conferences, which motivates me to help however I can. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, baking, and being outside.”

"I believe health is a fundamental right and hope to serve not only my Latinx community but all communities” Bianca Arellano, Policy & Academic Affairs​

POLICY & ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Bianca Arellano The Ohio State University College of Medicine

“Hola! My name is Bianca Arellano and I am a 3rd-year medical student at THE Ohio State University College of Medicine. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree where I studied kinesiology and played Division I Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. Through athletics, I learned about various methods to “optimize performance,” and wondered how certain health tactics of athletes can be applied to the general population. I believe health is a fundamental right and hope to serve not only my Latinx community but all communities one day as an internal medicine physician.”

Alex Nibling
Northeast Ohio Medical University

“I am a BS/MD graduate from Kent State who is a current M3 at Northeast Ohio Medical University. I am pursuing a master’s in public health, with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences. In the future, I want to go into public health and preventative medicine or family medicine”

MENTORSHIP

Miryea Cisneros
Medical College of Wisconsin

“Hello my LMSA familia! My name is Miryea Cisneros and I am one of the Co-Mentorship chairs for this year! A little bit about me is that I am from Griffith, Indiana which is also home to one of my biggest support systems (shoutout to my family and friends). I am legit all about music, whether it’s going to concerts, reading pitchfork reviews, playing piano, or waiting for the latest Tyler the Creator Album to drop, I’m there. Therefore, if you want to talk music, I’m your girl! I am also your girl when it comes to talking about paving YOUR way into medicine and becoming the doctor you 100% deserve to be. The reason I able to be studying medicine today is due to the support of the amazing mentors I have met throughout my journey into medicine. These mentors built me up when I didn’t think I was good enough, they showed me how worthy I was for making this dream of becoming a physician possible and most importantly, they believed in me. So if you’re reading this right now, it’s NOT too late because Grecia and I are here to help you and we are here to say that we believe in you too because LET’S BE REAL, we are in this together. Being a part of LMSA is feeling like you are truly part of mi familia and I can’t wait to continue to build our familia together!”

Grecia Quiroga
University of Michigan

“Hola familia! My name is Grecia Quiroga and I’m an MS3 at Univerisity of Michigan Medical School. I was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in Jackson, Michigan where my parents, brother, and sister currently still live. I am a Michigan Wolverine at heart as I also attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minored in Gender and Health. In my free time, I love to run, eat good food, read fiction, drink coffee, and explore nature. I am so excited to be serving as one of the Mentorship Co-chairs with Mireya this year. One of my biggest passions is mentoring pre-medical students from underrepresented backgrounds in order to increase diversity in the physician workforce. It is my goal to help all of you achieve your goals through mentorship whether it be getting into college, medical school, post-baccs, or residency! I believe we are stronger together, and together Mireya and I hope to continue to build the wonderful LMSA familia so that we can learn from each other’s experiences and rise together.”

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Ana Maria Viteri
Medical College of Wisconsin

“I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador for the first nine years of my life. As a proud immigrant and daughter of immigrants, I am passionate about increasing access to healthcare and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care. I love mentoring pre-medicine students from underrepresented backgrounds, as I am committed to diversifying the face of medicine. I look forward to empowering our next generation of Latinx physician leaders and nurturing a sense of community amongst our LMSA familia”

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Stephanie Calzada
Medical College of Wisconsin

"My favorite part of LMSA is the sense of community, especially at conferences, which motivates me to help however I can"

Jesús Bazan Villicana, Chief Financial Officer

FUNDRAISING/SCHOLARSHIP

Alejandra Mendez (she/her/hers/ella)
Indiana University School of Medicine

Alejandra Méndez (she/her/hers/ella) is a MS3 medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. She was born and raised in the New Orleans metro area and graduated from Emory University and University of Michigan School of Public Health. After serving as an Exec Board member at her chapter for two years, she is ready to bring our LMSA Midwest Exec Board to new heights. Alejandra has allocated funds for students at her chapter including Pathoma subscriptions, First Aid textbooks, and hotel and registration fees for LMSA conferences. She works diligently to alleviate the financial burden for our Latinx students. Through her role as Scholarship and Fundraising Chair, she will provide scholarships for students with financial hardships and host fundraising efforts. Alejandra is passionate about providing healthcare to marginalized populations at her school’s Student Outreach Clinic and leading DEI efforts to recruit and retain students under-represented in medicine. In her spare time, she is either traveling, indoor cycling at her apartment gym, or reminiscing over an oyster po-boy.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Sydney Lopez (She/Her/Hers/Ella)
University of Michigan

Sydney is the eldest daughter of Mexican Immigrants who grew up in Northern California. She went to University of California Davis where she studied Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Chicano/Chicana Studies. She was inspired by her volunteer work at Clinica Tepati, a student-run free clinic for underserved Latinos in the greater Sacramento area. After graduating Sydney spent time teaching anatomy, researching Latina caregiver well-being, and being Chief Operations Officer of MiMentor, where she committed to building the next generation of healthcare professionals through innovative and inclusive mentorship. Sydney is interested in women’s health, health equity, and diversifying the healthcare workforce. As community affairs chair she wants to build projects that will unite the LMSA midwest chapters. 

WEBMASTER

Antonio Flores (He/Him/They/Them)
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Antonio Flores (he/him/they/them) grew up in east of Los Angeles. As a queer identified Latinx individual, Antonio has a passion for serving the underserved communities he calls home. He believes in making space for people in the spaces where they may always not fit in. As a medical student, Antonio has held leadership positions with the Latin American & Native American Medical Association (LANAMA) and the Medical School Pride Alliance (MSPA). He also volunteers with Queering Medicine, an organization that advocates for the health of queer people in the Lansing community. Antonio is devoted to continuing to work with the Latino and queer community and will do so throughout his medical career.

WELLNESS & COMMUNITY BUILDING

Ilia Blas
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Ilia grew up in Los Angeles, CA and is a proud Oaxacan, Mexican. She is passionate about serving the community she comes from- the underserved Latinx communities across the country, helping other Latinx students reach their goals, and bringing awareness to issues less discussed amongst our communities such as mental health. As someone who experienced mental health struggles at the beginning of her medical school journey, she wants to help other Latinx medical students know that they are not alone and don’t need to go through these struggles alone. Hobbies include painting, hiking, watching Korean dramas, and enjoying time with friends and family.

Kryssia is passionate about mentorship and about challenging the systemic inequalities that affect people's health. She is committed to becoming a physician to care for and advocate for immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities.

Kryssia Campos, Chief Diveristy Officer

Check out the Midwest LMSA Executive Board Organization Document for more information on the Board’s organization and the job descriptions of each board member.

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