Ja’Pel has always been committed to mentorship, leadership, and service. In 2010, she graduated from Winston-Salem State University, where she earned a BS in Chemistry and Biology. While an undergraduate, she served as Gates Millennium Scholars Ambassador and founded the JKMS scholarship to recognize an outstanding minority student of Chester Senior High School, who demonstrates academic excellence and a sense of altruism towards their community. During her matriculation at MUSC, she has volunteered at several clinics for underserved populations including, Communities Aid, Relief, Education, Support (CARES) is a student-operated clinic that provides primary health care and referrals to the uninsured population. Between her 3rd and 4th year, Ja’Pel pursued a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she concentrated in Maternal and Child Health and Global Health. She is currently a resident at Duke University Hospital.
Cynthia D. Grady was raised in a Leland, North Carolina, surrounded by a large family that was committed to serving the local community. She attended Winston-Salem State University, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry, graduating summa cum laude in 2010. With interests in becoming a medical doctor, Cynthia attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and earned a Medical Degree in 2015. Cynthia was very active in outreach, advocacy and mentorship to at-risk youth while in medical school, as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, through the Student National Medical Association, and with the RISE (Reaching Inside your Soul for Excellence) program, which is an endeavor that encourages better retention rates of undergraduate minority students at the University of Pittsburgh. Cynthia is currently at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana training as resident physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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