Meet the PH116 TAs!

Alberta Zagorov

Exam Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name’s Alberta and I’m a third year studying Bioengineering. This will be my third semester being a PH 116 TA and I can’t wait to lead another great section! I took PH 116 my freshman year and really fell in love with the wide range of topics we get to cover, and I can’t wait to be a part of the learning experience. Outside of school, I work as a Peer Educator for Bears that CARE, an active bystander initiative that works to make our campus safer by presenting interactive workshops. In my free time, you can usually find me baking up a storm, watching Jeopardy, or going antiquing for the perfect teacup! I’m so excited for this semester and I can’t wait to meet you all!

Nicole Chiang

Exam Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I’m a second year intending Molecular Cell Biology and Business Administration. This is my second semester as a PH116 TA and I’m so excited to discuss public health ideas with you all during section. I absolutely love public health for its interdisciplinary nature and far-reaching effects and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s perspectives. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, having picnics, and trying out new food spots!

Ria Sood

Exam Coordinator

Hey everyone! My name is Ria Sood, and I am a junior majoring in Public Health. This will be my fourth semester as a TA and second semester as exam coordinator. I am so excited to share my passion for this class and public health in general through my discussion section! In my free time, I love staying active and going on hikes and runs and exploring new trails. I am also a huge foodie and thoroughly enjoy all the delicious food Berkeley has to offer:) Can’t wait to meet you

Riley Nevil

Homework Coordinator

Hi folx, my name is Riley and I am a third year public health major and geospatial information science & technology minor from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. This is my first semester as a PH116 TA. I also worked as an HSI intern in my sophomore year, so I am excited to keep working under the amazing HMAP umbrella! Outside of TAing, I am the IVP of Microfinance at Berkeley, a project lead for Healthcare Consulting Group, and a health intern at the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. Outside of class and clubs I can be found on the glade or on the beach (but definitely never at Moffitt). A fun fact about me is I am certified to farm clams in New Jersey!

Abena BakenRa

Hi everyone! My name is Abena BakenRa (she/her) and I’m a 4th year studying Public Health and Public Policy. This is my first semester as a TA and I could not be more excited to grow and learn with everyone this semester! Outside of 116 I love working with kids, I swim with disabled children and mentor middle school students at Willard Middle. If I’m not volunteering with kids you can probably find me hiking or backpacking in the mountains.

Alyssa Mae Legaspi

Hi! My name is Alyssa Mae and I am 3rd year studying Molecular Environmental Biology and Social Welfare. Fall 2020 will be my first semester as a TA and I am so excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing team and program! As an aspiring practitioner, I hope pursue medicine through a multidisciplinary lens that public heath paves the way for. Outside PH116, you can most likely find me filling prescriptions, spending time with friends, or eating good food!

Katelyn Adame

Hi! My name is Katelyn, and I’m from San Diego. I am a third-year double majoring in legal studies and public health, and I am super passionate about both fields. For fun, I love to go out and try new places in the Bay Area with friends, especially new coffee places.

Graciela Ruiz

Hey Everyone! I’m Graciela and I am 4th year majoring in social welfare with a minor food systems. Fall 2021 will be my first semester as a TA for PH 116 and I’m thrilled to be apart of this team! I took PH 116 last semester and really enjoyed the interdisciplinary structure of the course. Outside of classes, you can usually find me baking, cooking, thrifting, or taking a walk in Berkeley. Excited to meet everyone this semester!

Megan Lau

Megan is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Public Health.

Nate Pola

Hi everyone! My name is Nate Pola and I am a second year Economics major and EECS minor. This is my first semester as a a TA, and I’ve loved being a part of the team so far! When I’m not in class, you can find me playing Basketball, on runs around Berkeley, or playing saxophone. If you see me around campus or on a Zoom call, definitely say hi!

Neha Shah

Hi everyone! My name’s Neha Shah, and I am a current fourth-year interested in the applications of Public Health and the arts. This is my fourth semester being a TA for Public Health 116, and I am so excited to be in a space where students are encouraged to bring their own perspectives and knowledge to the classroom. Beyond Public Health 116, I am involved with Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition and a few marketing organizations. In my free time, I enjoy painting, thrifting, and gardening. Can’t wait to meet y’all!

Sione Markarian

Hey! I’m Sione and I’m a fourth year double majoring in Integrative Human Biology and Public Health. This is my second year as a TA for PH116. I’ve always had an interest in Public Health but usually focused on the clinical aspect of it, so I owe it to this class for really opening my eyes to the many different topics in Public Health from Environmental Health to Nutrition/Food System inequities. As someone who hopes to not only go into the Medical field as a physician, but also make an impact to change the system, PH116 was an amazing introduction to the intersectionality of Medicine and PH. Outside school, I’m either getting coffee, at pilates, or at the beach!

Slyvie Fraley

Sophie Yang

Hi! My name is Sophie and I am very excited to be one of your TAs and exam coordinators this semester! I am a 3rd year Public Health major and Data Science minor interested in environmental health and conservation. I am also part of another HMAP program, HSI, as an intern this semester. In my free time, I love napping, playing piano, painting my nails, and visiting botanical gardens.

Vi Tran

Hi! My name is Vi Tran, and I am a second year Psychology major. I took PH116 last semester, Spring 2021, because I was interested in seeing how the medical field connects with so many social and political issues that are prevalent today. I’m so grateful that I did because I loved all the material that the class taught us, and I hope you all have just as an amazing experience as I did. I’m very excited to be a part of the PH116 TA team this semester for the first time. Outside of all this academic stuff, I love binge-watching TV shows, reading, spending time with friends and family, and snacking on everything in my refrigerator.