Meet Our Leadership Team

Our LMSA southeast leadership team works deligently year around to empower our medical students, our local communities, and advocate for Latino health.

Regional Executive Board

Board Members

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Commitment To Excellence

Roxanna Navarro

Co-Director, About

My name is Roxana Navarro and I am third year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors in Biology. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida by exceptional and loving Cuban parents. During my time at UM, I have served as my chapter’s educational coordinator and was one of the co-chairs for the 2018 LMSA National Conference. I am beyond excited to serve as one the SE Regional Co-directors and to work alongside a group of talented student leaders whose goal is to promote health equity and serve our Latino community.

Nicole McManus

Co-Director, About

Nicole McManus is a third year medical student at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences prior to starting medical school. Nicole considers herself a product of the American dream– her mother’s family immigrated from Chile and her father’s family from Ireland. She was born in Queens, NY, raised in Florida, and has been living in the Atlanta area for the past few years while studying at PCOM. Her passions and research interests include mental health awareness, medical education, health disparities, and cultural competency. When she’s not studying, Nicole loves traveling and playing with her 3 dogs.

Manuel Coutinho

Developmental Officer, About

Born in New Rochelle, NY Manuel Coutinho is a Portuguese American student at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA. Prior to medical School, Manuel got his bachelor of science degree in Health Promotion from the University of Georgia. Manuel plans to pursue a career in Pediatrics and aspires to combat health disparities that minority communities face. Outside of school Manuel enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and cooking.

Victoria Fernandez

Developmental Officer, About

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 still undecided on which career path she will ultimately pursue, but is looking forward to exploring specialties throughout her third year of medical school. She is hoping to expand the number of active chapters in the South East and is very excited to take on the role of the Regional Development Officer.

Juan Gallegos

Information Officer, About

My name is Juan Gallegos and I am the Chief Information Officer for the Southeast Region of LMSA, and a current third year medical student at LMU-DCOM. I was born and raised in Mission, TX – a city located on the US/Mexico border. This richly diverse area also happens to be medically underserved, and this is what inspired to pursue medicine. In my pursuit, I graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biology, and subsequently received a MS in Medical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Ultimately, my goal is to help the underserved Latino population that inspired me to pursue medicine.

Nichole Ramirez

Financial Officer, About

Nichole is a first generation Colombian-American raised in Ocala, FL. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Florida State University and went on to earn her master’s degree in Biomedical Science at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Currently, Nichole is a second year medical student at VCU. She is passionate about serving the Hispanic community and is honored to represent the Latino(a) population in health care. She hopes to continue expanding the LMSA Southeast region and is excited to advocate for our community alongside the 2018-2019 regional board.

Mariana Martinez Telleria

Mentorship/Scholarship Officer, About

Mariana is originally from La Paz, Bolivia. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently in her fourth year of medical school. She aspires to become an OB-Gyn who dedicates her career to serving minority and underserved communities. She is very proud of her cultural heritage and wishes to continue to encourage and support other Latino medical students through mentorship and scholarship.

Ramses Perez Jr.

Webmaster, About

Born in Havana Cuba, Ramses is a Cuban-American medical student at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, FL. Before medical school, Ramses began a previous career in nursing, where he worked as an inpatient RN in step-down as well as the emergency department in Miami. Working with diverse patients with low-socioeconomic status, particularly in the ED, he realized there is still quite a gap between medical care that minorities receive, compared to the majority. Ramses is interested in providing future medical/surgical care to minorities, particularly those that have decreased access to care, and present with more advanced, yet often treatable conditions. Ramses is also interested in medical education and hopes to pursue an academic career where he can be involved in teaching medical students and residents in the future. Outside of medicine, Ramses enjoys photography, traveling, playing guitar, and well, building websites!

Leadership Goals

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Advocate For Latino Rights

Staying informed and participating in campaigns at the local, state and national level aimed at reducing minority health disparities as well as protecting our Latino students’ rights and making sure their voices are heard. 

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Provide Medical Student Support & Opportunities

Unite latino medical students and provide them with the resources, financial support, and leadership opportunities that will help ensure a successful career. 

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Educate Our Latino Community

Promote public health awareness and education through health fairs, service events, and early intervention programs to prevent and decrease disease within the Latino community. 

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Promote Community Service & Volunteerism

Collaborating with other local organizations and student groups to provide our underserved Latino community with the resources necessary to lead a happy and healthier life.

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Minimize Healthcare Disparities

Investing time and resources in initiatives that increase accessibility and quality of healthcare among Latinos such as local free clinics, cultural competency workshops, and medical Spanish classes.

“I am beyond excited to serve as one the SE Regional Co-directors and to work alongside a group of talented student leaders whose goal is to promote health equality. Please join us at our annual regional conference early spring 2019 and help support our Latino community!”

Roxanna Navarro

Co-Director

Health Equality & Improved Latino health is Our Vision

-LMSA Southeast