Hari has been a part of AMSA for 6 years, and has served as a national leader for 2 years, first as Grassroots Outreach Coordinator and later as Grassroots Chair. This year, serving as Grassroots Chair enabled Hari the opportunity to play a leading role in the organization of Advocacy Day at Capitol Hill this year at the AMSA Convention. In addition, webinars were held throughout the year during his tenure as Grassroots Chair, which aided in building advocacy skills for AMSA members, with a specialized webinar to prepare students for Advocacy Day. This upcoming year, 2016-2017, Hari will serve as the Professional Development Chair, and will play a critical role in developing ways to engage students in advocacy, professionalism, as well as other educational aspects that pertain to the future of doctors.
Advocacy Development Coordinator
Kevin Petersen is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, having received his Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences with minors in both Public Health and Biomedical Engineering. His career at USF began as the Director for Community Outreach for the university’s Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association. Kevin later became President of the organization, and as such was in charge of 36 officers and upwards of 800 members. During his term, he led the organization with great success in just two semesters as President. One of his greatest accomplishments regarding PAMSA was in successfully assisting a third time cancer survivor in finding a living kidney donor. In addition to Kevin’s accomplishments through PAMSA, he also conducts research in the field of organic medical synthesis and has presented such research at the 250th annual American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Boston. Apart from all the work, Kevin enjoys playing video games, drawing, cooking, and traveling. As for his future, Kevin plans on starting a Medical Masters program in the Fall, followed by medical school to become an oncologist.
Laté Manuel Lawson-Hellu
Education Development Coordinator
Laté Manuel Lawson-Hellu was born in Lomé, Togo (West Africa) where he lived for 18 years prior to moving to Florida with his family. He is an aspiring physician, currently pursuing a B.A. in Health Sciences at the University of South Florida on a premedical track.
As a non-traditional pre-medical student, Laté would not be where he is now, making made various educational, as well as vital life decisions, without having a big brother guiding his every step. AMSA has been this mighty big brother for him, a refuge for over 4 years at this point. Laté has held several national AMSA positions in the past, and is glad to serve as your Education Development Coordinator this upcoming year!