Executive Council

 

Sarah Fleischman

President

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou 

At the age of eleven-years-old, Sarah was first introduced to HOSA when she attended the 2007 National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. This conference laid the foundation for her burgeoning desire to serve HOSA members at the international level one day. Having served as a local and state leader for Florida HOSA, Sarah wants to build lasting relationships with HOSA’s student membership over the next year! Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Sarah is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Public Health. Sarah believes that empathy and collaboration helps to flourish the overall well-being of communities. To carry out her belief, she works on the University of Florida Mobile Outreach Clinic to improve the health disparities found in her local campus community. During her free time, Sarah enjoys going to Disney World, exploring new places, and spending time with her friends and family. Through the opportunities HOSA has provided and her work in the Gainesville community, Sarah aspires to work as a public health physician and create a brighter future for medicine! Sarah is excited to serve as your President and work this year with her fellow officers of the 2018-2019 Executive Council as they serve HOSA’s members!


Vivian Do

President-Elect

“Throw kindness around like it’s confetti.” 

Four years ago, as Vivian learned to tie her first tourniquet with an old white T-shirt and a pen, she became completely enamored with HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Flash forward to today as this love and passion she has for HOSA continues. HOSA became home, and here she found her love for health care and caring for the well-being of others. HOSA allowed her to network, to break out of her shell, to learn, and to grow; all of which serve as stepping stones for her journey towards a career in pediatric neurology. HOSA also provided her with opportunities to serve her community like Hospice volunteering. Vivian is in her freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. As she looks towards her future in HOSA, she cannot wait to spread the spirit of HOSA, making it not just a community but a family. Vivian lives life by the quote, “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire,” and she hopes that each member will do the same, stepping out of their comfort zone and into their future. Besides loving HOSA, she also enjoys reading, adventures in nature, singing, and playing guitar. Vivian looks forward to serving as your President-Elect to work and connect with her fellow HOSA members.

Araoluwa Omotowa
Western Region Vice President

Success can be defined as that moment at the end of the day when, after thinking of everything in your life, all you can feel is grateful.” 

Now graduated from high school, HOSA’s Western Region Vice President, Araoluwa “Ara” Omotowa is ecstatic when she remembers all the progress she witnessed as the State HOSA President of Idaho and how she can bring her experience to helping all HOSA’s members! Understanding that leadership and teamwork are interdependent virtues, every new idea and method her past team proposed taught her to accomplish as much as she could and be a better version of herself every day. Ara became an official HOSA member her sophomore year of high school upon recommendation from a good friend. After encouragement from her advisor, she ran and is proud to be serving as the first Executive Council Officer in Idaho HOSA’s history-an experience she knows will only strengthen her character. Outside of HOSA, Ara enjoys public speaking, serving as her city’s youth mayor, and playing viola for her city’s youth symphony. She participates in varsity track and field, loves to travel and has a knack for collecting baseball caps! She is a freshman at Harvard University with an intent to major in Government and Global Health Policy!

Darius Thomas
Central Region Vice President

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." -Oscar Wilde.

This year, Darius dares you to define your purpose by truly living life to the max! Darius, a freshman at the University of Alabama, is ready to serve as your Central Region Vice President. Darius first discovered his love of health care and servant leadership in 10th grade. Melding these two together, HOSA-Future Health Professionals has been a perfect fit for him! After serving as a local officer, a state officer, and now a member of the Executive Council, Darius has seen firsthand the impact HOSA has on students across the nation. That impact is not only why he ran for a position on the Executive Council but also why he is so excited to serve HOSA’s membership this year. For Darius, HOSA has opened many doors to other opportunities throughout his life. Because of strong leadership training from within HOSA, Darius was able to secure a national position in mock government and secure a seat on the Alabama State Superintendent's Advisory Council in which he advocated for Career and Technical Education. Darius will be majoring in Public Health with a concentration in the Health Professions with the hopes to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Riya Gupta
Eastern Region Vice President

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” -Eleanor Roosevelt 

Riya Gupta is excited to serve as your 2018-2019 Eastern Region Vice President. From Montville, New Jersey, Riya is starting her freshman year at the University of Michigan. She will be majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Political Science and ultimately wants to pursue a career in oncology. Riya is grateful for her five years of HOSA experiences providing an avenue to network with fellow members, contributing to the healthcare workforce and learning invaluable lessons as a leader. Serving as a local chapter leader and the 2017-2018 New Jersey HOSA State Secretary, Riya’s experiences have manifested into constantly striving to connect and inspire members to serve and lead in their communities. Her passion for the healthcare field has led her to pursue an internship at the Levine laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as volunteer for various cancer walks in her area. In her free time, Riya enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Riya looks forward to working with her team to serve the membership of HOSA-Future Health Professionals!

Austin Brewer
Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President

“Leader is an action, not a position.”- Donald McGannon     

During his freshman year of high school, Austin Brewer stumbled upon an organization that would facilitate his future success and define his purpose. As it turns out, after nearly six years in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Austin still strives to provide a clear and connected pipeline of future health professionals to the global health community. Austin hails from the bluegrass state, Kentucky, where he attends the University of Kentucky and studies Anthropology. Austin specializes in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.  Austin prides himself of being one of the founders of the University of Kentucky’s HOSA chapter. He strives to spread the HOSA wave across the world, especially on Postsecondary/Collegiate campuses to create a better, more connected, HOSA. If Austin could describe his HOSA experience in one sentence he would say: “...truly a nurturing and welcoming environment that promotes the best in ourselves and gives us the tools/opportunities to become the premier healthcare providers of the future”. Austin looks forward to serving this organization in the upcoming year as the Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President.

Kartik Tyagi
Secondary Board Representative

Nelson Mandela once said“our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.” It is this passion, spark, and vision that drew Kartik to HOSA-Future Health Professionals as a high school freshman. Kartik Tyagi, a rising senior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is eager to serve as your 2018-2019 HOSA Secondary Board Representative! As a freshman in high school, Kartik was thankful for the platform HOSA-Future Health Professionals gave students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare across the globe. Planning on obtaining a double major in neuroscience and psychology and pursuing a career in neurosurgery, Kartik has been able to develop as a person, as a leader, and as a future health professional through HOSA. With this message, Kartik became deeply involved in local, district, and state levels of HOSA and aimed to inspire students to put forth their best efforts and take advantage of the opportunities they need to succeed. Kartik has served in various HOSA leadership positions such as chapter President, District President, and North Carolina State Vice President. In his free time, Kartik loves to spend time with friends playing his favorite sports of basketball and cricket, volunteering at local service organizations, and traveling with his family! Kartik is especially excited about meeting as many members as he can and introducing new students to HOSA. Kartik is honored and looks forward to serve 235,000 future health professionals as the Secondary Board Representative on HOSA’s Executive Council.

Burgin Mackey
Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative

「七転び八起き」- Ancient Japanese Proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight. This ancient Japanese proverb has led Burgin along his journey through HOSA as well as his life. Burgin says it is important that no matter what happens, it is all about what you learn. Success isn’t crossing the finish line before everyone else; success is measured by how much we improve the next time we run. Burgin’s HOSA story began early in life as a child of former HOSA member and current HOSA advisor, Kathy Mackey. “Learning from my mother’s experiences as a first-generation HOSA member taught me to lead with passion, dedication, motivation, and courage,” claims Burgin. As a junior in high school, Burgin competed in Public Health and placed internationally. It was through his involvement with HOSA’s competitive events program that Burgin credits his current career path in disaster response and emergency preparedness. Burgin is currently a junior at Western Carolina University, double-majoring in Environmental Health Sciences and Japanese Studies. Following the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, he was inspired to work with the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme. Burgin hopes to take HOSA to new heights by strengthening existing resources, facilitating communication, and empowering students. Offering the same advice, he was given, as well as bringing new perspectives to the Executive Council remains important objectives for Burgin.

 

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