Kirsten Concha-Moore, MS IV

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson

My name is Kirsten Concha-Moore and I am from Taos and Jemez Pueblos. I grew up on the Taos Pueblo reservation in northern New Mexico and have also spent ten years in northern California. I attended the University of California Santa Cruz and completed my Bachelors in Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 2012. I am currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. I have pursued many interests in medical school including vascular surgery research, a 1 year fellowship in pathology, rural health track with tribal communities in Arizona, and a Native Graduate Health Fellowship with the National Congress of American Indians. If you have any questions about pathology or surgery, please ask! I love the Southwest and have a particular interest in working with American Indian patients in this area. I have been involved with ANAMS throughout medical school and I am so excited to be part of ANAMS as President for the 2018-2019 academic year! I have benefited tremendously from wonderful mentorship and networking opportunities though my involvement with ANAMS, especially the connections I have made through AAIP and with other American Indian premedical and medical students. I look forward to creating a stronger network for Native medical students and helping to improve ways we can benefit our ANAMS membership. 

Immediate Past-President
 Cassandra Rendon

Pediatric Intern, UW Health University Hospital

Boozhoo! My name is Cassie Rendon. I am between my third and fourth year of medical school at Geisel, currently taking a year off to earn a Master's in Public Health at The Dartmouth Institute . I am Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oglala Lakota from Belcourt, ND. I’ve received a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College in 2009 and a B.S. in biology from the University of North Dakota in 2013. I am a Rural Health Scholar at Geisel and I remain active with the Native community at Dartmouth. Since I can remember, I’ve always loved working with children. I’ve spent time as a live-in nanny and child care provider at day cares and I currently volunteer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in a program that provides comfort for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Volunteers in this program are also known as “baby snugglers.” In my spare time I try to remain active, read for fun, and write poetry when inspired.

 Lacy Manuelito, MS IV

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson

Hello, my name is Lacy Manuelito. I am Navajo and Salt River Pima Maricopa. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but I grew up in Fort Defiance on the Navajo reservation. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with my Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Relations in 2008, and then obtained a Master's of Advance Science in Infant-Family Practice from Arizona State University in 2010. I started my medical education with a post-bac program at the UofA in 2014 and am now in my third year of medical school. For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of becoming a pediatrician and now that's what I'm working towards! After I complete my medical education, I plan to return to my hometown and work at our local tribal hospital. I have been involved with many AAIP events and conferences since my pre-med days, and always look forward to the annual meeting. I'm excited to be able to serve as your secretary and continue my involvement with ANAMS on a higher level. 

 Caleb Shahbandeh, MS III

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine 

Chokma! My name is Caleb Shahbandeh. I am a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a student at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before medical school I worked for my tribe as a Health Educator in the Department of Research and Population Health. In this position, I helped manage a large SAMHSA grant and researched if Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation was feasible and desirable for our health system. I have been involved with ANAMS and AAIP since undergrad, and I was the DVOPPP Liaison for ANAMS during my years as a public health student. These organizations have provided me with an amazing amount of support and opportunities over the years. I’ve made friends with many Native doctors and medical students all over the country and the impact this group has had on my life is enormous. As a second-year medical student, I’m proud to serve as the treasurer and look forward to yet another good year.

East Regional Representative
 Jessica Buck, MS IV

Cornell Medical College

Hi all! My name is Jessica Buck and I am a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. I moved around internationally growing up, but each summer we'd return to Gracemont, Oklahoma for the powwow season. I graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. After college, I worked at the American Indian Community House in New York City. Fun fact: NYC has the largest urban Native population with over 110,000 Natives! I’m currently a third year at Weill Cornell Medical College hoping to go into OBGYN. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at upcoming conferences/events!

Central Regional Representative
 Kaylee Scott, MS III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Boozhoo! My name is Kaylee Scott and I am a second year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I grew up in a small town in North Dakota, and I am a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I received my B.S. in Biology from the University of North Dakota in 2016, and began medical school the following fall. Though I remain interested in a variety of specialties, I find myself continually drawn to OB/GYN. I am also interested in working with marginalized groups who face significant health disparities, namely Native American populations. As an undergraduate student, I worked with Indians Into Medicine, which aims to recruit Native American students into health professional schools. I aim to continue this involvement in recruitment and retention as Central Regional Representative for ANAMS. It is my hope that students can find a strong support system in ANAMS, as well as opportunities for career development and mentorship. In my free time, I like to cook, attend Badger football games, and spend time with family and friends.

Membership Coordinator
Mariela Mariscal, MSIV

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson

Hello! My name is Marisela Mariscal and I am a descendent of the Laguna Pueblo.  I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and received my Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of Arizona.  Currently I am a third year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. My interests are in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. I enjoy spending time with my family, movies and traveling.  As a physician I plan to work with underserved populations because I want to improve healthcare for those who are at the greatest risk. I also plan to continue mentoring because it is for those individuals who believed in me and provided guidance to help me achieve my greatest goal of becoming a physician and I want to be that person for others. I am excited to be a part of ANAMS and hope to increase the membership in this organization and create a closer network of support. 

DVOPPP Liaison
 Amber Anderson, PhD Student

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City

Osiyo! My name is Amber Anderson and I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in American Indian Public Health from North Dakota State University. Currently, I am a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition, I work as a Research Epidemiologist for the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. As the Dental, Veterinary, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Public Health (DVOPPP) Liaison, I hope to increase the representation of these health professions in ANAMS as we know each arena of healthcare is vital in improving the overall health of American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Member at Large
Alex Kivimaki, MS IV

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison

Hello, I am a current 4 th year student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I’m from Warrens, WI and a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. I received my B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and I’m currently pursuing Family Medicine with a future focus on community and Native health. As a member of ANAMS, I’m hoping to work with other positions to increase interest in Native American health, provide opportunities for scholarships, and organize social events for members across the country. Other interests include Wisconsin Badger sports, weightlifting, karaoke, and fishing.

Member at Large
 Stefanie Gillson, MS IV

University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth

Hello! My name is Stefanie Gillson. I am Dakota from St Paul, Minnesota; tribally my family is Santee Sioux of Nebraska.  My undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Biology. I am currently a third year medical school at the University of Minnesota- Duluth.  This year, I am the ANAMS Duluth chapter President as well as a Member at Large.  I am excited to be involved with ANAMS locally as well as nationally. I am hoping to be more involved in the local communities in Duluth by starting Native American young girls running group, as well as being involved with the Native American undergraduate students in Minnesota.  So far, I like most of the different areas of medicine and am waiting to see what really peaks my interest. In my free time I like to run, rock climb, pretty much anything else outside and see my friends and family!

Interested in becoming part of ANAMS leadership? Feel free to inquire about board positions and let us know if you are interested in running for a position in the 2016-2017 Executive Board Elections to be held at the AAIP Annual Meeting in August 2016. Email with any questions!