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Our Story - inv Governance
Director of Clinical Operations

Amy Labar

Amy was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Haverford College, a small liberal arts college outside Philadelphia, in 2010 with a major in Biology and a minor in African Studies. After college, she moved back to NYC and conducted research studying bone marrow stem cells for two years. She then went back to school for a Master's in Public Health focused on Global Health, during which she interned with MSF/Epicentre and spent a summer in Jordan at a hospital providing reconstructive surgeries to war-wounded patients. For the two years before coming to medical school, she worked with health data at the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit supporting refugees and internally displaced people in the US and abroad. In her free time, she likes to eat, travel, play soccer and run.

Director of Organizational Operations

Taylor O'Grady

Taylor grew up in Toms River, New Jersey before moving to New York for undergrad. She went to Fordham University where she studied Biology and Theological Studies. After graduation, she moved to Scotland to get her PhD in Christian Medical Ethics at the University of St. Andrews as a Fulbright Scholar. Her research explored the intersection of medicine, politics, and religion, and these interests are what motivated her to serve on the Human Rights Initiative/Asylum Clinic board. In her spare time, she loves to bake cupcakes, catch up with family, and play trivia games.

Clinical Care Coordinators

Anne Reed-Weston

Anne grew up in eastern Kansas and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a double major in biology and history. During college, she played clarinet in the Wind Ensemble, worked as an EMT and CPR instructor, spent time in an infectious disease ward in Lima Peru, and conducted and recorded oral histories with Vietnam veterans and activists. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in Pediatric Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Here at Columbia, in addition to her role as a Clinic Coordinator, she also plays in the CUMC symphony orchestra, works on health policy projects with SLIM, and enjoys everything New York has to offer.

Ellie Fraser

Ellie is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As an undergraduate at Bucknell University, she studied Cell Biology & Biochemistry and Philosophy, and spent all of her summers studying novel therapeutic strategies for treating glioblastoma multiforme in a neuroscience research lab at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Ellie also spent a year studying squamous cell carcinoma in the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics at the NCI (NIH) after she graduated from college. When she wasn't doing cancer research, Ellie loved tutoring elementary, middle, and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area, as well as her peers at Bucknell. Ellie cares deeply about human rights issues both nationally and internationally, and she is grateful for the opportunity she has to help asylum seekers from around the world through her work at the Asylum Clinic.

Events and Advocacy Coordinators

Cassie Tarleton

Cassie is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She went to Yale for college, where she double majored in history and biology. Cassie took a gap year during undergrad and lived in China studying Mandarin. She also took a year off after graduating and did clinical research in heart failure. One of Cassie's most influential activities in college was working at the Asian American Cultural Center where she and her peers advocated for an Asian American Studies program and ethnic studies more broadly. It was in the first Asian American history class that Cassie took where she began to develop an interest in immigration law and the ways in which citizenship has been defined overtime. In her free time, Cassie enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, snorkeling, and surfing. She also loves playing her cello and the piano for fun.

Neha Kinariwalla

Neha is originally from Long Island, New York. She graduated from Stony Brook University summa cumme laude and phi beta kappa with a degree in sociology and international studies in three years and then went on to the University of Cambridge to pursue an MPhil in Modern Society & Global Transformations as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar. As an undergraduate, she started a nonprofit organization which works to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. Outside of her studies, Neha enjoys taking her dog on long walks, hiking, and baking.

Director of Quality Improvement and Continuing Care

Austin Chen

Austin was born and raised in Kirkland, WA (the home of Costco). He graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After college, he interned in Nicaragua with Amos Health and Hope and learned about the various ways in which healthcare expands beyond prescriptions and procedures, and goes into the homes and day to day lives of community members. As the Continuing Care and Quality Improvement Coordinator, he is excited to continue exploring this aspect of healthcare as a part of Asylum Clinic and hopes that his experience here is something that he will carry with him into the future as a physician. Austin enjoys playing games, music, and tennis!

Director of Publicity

Latoya Stewart

Originally from Montego-Bay, Jamaica, Latoya later moved to New York with her family. She graduated from Harvard in 2015, where she majored in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, received a secondary field certificate in Global Health and Health Policy, and a citation in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she conducted research at the New York Stem Cell Foundation and at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and served as an advocate for Health Leads. She also studied Political Science and International Relations during her semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Latoya is excited to continue working in health advocacy and aspires to integrate humanitarian work and international health policy into her practice. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys dancing, yoga, exploring the city, and traveling to new and exciting places!

Director of Finance

Catherine Parker

Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Catherine majored in Philosophy and French at Scripps College in Claremont, California and completed her MPhil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge University. She later served as program coordinator for The Philanthropy Workshop's New York office, helping lead global strategic philanthropy education courses, and interned at the WHO in Geneva. Since 2014, she has advocated on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in area emergency departments with the Crime Victims Treatment Center. While completing the Bryn Mawr College Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program in 2016-2017, she was a patient intake volunteer at the Catholic Workers Free Clinic in Kensington, Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, tennis, and most recently, learning how to draw.

Director of Recruitment and Training

Leonard Chiu

Leonard was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, majoring in Biology. Leonard is passionate about public health and social impact. His time working with unemployed veterans in Philadelphia and tutoring students in the School District of Philadelphia opened his eyes to the many non-conventional factors that affect the employment and education landscape in disadvantaged communities. These experiences largely motivated him to pursue a Master's in Nutrition at Columbia University to acquire a better understanding of the health behaviors that can promote healthy living. In his free time, Leonard enjoys watching all sports, especially his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

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