Board of Trustees

Alexander Chaitoff, MPH - Co-Founder

Alexander Chaitoff, a graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Sheffield, is a current medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Through the Pure Water Access Project and other endeavors, Alex is dedicated to applying data-driven approaches to health issues, and his experiences to date have culminated in research presentations at both national and international venues as well as multiple recognitions, including being named a 2012 Truman and 2013 Marshall Scholar.

Contact Alex by emailing him at alex@purewateraccessproject.org

 

Dheeraj Duggineni - Co-Founder

Dheeraj Duggineni, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, is now a third-year student at the Ohio State College of Medicine. His interest in global health care infrastructure and accessibility has been his impetus for developing the idea for PWAP and co-founding the organization in 2010. Dheeraj aspires to become a driving force in global health advocacy and sustainable development throughout his career.

Contact Dheeraj by emailing him at dheeraj@purewateraccessproject.org

 

Shuvro Roy - Co-Founder and Chairman

Shuvro Roy, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, is now a fourth year medical student at the Ohio State College of Medicine intending to pursue a career in Neurology. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for Pure Water Access Project. Shuvro’s passions include bioinformatics, social entrepreneurship, and education, all of which he continues to pursue within the organization. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University in 2013.

Contact Shuvro by emailing him at shuvro@purewateraccessproject.org

 

Adam Tabbaa, MD – Co-Founder

Adam is currently a resident physician at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center in the department of Internal Medicine.  Adam received his degree in Microbiology from The Ohio State University in 2012 and his Medical Degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2016.

Contact Adam by emailing him at adam@purewateraccessproject.org

 

James Thomas, CPA

James Thomas is the Director of Finance for Pure Water Access Project. James is currently an analyst in the Los Angeles office of the investment bank Houlihan Lokey where he works on various financial advisory, strategic analysis, and valuation projects across all industries. Previously, James worked as an audit associate in the Los Angeles office of Deloitte & Touche and served various clients in the media, technology, and telecommunications industries. James is a certified public accountant and a registered investment banking representative in the state of California. James holds a B.S. Business Administration from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and B.S. Accounting from the University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting.  

 

Annie Zhang

Annie is a fourth-year honors student at Ohio State majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Public Health. She is one of the Senior Research Fellows in PWAP and also serves as the Vice President of Site Engagement for Encompass, a student organization dedicated to bridging the gap between medical and social care in Columbus. She plans to pursue an MD/MPH after graduation.

 

Kathleen Sandman, PhD

Kathleen Sandman received a B.A. in Biology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, then advanced to graduate studies as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where she applied genetic techniques to the study of spore formation in Bacillus. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University, UK on Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal toxins, and at The Ohio State University on chromosome structure in hyperthermophilic Archaea. Most of her research career was devoted to understanding the structural basis of prokaryotic chromatin formed by archaeal histones. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Department of Microbiology at The Ohio State University, and is engaged in a variety of student-led research projects as well as consulting projects for Ohio industries.

 

Fellows

Nader Elkurd

Nader is a fourth year honors student studying Computational Data Analytics and Philosophy.  He is interested in the intersection between statistics, computer science, sociology, and the humanities. Upon graduation, Nader aspires to pursue graduate studies in statistics or a related field and devote himself to work that utilizes his expertise in data science to further social good. When he’s not crunching numbers, Nader is probably settled into a thought-provoking read, playing sports, exploring the outdoors, traveling, or spending time with friends and family.

 

Kaden Zachmann

Kaden is a third-year honors biomedical engineering student. She does research in the Material Science and Engineering Department for Dr. John Lannutti and is working on an undergraduate thesis focused on analyzing diffusion based release through nanofiber membranes. Following her graduation, Kaden looks to attend graduate school and eventually obtain a position as a research engineer for a biomedical device company. 

 

Aman Prasad: Senior Fellow

Aman is a second-year student at OSU. He is majoring in Biomedical Science and hope to pick up a minor in Economics along the way. In addition to PWAP, he conducts Hematology/Oncology research under Dr. Caligiuri and is involved in volunteering at local clinics. Down the line, Aman is looking to pursue a degree in Medicine, with a focus in research. His ever-so dwindling free time is mostly comprised of Netflix/TV binging (although he has yet to find a show quite as good as Breaking Bad), watching movies, and playing frisbee. 

 

Alicia Bao

Alicia is a second-year Biomedical Science student. In addition to PWAP, she is heavily involved in tRNA biology research in Dr. Anita Hopper's molecular genetics lab. She serves as the VP of Site Engagement of ENCompass, the organization in which she first developed an interest in public health. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree.

 

Ravleen Kaur: Senior Fellow

Ravleen is a third-year student at Ohio State majoring in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy with a concentration in Public Management and a minor in Global Public Health. Outside of PWAP, she is a Morrill Scholar and has held leadership positions in Project: Educate XX and Sikh Student Association. Upon graduation, Ravleen hopes to work in a healthcare-related field before going to graduate school to pursue an MPH in Health Policy and Management. Regardless of what the future holds, she plans on writing for South Asian publications like Brown Girl Magazine, LLC forever.

 

Jessica Shakesprere

Jessica is a third year honors student pursuing a dual degree in Neuroscience and Political Science with a minor in Geography. In addition to PWAP, she is a member of TEDxOhioStateUniversity and the managing editor of The Alger Magazine, a student publication for local dialogue and global analysis. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys engaging with the Columbus community through art as a tour guide at the Wexner Center for the Arts. After graduation, she plans on working in the field of public policy before pursuing medical school.

 

Ridhwan Sediqe

Ridhwan is a second-year at Ohio State majoring in Political Science, with minors in Arabic and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He is involved in various organizations and coalitions on campus, but is most interested in studying the strategies of sustainability applied in developing countries. He is especially passionate about shedding light on the circumstances of marginalized communities domestically, and hopes to use his work in PWAP as a platform for expanding this globally. Ridhwan seeks to use for his prior experiences and interests to help PWAP continue to excel in its current projects, while finding new and innovative ways to be an essential part of addressing clean water access issues in the future.

 

Olivia Adkins: Senior Fellow

Olivia is a second-year at Ohio State majoring in Public Management, Leadership and Policy hoping to double major with Strategic Communication. She is a member of the International Affairs Scholars program, Undergraduate Student Government, Student Alumni Council and Buckeye Leadership Fellows. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the non-profit or public sector before attending law school to receive her JD. 

 

Alex Northrop: Senior Fellow

 Alex is a third-year honors student studying public health with a minor in international studies. His interest in water issues stems from related experiences, including work with: the Cuyahoga County Board of Health; the Municipality of Cotacachi, Ecuador; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Aside from Pure Water Access Project (PWAP), he is actively involved in the International Affairs Scholars program, serving as the Academic Chair. Alex plans to pursue a MD/MPH after graduating. 

 

Mahin Hossain

Mahin is a first-year honors, Pre-Med student majoring in Neuroscience witha minor in Public Health. In addition to PWAP, she is a Morrill Scholar and cohort member of Mirrors Sophomore Class Honorary and conducts Neurology research on Motor Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is also a mentor at The Boys and Girls Club, Event Committee Head for A Kid Again, and is heavily involved in the Public Health Student Leadership Council, Global Health Initiative, and MEDLIFE. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree and is passionate about making significant contributions to the field of health-care. In her free time, she is a pen enthusiast and enjoys binging Chopped or Buzzfeed:Tasty videos.

 

Paarth Sharma

Paarth is a first-year Biological Sciences Scholar student majoring in Neuroscience. Aside from PWAP, he is a member of OSU Genesis, which is a Bollywood Fusion dance team, and Humanism in Medicine. Having conducted research in the past at the Cleveland Clinic, he hopes to continue working in a lab in the near future as he actively pursues medical school.

 

Caitlyn Kemnitzer

Caitlyn is a second-year student studying Public Health with a specialization in Sociology. She is a member of the Advocating for Communities and Education scholars program and serves on its leadership council. She also volunteers weekly at Trevitt Elementary School and is a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She enjoys working with children, being outdoors, and watching Netflix documentaries. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue a M.S in biostatistics. 

 

Nicholas Gawry

Nicholas is a first-year honors Mechanical Engineering student. In addition to PWAP, Nicholas works with Engineers Without Borders and Cru at Ohio State, and rides bikes with OSU Cycling Team. Upon graduation, he hopes to join a company or organization committed to doing good business by environmental standards, especially in his home region of the Great Lakes.  

 

Sahithee Batchu

Sahithee is a first-year honors student majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer and Information Science as well as Anthropology. Due to her work with Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, she became interested in environmental and water issues. Apart from PWAP, she is a member of the Eminence Fellowship Program, Biomedical Engineering Society, and she volunteers at local eye clinics. Upon graduation, Sahithee plans on pursuing a dual MD/PhD degree.

 

Harliv Kaur

Harliv is a second-year student studying Public Health with a minor in Clinical Psychology. Outside of PWAP, she is a research assistant in the computational clinical sciences lab in Dr. Ahn’s lab studying impulsivity and decision making in tobacco and drug users. She is also a member of the International Affairs scholars program, Global Health Initiative and serves on the executive board of Sikh Students Association.  Upon graduation, Harliv hopes to pursue her Master’s in Public Health and work in drug addiction and recovery.

 

Priyanka Ram

Priyanka is a second-year Health Science scholars student studying Biology with a minor in Disability Studies. Aside from this, she is involved with Breakthrough Collaborative, is a member of Buckeye Bhangra, and volunteers at Grant Medical Center. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.