Laura Clayton, Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID)

Laura undertook an eight month assignment as a Livelihood and Enterprise Analyst with Roots of Health.

Laura is passionate about community economic development and social innovation. After completing a Masters’ Degree in Development Practice at University of Queensland, Laura has spent the last three years working across Australia in social enterprise development, focussing on social investment, capacity building and market education. Laura has considerable experience in banking and finance, as well as working in, and with community based organisations in Australia.

Laura enjoys nature and outdoor activities, and loved living in beautiful Palawan. She is thankful for the opportunity provided by Roots of Health and enjoyed the experience of working alongside women to develop enterprises and livelihoods benefiting the wider community.


Saad Malik was an ASA Fellow with Roots of Health from October to December 2014. The German ASA-Program promotes exchange and learning about the intertwined and globalized world we live in through personal experience. It supports young and dedicated people to expand their skills and to contribute to sustainable global development, based on acknowledgement and respect for human rights and cultural differences.

During his time with ROH, Saad worked on a Boarding House Project in Puerto Princesa. The outreach project was designed to gain comprehensive knowledge on the sexual vulnerability of College students, to promote services offered by ROH to residents of the Boarding Houses and to train those young adults in reproductive health and related topics.

Prior to moving to the Philippines, Saad completed his M.A. in Human Geography and started his Fellowship on Democracy and Minority Rights with Humanity in Action Germany. Although his internships, volunteer work and part of his studies were concerned with cross-cultural work in the field of Public Health, he has decided to investigate and work on group focused enmity in a German context. Saad is currently designing a cross-media project to give Germans of Color a stage to voice their daily and repetitive experience with racism.

noelle pinedaNoelle Pineda was our medical student intern. She was completing her Traveling Medical Scholars Fellowship with Ugat ng Kalusugan and conducted a qualitative research study examining the reproductive health attitudes and behaviors of Filipino youth. In addition to her own research, she also worked alongside the different teams to implement focus groups to explore community needs and assess the impact of Ugat’s existing programs.

Noelle is currently attending Stanford University School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. She graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Human Biology and a minor in History.

Victoria Rines was a summer intern at Roots of Health through the Wellesley College Albright Institute for Global Affairs. Victoria assisted with a variety of tasks, including grant writing, helping out with community programming, such as weekly health fairs for high school and college students, and data analysis. Some of her data analysis projects included tracking pre- and post-test scores to assess the Financial Literacy curriculum, inputting data into SharePoint to track distribution of birth control, pregnancies within the community, etc., and helping to ensure all the data in SharePoint was accurate and up-to-date.

Interning with Roots of Health affirmed Victoria’s desire to pursue a career in public health, and also furthered her interest in research, particularly research related to community health policy, health outcomes, and the impact of nonprofit programming. Victoria will be graduating from Wellesley College in May of 2015, and plans to work for a few years before attending graduate school in public health.

Victoria interned with Roots of Health from May-August 2014, and hopes to return someday soon!

Derrick Del Rosario completed a 6 week Public Health rotation with Roots of Health from February to March 2014. This field study was part of the dual Master program for Physician Assistant and Public Health at Touro University California. Derrick worked on assorted projects including reproductive health education for high school to college aged young adults, clinical team for pre and postnatal women in rural provinces, education on financial literacy to young women, data entry of needs assessment surveys, data analysis reports for program evaluation, and support for program funding. Prior to attending Touro University, Derrick was a Registered Nurse and an Officer in the United States Air Force. Through deployments to Afghanistan and South Korea, he grew a passion for helping the underserved globally. Derrick is of full Filipino background, whose parents grew up in Manila and Davao. He continues to want to serve those of his native origin by becoming involved in medical missions in the Philippines. Currently, Derrick resides in Orlando, FL working at an Urgent Care clinic as a Physician Assistant.

TeeJay Rull worked for 6 weeks with Roots of Health in Feb-March 2014 for a master’s in public health field study. During his field study he worked with a team administering reproductive health education to teenaged youth in high schools and young adults at universities in Palawan. Teejay also assisted in data analysis of financial literacy among small communities of Pulang Lupa and Llittle Tondo.

Teejay is second generation Filipino-American, his parents originating from Manila and Olongapo. He is currently working as a Physician Assistant in the emergency department at St. Francis Medical Center serving the low income community of South Central Los Angeles.


Janice Wei worked at Roots of Health as an Information Systems Analyst /Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Janice Wei was responsible for the development of a computer generated system for health information data banking, and training of ROH staff on the use of newly developed data bank system. She also designed appropriate survey questionnaires for constituents’ health and demographic information.

Before she joined the Peace Corps, Janice spent many years working as a software development technologist at Silicon Valley / Bay Area; Janice worked for IBM Global Services as a project lead, and as an Information Technologist at a US National Labs.

Janice worked with ROH from January 2013 – June 2013. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently volunteering at the US National Parks.

Stephanie Lucas was an Intern at Roots of Health from June to September of 2013 while an MPH student at Columbia University. Since her concentration was in all things data related- Epidemiology- Stephanie helped Marcus, the Operations Director, with improving clinical data collection and management for the organization. Stephanie helped to create a database that would house all of the clinical (and eventually educational) data that ROH was collecting. She also worked to streamline forms and workflows so that relevant data used for program evaluation and grant attestation was accurately collected. Lastly, she helped ensure that all staff were knowledgeable about how to utilize the new forms and input this data within the system. When not in front of her computer, Stephanie often assisted the nurses and midwives in the field as much as possible.

Stephanie’s volunteer experience in South Africa and Belize during her undergraduate schooling opened her eyes many issues that occur outside of the U.S., and this sparked her interest in global work. Her additional experiences in education, research, and healthcare led her to pursue a career in Public Health. She graduated from Columbia in May of 2014 and currently lives in New York City where she works as the Health IT Training Coordinator for the William F. Ryan Community Health Network in Manhattan.


Morgan Cira was a Program Intern at Roots of Health and also an MPH student at Columbia University. Morgan assisted with various aspects of Program and Organizational Development. Her main focus was planning and starting a group of Student Health Advocates. This included creating a Training Manual for expanding the program into other high schools and colleges in the region. When not working on programing, she assisted the Executive Director in exploring fundraising channels and planning professional development trainings for staff.

Prior to moving to the Philippines, Morgan worked in the Marshall Islands as a teacher, which sparked her interest in global health and education. During her undergraduate career she gained experience working with diabetic patients and as a research intern at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Ma. Morgan also spent a year as an AmeriCorps member in Columbus, OH assisting low-income students prepare and apply for college and financial aid.

yueYue Guan was a Media and Development Intern at Roots of Health. Yue helped produce an update newsletter for supporters and also secured grant funding for program expansion. She kept the Roots of Health Facebook page and Twitter account updated on program activities. She also developed and maintained a grant opportunities database and provided the Executive Director with policy updates relevant to reproductive health.

Yue worked with ROH from March to July 2010. She is currently attending Baylor College of Medicine and plans to go into obstetrics and gynecology with a family planning focus. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.