4th Year, Psychobiology Major Torrance, California
The best part about teaching comes with interacting with students and making a personal connection with them. It''s always a rewarding experience knowing that the students in my class learned an important skill and had a fun time doing so. I love being active and outdoors. My favorite ways to de-stress from being a pre-dental student are hiking, lifting, traveling, or enjoying time with my friends. These are also great ways to counter the fact that I have a huge sweet tooth and love ice cream.
Geena Zhou Co-Director
4th Year, Psychobiology Major Saratoga, California
I joined CPR and First Aid in my first year, and my favorite aspects of the program include the supportive, tight-knit teaching team and the direct impact we make on the community. As co-director along with Chanelle, I make sure the program runs smoothly and handle the behind-the-scenes aspects of the program. In the future, I hope to become a family medicine physician. In my free time, I enjoy trying out new cooking and baking recipes and playing the piano.
Nate Christian Instructor Liaison
4th Year, Psychobiology Major Whittier, California
What I like about teaching CPR: It helps me learn to think on my feet. About Me: I enjoy rock climbing, camping, Run the Jewels, and weightlifting. Three goals I've set for myself are to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, go abroad with Doctors Without Borders, and to get around to learning how to play rugby.
Mokhshan Ramachandran Public Relations Chair and Webmaster
3rd Year, Psychobiology Major Brussels, Belgium As the Public Relations Chair, I interact with my favorite part of this program: the students! My responsibilities include answering emails and setting up enrollment. I also take care of refunds and any student questions. In addition to being the Public Relations Chair, I serve as the Webmaster for this program. When I'm not a staff member, I love playing and listening to jazz, playing squash (kinda like racquetball) and working as an EMT.
Ilana Greenberg Administrative Chair
4th Year, Human Biology & Society Major with a Minor in Global Health Studies Santa Monica, California
My favorite thing about teaching CPR is knowing that I am making an impact. The individuals that we teach go on to lifeguard, work at yoga centers, volunteer as camp counselors and much much more. It is really great to see how teaching one individual spreads the knowledge of the importance of CPR and impacts the lives of many outside the classroom. When I'm not busy working on staff, some of my hobbies include playing violin, skiing, and exploring Los Angeles (because even after living here for my entire life, there is still so much to see). As for a quirky talent, when I was in 6th grade I memorized over 100 digits of Pi for a Pi Day competition in my math class (if you ask me about it, I can still rattle off about 50 of them).
Ruwan Thalikaratne Instructor Development Chair
3rd Year, MCDB Major Richmond, California
Facilitating classroom interactions is probably my favorite thing about teaching CPR. Turning a group of strangers into life-saving partners brings me a lot of joy! It's one thing to teach CPR to a group of people, but another thing entirely to have them bond while learning skills they may use to save lives. Getting to know people and helping them get to know each other really brightens my Saturday and Sunday mornings! When I'm not teaching CPR, I enjoy running, playing soccer, and IM sports. I'm currently training for a half marathon, and am beyond excited to complete it! As far as extracurriculars go, I also assist in conducting research on epigenetics in plants, as well mentoring at-risk youth, and conducting clinical research in the emergency room. I hope to one day complete a dual degree program in both medicine and public health (MD/MPH), in order to become a pediatrician, while advocating for child educational access and mental health resources outside of my primary care practice. Something unique about me - I am Sri Lankan! It's a small island below India that not many people know about. I can also juggle and play the piano!
Elaine Luong Publicity Chair
3rd Year, Psychobiology Major Mission Viejo, California
This is my second year in the program, and I'm so honored to work alongside such great instructors. My favorite part of teaching CPR is engaging with each of my students and giving them an interactive, hands-on experience in the classroom. I am in responsible for advertising our classes, getting out the word about instructor recruitment, and generally publicizing our program. If you're here reading this, I think I've done my job! I love hiking, running, and being in the sunshine. When I'm free, I like to go to concerts or museums.
Nivi Ahlawat Finance Chair
2nd Year, Human Biology & Society Major Minor in Bioinformatics San Jose, California
My favorite thing about teaching CPR is present life-saving information in an engaging, humorous, and memorable way. I am very proud of the quality of our instruction and how well the instructors work together. I am obsessed with avocados, skiing, stand-up comedy, birthday cake ice cream, enchilada suizas, and fuzzy socks.
Josh Helali Social Chair
4th Year, Bioengineering Major San Diego, California
I find it very rewarding to teach a skill as empowering as CPR. Having known a person who may have been alive today had someone known how to give proper CPR, I strongly believe in the importance of educating others about it. My favorite activities are golfing, sailing, and anything that has to do with the outdoors or keeps me active. I also recently completed my first triathlon and am excited to register and keep training for more of them in the coming year. As for my future career, I hope to become a physician and also work on the design and production of medical devices.