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Sloan Student Association

The Sloan Student Association (SSA), through social and education activities, serves as a vital link between students and others affiliated with the program, including faculty, administration and alumni.

SSA’s core functions are to facilitate community involvement, provide opportunities for professional development and help achieve national recognition of the Sloan program.

Off campus, the SSA provides volunteer opportunities for students to serve Ithaca and the local health care community.

Officers meet regularly with program administration, attend Sloan Alumni Association board meetings, lead the Sloan American College of Healthcare Executives student chapter, help plan the colloquia series, and advocate on behalf of the program and its students.

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Meet our Officers

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President, Lyla Saxena

Lyla Saxena (she/her/hers) is a 2nd-year student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration and serves as the 2023-2024 Sloan Student Association President. Born and raised in Lakeland Florida, she spent her freshman year of undergraduate studies at Fordham University Lincoln Center and transferred to American University where she earned her BA in international studies with a concentration in global health. During her time in Washington, D.C., Lyla interned with Better Medicare Alliance and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. She has authored publications on the topics of Medicare Advantage, the use and regulation of artificial intelligence in utilization management, and comparative sanitation practices in India and Malaysia. For her first-year internship, Lyla worked as a Summer Healthcare Associate at Deloitte in their New York City office. She is excited to continue to improve the Sloan Program experience by working with Sloan Administration and her classmates.

Outside of Sloan, Lyla enjoys trying new restaurants, skincare/haircare/makeup, ballet/pilates/yoga, and getting to know fellow Sloanies. You can reach Lyla via email at or by connecting with her on LinkedIn.

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Vice President of Operations, Samyukta Singh

Samyukta Singh is a second year student at the Sloan Program in Health Administration and serves as the Sloan Student Association Vice President of Operations for the 2023-2024 academic year. After being born in India, spending her childhood years in Singapore and teenage years in Houston, she graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Human Biology, a certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology and a certificate in Social Inequality, Health and Policy. As VP of Operations, she is committed to continuously improving the program and advocating for academic and professional opportunities for her peers. Apart from this role, she also serves as President of Women+ in Healthcare Leadership (W+IHL). During her first year at Cornell, she enjoyed curating speakers for the W+IHL 2023 Symposium and venturing out of Sloan as a Consultant at Big Red Consulting, a Spring Operations Intern at ACHE-SouthEast Texas Chapter and an Associate Editor of Cornell Policy Review. In the summer of 2023, she interned at Veralon as a Strategy & Planning Associate.

Outside of school, she loves spending time with her parents, connecting with her cultural heritage and listening to podcasts/reading books on history, geopolitics, decoloniality and spirituality. She also has an unhealthy obsession with hacking productivity!

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Vice President of Recruitment, Channing Hamilton

Channing is a second year in the Sloan Program in Health Administration and serves as the Vice President of Recruitment. She was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and spent her undergraduate years in Austin at the University of Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Minor in Business in 2021. Channing is passionate about providing high-quality patient-centered care and is interested in value-based models, operations, and physician relations and management. This summer in New York City she worked as a Graduate Intern for NewYork-Presbyterian in the Physician Services department. As the Vice President of Recruitment Channing will recruit top applicants to join the Sloan family and continue strengthening our network. She will support first years in a smooth transition into grad school and be a resource for those interested in joining the program.

Outside of academics, Channing enjoys traveling with friends and family, cooking, scuba diving, and spending time outside. You can reach her by emailing or connecting with her on LinkedIn.

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Vice President of Finance, Will Hasapis

Will is a second-year in the Sloan program, serving as the Vice President of Finance for the 2023-24 academic year. Will is from South Salem, New York, and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Society from Cornell University, continuing in the Sloan program as a 5-year BS/MHA student.

Will has experience in various healthcare capacities, including an internship with New York-Presbyterian’s Financial Planning department, as well as one in operations at Mt. Sinai Heart this past summer. He has been involved in a broad range of on-campus organizations and activities, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Cornell, research in the Nutritional Sciences department, and acting as a TA for biology courses before joining the Sloan program. Outside school and extracurriculars, Will loves to play guitar, watch and play sports, and hike. He looks forward to serving the Sloan program, ensuring its financial health, and providing opportunities for new programs, activities, and endeavors for his fellow students.

Will can be reached via email at or via LinkedIn.

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Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Chris Tran

Chris (he/him/his) is a 2nd year in the Sloan Program in Health Administration and serves as the VP of Corporate Affairs. He comes from Dallas, Texas, and completed his B.S in Healthcare Policy at Cornell through the accelerated BS/MHA program. He has held internships across the healthcare industry, and most recently completed a summer internship at Deloitte in New York City. He’s excited to create the best possible corporate affairs experience for all his classmates.

Outside of Sloan, Chris enjoys cooking, lifting weights, and watching movies. He can be reached at or through LinkedIn.

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Colloquium Chair, Jacky Aung

Jacky Aung (he/him/his) is a 2nd year in the Sloan Program in Health Administration and serves as Colloquium Chair for the Sloan Student Association. He is an international student from Yangon, Myanmar, and is passionate about developing his country’s healthcare infrastructure through social entrepreneurship. Jacky earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Minor in Business Administration from George Washington University during which he received the Undergraduate Studies Award and the American Chemical Society Award in Physical Chemistry. Jacky also serves as President of the Healthcare Students Association and is a fellow at the Emerging Markets Institute. He spent his summer as an Operation Excellence Intern at IHH Healthcare in Singapore – the largest private healthcare group in Asia.

As Colloquium Chair, Jacky is excited to work with Sloanies to curate a list of speakers that represents their career interests and can speak to the changing landscape of the healthcare industry.

Outside the Sloan Program, Jacky enjoys running outdoors, exploring local coffee shops, and reading autobiographies. You can reach Jacky by emailing him at or connecting with him on LinkedIn!

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Vice President of Internal Affairs, Natalie Stopfer

Natalie Stopfer (she/her/hers) is currently a second-year MHA student with the Sloan Program class of ‘24. She will be serving as Vice President of Internal Affairs for the 2023-2024 academic year. Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, where she was born and raised. Following graduation in 2020, she worked in Minneapolis, MN for two years as an inpatient behavioral health nurse. Natalie spent her summer in Cleveland, Ohio as an Administrative Intern at Cleveland Clinic with the Respiratory Institute. Her interests in healthcare include marketing, digital health, strategy, and mental health care. She looks forward to visiting more Finger Lake wineries this fall and planning fun events for the Sloan cohort!

Outside of Sloan, Natalie enjoys going for hikes with her 2 y/o pup, Clove, trying new tasty tapas, and playing pickleball! You can reach Natalie via email at or connecting with her via LinkedIn.

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Vice President of Community Service, Marie-Ange Kanellos

Marie-Ange Kanellos (she/her/hers) is a member of the Class of 2024 Cohort and the Vice President of Community Service. Marie-Ange is from Kingston, Ontario, where she earned her Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Life Sciences with a Health Studies minor at Queen’s University. Before Sloan, Marie-Ange oversaw the Staying Connected Program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, including coordinating the four programs in its portfolio. During her time at Cornell, Marie-Ange has also served as the VP of Recognition for Women+ in Healthcare Leadership. Last summer, Marie-Ange completed her administrative internship at the Cleveland Clinic in their Neurological Institute in Cleveland, OH.

Marie-Ange is excited to build and strengthen relationships with organizations in the Cornell and Ithaca communities and promote community outreach opportunities to Sloanies. Additionally, she co-chairs the Academic Advisement Committee in her role.

Outside of the Sloan Program, Marie-Ange loves to cook, run and take fitness classes, dance, and explore new places. You can reach Marie-Ange by emailing her at or connecting with her on LinkedIn.