Meet The Team

Rinki Goswami MD MS

Founder and President

Rinki, BMGCs founder, is an internal medicine resident at the University of Cincinnati originally from Dayton. She studied bioengineering at Cornell University after which she received her master's in Emerging Infectious Disease at Georgetown University. She also researched at the National Institutes of Health and worked as a biosafety and biosecurity specialist at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. She also serves on the Trainee Advisory Committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. These experiences enhanced her passion for public and global health. Her research in medical school was focused on refugee health. Her hobbies include hiking, music, and her two cats. 

Katelynn Alcorn MPH

Founding Board Member

Katelynn is a a fourth year medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a dual degree student and obtained her Master of Public Health degree in 2019. She  has a longstanding interest in health, public health and environmental advocacy; and also a developing interest over the years of how these entities overlap. She is applying to psychiatry residencies this year, wish her luck! When she is lucky to find a bit of extra time, she likes to hike, travel, dance, practice yoga, cook fun recipes, and listen to music and podcasts.

Max Cohen DO

Founding Board Member

Max hails from the small Long Island town of Shoreham, NY, but his new home is Providence, RI, where he is learning how to be a primary care physician at Brown University. As he completed medical school at the University of New England he developed aspirations to become a voice for change and an advocate for the health of disadvantaged populations. He is  passionate about public health and reducing the medical and financial impacts of disease through preventative medicine, education, healthcare innovation and policy. Outside of work, he enjoys trying new restaurants, rock climbing, playing guitar and photography.

Founding Board Member

Rebecca Fujimura MD

Founding Board Member

Rebecca Fujimura is a family medicine resident at MedStar Georgetown/ Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.  She has a BS in Biology with a minor in neuroscience, as well as a BA in theater from The Ohio State University. She attended medical school at Wright State University, where she earned her MD and completed the international health program. During this time she did worked in Swaziland and Moria Refugee Camp. Currently she is in the Georgetown Internal Medicine through the global health track. She has participated in advocacy through the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Doctors for Camp Closure, and the DC Academy of Family Practice. She is passionate about strengthening primary care, preventative medicine, and public and global health. 

Tushar Goswami MSc

Founding Board Member

Tushar Goswami is a Biomedical Engineer bridging gaps between the medical and defense industries. He started his career at The Ohio State University studying bioengineering and researching heart & lung disease, medical devices for orthopedic applications, and neurodegenerative diseases. Since 2018, he has been developing technologies for dermatology, sensors, and artificial gravity servicing the Department of Defense and NASA. Based in Dayton, Ohio, where he completed his master's in biomedical engineering in 2019, he has worked with Air Force Research Laboratory and is currently a consultant for small businesses.  

Max Jacobs DO

Founding Board Member

Max is an internal medicine resident at Allegheny General Hospital with a special interest in infectious disease and global health. He is also working toward his Fellowship in the Academy of Wildnerness Medicine. Max's background in film, software, and public health has already taken him all over the world and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Andrea Kratzke Nelson MD

Founding Board Member

Andrea is a Family Medicine Resident At University of Wisconsin Madison/ Baraboo. She graduated from Rush Medical College at Rush University in Chicago IL. She became interested in public health as a way to qualify and eventually improve health disparities. Andrea initially went to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency through AmeriCorps, where she worked quantifying the impact of local disasters on endangered species, earning her the Administrator’s Award for Innovation. Upon entering medical school, she began applying some similar data analyses to the homeless shelter clinic that she led, leading to  an ongoing interest in clinical epidemiology. When she is not in the hospital or clinic, Andrea can be found wrapped in a blanket with her knitting, painting, or hiking.

Linda Nguyen MPH

Founding Board Member

Linda is a medical student finishing her last year of school. Aside from school,she is also a small business entrepreneur with a public health background. As a part of the public health industry, she has worked domestically helping to identify cancer caregiver unmet needs and globally as a community health worker in the Peace Corps. Through her experiences,she has advocated for reducing healthcare disparities and improving access to healthcare for underserved populations.  Apart from school and work, she loves exploring different places, doing anything adventurous, trying new foods, drawing/painting, and the list goes on. Her hometown is Cleveland, OH, but she has also lived in Australia and Burkina Faso.

Esha Sarai MA

Founding Board Member

Esha is a journalist at Voice of America, recently serving as acting West Africa correspondent based in Dakar, Senegal and currently reporting on higher education in the United States. Esha completed her MA in political science at UNC Chapel Hill, conducting research in Germany and Punjab, India. Esha also studied opera in undergrad at the New Zealand School of Music and has made many attempts in recent months to recreate videos of Italians serenading their neighbors from their balconies. She is excited to use her communication experience to work with experts to synthesize helpful information to the wider public.

Jessica Stauber RN BSN

Founding Board Member

Jessica is a fourth-year MD candidate at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse before deciding to pursue medicine. She fosters a passion for public health at both the local and global level and currently works with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Public Health Institute's Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources Project, and many community organizations addressing holistic health promotion, mobilization of community resources, expansion of healthcare accessibility, and medical humanism. She ultimately plans on pursuing radiation oncology with hopes of broadening access to comprehensive cancer care and palliative medicine, both locally and globally. In her free time she enjoys a broad range of activities including surfing, gardening, weight-lifting, yoga, and playing piano.

Chris Mangal MPH

Founding Board Member 

Chris Mangal is a senior public health professional with over 15 years of experience leading complex emergency preparedness programs, managing personnel and providing scientific guidance to local, state, territorial and federal agencies. Currently, Chris serves as the Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, where she provides leadership for emergency preparedness and crisis response to natural disasters and emerging threats. Chris has worked closely with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies and international partners to strengthen global laboratory systems to prepare for, respond to and recover from emerging threats. She has over 18 years of experience with developing and expanding networks such as the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), supporting domestic and global crisis responses, strengthening biosafety and biosecurity practices, promoting a culture of innovation and accountability, and advocating for policies and resources to strengthen healthcare and public health systems. In 2012, Chris completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) at Harvard University. Chris received her Master of Public Health Degree, specializing in Tropical Public Health and Communicable Diseases, from the University of South Florida. She also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida.

Chris Stark

Design Consultant

Chris Stark is a multi-talented designer and has several years of industry experience, most notably with Lacaze London, Hasbro, and the University of Cincinnati. He has designed products ranging from high-end furniture to Star Wars branded Nerf blasters. Chris received his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2018.

Corey Dixon

Sound Designer and Recording Engineer

Corey Dixon is a multi-disciplinary artist from Dayton, OH specializing in audio recording and sound design. He has enjoyed many roles in the music industry including recording engineer, performer, and composer. During his undergrad, he pursued a Bachelor’s in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music where he further developed his ear and recording techniques.

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