Quad

Description of QUAD

Megan Chiu - President

Hi! My name is Megan Chiu. I am the current president of Purdue Timmy Global Health. My role consists of establishing the direction of Purdue Timmy Global Health, overseeing day-to-day activities, and planning all general member and executive committee meetings. I've been with Timmy for my entire college career and have really loved it. It is a really amazing organization for a great cause with incredibly passionate people. Timmy has a really special place in my heart, because it is the first time where I've felt, as a student, empowered to make a difference in the field of global health. Often times in health care, it's hard to feel that you are making a difference without being a medical professional or having certain certifications. Timmy changed that for me. As Dr. Chuck like to put it, "We were not all born to be doctors and nurses, we were all born to be healers." We, as students, can truly make a difference in the lives of others. It is also incredibly inspiring to be a part of an organization that strives to do everything ethically and sustainably. Not only having a passion to help and heal others, but do so with direction and compassion. Working with local nonprofit organizations, assessing and truly listening to the needs of the people, working to provide continuous care, and finding long-term solutions to global health issues, all these and so much more make Timmy truly an inspiration to me.

Varsha Kumar - Vice President of Advocacy

My name is Varsha, I'm a junior majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences and I'm the current VP of Advocacy for Purdue Timmy. I plan advocacy events for Global health around campus as well as oversee the Advocacy branch of Timmy. I got involved my freshman year by instituting the sunglasses drive for Timmy through Development Committee and going on the Domestic spring break trip. Sophomore year I was Programs director and helped plan global health week as well as went on the medical brigade to Ecuador. Timmy is such a unique organization in campus in the sense that we do so much and work so hard to create opportunities for everyone, regardless of major, age, or interests. Within Timmy I have found such a close knit community of passionate, incredible people dedicated to the mission of providing service to those who need it most. Through Timmy I have not only been able to give back to diverse communities in such a meaningful way but also develop my passions and leadership abilities. Global health is such a pressing issue today and I am so lucky to be a part of Timmy's impact both globally and locally!

Puneet Anantharam - Vice President of Finance

Hi I'm Puneet Anantharam, and I am this year's Vice President of Finance. My first real experience with Timmy was the Ecuador medical brigade during the spring break of 2015. Due to seasonal allergies and the altitude change, I was actually sick for the first half of the week. Even though that was the case, I can still say that it was probably the best week of my entire life. Throughout the week, I was able to learn that impacts on global health can be made without a medical degree. Education is a bigger part of the story than people make it out to be. Ultimately, I realized that continuing to provide care for people in need will help, but it will not solve the global health challenges we face today. I became motivated through Timmy’s mission and focus on education and advocacy to get more involved. My junior year, I became one of the fundraising directors where I was able to lead Timmy Tailgates and plan our 2nd Annual Benefit Concert. This year I am serving as the VP of Finance in a role that is more geared toward supporting my Finance Directors and setting up future Purdue Timmy members with the tools necessary to make a larger impact on the health of local and global communities. What I love most about Timmy is the organization’s emphasis on continuity of care for these communities and educating them about their health so they can eventually take care of themselves without our help.

Rupali Gautam - Vice President of Service

Hello! My name is Rupali Gautam, and I am serving as this year's Vice President of Personnel. I've been involved with Timmy Global Health since my freshman year, when I served on the Banquet Committee and went on the Domestic Trip to Atlanta for the first time. As a sophomore, I was selected as a co-trip leader for the trip to Atlanta, and this year I will be going to Quito, Ecuador with a group of amazing students. All of my Spring Breaks so far at Purdue have been committed to Timmy, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Service is something I'm truly passionate about, and being able to give back to various communities, even when I'm on a break, is not only rewarding but always eye-opening, especially to the problems so many people face when it comes to access to healthcare. What I love most about Timmy is that everyone involved in this organization is so passionate about the mission to provide equal access to sustainable and quality healthcare to everyone. Since Timmy does send a different chapter to all of their locations every couple of months, those people always have access to quality healthcare, and that's not something a lot of global non-profits can provide. Being involved in Timmy has given me the opportunity to actually make a difference in the world.

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