Regional Executive Board

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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.


Lauren Silva, MS IV
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

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 / 

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

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

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

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

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

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 ,
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Born in San Bernardino, CA, Philip experienced a nomadic lifestyle allowing him to explore many different cultures. The constants in Philip’s life were family and the sport of wrestling. At the age of 18, Philip served as a combat medic in Iraq. Upon returning, he wrestled at UNC-Chapel Hill before forfeiting his career due to injury. Upon completion of his B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill, Philip completed a post-baccalaureate program at UNC-Greensboro. It was not until he gained a hand from the Medical Education Development program at UNC-Chapel Hill that Philip, at age 28, gained entry into UNC’s School of Medicine. He is now the Co-President and a founding member of UNC’s very own Latino Medical Student Association. Philip will never forget the times in his life when a mentor would have eased his journey and wishes to aid in extending a hand to others.

Regional Conference Co-Chair

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

Alexandra is from Caguas, Puerto Rico and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physiology at the University of Arizona. She has done research with the Down Syndrome Research Group at the University of Arizona and has also done research on pulmonary hypertension with the University of Colorado. She is currently pursuing her medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She is interested in working to serve the underserved minority community in the United States. She is hard-working, determined and very excited to work as VP of fundraising this year at LMSA southeast.



Diana Abarca
University of Central Florida /

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!