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President: Helen Lindau

Helen Lindau is a MPH candidate in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She currently works as a research assistant under Dr. Phillippi at the Institute for Public Health and Justice. There she assists with an evaluation of a national mentoring program that supports children of parents who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.  Before attending LSUHSC SPH, Helen graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in International Studies and Anthropology. Since graduation Helen has worked at Eden House, a transitional home for women leaving lives violence, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets as well as at Tulane University School of Medicine in the Microbiology Department.

Nichelle Taylor – Vice President

Nichelle Taylor is an MPH candidate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is currently working in the field of veterinary medicine in relation to both emergency and domestic exotics/local wildlife medicine. Aside from being a person very skilled within veterinary medicine, she has also partakes in relief work with Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), who provide aid and assistance to those affected by natural disasters. Nichelle hopes to use her studies post graduation from the MPH program to continue to work in aiding in ways to preserve the resources of the environment that negatively limit the survival of the animals and puts the health of the public at a subjective cost.

Kamari Fletcher – Evaluation Chair

Kamari Fletcher is a native of Sacramento, California. She is currently getting her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at LSUHSC. She receiver her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from Xavier University of Louisiana. Kamari has previous research experience in lung cancer, breast cancer, and molecular biology through the NIH funded program, BUILD. She is currently working with Dr. Stephen Phillippi on a research project assisting with data culmination of a national mentoring program that support children of parents who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol through SOAR. Her specific interests in research are breast cancer, lung cancer, and maternal health.

Jasmin Plowe – Education Chair

Jasmin Plowe is a native of Franklin, LA.  She is currently getting her MPH in Epidemiology. She received her BS in Kinesiology/Pre-med from LSU in Baton Rouge. On campus, Jasmin serves as the Education Chair for SOAR. She is currently working with Dr. Edward Trapido and Dr. Tekeda Ferguson on a research project involving diabetes through SOAR. Her specific interests are research in diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic related illnesses.