SSA officers 2019-2020

The Sloan Student Association (SSA), through social and education activities, serves as a vital link between students and others affiliated with the program, including faculty, administration and alumni.

SSA’s core functions are to facilitate community involvement, provide opportunities for professional development and help achieve national recognition of the Sloan program.

Off campus, the SSA provides volunteer opportunities for students to serve Ithaca and the local health care community.

Officers meet regularly with program administration, attend Sloan Alumni Association board meetings, lead the Sloan American College of Healthcare Executives student chapter, help plan the colloquia series, and advocate on behalf of the program and its students.

Meet our Officers

Madeline (Maddie) Haftel is a proud member of the Sloan Program Class of 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College as a Public and Community Health major with a Writing minor concentrating in health education and equity. She gained clinical experience in the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department as a Technician exhuming her underlying passions for systems thinking and problem solving. Immediately prior to attending Sloan, she completed a one-year post-undergraduate Fellowship with Cornell Health to match her knowledge with the skills she would need to create these system-wide solutions. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys running, yoga, and all things outdoors.

As President, Maddie will be facilitating collaboration and communication for the success of activities desired by the SSA general body members, the SSA E- Board members, The Sloan Program Administration, and the Sloan Alumni Association, serving as an Executive Board Member of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) and as the graduate student representative of the University Assembly (UA), and acting as a liaison between the Alumni Association, the College of Human Ecology, and Sloan Administration. She is thrilled and honored to be serving the SSA for the 2019-2020 academic year as President, and is excited to welcome and engage everyone into the Sloan family! | LinkedIn/madelinehaftel

Jean Marte is a member of the Sloan Program Class of 2020. Jean earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Florida International University in 2014. He interned and subsequently worked at Broward Health in the International Department for four years . As a patient representative, Jean learned how valuable and impactful the intersection between hospitality and healthcare can be. In his time at Broward Health, Jean managed the Maritime Clinic weekend operations and reduced patient wait times by 3 hours. He was shortly promoted to lead patient representative and served as a point of contact and reliance for all team members. Moreover, Jean joined Toastmasters International club 9400 and climbed the ranks until he became president of the club. Under his leadership, the club went from 8 to 40 members. He has worked with United Way of Broward County, Broward Health’s children toy drive, and served as director during Sloan Visit Day. Jean enjoys going to the gym in his spare time, volunteering at the local animal shelter, playing video games, and trying new restaurants. He hopes to one day lead a healthcare organization.

As VP of Finance, Jean will support all functions of SSA through proper fund management. Creating a budget for planned events, coordinating with administrators and key stakeholders, and managing the SSA account are at the core of his duties. Moreover, Jean plans to support the club in anyway possible. He is excited to serve SSA and welcome everyone into the Sloan Program.| LinkedIn/jeanmarte

Annie M. Wainwright is a member of the Sloan Program Class of 2020 and an alumna of Ithaca College, where she earned her  B.S. in Health Care Management. Annie achieved her New York State Advanced EMT - Critical Care Certification while completing her undergraduate degree and actively volunteers with her local EMS agency. Volunteering opened her eyes to how healthcare in the prehospital setting affects care and patient experience throughout the healthcare continuum. Annie is devoted to using her health administration education and emergency medicine background to address chronic disease management, clinical operations, and unorthodox paths of care.

As the VP of Operations, Annie works closely with the President and VP of Finance to ensure the execution of planned SSA programming and supports the logistical needs of all executive-board members. Additionally, Annie plans to continue past tradition of executing Breaking Bread dinners, an opportunity for Sloanies to connect in a small groups and bond over conversations and food.| LinkedIn/annawainwright

Negin Alizadeh-Rad is currently a second year MHA student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and minor in Spanish from the University of Louisville. Prior to Sloan, she worked at the University of Louisville Department of Otolaryngology as a medical scribe and a financial assistant. In the summer between her first and second year at Sloan, Negin will intern in the Department of Quality Improvement Consulting at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In her free time, Negin enjoys eating out, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She is incredibly excited for the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and bring in a variety of organizations for corporate briefings. | LinkedIn/nalizadehrad

Bob Kaleel is the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Sloan Student Association and a member of the Sloan Program Class of 2020. Bob graduated in 2019 with a BS from Cornell University with a Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. In the summer between his first and second year at Sloan, Bob will be working at New York-Presbyterian this summer in the Sustainability department. He is originally from Cleveland and loves all things Cleveland especially the Browns. In his free time, Bob loves to play basketball, go on hikes, and spending time with friends.

As VP of Internal Bob is in charge of organizing social events in order to to celebrate Sloan’s diversity and promote cohesion between the first and second-year classes. Some our of main social events include a homecoming tailgate, culture night, etc... | LinkedIn/robertkaleel

Jacob Viktrup is the Vice President of Recruitment for the Sloan Student Association and a member of the Sloan Program Class of 2020. As V.P. of Recruitment, he is responsible for ensuring a smooth transition of first-year students into graduate school while aiding in recruitment of qualified Sloan candidates. Jacob’s interest in healthcare administration began while volunteering at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital where he served as a patient liaison and supported clinical staff prepare for patient arrivals. This experience inspired him to improve patients’ lives and the overall experience of care on a broader scale as an aspiring administrator.

Jacob earned his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy from Indiana University. A dual-citizen of Denmark and the United States, he enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. He also enjoys participating in intramural sports and staying active. | LinkedIn/jacobviktrup

Lynh Nguyen is a member of the class of 2020  in the Sloan Program in Health Administration. Prior to attending  graduate school, Lynh received her Bachelor’s of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). During much of her time at UF, Lynh gained clinical experience while working on the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital where she met brave and resilient patients and their families who have inspired her to pursue a career in Health Administration. Also during her undergraduate career, Lynh was also involved with a Pediatric Neuropsychology research project, held leadership positions in Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon and UF Student Government. She is spending her Sloan summer internship at the Cleveland Clinic in the Digestive Diseases and Surgery Institute in Ohio. Lynh is pursuing Healthcare Administration to improve access and quality for every patient that encounters the system. Lynh loves to spend time with her friends and family back in Florida, going to the beach, and eating lots of sweets!

She currently serves on the SSA Board as the Vice President of Community serves where she hopes to bring Sloan closer to the Ithaca community and other organizations on the Cornell campus. During her time as VP of Community Service, Lynh hopes to build a relationship between Sloan and the medical centers around Ithaca. | LinkedIn/lynh-nguyen713

Miriam K. Peters is a second-year MHA candidate in the Sloan Program in Health Administration class of 2020. Before entering graduate school, she earned her B.A in Classical Studies at Hunter College in New York City. For the last four years, she's worked as a Pharmacy Technician educating herself on the payer side of healthcare, as well as pharmaceutical policies in the United States and internationally. Along, with her experience in the pharmacy, Miriam is passionate about health disparities in underdeveloped countries, especially those in South America, where she grew up.

Miriam currently serves Colloquium Chair as well Secretary in Cornell's Women in Public Policy (WIPP). As colloquium chair, she plans to have a diverse colloquium series with speakers from a variety of backgrounds in healthcare, to create an inclusive, informative and interactive series. | LinkedIn/miriampeters20