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The Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA), consisting of an Executive Council, a Senate, and CUNY University Student Senate (USS) delegates, is supported by Student Activity Fee funds to fulfill its responsibilities to serve the CUNY SPH student body. We are a voice for you, here for your needs, and here to advocate for you. With your input, we can help create opportunities and space to enrich the student community at CUNY SPH.

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GSGA 2019-2020 Officers 

 Executive Council 

Pavan Lohia, President

MPH Concentration: Community Health and Social Sciences

Pavan Lohia is the President of the Graduate Student Government Association for 2019-2020. Originally from Southern California, Pavan moved to New York in 2018 to expand his passion for healthcare and pursue higher education. Alongside serving the students of SPH, Pavan is also a clinical researcher at Mount Sinai, partner of a healthcare company, and the CEO of his brand PavLyfe. Pavan is enjoys spending time traveling, attending Tiesto concerts, and spending time with friends & family. He also has a passion for research in areas like air pollution, infectious diseases, and trauma. His prior research experience has been in areas of health interventions, sleep apnea, and World Trade Center survivors.  Pavan’s goal as President is to increase student engagement through addressing student needs and improving services of the GSGA. Pavan plans to work with his team to create new opportunities that showcase our diverse and talented student body to New York City and across the world. His advice to students is “be active, voice your ideas, and work together to create a better tomorrow.” Pavan looks forward to serving as your President.

Pavan invites students to send him an e-mail for any questions or concerns.

Zoe Schacht-Levine, Vice President

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Zoe Schacht-Levine is currently pursuing her MPH in public health policy and management. Her passions include healthy and delicious cooking and eating, yoga, biking, swimming and anything that has to do with nature. She is committed to environmental justice and believes in supporting local agriculture and small farmers as a way to combat food deserts and economic health and wealth disparities. She is a huge animal lover and currently works at an animal hospital in Brooklyn as the office manager/receptionist. Her life goals include improving school lunches, transforming health education, increasing environmental protections and overhauling the prison industrial complex. Feel free to ask her anything, especially if it has to do with the environment, animals or food. She is so excited to serve as your Vice President for the 2019-2020 school year.

Tamara McDonald, Treasurer

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Tamara McDonald (she, her), is one of the Graduate School Governance Association’s Senator for 2019-2020 academic school Year and is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from CUNY School of Public Health. She works full-time as the Health Center Coordinator, at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Tamara has a solid background in healthcare administration and policy. She would like to continue to focus on Public Health policies that affect the quality of care and think of innovative ways to improve care. What drives her is knowing that she is among a great group of individuals on campus!


Melissa Carreño, Communications Officer

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Melissa is in her second year of the MPH program and is concentrating in Health Policy and Management. Currently, she works full-time as the Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Health Centers at Urban Health Plan. Melissa has two goals she wants to accomplish after graduating: 1) To become the director of a health center and help provide patients with quality care 2) give back to students by teaching at Lehman College. Melissa served in Student Government in 2012-2015 at Lehman College as well as the University Student Senate (USS). She looks forward to working with GSGA and is excited to provide her fellow classmates with engagement during their time here at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. Nonetheless, she is thrilled to be your new Communications Officer! Fun Fact:  Melissa enjoys running, karaoke and reading!


Carly Luk, Masters Senator & USS Alternate 

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Carly is a master’s Senator and USS Alternate on the SPH GSGA. She has been at SPH since Spring 2018 and joined GSGA in Spring 2019, and it has been great for her to represent our small but growing school. At SPH, she is working towards her MPH in Health Policy and Management. Carly is most interested in exploring gaps and inequities in our health care system and how we could possibly bridge them, especially for immigrant populations (since she is Chinese-American). Outside of school, Carly is also a Clinical Research Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where she works in clinical trials for breast cancer.

Oyinkansola Akinde, Senator

MPH Concentration: Community Health and Social Sciences

Oyinkansola is a master student concentrating in Community Health. She believes health is the foundation for living a happy and fulfilling life. She wants to serve the student community to create a conducive environment that encourages our growth as students and as humans being. She is interested in topics of access to basic amenities such as drugs, food, water, and housing.  As senator she will listen and use the platform entrusted with her to make the experience of students as impactful and communal as possible. She hopes that together we can create a community that allows students to be all that they can be.

Jennifer Carmona, Senator

DPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management  

Jennifer Carmona is a 5th year doctoral student in health policy and management.  Her research concerns the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and its relationship to hospital ownership type.  Jennifer is a lifelong New Yorker and works at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of HIV.  At the NYC Department of Health, she guides technical assistance services for Ryan White Part A-funded programs.  Jennifer earned her BA and MPH from Columbia University.  In her free time, she enjoys thinking about what to have for dinner and the New York Mets.


Allyson Gatto, Senator

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Allyson Gatto is a second-year student working towards her master’s degree in Health Policy and Management. She currently works as a Philanthropy Fellow at the New York Community Trust, and focuses on grants related to biomedical research, health, behavioral health, special populations, and the environment. Her undergraduate training is in Therapeutic Recreation and she enjoys working with older adults. Allyson’s interests include access to care; environmental justice; and exploring ways to address the social determinants of health. In her free time, she enjoys exploring parks around New York City, spending time with friends, and watching television. She’s looking forward to another great year at the school, and is excited to help serve our community.


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