Our Residents

Chief Residents

 Maddy Grandy, OHSU

Maddy grew up in Oregon before attending Occidental College where she studied biology. After college, she joined Teach for America, worked as a direct service advocate with the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and obtained a Masters degree in Education from CSU Dominguez Hills before enrolling in medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University. In med school, Maddy was a member of the Transgender Health Program, Medical Students for Choice, and the Healthy Equity Group. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, Charlie, gardening, cooking, and playing the cello.

 Ashley Tsang, University of Chicago

Ashley grew up in beautiful North Carolina and attended University of North Carolina, majoring in public health. She then took a CDC fellowship and moved to New Mexico where she hiked a lot, got a pug named Taos and ate breakfast burritos. Through her work in infectious disease epidemiology and harm reduction in NM, Ashley became interested in justice for people who use drugs, addiction medicine and correctional health. She then moved to Chicago for medical school where she helped start an overdose prevention program at Cook County Jail and researched how economic recession in Greece affected HIV in people who inject drugs. She is thrilled to be at UCSF and looks forward to forging her new identity as a family medicine physician amongst such bright, hilarious, and social-minded peers.

Tem Woldeyesus, UCSF

Tem was born and raised in Fairfield, Ca and attended college at UC Davis. As an undergrad, he volunteered at Imani Clinic, which provides primary care and community-based interventions to the underserved community of Sacramento. He was also engaged in high school pipeline programs to provide mentorship for at-risk youth through Student National Medical Association. As a medical student, he was an active member of the Primary Care Leadership Academy and Primary Care Progress. Interested in leveraging clinical informatics in underserved settings, he was awarded General Electric-NMF-Primary Care Leadership Fellowship, where he engaged in quality improvement efforts addressing increasing cycle times through development of performance widgets utilizing EHR data for providers at a community health center in rural Arkansas. He also completed a research project assessing the barriers and facilitators in patient portal use in a largely limited English proficient population at an FQHC in Seattle. As the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care Fellow, he played an active role disseminating resources and providing an online-platform to address care integration challenges within FQHC setting. Outside of work, he enjoys watching and playing basketball, reading, binge-watching Netflix, and exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer.


PGY-3 Class of 2020

 Danielle Baurer, Temple

Dani grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA with her two sisters, Elana and Talia. She went to undergrad at Northwestern University where she studied Education and Social Policy, soaked up Chicago, and sailed on Lake Michigan. After undergrad she worked at a feminist and trans* health collective, Chicago Women's Health Center. She then returned home to Philly to attend medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, where she got an MA in Urban Bioethics in addition to her MD. Her master's thesis work focused on the racist and eugenicist roots of current day perceptions of teen pregnancy and childbearing, and how the medical community can be better informed and respect reproductive autonomy in caring for teens from marginalized communities. Her professional passions include adolescent health, sexual health/reproductive health, trans* health, and HIV primary care. Otherwise, she loves traveling, cities, live music, and being outside. [email protected]

 Anya Desai, UCSF

Anya grew up in Southern California and Nashville, but her roots and extended family are scattered throughout the Bay Area. She graduated with a BA in History and minor in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and then spent two years living and working in North India with Jagori Grameen, a feminist NGO where she became interested in combining western medicine with other healing traditions. After India, she went back to school at College of Alameda and Merritt College for her pre-med courses while working various part-time jobs. At UCSF, she became interested in the intersection of health and environment in addition to integrative medicine. She is interested in being part of change towards a more just and sustainable health care system, working to challenge institutional racism, classism, and sexism. She also loves to read, cook, spend time outdoors, and is an avid appreciator of visual and performance art. [email protected]

 DJ Freitas, UCSF

DJ was born in Korea, adopted by second-generation Portuguese parents, and raised on 40 acres of farmland in the small town of Loomis, CA. He attended UC Berkeley for undergrad, where he met the love of his life and current partner, and subsequently spent 4 years providing and coordinating health care and housing services for homeless individuals throughout the East Bay. He later joined the PRIME program at UCSF focused on providing care to urban underserved populations where he continued to advocate for the homeless through leading the student run homeless clinic, research, and co-founding an East Bay non-profit focused on providing care to the Oakland underserved. He then returned to UC Brekeley to complete his MPH focusing on health and affordable housing. He is thrilled to be able to continue his training at UCSF and join such an inspiratonal group of physician advocates. His other interests include: poorly playing guitar and basketball, binge-watching Netflix shows, and drinking a good scotch or IPA. [email protected]

 Tara Gonzalez, UCSF

Tara was born and raised in sunny San Diego, moving to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where she found her love for public health and youth development. After college, Tara worked at Berkeley High School as a sexual health educator through Americorps. She then worked in the SFDPH HIV epidemiology unit before attending medical school in the UCB-UCSF Join Medical Program and PRIME program. Tara's master's thesis involved exploring the medical and social decision-making processes of families supporting their transgender and gender expansive kids. She found her way to Family Medicine, wanting to join a community committed to social change, and a field where health is seen dynamically across individuals, families, and communities. When she's not at work, you might find Tara curled up in a cafe with a good book, out in search of new fresh water swimming spots, listening to live music, or fussing with her many plants. [email protected]

 Nicole Gordon, Quinnipiac

 Amulya Iyer, Columbia

Amulya grew up outside of Boston and went to undergrad at Williams College. Prior to medical school at Columbia, Amulya was a middle school teacher and worked in a stem cell lab at Boston University. He could not be more excited to be doing family medicine at UCSF and working at San Francisco General Hospital. [email protected]

 Ed Kobayashi, Quinnipiac

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ed attended UCLA where he studied psychobiology and Japanese language. His interest in the intersection of health, community, and policy was largely shaped through time spent volunteering at health clinics in Nicaragua as well as his engagement in the Japanese American community in SF's Japantown and Little Tokyo, LA. He sought to preserve stories from the Japanese American wartime incarceration and to share them with the greater community as a vehicle for advocacy and dialogue. After college, he completed a post-baccalaureate program at SF State University, then ventured out to the Northeast as a member of the inaugural class at Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He developed an interested in CQI, completing a capstone project that evaluated the impact of lean management implementation on healthcare provider attitudes across multi-specialty outpatient sites. Ed helped create the peer advocacy program at his medical school and was voted by his peers to receive the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award. When not in the hospital, you can find Ed taiko drumming at his Buddhist temple, watching the Warriors, or hiking the variety of Bay Area landscapes. [email protected]

 Elaine Lee, UCSF

San Francisco native, pre-2000 Giants and Warriors fan, foodie.

Elaine went to UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and then attended medical school at UCSF as part of the PRIME-US program. She also earned an MPH at UC Berkeley, where she studied the intersection of class, ethnicity, and emotional wellbeing in community colleges. Her interests include adolescent/under-resourced youth health, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, urban underserved (including homeless and LGBT populations), and palliative care. Her hobbies are food! (burger to omakase), coffee, bouldering, origami, crosswords, and traveling (for food). [email protected] 

 Yuyang Mei, UCSF

Yuyang grew up mostly in Danville, California. He studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at Harvard and again while pursuing an MD/MS at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. His research interests include the links between global health and Western imperialism, and he has also studied the lived experience of caregiving. He is happy to be at UCSF where he hopes to learn to practice community-based medicine that produces social change. In his free time, he enjoys music and dance. [email protected]

 Stephen Richmond II, UCLA Geffen

Stephen was raised in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but has enjoyed living and learning on both coasts and various places in between. Over the last fifteen years, he's called California home with a strong preference for Bay Area culture, climate, and creativity. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and graduate of Solano Community College, completing his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and medical degree at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. While completing his master's at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, he studied the social determinants of health, and soon discerned that a career in family medicine was the ideal path to target both upstream and downstream effectors of health, particularly in vulnerable populations. Stephen is broadly interested in health systems innovation to improve care for the underserved, the intersection of medical education and social justice, and patient advocacy in all of its forms. When not at work, you might find him cycling the coast or immersed in a good book. [email protected]

 Stephany Rush, Morehouse

Stephany was born in Atlanta and grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia. She graduated from Spelman College, and went on to teach 7th grade science with Teach for America in Los Angeles. After two years in the classroom, she joined Community Health Corps where she volunteered at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Santa Monica, California. In this position, she helped to ensure patients had access to health care services by assisting in the enrollment of state- and federally-funded programs. She then moved back home to attend medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is passionate about providing family-centered care. Stephany is interested in erasing food deserts for children and addressing the health disparities that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys indoor gardenining, southern hip-hop, and spending time with friends and family. [email protected]

 Jenni Sneden, UCSF

Jenni grew up in Denver, Colorado where she graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biomedical sciences. She moved to San Francisco to complete a Master's in Global Health at UCSF, after which she worked for a cervical cancer screening program for women living with HIV. During medical school, Jenni focused on primary care advocacy and volunteered at the SFGH Wellness Center. Her interests include chronic disease management, health service disparities, and reproductive health. She enjoys spending time with her husband hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. [email protected]

 Linh Vo, University of Wisconsin

Linh was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Chicago with her family at the age of 9. For three years, she learned English through ESL classes -- something she could not have done without the help of dedicated teachers and mentors. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, she left the Midwest to attend Harvard University, where she majored in Chemistry and gave back to the immigrant community by teaching ESL to third-graders. Thereafter, she returned to the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, Linh found her passion for family medicine, with a particular interest in working with diverse, underserved communities, promoting women's health, and performing clinical procedures. Secretly, Linh had always wanted to live in California and after interviewing at this program, she knew it as the perfect fit! She feels privileged to be working at the General along with all her great co-residents. She current lives in SF, enjoying Golden Gate Park and all the festivities the neighborhood has to offer. Her other hobbies include reading the Harry Potter series, trying different restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. [email protected]

 Katherine Wei, UCSF

Katherine was born and raised on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the weather was so nice she decided she needed to leave California for college in order to experience something different. She went to Rice University in Houston where she studied psychology before moving back to California to attend medical school at UCSF. At UCSF, she cemented her interest in caring for the underserved and social justice through her work with the women's jail, interpersonal violence, and student-run clinics. Katherine's hobbies include hiking, baking, cooking, and eating delicious food with great friends! [email protected]

 Vera Zeldovich, UCSF

Varvara (Vera) Zeldovich was born and raised in Russia, received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Cornell University and completed her PhD at UCSF in placental biology with molecular and microbiological techniques. She subsequently spent several years getting to know healthcare as a venue for advocacy: volunteering as a health education at the Women's Community Clinic and Lyon-Martin Health Services, and volunteering with and serving on the board of ACCESS Women's Health Justice, a Bay Area reproductive justice organization. Upon completion of her MD at UCSF, she matched in Family Medicine at UCSF/SFGH. Her passion in medicine is focused around honoring and empowering people of all genders around their sexual and reproductive health, and bringing intersectional justice into the everyday of primary care. Her clinical interests include family planning, sexual health, gynecology through the age spectrum, as well as palliative and geriatric care. In her free time, she loves zipping around the city on a bike, crafting snail-mail for friends and pen pals, getting into the chilly Pacific ocean, and making art and propaganda with her feminist screen-printing collective ArtBison. [email protected]

PGY-2 Class of 2021

 Crister Brady, UC Davis

Crister grew up in a tight-knit community of ranchers and farmers along the central coast of California near the town of Lompoc. From an early age he was given opportunities to explore the world by bicycle spending months touring parts of the world as a teenager. He attended the United World College for high school in New Mexico meeting friends from all over the world. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he majored in Latin American Studies and Portuguese and became involved in community work centered upon oral histories and racial and housing justice. Before medical school he coordinated a street medicine project in his hometown and worked as a care manager at a federally qualified health center while completing his coursework at community college. At UC Davis School of Medicine Crister was a Rural PRIME Community Health Scholar with significant clinical training in rural hospitals and clinics. He also learned and collaborated with a community of people experiencing homelessness through oral history interviews and health initiatives with the organization Harm Reduction Services. Crister’s clinical interests include community-informed mental health, substance use, and neighborhood health with inspiration from the Cuban health system. He enjoys being outdoors surfing in the ocean and on the trails mountain biking and spending time with his wife Monica. [email protected]

 Nicolas Derr Reyes, UCLA Geffen

Nicolas was born in Los Angeles before settling with his family in Santa Maria, a growing town known for its BBQ and strawberry festivals. He is from a mixed Mexican-American family and was brought up by his family who immigrated from a small village in Jalisco, Mexico. As a first generation graduate, he found a non-traditional route to medicine by following his passion for academic research and growing his mission to mentor individuals from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the biological sciences. At UC Berkeley, Nicolas studied Molecular and Cell Biology and was an integral part of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP), a program that shared his mission. After graduating, he continued to do molecular genetic and developmental biology research with the Amacher lab at the Ohio State University before returning to LA to complete medical school at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Nicolas appreciates his experiences of growing up in Santa Maria, being a part of BSP, and finding leadership roles in LMSA and the LGBT organization at David Geffen School of Medicine. These experiences strengthened his passion to connect with communities facing economic, educational, gender, and health disparities. When possible, he likes to swim/bike/run, maintain some pretty fish tanks, make new friends, and build things all while drinking coffee. [email protected]

 Talia Eisenstein, East Carolina University

Originally born in Chicago, Talia spent her formative childhood years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She headed back to the Midwest for her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan where she obtained a major in Biopsychology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. She was involved in the Prison Creative Arts Project where she learned about and saw first-hand the effects of institutionalized racism through mass incarceration, and where her interest in correctional medicine began. Before medical school she worked on the west side of Chicago at a Federally Qualified Health Center as a nutrition and physical activity educator. This experience confirmed her desire to be a family physician, developed her love of working with Latinx populations, and inspired her to seek a program committed to reducing health disparities. Outside of residency, Talia enjoys trying new restaurants and watching Netflix with her husband, dancing, exploring beautiful Northern California, and traveling internationally whenever she can. [email protected]edu

 Caitlin Felder-Heim, University of Colorado

Caitlin spent most of her early childhood abroad with her family in Antananarivo, Madagascar. After moving back to the US, her family eventually settled in New Jersey. Caitlin attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad, where she played soccer and studied Anthropology. Caitlin then attended medical school at the University of Colorado, where she was a member of the Urban Underserved Track and one of the founding members of The DAWN Clinic, an interprofessional student-run free clinic serving uninsured patients in Aurora, CO. She also took an extra year at CU to obtain her MPH with a focus on community health. Her interests include LGBT* health, obstetrics, and Integrative Medicine. Outside of medicine, Caitlin enjoys being active, music of all kinds, and spending time with her partner and their huge dog. [email protected]

 Emily Hunter-Adamson, Saint Louis University

Emily grew up in Wichita, Kansas and then had an extended stay in St. Louis where she went to Saint Louis University for undergrad and medical school and finally learned what a Billiken is. Emily and her wife Lyndsey (a UCSF peds resident) made the move out to San Francisco with their yellow lab, Teddy. The three of them spend their time exploring the beaches, mountains and many neigborhoods of the Bay Area. Emily fell in love with family medicine way back while shadowing a family doc in high school and has been excited about caring for families and communities ever since. [email protected]

 Cory Johnson, USC

Cory was born and raised in a predominantly Caribbean community in South Florida. Eventually he ventured out to Harvard University, where he studied the History of Science, focusing on the history of medicine and how it is influenced by societal structures. After college, he pursued a public service fellowship and worked as a case manager at Montefiore Medical Center. After this experience, Cory entered medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC knowing he didn’t want just be a physician who is knowledgeable about social determinants of health; he wanted to combat the social barriers that affect the community he serves. During medical school, Cory became very involved in health policy and advocacy working with the American Medical Association, USC’s Preventive Medicine Department, and local organizations in Los Angeles. He chose family medicine because we see patients from all walks of life and all stages of life. We celebrate and mourn with them. We are best positioned to advocate for and engage with communities on a public health level. Cory chose UCSF because every resident and faculty member he met shared the desire to make the world a better place in very tangible ways. He considers his co-residents are some of the coolest, down-to-earth, and compassionate people he’s ever met. In his free time, he hangs out with his colleagues, explores the arts scene in SF, and does a lot of reflective writing. [email protected]

 Carolyn Levin, University of Michigan

Carolyn grew up in Pasadena CA, went east to Bowdoin College and studied environmental studies, became particularly interested in how built environments affect people’s health and particularly how policies disproportionately discriminated against low income communities of color. She returned to medical school at the University of Michigan after a period of time exploring the world and her place in it. Found the Family Medicine encapsulated perfectly her interest in the interplay between communities, policy and medicine and now at UCSF! Also, she likes comic books and biking and baking in what little free time she’s got. The end. [email protected]

 Michelle Lough, UCLA Geffen

Michelle was born and raised in Bay Area to a large family of seven and is thrilled to be back for residency. She attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. While in college, she grew her passion for social justice and community organizing working for local Asian-American community organizations. She continued to work in diverse and marginalized communities prior to medical school while serving in AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps at a local FQHC in the Bay Area as a health educator and smoking cessation counselor. Michelle attended medical school at UCLA, where she was a part of the PRIME dual-degree program. She completed her MPH in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A passionate community activist, she was a founding member of the national grassroots #ProtectOurPatients campaign and a national campaign co-chair for Doctors for America advocating for undocumented communities, and involved with multiple immigrant health advocacy organizations. Her interests broadly include immigrant and refugee health, diversity in medicine, public policy, and HIV medicine. Outside of medicine, Michelle enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and exploring new cities. [email protected]

 Awad Mohamed, University of Arizona

Undergrad: US Naval Academy

Major: Chemistry

Medical Interests: health equity, working with vulnerable populations

Extra Curriculars: Cooking, Cycling, Swimming, Running, Art, Photography, Traveling, Socializing, Time with family and friends

 Adeola Oni-Orisan, Harvard

Adeola Oni-Orisan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended college at Yale where she majored in Biology and developed an interest in women's health in Africa. After college, she went to Harvard for medical school. While there, she found opportunities to volunteer in low-income communities in both Boston and Lagos. Motivated by these experiences she decided to take some time away to complete a PhD in medical anthropology at UCSF/UC Berkeley. Her research examines the role of religion in maternal health in Nigeria. She is excited to be able to stay at UCSF for residency where she plans to continue to pursue her interests in women's and adolescent health along with working to address race and racism in healthcare. She is also very in to ocean activities, team movies, and spending time with family and friends, preferably over a tasty meal. [email protected]

 Michael Snavely, Washington University St. Louis

Mike was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and couldn't be more excited for the chance to train and take care of patients in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF! His parents were public school teachers and Mike attended inner-city public schools growing up, and while he almost became a teacher himself, he found his calling in urban, underserved primary care. Mike also has a strong global health research background, most recently having spent 1 year between the 3rd and 4th year of medical school living in Tanzania and working on a quantitative study of social and health systems barriers to care. He is now working on a qualitative follow up to that project. Mike attended Washington University in St. Louis for medical school, where he was a family medicine orphan, but has since found the light. His interests within family medicine include racial disparities, gun violence, criminal justice reform, women's health and addiction medicine. Outside of the medical realm, Mike enjoys urban bike adventures, quiet spaces in nature for hiking/camping, good whiskey, good fiction, outdoor rock climbing, and ice hockey (which has been hard to find). Feel free to reach out! [email protected]

 Rachel Stones, University of Chicago

Rachel grew up in Robinson, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in psychology, and went on to participate in an immersion program in Xela, Guatemala called Somos Hermanos which focused on learning more about social justice and history of Latin America. She then taught 7th-12th grade sciences and health through Teach for America in San Francisco, and taught 8th grade health for one year in Houston. She attended the University of Chicago for Medical School. Her passions include racial justice, intersectional feminism, reproductive justice, and advocating for a universal, comprehensive single payer national health program. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and spending time with loved ones. [email protected]

 Eric Tam, UCLA Geffen

Eric Tam was born and raised in southern California and was a double bruin, attending UCLA both as an undergrad and as a medical student. During his time at UCLA he was heavily involved with the Mobile Clinic project - a student ran clinic that provides cost-free medical, legal and social services to over 1000 homeless individuals annually. Drawn to addressing health disparities and understanding how we can further use technology to provide care to those that need it most, UCSF for residency was a natural choice. Throughout his time in residency, he hopes to find the intersection between the tech world and the vulnerable populations here in SF with hopes to innovate better care models that emphasizes on both access and value of care. Outside the hospital walls, you can find Eric on the basketball court or offering a co-resident a haircut. If anyone is also in need of company for an outdoor adventure, he is the guy to call. [email protected]

 Nhi Tran, UC Davis

Born and raised in San Diego, Nhi moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where she studied Biology and Ethnic Studies. Her passion for public service and community health led her to Asian Health Services, a FQHC in Oakland, where she served as a prenatal health educator and case manager. She then attended UC Davis School of Medicine and participated in the TEACH-MS urban underserved medicine track, and was deeply involved in diversity and inclusion work. Recognizing the importance of systems level change, she obtained a MPH with a concentration in health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan. Nhi aims to use a critical race theory framework and justice-centered approach to healing and serving. She is committed to addressing racial health inequities through policy advocacy, education and mentorship. Outside work, she enjoys karaoke, adult coloring, and is one of the biggest Chargers fans you will meet, despite her disapproval of the NFL corporation. [email protected]

 Mengya Wu, UCSF

Undergrad: Duke University

Major: Biology

Medical Interests: Team-based care, Primary care transformation

Extracurriculars: Art, Website design, Video editing, Chinese dance, Mindfulness, Meditation, Hiking, Running


PGY-1 Class of 2022


Duron Aldredge, Meharry
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Krystina Begonia, Hawai'i
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Cam Candido, Washington
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Stephanie Chang, Brown
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Calvin Chin, UC Davis
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Sandra Gutierrez, UCLA Geffen
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New Latthivongskorn, UCSF
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Annie Le, UC Riverside
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Thomas Luong, UCLA Geffen
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Irene Ly, UC Davis
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Noelle Martinez, Northwestern
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AJ Millet, Stanford
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Josh Pepper, UCSF
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Yoongi Tom UC Davis
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Maxine Velazquez, UCLA Geffen
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