A Diverse Group of Student Leaders
Current Executive Board
caleb offield, CO-PRESIDENT
sushmita gorantala, CO-PRESIDENT
Sushmita Gorantala is a senior majoring in Finance with minor concentrations in Biology and Chemistry. After witnessing first hand at how little medical care some were afforded and the disparity of access to care, she joined GlobeMed in efforts to contribute to an impactful change. As Co-President, she intends to educate the local community about the ongoing issues revolving global health equity and social justice. When you can't catch her at school, you can find Sushmita exploring new restaurants, capturing photographs, and keeping up with the Spurs.
Caleb is a senior at UTSA majoring in Biology, in addition to earning his teaching certification. He joined GlobeMed because he feels it is a fantastic outlet that provides limitless opportunities to serve others in our community and beyond. He really has a passion to serve others, and hopes to encourage others to do the same. Caleb has been on mission trips to both South America and India. He is also a leader for the high school students in his church youth group, and volunteers at an after-school outreach for refugees in San Antonio.
Jassmine soto, director of campaigns
Perla Diaz, Director of Communications
Perla Diaz is a senior majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. After graduating from UTSA, she plans on attending graduate school. She’s been a member of GlobeMed for 2 ½ years—two of which she’s held an officer position! She’s truly enjoyed learning, spreading awareness, advocating and educating others about social issues. As the Director of Communications, she hopes to inform others via social media about the great things GlobeMed does for both the UTSA and San Antonio community. Perla enjoys drinking iced coffees from Starbucks (the only item she gets from their menu), thrift store shopping and looking at cute pictures of dogs.
Jassmine Soto is a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently a Health major with a specialization in Community Health and Preventive Services. After Soto completes her Health degree, she plans to work with local and international organizations promoting the health of marginalized groups. She aspires to help reduce health disparities globally and advocate for social justice in her career. Through GlobeMed, her goal is to promote the health of communities in Peru with the chapter’s partner organization, Sacred Valley Health (SVH). She spent five weeks over the summer volunteering in Ollantaytambo, Peru with SVH while living with a host family. Soto aims to continue to build the sustainable relationship between GlobeMed at UTSA and the people of Peru’s Sacred Valley.
karla cortez, co-Director of Community building
Karla is a senior double majoring in Public Health and Sociology as well and a student in the MPH 4+1 program. After she graduates she plans to work abroad with non profits that promote social justice and health equity. During her free time she enjoys discovering new music, running, road cycling, and spending time with her dogs kuma and kuzco.
brian cao, co-DIRECTOR OF COMMUNIty Building
Brian Cao is currently a junior, and is majoring in Public Health focusing on epidemiology and disease control. His plans after graduation is to attend Dental school, to pursue a career as a periodontist. Ever since Brian has noticed the issues around the world regarding global health, he wanted to combat it. He is training to one day compete in the National Physique Committee.
gopinath thangada, Director of Finance
Gopinath is a junior majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology, and is the Director of Finance of GlobeMed. After graduating, Gopinath plans on obtaining an MPH along with an M.D. or D.O., and is hoping to practice in San Antonio and also serve the rural communities. After observing the growing health disparities across the globe, Gopinath joined GlobeMed because he wanted to make an impact on global health. When he is not studying, Gopinath loves spending time with his close friends, driving luxury cars, and watching YouTube videos.
lekhya kintada, grow coordinator
Lekhya Kintada is a Junior Biology major, concentrating in Neurobiology and minoring in Psychology. Her love for Global Health and promoting global health equity pushed her to joing GlobeMed. She is so happy to see the impact the organization is having on the global partner, Sacred Valley Health, and can't wait to make a more direct impact this summer as the GROW coordinator! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading and dancing! She aims to become a doctor that works with Doctors without Borders to continue her pursuit of promoting global health on a more direct scale.
Bharath ram, GHU COORDINATOR
Bharath is a junior in the UTSA Top Scholar Program and the Global Health University Coordinator of GlobeMed. A biology major, Bharath hopes to pursue a career in medicine and is interested in global health. Quality, affordable care, Bharath believes, is a basic human right and all people around the globe should have equal access to healthcare. By being part of the GlobeMed family, Bharath hopes to make an impact on global health and, as ghU Coordinator, hopes to raise awareness and advocacy for important health causes around the world.