Anita Shanker, Team Leader
Anita grew up in the small-town capital of Kentucky where she quickly developed a sense for policy and a definite sense of wanderlust. Luckily, she had the chance to travel by visiting her father’s family in India as often as possible (even in the deadly hot summers!).
In college, she studied everything from Asian philosophy to Anne Boleyn and ended up with degrees in biology and French. Her degrees brought her within arm’s length of the UN and WHO when she spent half a year doing biomedical research (while speaking French) in Geneva, Switzerland. From then on, she turned her gaze to global and public health and now, as a first year medical student, she is determined to maintain it as part of her life at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Connor Appelman, Team Member
Connor is a born and raised Kentuckian who, spent the formative years of his life running and jumping with his friends through the backwoods and rolling fields of his small hometown, Maysville, KY. Maysville is a picturesque and charming rural town in a region of the state well known for producing devilishly handsome, globetrotting social justice warriors. (George Clooney grew up right down the road.) During his time at the University of Kentucky, Connor cultivated his passion for healthcare access and evidence based initiatives both in the classroom and traveling in the mountains of Peru and bustling cities in India. (He has no bizarre appreciation for the scorching heat that he endured in New Delhi.) As a first year medical student at the University of Kentucky, he does his best to balance his time in the classroom by staying close to patients in the free, student-run Salvation Army Clinic. The rest of his time is spent on the basketball court where he hopes to achieve his dream of winning a University Intramural Championship for the College of Medicine.