Co-President

Marvin Valencia, MS III
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marvin Valencia is a first-generation Salvadorian-American who was raised in San Dimas, CA. He has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Latino Studies from the University of California, Irvine and completed his Post-Baccalaureate at California State University East Bay. He is currently a third year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He plans to pursue a career in Family Medicine as well as Sports Medicine where he has huge aspirations to become a Team Physician for sports teams.

Co-President

Lauren Silva, MS IV
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
director.southeast@lmsa.netlmsivla@bellsouth.net

My name is Lauren Silva and I am a fourth year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (GO GATORS). I am very honored and excited to be serving as the LMSA Southeast Regional Co-Director for a second term. Our region is the newest addition to the LMSA family and it has been slowly growing each year. I am looking forward to working with our 2017-2018 board members in continuing to expand our region, united and empower Latino medical students, and organize a successful and influential national conference.

Regional Financial Officer / Regional Public Relations Chair

Diana Otoya
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
otoyadm@vcu.edu / pr.southeast@lmsa.net 

My name is Diana Otoya, I’m the regional board Treasurer and Public Relations chair. I was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the US when I was 7! Being Latina has always been an important aspect of who I am and that is why I am passionate about contributing to our community! I love food, salsa music, having a big family, and social media!

Regional Policy Chair

Nicole McManus, MS II
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of ’20
nicolemc@pcom.edu

Being Latina is a huge part of my identity and shapes how I view myself as an American. My family came to the US looking for opportunity to work hard and provide a better life for us. I find there values of putting family first and perseverance and common in our culture. As such, we are a part of a much bigger family, no  matter your specific heritage.

Regional Information Officer

Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld, MD/MPH Class of ’18
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
i.mayerhirshfeld@med.miami.edu

My name is Ilana. I was born in Mexico City and moved to Los Angeles when I was 15. After high school I moved to Maine and attended Bowdoin College. Now I am a third year medical student in Miami. I love living in Miami because there is a strong and proud Latino community, with people from many different countries in Latin America. I have very much enjoyed working with Spanish-speaking patients during my time in medical school. I am pursuing an MPH degree because after medical school I plan to work on health initiatives to improve access to medical care for Latino patients.

Regional Development Officer

Angie Molina, MS IV
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
molinaam2@vcu.edu

Angie, a first-generation Colombian-American, is originally from Hialeah, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Florida and is currently a 4th year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She is very passionate about empowering Hispanic/Latino youth and aims to merge a career in medicine with community outreach and advocacy. She hopes, in her future career, hopefully, through Medicine/Pediatrics, to provide better healthcare access to undeserved and minority communities.

Regional Development Officer

Ivette Moreno
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
ivettemo@pcom.edu

Student of Colombian decent at GA PCOM studying biomedical sciences. I love my culture and embrace it as I’m so proud to be part of a community with individuals who have so much passion to reach their dreams. 

Regional Mentorship Chair

Nestor Beltre, MS II
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
mentorship.lmsase@gmail.com

Nestor is a Dominican-American raised in Sebring, Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science with majors in Neuroscience and English Literature. He has done research in HIV prevention in at-risk populations in the Miami-Dade area and in cognitive based therapy in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After completing his undergraduate education, Nestor went back to his hometown and taught high school math for two years before continuing with his education. He is currently pursuing his medical doctorate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is interested in primary care and community based education problems to improve the health outcomes of intercity communities. He is passionate about both medicine and education, and is excited to work in both fields as the VP of Mentorship and Scholarship of the LMSA southeast.

Regional Conference Co-Chair

Roxana Navarro, MS II
Miller School of Medicine
mentorship.lmsase@gmail.comrxn221@med.miami.edu

My name is Roxana Navarro and I am currently an MS2 at the Miller school of Medicine. I am the educational coordinator and national conference cochair for the Latin medical student association interest group, secretary of the cardiology interest group, academic society tutor, and was a teaching assistant for the 2017 motivational program hosted by the department of diversity and inclusion. My goal is to be able to serve my local community and help those most in need while passing on the knowledge and experience I have to other future physicians. I also hope to inspire other Latino students to pursue medicine and join us in our journey of bridging the gap!

Regional Conference Co-Chair

Victoria Fernandez
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Victoria Fernandez is a Cuban-American raised in Hialeah, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. She is currently pursuing her medical degree in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and is planning on graduating in 2020. She is interested in pursuing a career in Ophthalmology.  She is looking forward to helping make this year’s LMSA national conference a huge success.

Webmaster

Diana Abarca
University of Central Florida
webmaster.lmsase@gmail.com / dianaabarca2@gmail.com

Diana works for one of the worlds largest Custom Relations Management Computer Company’s in the State of Florida. Born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Florida shortly after graduating elementary school. Continue to pursue education in what she thought was her calling, given the opportunity to grow within the Information Technology field she has now advanced into computer programming. She comes from a large loving Costa Rican family and she’s looking  forward to being part of the 2017-2018 LMSA family to witness and be part of the growth in the medical field with all the hard-working latinos!