ANAMSExec

President
 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 and friends 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.



President-Elect
 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 third-year medical student, I’m proud to serve as the president-elect and look forward to yet another good year.




Secretary
 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 fourth 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. 




Treasure
 Bryan Hall, MS-III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hello everyone! My name is Bryan Hall and I am a proud member of the Samish Nation located in northwestern Washington state. I grew up in Puyallup, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry. Before applying to medical school, I worked in research for a year and a half. I did public health research with the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Cancer Health Disparities Initiative to bring much needed cancer incidence and mortality trends data to the tribal health directors of all 12 tribes in Wisconsin. It was a very valuable experience to learn how to bridge the gap between academic centers and tribal communities. During that same time I also participated in bench research within Dr. Emery Bresnick’s Lab at UW - Madison. I am currently a third-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and am participating in core rotations to see what specialty I enjoy the most. Regardless of the specialty, I plan to work with Native people in some capacity. Being on the ANAMS executive board as Treasurer this year is just one step towards achieving that goal. I am very excited about this opportunity and hope to help build and strengthen our organization throughout this next year. In my free time I enjoy basketball and fishing. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at all! (bhall4@wisc.edu)



Central Regional Representative
 Lakita Maulson, MS-III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Boozhoo! My name is Lakita Maulson and I am a member of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Nation in Northern Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin -Madison in 2015 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and then spent a year doing research on Native patient perspectives of the clinical breast examination prior to attending medical school. I am currently in my 3rd year of med school at Wisconsin and while I am still trying to figure out what I want to do exactly, I am greatly interested in family medicine at this point. As the first one in my family to go onto a 4-year university, and then medical school, I can easily say that it has been a challenge navigating this crazy system with very little guidance. It’s even more challenging for us Native students who have so few Native mentors in the health fields. Therefore, as the Central Region Representative, I hope to bridge this gap and be a liaison between health profession schools in the region and current ANAMS members, AAIP members, and future Native medical health professionals. I am very passionate about helping students achieve their goals and would love to help everyone get into their dream school if possible! If you have any questions at all or need advice, feel free to reach out to me anytime! (maulson@wisc.edu) In my free time, I like to travel, hike, read, play basketball, and hang out with my family and friends.



East Regional Representative
 Elizabeth Fairless, MS-III

Yale University

Halito! My name is Libby Fairless and I’m a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a third-year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and then attended Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, I studied Native American studies and neuroscience with a focus on the visual system. After graduating, I spent a year doing research at the National Eye Institute before starting medical school at Yale. I want to specialize in ophthalmology and I’m particularly interested in diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that disproportionately affects Native people. I’m also interested in telemedicine and tribal health care systems. I hope to use my career as a practicing physician, researcher, and eventually a policy maker, to help address the health disparities that Native Americans face. In my free time I like hiking and DIY projects. ANAMS has been a wonderful source of mentorship and community to me throughout medical school, and as the Eastern Regional Representative I hope to connect Native students to all that ANAMS and AAIP offer! Please feel free to contact me at Elizabeth.fairless@yale.edu.


Grants & Scholarship Liaison 
Jennifer Meylor, MS-III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

My name is Jennifer Meylor and I am a member of the Osage and Cherokee Nations. I graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a degree in Neurobiology. I am now currently a third-year medical student on my clinical rotations at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. My research interests include intracranial monitoring and surgical treatment of patients with refractory epilepsy. I plan to apply to residency programs in the field of Neurology and possibly a fellowship in Epilepsy. I am the Scholarship and Grants Coordinator for the Association of Native American Medical Students, which is part of the Opportunities Committee that connects Native American medical students with academic opportunities. This is my second year serving as an ANAMS executive board member and I am excited to serve on our very first Opportunities Committee! In my free time I love to trail run and travel home to visit family in California.



Membership Coordinator
 Laura Lhotka, MS-IV

University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus

Boozhoo! I’m Laura, I grew up on the White Earth Reservation, home to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Northwestern Minnesota. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. After college, I returned home and worked at our tribal Home Health Agency for two years before starting medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus. I am a fourth-year medical student now and plan to advance my career in family medicine. I am proud I have the desire and privilege to return home to work after completion of my medical education. I first discovered ANAMS and AAIP as a pre-medical student while attending the Pre-admission workshop. I continue and will forever be inspired by the AAIP members and their dedication to pre-medical students, medical students, and overall advancing the health of Native Americans. In my free time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my nieces and nephews.





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.





Marketing and Public Relations Representative
 Kaylee Scott, MS-III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Boozhoo! My name is Kaylee Scott and I am a third 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. I am currently interested in a variety of specialties, including pediatrics, internal medicine, and OB/GYN. I am also interested in combatting health disparities, namely those affecting 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 the Marketing and Public Relations Representative for ANAMS, specifically by promoting our various social media platforms. 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 travel, cook, attend Badger football games, and spend time with family and friends.



Mentorship Advisor
 Joseph Nelson, MS-IV

University of Washington School of Medicine


Hello there, my name is Joseph Nelson but you can call me “Joey” for short! I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation located in the heart of Washington state. I grew up on Nch'i-Wána ("The Big River") fishing for salmon and playing basketball with my family and friends. In 2012, I graduated from Central Washington University with my Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and I was fortunate to have been a member of their varsity Track & Field team and lead their Native American Student Association for several years as well. I am a past Udall Foundations Scholar and had participated in the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Today, I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I will be applying into Family Medicine with hopes of one day practicing full spectrum care in Indian Country. As your ANAMS Mentorship Advisor, I am eager to share my experience with you and help each of you succeed in medicine or wherever your path may take you. I also hope to provide resources and connections that can further help to support your career ventures. Just let me know what I can do for you!





Member at Large
Mariela Mariscal, MS-IV

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 forth year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. I will be specializing in family medicine and am looking forward to my journey. I enjoy spending time with my son & family, movies and traveling.  As a physician I plan to work with underserved populations because I want to improve access to healthcare. I also plan to continue mentoring because I am grateful to those mentors 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.  


Alumni Outreach 
Joseph Archer, MS-II

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hello! My name is Joe, I am a member of the Meherrin Nation and heading up Alumni Outreach for ANAMS. This is my first year serving on the ANAMS board, but I am very excited to work with the team. I am a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and part of the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program. I am also a dual degree MD-MPH student, having completed my MPH coursework with a focus on Native American Health Policy. I am primarily interested in Psychiatry and Family Medicine and hope to someday serve an Urban Indian Health Program in both a clinical and programmatic role.



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 Executive Board. Elections are held at the AAIP Annual Meeting every August. Email anams1975@gmail.com with any questions!