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Cynthia willard, MD, MPH,

Faculty Adviser

Dr. Willard is the faculty leader of the Keck Human Rights Clinic. She completed her medical degree at Stanford University and her family medicine residency at University of California, San Francisco. After receiving her Master’s Degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Willard focused her work on immigrant health issues and human rights.  She founded the Utah Health & Human Rights Project to treat survivors of political torture with the support of the Echoing Green Foundation, and later worked as the Medical Director of Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles.   She has published research on the health consequences of torture, and worked overseas in Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Kenya.

Todd Schneberk MD, MS,

MA, Director of Border

Health Projects

Todd is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Assistant Program Director of the LAC+USC Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He has worked clinically with displaced persons in Tijuana, Mexico for the last 4 years, performed forensic evals for asylum cases with Physicians for Human Rights on both sides of the border, advises the Office of Immigrant Affairs in Los Angeles and helps run a medicolegal partnership connecting Emergency Department patients to immigration legal services. His research and advocacy interests include social determinants of health integration, immigration status as a health barrier, and leveraging the Emergency Department to address upstream factors affecting the health and stability of immigrant populations.

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Rojine Ariani, MS2, 2018-2019 Student Co-Director

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Claire Justin, MS2, 2018-2019 Student Co-Director

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Ani Misirian, MS2, Case Scheduler

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Lydia Nelson, MS2, Case Scheduler

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Nicole Vestal, MS2, Medical and Social Resource Coordinator

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Lexie Filkins, MS2, Research Coordinator

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Tejal Ghadiali, MS2, Community Project Liaison

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Margaret English, MS2, Clinician Liaison

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Connie Friedman, MS2, Advocacy Coordinator

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Jennifer Kim, MS2, Outreach Coordinator


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Shangnon Fei, MS4, Founding Executive Director

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Briah Fischer, MS4, Founding Case Scheduler

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Cristina Galarza, MS4, Founding Case Scheduler

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Andy Spitzberg, MS4, Founding Outreach Coordinator

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Lucas Lebovitz, MS4, Founding Treasurer

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Alexander Posell, MS4, Founding Clinician Liaison

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Anish Parekh, MS4, Founder

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Bejan Alvandi, MS4, Founder

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Niousha Moini, UCLA Family Medicine Resident, Founder