Midwest

Tim Torres

Midwestern State University

Tim Torres is pursing his Master’s in Biology at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, with research interests surrounding the biochemistry and physiology of the Monarch butterfly. He currently works as a medical scribe in a private practice Neurology clinic. This experience has provided him inspiration and cultivated his skills in working with patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. 

Andrew Baker 

University of Notre Dame

Co-President

Andrew Baker is a Sophomore at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a pre-medical concentration. Andrew chose his path of study in accordance with his strong interest in the brain, cognition, and degenerative disease. Having personally witnessed the impact of dementia on his grandfather, Andrew was inspired to get involved with the Brain Exercise Initiative. Now as Chapter Co-President at Notre Dame, Andrew hopes to improve the lives of those afflicted by dementia in the South Bend community. 

Maria Matuska

University of Notre Dame

Maria Matuska is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame studying Neuroscience and Behavior and History. She has held a passion for the sciences since she was young, but has recently developed an interest in neurodegenerative diseases and psychology. At Notre Dame, Maria also is the Music Director for the student radio station and works for the philosophy department.

Co-President

Cara Kingman

William Jewell College

Cara Kingman is a third-year undergraduate student at William Jewell College, majoring in Biochemistry with an emphasis in pre-medicine. From volunteering and working as a Life Engagement Coordinator at a memory care facility while in undergrad, she has become passionate about helping slow and improve the progression of memory loss diseases in those who are affected by such diseases. As Chapter President at William Jewell College, Cara hopes to make a bigger difference in the community by educating others about Alzheimer’s disease and by compassionately serving those who suffer from it.

Risha Mehta

Indiana University

Risha Mehta is a sophomore at Indiana University double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in Animal Behavior. At IU, Risha is a research assistant for the Comparative Cognition Lab where she studies impairments in cognition related to Alzheimer's. She became intrigued by the intricacies of the brain and wanted an opportunity that would combine her interests of both neurodegenerative diseases and patient care. The Brain Exercise Initiative did just that affording her the experience to interact with patients and form bonds, while improving their cognitive function through daily brain exercises. 

Karan Kataria

Michigan State University

Karan Kataria is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in Kinesiology, with a minor in exercise physiology with a pre-medical focus. With his passion revolving around the body, and how it works, he soon came to be fascinated by the inner workings of the brain. This motivated him to get involved with The Brain Exercise Initiative. With this opportunity, he hopes to improve the livelihoods of those living with Alzheimer's, and brain injuries.

Tina Lu

Washington University in St. Louis

Tina Lu is a second-year undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Microbiology and Global Health. She is passionate about bettering the community around her through tutoring, volunteering with organizations such as Campus Y: Science Olympiad and the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic, conducting research in a clinical geropsychology lab, and serving as a Peer-Led Team Learning Leader for chemistry. Tina developed a love for working with older adults when she was in high school volunteering at a local nursing home for those living with dementia where she was able to cultivate connections with residents and their caretakers that she continues to hold close to her heart, ultimately fostering a desire to pursue medicine in the future.

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