Students

Elena Macias

Elena Macias, CQOR Student President, is currently an undergraduate student of Biology at Montclair State University with a minor in public health. She is part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honor Organization and the Leadership Development Certificate Program on campus. She has worked as a Medical Assistant for four years at Capo Medical Associates. After completing her bachelors of science, she will be attending New York Institute of Technology to obtain her masters in Physician Assistant studies. After obtaining her degree she wants to work in the Emergency Department. A fun fact about Elena is that she is a certified ecological guide for Farallones de Cali National Park in Colombia and she also played the piano and sang for a band for more than 3 years during her childhood.

Sebastian Opar

Sebastian Opar, CQOR Student Vice-President, is currently an undergraduate student studying Biology at Montclair State University with a minor in Public Health. He is involved in many different leadership positions and organizations throughout campus, such as Residence Life, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the Leadership Development Certificate Program, as well as other various externships in the medical field. Sebastian loves helping others and dedicating his time to someone in need, and he always incorporating himself into the medical field to gain as much exposure from the world of health and medicine. He believes that laughter is the best medicine, and that even just a simple smile can go a long way. Sebastian plans on obtaining his B.A. in Biology and continuing in the medical field becoming a Physician Assistant.

Georgette Hamwi

Georgette Hamwi is currently an undergraduate Biology student at Montclair State University with a minor in Public Health. She is part of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as a Dean’s list student. She is also a part of the Leadership Development Certification Program (LDCP). She has volunteered at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and the Clifton Public Library with over an accumulation of two-hundred hours. She also has a Certified Nursing Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician certifications that were acquired during her high school career. She has worked at a nursing home and a doctor’s office before, but currently she is working at a pharmacy and she is truly loving the environment and atmosphere of that specific field. After obtaining her B.S. in Biology, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine, but more specifically in Endocrinology. When she was younger, she used to play the violin, but unfortunately had to quit when she attended a high school that was outside of her district which did not contain a strings orchestra. Lastly, although many are usually shocked to hear it, her first language is Arabic and is the predominant language she speaks at home with her family.

Maira Lozano

Maira Lozano is currently an undergraduate Biology student with a minor in Public Health in Montclair State University. She is part of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Leadership and Honor Organization and is a Dean's list student. She plans to become a DPT (Doctor in Physical Therapy) and work for a professional soccer team in Europe to travel the world. Yet for now, she volunteers at Hackensack Hospital in the total knee and hip replacement department and in Pro Staff Physical Therapy in Clifton. She worked as an EMT for two years, along with side jobs like personal trainer, banquet server, and a hostess in a five-star restaurant. However, she intends to drop all the part time positions and work as physical therapist assistant. Her motto is "just do it," believing that yesterday is over and today is your only chance.

Sheria McKoy

Sheria Mckoy is currently a graduate student at Montclair State University. She is in the combined Masters in Nutrition and Food Science and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) programs. In addition, she is in the Nutrition and Exercise Science Certificate Program. She is one of the advertising coordinators at the center. She currently serves in the United States Navy Reserve, has her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and leads a component of a non-profit organization at her church called HOPEww. With HOPEww, the focus is on helping the disadvantaged in local communities and internationally. She recently completed her second full marathon in which she ran and is currently fundraising on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help fight against blood cancer. She is passionate about empowering others to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she is interested in the way food impacts the body physically and mentally. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician and utilize her nutrition education in her practice. As a physician, she hopes to travel to underserved countries to give of her time and expertise. Sheria loves salsa dancing, despite being a novice at it, she loves taking lessons and dances when she can.

Bianca Mendez

Blanca E. Mendez is currently a undergraduate at Montclair State University (MSU) pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She has been involved in different leadership positions on campus such as being a teacher assistant in Biology research lab and Treasurer and President of the Biology Club. She was also secretary of CQOR for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Blanca has done research with The Science Education Alliance and the Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA PHAGES) which is known as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at MSU. Her research involved finding an alternative way, using bacteriophage, to eliminate Tuberculosis since everyday bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. She has also attended Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston and a trip to Washington, DC for the joint advocacy day and Obesity Week video shoot on May 2015. Currently Blanca is aspiring to bring the joy, passion, and curiosity of science to students in High School as well as serve as a role model to students. She is doing her residency as a student teacher in Newark in hope to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM. On her free time, Blanca likes to hike and continue to learn languages.
Fun fact: Alex Sensation is Bianca's second cousin.

Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya is currently a biology student at Montclair State University. After holding positions of leadership throughout his education in his native country (Colombia) he became fascinated with the ideology of helping others. This lead him to work in the medical field acquiring basic pharmacology knowledge as a pharmacy technician. After completing his B.S. in biology, Juan desires to become a cardiovascular surgeon that will allow him to do what he enjoys the most, help others.

Former Students

  • Amit Persaud - Biology
  • Anna Kwiatek - Nutrition
  • Danielle Spataro - Public Health
  • Deema Tamimi - Biology
  • Dylan Bailey - Nutrition
  • Emily Cruz - Biology
  • Jenie Kunnipparampil - Biology
  • Jessica Tan - Biochemistry
  • Julian Litrento - Nutrition
  • Kaitlyn Marshall - Nutrition
  • Kateryna Mykhaylova - Biology
  • Kofi Armah - Biology
  • Lucille Tang - Nutrition
  • Maria Castro - Mathematics
  • Mirna W. Halawani - Mathematics
  • Nicholas Jascewsky - Biology
  • Rhiannon McMahon - Nutrition
  • Ricardo Berrios - Nutrition
  • Robin Bach - Nutrition
  • Sharmin Uddin - Biology
  • Syeda Islam - Biology
  • Tasnia Aftab - Biology
  • Victoria Bodrato - Nutrition
  • Victoria Vasquez - Nutrition