At the beginning of the summer of 2019, CLCD will host students to work on research relating to developmental disabilities in Ghana.


CLCD's 2019 Intern Cohort


Mary Mitchell

Mary Mitchell is a recent Oakland University (OU) graduate with a degree in Wellness and Health Promotion. Throughout her education she has studied disparities in health and their causes, methods of attaining better health and wellbeing, and how to promote and improve health in others with cultural competency. While attending Oakland University, Mary served on the board of OU’s American Association of University Women chapter, which seeks to educate and empower women with skills to help them enter the workforce, negotiate salary, and pursue leadership roles within their fields. She was also a member of OU Feminists which works to advocate for the rights of minorities and raise awareness about institutional injustice. Mary is passionate about advocating for accessible healthcare for all people, especially comprehensive sexual and reproductive care. In the future she plans to pursue her master’s degree in public health, and work in community health education and promotion.


Lauren Wolanin

Lauren Wolanin, a junior at Oakland University studying Health Sciences with a nutrition concentration. I work for University Housing as a Resident Assistant for freshman. I plan to get my masters and proper certification to go on to become a Registered Dietician. My long-term career goal is to work in an in-patient eating disorder clinic with adolescents! In my free time I volunteer at various on campus events, provide care for children in foster care, and plan events for my residents. I had the opportunity to visit Dine, Haiti two years ago and I developed a passion for global health. I hope to use my knowledge effectively and learn more about global health!

Claudia Gaither

Claudia Gaither is a junior at Yale, majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She was born in Athens, Georgia, and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2016. Claudia has worked with the Caccone lab at Yale for the past two years, on projects focused on population-level genetic analysis of both tsetse fly and hookworm species, with implications for vector control and public health policy. She also works as a senior counselor for LEAP (Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership), a nonprofit that provides after-school tutoring for elementary and middle school students in New Haven public schools. Claudia is a staff writer for the Yale Politic, Yale’s political publication, and a member of Shaka, Yale’s only Polynesian dance group. After graduating, Claudia hopes to pursue a Master’s of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology, and to continue research in parasitology or vector-borne diseases.


Devin Diggs

Devin Diggs will be a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame during the 2019-2020 school year. He is majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and plans to minor in Data Science. Devin is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, a comprehensive merit scholarship that provides summer enrichment funding for students to have internship, service, and research opportunities. On campus, he is the Sophomore Class Vice President, a volunteer at the Early Childhood Development Center, and plans on researching resilience in mothers and children after domestic violence exposure.


Raychel Burke

Raychel Burke is a senior studying Exercise Science at Oakland University. While working her way through school she has studied the interrelations of physical fitness, disease prevention, stress management, nutrition and overall health promotion. Raychel practices fitness in her daily life and enjoys encouraging others to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health.


Victoria Fonzi

Victoria Fonzi is a second year student at the University of Georgia. She splits much of her time between volunteering with UNICEF USA at the local, state, and national levels and working on a neuroimmunology research project. However, she also finds time to teach GED lessons at the Athens-Clarke County prison, mentor a local high school student, and lead a 5th grade small group at her church. Victoria has been honored to be part of the UGA Foundation Fellowship and Stamps Scholarship communities. With degrees in cellular biology and health policy and management, she hopes to pursue a career as a physician in the field of maternal and child health

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