Nickey Jafari, Team Leader
Nickey Jafari was born in Tehran, Iran, raised in Overland Park, Kansas, and received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has always had diverse academic interests, majoring in Biochemistry and International Relations with a Philosophy minor in college. Her first international trip outside of visits back to her home country was Egypt the summer after her freshman year, but she fell in love with travel and has gone on to visit over 15 countries, including Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Italy, and Austria. Currently, she is a third year medical student at the University of Kansas. Nickey has always felt strongly about health being a human right and will begin her Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins this summer before finishing her M.D. and pursuing a residency in General Surgery.
Hailey Baker, Team Member
Hailey Baker was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, but has always wanted to experience life outside of the suburban Midwest. In high school, she went on a European tour where she visited 8 different countries and fell in love with spicy food. She went on to receive her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Kansas and studied abroad in Ireland. After college, she pursued medicine at the University of Kansas and has completed her first two years of medical school, but decided to trade out her desks for lab benches this year and work towards her masters of science in clinical research. She hopes her master’s degree will better prepare her to become a physician-scientist in medical oncology and perform international clinical research.
Hebron Kelecha, Team Member
Hebron remembers growing up enjoying sunny, 70° F weather days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with her mother and younger brother. That life was soon left behind and transformed when her family fled Ethiopia as refugees and resettled in Kansas City, KS. Here her family struggled to adjust to the new language, culture, healthcare system and the day-to-day hustle and bustle of being an American family. Through the encouragement of her family, and help of her community Hebron graduated with her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas and is currently a first year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She spends most of her time actively engaged in her studies but when she’s not studying she remains actively committed to advocating for marginalized and underserved communities focusing on the growing refugee population in the Kansas City area.