OUR

TEAM

Our Team Plays A Crucial Part In Our Work,

Each And Everyone Contributes.

 

Meet Our Talented Group of People!

 

FOUNDERS & EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Melody Chang

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Katelyn Ge

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Melody Chang is a high schooler from Orange County, California. Passionate about public health, she strives to harness her entrepreneurial spirit to innovate in community service.

 

In 2018, she attended the Youth Leadership Conference on Asian Pacific Islander Health at Stanford University, where she engaged in both the lab & social science sectors of biomedical research and saw how it could be applied to fix the fatal flaws of healthcare in underdeveloped areas. As the co-founder of GEMCO, she hopes to continue bringing attention to the inequalities of the global healthcare system and provide equal medical resources for everyone.

 

Particularly interested in the aging population, she is a Young Ambassador of the Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center, through which she serves as a community leader in raising awareness of the needs of the Asian American elderly and assisting their access to essential health care and social services. 

 

At school, Melody is president of Math Club and leads an outreach program where she teaches competition math to underprivileged girls at a local elementary school. She is a Girl Scout Senior and represented her school at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership State Conference. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, play piano, and explore foods from different cultures.  

Katelyn is a high schooler from Orange County, California with a passion for music, humanities, anthropology, and science. She is the cofounder of the Global Equality for Medical Care Organization, which raises awareness to communities with struggling healthcare systems and fundraises for healthcare resources. 

 

Katelyn has been a volunteer at the Office of Public Affairs at Long Beach Veteran’s Affairs Hospital for the past three years. In addition to assisting patients in the clinic, she also wrote informative articles on their website about the healthcare system, HIV and AIDS, etc. 

 

In the summer of 2019, Katelyn joined a medical mission trip to Puno, Peru, where she assisted in both the recovery room and in medical procedures and performed music. Through these experiences, she witnessed the needs of vulnerable populations for proper medical care and limitations of the global healthcare system. Katelyn hopes to raise awareness for a better healthcare system for underserved populations. 

 

At school, she founded the Lawrenceville Music Society club and routinely performs music at senior centers in New Jersey. With her experiences with music for over 11 years, she aims to bring enjoyment to others through her love of the arts. 

Beyond community service, Katelyn is an avid creative writer, musician, and a school varsity team fencer.  

BOARD MEMBERS

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Barath 

Velmurugan

DIRECTOR OF WEB DEVELOPMENT

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Avinash Dhanraj

CO-DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA/MARKETING- EXTERNAL OPERATIONS

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Lauren Pagliari

CO-DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA/MARKETING- INTERNAL OPERATIONS

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Jennifer Chiang

ASSISTANT INTERNAL OPERATIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA/MARKETING

Barath is a First Year Student at the University of Waterloo for the Bachelors of Mathematics degree with a strong passion to pursue Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in medical sectors. Positive-mindset, hardwork and initiative are Barath’s 3 strongest skills for success and together that he gives a hundred percent in everything that he does. With a strong desire to impact society and positively contribute to communities, Barath joined GEMCO. As Director of Web Development in GEMCO, he designed, planned, and created the GEMCO official website. He also maintains the webpage and constitutes changes. 

Avinash Dhanraj is a driven and passionate individual. As a 16-year-old pursuing a Computer Science Degree at the University of Maryland, he enjoys bolstering his passions. Every day he works towards his mission of leaving a legacy; one of impact and lifelong impressions on everyone he meets. To achieve this, Avi uses his interpersonal skills to lead, inspire, and motivate others to become their best. There isn’t a day that goes by in which Avi isn’t dreaming about driving his future Tesla. His passion for technology, leadership, and Tesla form the foundation for everything Avi strives for. As a member of GEMCO, Avi hopes to take one step closer to his dream of creating positive change in the hearts of others. Avi lives his life magnetized by a quote from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren’t in your favor.”

Lauren Pagliari is a high school senior who lives on Long Island, New York. Her passions for biology and medicine push her to seek out ways to give back to underrepresented communities. As Co-Director of Social Media/Marketing (Internal Operations), Lauren designs all of the informational graphics for GEMCO’s media outreach and leads GEMCO’s ambassador program. 

 

At school, Lauren helps run her school’s Medical Club. She is also co-founder of an organization/club that deals with the stigma of mental health in her community. She enjoys spending time in track, key club, cheerleading, and ted-ed club.

 

Lauren is passionate about healthcare because of the amount of variety in the field. There’s always something new to learn since medicine fosters a mindset of constant growth. She loves working with GEMCO because it allows her to translate her passions into something that could make a real impact on somebody’s life.

Jennifer Chiang is a senior at Atholton High School. In her free time, she really enjoys spending time with her cat, reading books, crocheting and watching K-Dramas. One city she could live forever in is Kaohsiung, Taiwan because it’s like a second home to her! She is passionate about healthcare and business and hopes to be able to pursue a career in one of these areas. 

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AMBASSADORS

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Mariana

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Vy

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Nicole

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Yoojin

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Audrey

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Rhea

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Katelyn

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Megan

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Aaron

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Saira

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Kelsey

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Bayarmaa

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Clare

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Josh

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