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Dr. Manjil Chatterji is Director of Admissions for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  He oversees the FlexMed Eary Assurance and Traditional-track admissions processes at Icahn.  He is also a Radiologist specializing in liver, pancreas and bowel diseases with a focus in abdominal and pelvic malignancies.  He also serves as Fellowship Program director for the Body MRI fellowship program at Icahn.  Dr. Chatterji attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, where he graduated with highest honors.  He subsequently completed residency and Chief Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University, and a fellowship in Body MRI at New York University.

Darnell Gilet is a Talent Acquisition Professional with over 8 years of experience in recruitment, university relations, diversity strategy, and business development.  After receiving a Bachelor's degree in marketing from Baruch College, Darnell's career has spanned across leading companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Transportation, and Entertainment industries. With a belief in multifaceted personal brands and an entrepreneurial spirit, Darnell has several business ventures in media production, product development, and real estate.  The words he lives by: "a ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" - John Shedd

Dr. Brittany Richards is a proud New Yorker, a Brooklyn Native, and first generation American. An Alumna of University at Buffalo, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and was the recipient of the Ruth T. McGrorey Excellence in Nursing Award. After completing her Bachelor’s, Brittany’s area of focus was in Medical-Surgical Nursing and expanded to Critical-Care/ Surgical Trauma Nursing. She then went on to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration of Family Nurse Practitioner, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Columbia University. Practicing in medically underserved communities sparked her research interest on Health Disparities in the African-American Community.  Her passion to be of service to all extends to her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and National Black Nurses Association. Brittany is also a Clinical Instructor and an Assistant Professor, who is working diligently to educate the next generation of nurses.  

Elizabeth Perkins is an assistant educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she oversees college and university programs.  In that role she manages an internship program that welcomes close to 200 undergraduate and graduate students every year, and also works with students and faculty to facilitate teaching and learning across The Met’s collection.   Elizabeth first came to the Met as a high school intern, and later returned in her graduate years as a Kress Interpretive Fellow, before finally arriving in her current role in 2015.  Elizabeth is also a Lecturer in the Core Curriculum Program at Columbia University.  Elizabeth holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, and completed her Ph.D. in art history at Columbia in 2015.

Ishrat Aishee is a junior studying Economics, on the Political Economy track at Columbia University. Ishrat’s interest in civic engagement and public policy stems from her involvement with programs promoting access to education within low-income and marginalized communities. Having interned in government, non-profit and education sectors, Ishrat began working with Up to Us in 2017 and first launched the campaign on Barnard’s campus last spring. In their first year of competition, Ishrat and her team were recognized as one of the top twenty teams. Through her work with Up to Us and intrigued by the intersection of developing economies and micro-finance, Ishrat is interested in working at the intersection of global finance and economic development upon graduation. Eventually, Ishrat hopes to pursue a dual JD-MBA and learn how to integrate her interests in developing economies with global finance and law.

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