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Allie Hogan, Team Leader

Michigan State University

Hello! My name is Allie Hogan, I am a senior at Michigan State University, I am in Lyman Briggs College in which there is a focus on science, math, as well as history, philosophy and sociology of science. I am majoring in Human Biology with the dream of becoming a dentist.

Last summer as a founding member of Volunteers Around the World at MSU I traveled to the Dominican Republic to volunteer. Not only did the trip further encourage my hopes of becoming a dentist, it made me excited to know one day I will volunteer for poverty stricken communities like the dentists that we volunteered with in the Dominican Republic.

As well as being a part of VAW, I was the philanthropy chairman for my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, I am a member of the pre-dental club, and have a black belt in taekwondo. I love to volunteer and bring smiles to people’s faces! Not only do I love to volunteer, I also enjoy watersports like wakeboarding, spending time with my hilarious family and painting. I am pumped to return to the Dominican Republic and cannot wait to see what is in store for this upcoming trip!

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Brian Ward, Team Leader

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Brian Ward is the Team Leader for VAW Dental Outreach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst).

Brittany Valledor, Team Leader

University of Florida

Hi! My name is Brittany Valledor and I am a Junior at the University of Florida. I am a pre-dental student who is double majoring in Spanish and Nutritional Science. I am thrilled to be the Team Leader for the VAW Dental Team at the University of Florida!

I first volunteered with VAW in the summer of 2015 on a Dental Mission to Jarabacoa, DR. With hard work, I was able to become Team Leader and lead our school’s chapter back to Jarabacoa this summer for our second annual Dental Mission. I look forward to another year of working with VAW and helping to bring smiles to people all around the world who need our help the most!

When not working with VAW or other pre-dental organizations, I like to spend my time cooking and baking. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as traveling.

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Cory Lange, Team Leader

Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH)

Aloha! I am a junior at BYU-Hawaii studying Pre-Med Biology. I am extremely excited to be working with Volunteers Around the World! I think it is a great opportunity to give service to people and learn more about dental care for future professions. This will be an unforgettable experience of service and help give you real world knowledge to help obtain your dream profession.

On a more personal note, I am on the basketball team here at BYU-Hawaii and a new father. I enjoy anything outdoors and love to interact with people. I hope that I will be able to help and support anyone that is interested in attending one of these wonderful trips, as it truly is a great opportunity.

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Darshan Patel, Assistant Team Leader

University of Georgia

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Biology with ambitions of becoming a dentist. VAW is a tremendous program that allowed me to provide aid to those that aren’t able to afford it routinely. I had the opportunity to volunteer in Peru where we set up a free clinic and helped individuals of all ages. It also helped strengthen my passion for the field, and it changed outlook on the world by gaining knowledge only accessible through hands on experience.

I enjoy helping others and brining a smile to their faces! My guru, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, always states “In the joy of others lies our own.” This phrase has encouraged me to pursue a career in dentistry where I can bring joy to others by putting beautiful smiles faces. Outside of school and VAW I love to play basketball, eat, and travel which allow my to spend time with friends and family.

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Emily Kist, Team Leader

Ohio State University

Hello! My name is Emily Kist. I am a senior at The Ohio State University studying Sociology with a minor in Global Public Health. My dream for after graduation is to join the Peace Corps. In my free time I enjoy doing gymnastics, which I did for 18 years, getting involved with my sorority and other service opportunities such as Girls on the Run, traveling, and spending time with my family.

I am ecstatic to be the co-team leader of the Ohio State University chapter of Volunteers Around the World. Last year, I went to the Dominican Republic with VAW- it changed my life and pushed me to become team leader. Volunteers Around the World is a life changing organization and I cannot wait to recruit new members and head to Peru!

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Hannah Bodnar, Team Leader and Vice President

Michigan State University

I am a junior at MSU working toward a major in human biology and a minor in global public health and epidemiology. I am so excited to pursue a career in dentistry that will combine my passion for science and helping others. When I am not studying, I like to read, run, and travel. 

Hosna Esmaelsadah, Team Leader

VAW Long Island

Hello! My name is Hosna Esmaelsadah and I am currently a sophomore at Hofstra University. I am pursuing a major in Health Science and a minor in Biochemistry, and I am also on the pre-dental track. Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of shadowing different dentists, as well as working as a dental assistant, which definitely helped me solidify my interest and passion in this occupation.

I believe VAW is an organization that provides fantastic opportunities to serve various underprivileged communities around the world, and at the same time explore the profession of Dentistry. I am very excited to be the team leader at Hofstra University, and I look forward to all the great experiences ahead!

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Hudda Baig, Team Leader

Stony Brook University

Hey everybody! I’m Hudda and a junior at Stony Brook University as a Spanish major along with a minor in biology. This is my first year as the President of the VAW Stony Brook Chapter!

My first hands-on and shadowing dental experience happened following my freshman year through VAW, in Dominican Republic and it solidified my goal to pursue dentistry. This outreach trip combined both of my passions-speaking Spanish as well as promoting oral health voluntarily for underserved communities. VAW taught me a great amount in the matter of just one trip. I learned that before money and yourself, your patient’s oral hygiene is the most prerogative of all and you must do what you can to help them.

VAW helped me realize that I’d like to practice dentistry through diversity and community service. After traveling to Dominican Republic, my hope to gain fluency in Spanish and skills in dentistry grew. I hope to bring what I learned and will learn from VAW, to my career in dentistry Every year I’m learning more and seeing how much the VAW Organization is growing, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it as well as promoting our chapter at Stony Brook University.

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Hui Chen, Team Leader

University of Sydney

Hello! My name is Hui Chen and I am currently a PhD candidate at Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Sydney. I graduated with a Bachelor-Master integrated degree in dentistry from China and I am a registered dentist in China.

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I deeply believe the genuine meaning of life is defined by sharing and caring. I also believe every individual human being could make this world a little better by devoting ourselves to the greater community. I sincerely look forward to the upcoming experience with VAW.

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Jennifer Dumé, Team Leader

New York University

Hey! My name is Jennifer and I am a junior at New York University. I am a Global Public Health major with a concentration in science. I am also a Spanish minor and on the pre-dental track. Outside of school, I read to children at the NYU dental clinic and enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

After graduation, I plan to take a year off to volunteer abroad for a few months and then go to dental school. I was born in the Dominican Republic and have always been inspired and motivated by the socioeconomic issues that plague Dominicans and oftentimes lead to a lack of quality healthcare. VAW’s mission is truly dear to me and I hope my passion for dentistry, my community and philanthropy will allow me to make a positive impact on the organization and the communities that it serves. I am in awe of what Volunteers Around the World achieves in poverty-stricken countries and am so unbelievably excited to have become a part of it!

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Kelly Allen, Team Leader

VAW Alaska (AKVAW)

Hello! My name is Kelly Allen and I am a senior at University of Alaska Anchorage where I study biological sciences with a focus in pre-dentistry. My dream is to be a pediatric dentist as well as travel frequently to provide dental care to those in poverty stricken areas. I am thrilled to be the team leader for Alaska’s first ever VAW dental outreach trip as well as travel to Thailand in December with the AKVAW Medical Outreach.

My free time is spent volunteering at a local elementary school, shadowing dentists and oral surgeons around town, and exploring the incredible outdoors.

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Kizinia Hamm, Team Leader and Vice President

VAW Long Island

Hello! My name is Kizinia Hamm, and I am the Vice-President of the Hofstra dental chapter. I am a sophomore at Hofstra University, majoring in Health Sciences and I am on the pre-dental track.

I plan to attend dental school, and to then specialize in orthodontics. I had the amazing opportunity to travel with VAW to the Dominican Republic in Summer 2015, and I look forward to volunteering again with VAW. 

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Kyle Hoopes, Team Leader

Utah State University

Hello! My name is Kyle Hoopes and I am at Utah State University studying Nutrition Sciences. I am a junior and planning on applying to dental school the summer of 2016.

I am very excited to be working with VAW to help create a chapter at Utah State University. I love helping other people and I think that this organization has a great way of going about doing that.

I am a very active person that likes to be outside skiing, wake boarding, four wheeling, running, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing.

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Lea Sarment, Co-Team Leader

Virginia Tech

Hi! I am currently a junior in engineering at Virginia Tech. I am very passionate about providing dental care to underprivileged areas.

I loved working with Volunteers Around the World in the Dominican Republic and can not wait to continue expanding this organization!

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Marina Makram, Team Leader

New York University

Hey there! My name is Marina Makram and I am a junior at New York University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry. I hope to pursue medical school after graduation and to let my passion guide me to a specialization!

I am passionate about being a help to the underserved and am fervent about using my talents and all of my abilities to help the underprivileged. I am excited about visiting the Dominican Republic for the first time in the Winter of 2016 and to be a part of the incredible experience that Volunteers Around the World allows!

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Martine Saad, Team Leader

Ohio State University

Hello! My name is Martine Saad and I am a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in biology. I plan on attending dental school after graduation

I currently work as a lab assistant in the pre-clinic at OSU College of Dentistry. I am passionate about dentistry and helping underprivileged communities. I am so happy to be apart of VAW and ready to help change lives of people around the world with some dental work and kindness!

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Patrick Patel, Team Leader

University of Texas at Arlington

Hello! My name is Patrick Patel and I am a 4th year pre-dental student at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Business Administration and the current team leader of the newly formed UTA chapter of Volunteers Around the World. As team leader I plan on putting a team together for this upcoming summer to either volunteer in Peru or the Dominican Republic. I believe VAW is a wonderful opportunity to help everyone expand clinical experience about the dental field by learning from hands on experience.

Currently, I am in two Pre-Dental Societies on my campus and also working as a Dental Assistant at an orthodontist office. During my free time I enjoy playing golf, interacting with new people, and love trying out new places to eat. I am super excited to be able to have the opportunity to provide knowledge and oral health care to various underprivileged communities, and at the same time gain cultural enrichment. I know this will be one of my most remarkable experiences and I can’t wait live it!

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Pirouz Khoubian, Assistant Team Leader

VAW NYC

Hey guys, my name is Pirouz Khoubian and I just graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. I didn’t really know dentistry was my passion until recently. Once I knew that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, I have yearned for more and more experience in the field. I am currently a dental assistant and a volunteer at LIJ Dental Medicine in addition to shadowing some of the best dentists I have ever met.

A friend of mine told me about this great opportunity/program and I knew I wanted to be apart of it from the get go. On my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, watching food network, swimming, and learning knew things. And yea, Im kind of a nerd too.

“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
⁃Maya Angelou

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Princesca Pierre, Team Leader

Old Westbury SUNY

Hey!  My name is Princesca Pierre. I am currently an undergrad student at SUNY College at Old Westbury. I am a very passionate and strong minded individual who hopes to one day pursue a promising career in the dental field.

I give my full support to VAW and it’s remarkable mission of helping those who are in dire need. I am overly excited to have a role within this organization!

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Resham Gehani, Team Leader

University of Georgia

Hello! My name is Resham Gehani and I am a 3rd year pre-dental student studying Microbiology and Human Development & Family Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia.

I am extremely involved on campus and also in the local community around UGA. After graduation, I plan to attend Dental School and go on to specialize in Orthodontics.

I believe VAW is an amazing opportunity to help communities by providing healthcare services and also educating them. I am extremely excited to be able to lead a trip to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care to underprivileged communities and learn so much about dentistry myself! I know this will be a remarkable experience and I am looking forward to it!

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Saad Hasan, Team Leader

University of Texas at Dallas

Hi! My name is Saad Hasan and I am a Junior Neuroscience major at the University of Texas at Dallas. After building a close relationship with my pediatric dentist, I wanted to give the profession of dentistry a try. Throughout my high school career I was fortunate enough to be involved at Baylor College of Dentistry with summer programs and dental organizations which solidified my interest in the profession.

I enjoy the idea of waking up each day to put a smile on every patient’s face. I believe that VAW is an AMAZING opportunity to fulfill my altruistic passions while educating myself further in the dental field. I am very excited to take a team from UTD to Jarabacoa in May 2015 and cannot wait to become a DDS so that I can serve those who do not enjoy the benefits I have.

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Sara Oleson, Team Leader

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Hello all!
My name is Sara Oleson; I am a student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and Co-Team leader of the newly formed UNL chapter of VAW. I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science, while completing prerequisites for Dental School. I am a returning student with a degree in nursing, and work as a nurse as well as an Orthodontic Assistant alongside my collegiate studies.

Through my experiences working in various healthcare fields, I have been afforded many local opportunities to volunteer my skillsets. These opportunities revealed a passion for public service that drives my motivation both academically and personally. I’ve always dreamed of branching into global volunteer work, and am thrilled to finally be able to do so with the help of VAW!

I’m very excited for the future of our VAW chapter! It is a fantastic portal for students to expand clinical experience, advocate for the underserved, and gain cultural enrichment, all while getting to know some of the great practitioners of tomorrow!

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Shaina Jaeger, Team Leader

VAW NYC

Hi there! My name is Shaina Jaeger, and I am a sophomore at Stony Brook University pursuing a degree in Psychology and Biology. In Summer 2015, I had the opportunity to travel with VAW to the Dominican Republic and fell in love with the countless ways dentistry can help people inside and out.

With the hopes of becoming an orthodontist, I am currently taking a dental assisting course to help me better prepare for both my trip with VAW next summer and for dental school. On the weekends, I can be found working weddings as a Bridal Attendant or singing and writing songs. I can’t wait to lead my team from all over New York on our dental outreach trip this summer!

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Shelby Blum, Team Leader

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Hey There! My name is Shelby Blum and I am currently a student at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I’m a Dental Hygienist returning to school to pursue dental school.

This will be my first year traveling with Volunteers Around the World and I’m so excited to spread oral health care and education to underserved communities. I’m a very passionate and loving person and am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization called to action!

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Sunraj Hayer, Team Leader

UC Davis

Sunraj Hayer is the Team Leader for VAW Dental Outreach at UC Davis.

Ty Weisenburger, Team Leader

Brigham Young University (BYU)

My name is Ty Weisenburger; I am currently a junior at Brigham Young University (BYU). I am a Business Management Major and pre-dental student. I love to serve in different capacities that initiate learning and growth. I am the Secretary for one of the largest Pre-Dental Club’s in the nation and for our ASDA Chapter at BYU. I volunteer once a week as a dental assistant with an organization called Share a Smile. I have a unique “fire” for dentistry that drives me to help people.

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my wife Alexis, playing basketball, and serving others. I am excited to be a team leader for VAW. My experience in the Dominican Republic was impactful for my future.

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Valerie Lua, Team Leader

UC Berkeley

Hello! My name is Valerie Lua and I am a Junior at the University of California Berkeley. I am pursuing a major in Public Health and I am on the pre-dental track.

I am very involved with the Pre-Dental Society on campus after becoming interested in the field while on a medical brigade in Honduras. I am excited to meet and learn from my peers and from all those that work to make the mission of VAW possible. In my free time, I enjoy trying new cuisines in the bay and spending time with friends and family.

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August 30, 2016

A few months back we caught up with one of our veteran Team Leaders and Chapter Presidents Arush Lal. Arush is a Business Major on…

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