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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.

Meet our Officers

President, Juan Clark

Juan ClarkJuan Clark (He/Him/His) is in a 2nd year in the Sloan Program in Health Administration and is the 2022-2023 Sloan Student Association President. He is from Atlanta, Georgia, and completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College. Prior to Sloan, Juan worked as an administrative resident for the VP of integrated care for a hospital system in New Jersey. During his residency, he managed their Advanced Care at Home Program in their system efforts to address COVID-19. He has been recognized in the 2020 April Edition of Modern Healthcare and the 2020 October edition of Healthcare Executive as an emerging health leader. This past summer, Juan completed an administrative internship with UCLA Health in Los Angeles in the Operations Department. He is most excited about the opportunity to work closely with the Sloan Program to enhance the Sloan experience.

Outside of Sloan, Juan enjoys cooking, smelling candles at TJ Maxx, grilling, going to the gym, and socializing. You can reach Juan by connecting with him at or connecting with him via LinkedIn.

Vice President of Recruitment, Melissa Lopez

Melissa LopezMelissa Lopez (She/Her/Hers) is the current VP of Recruitment and student in the Sloan Class of 23. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a Minor in Business from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2021. As VP of Recruitment, Melissa will make certain that 1st year students have a smooth transition to graduate school and Cornell. She will also conduct webinars, plan events, and engage prospective students to learn more about Sloan. This past summer, Melissa completed her summer internship at Kaiser Permanente with the Regional Center for Healthy Living Department in Southern California where she performed quality improvement processes to improve health outcomes. Her healthcare interests lie in quality improvement, patient safety, and community engagement. Melissa currently works part-time at VillageMD as a Market Growth Strategy intern supporting market expansion initiatives across the U.S.

Outside the Sloan Program, Melissa enjoys exercising, going to the beach, road-tripping, dancing, and exploring new places! You can reach Melissa by emailing her at or connecting with her on LinkedIn.

Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Cedrick Antonio

Cedric AntonioCedrick Antonio (He/Him/His) came to Cornell from Wisconsin where he studied Healthcare Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Before coming to Cornell, Cedrick worked as an intern for top healthcare organizations including Advocate Aurora Health, Anthem Inc., and Cleveland Clinic. Cedrick realized that he found the most joy in working on diverse teams and projects, which led him to pursue a career in management consulting during his time at Sloan. This summer, Cedrick will be interning in New York City as a Summer Healthcare Consulting Associate at Deloitte. After his internship concludes, he is excited to return to campus and help navigate the Sloan 1st and 2nd year classes into their careers as their Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

Outside of Sloan, Cedrick enjoys collecting LEGO sets, bartending, and sailing. You can reach Cedrick by emailing him at or connecting with him on LinkedIn.

Vice President of Operations, Kris Stukes

Kris headshotKris Stukes (He/Him/His) is the current VP of Operations and a member of the Class of 2023. In 2018 he graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Economics. Prior to Sloan, he worked in Finance & Accounting at, an e-commerce retailer based on Long Island. He is interested in hospital operations, payer-provider relations, and health tech. Kris will be completing his summer internship in the Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. As the VP of Operations, Kris facilitates strengthening the relationship between the SSA and other campus groups. He aids in event planning, maintains the Sloan calendar, and supports the other SSA executive board members in their responsibilities. Additionally, Kris serves as the MHA Representative for the Johnson Healthcare Club.

Outside of Sloan, Kris enjoys trail running, trying new restaurants, and exploring NYC. You can reach Kris by emailing him at or connecting with him via LinkedIn.

Colloquium Chair, Maura Lee

Maura LeeMaura Lee (She/Her/Hers) serves as Colloquium Chair for the Sloan Student Association. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2021, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Science-Business and minored in both Theology and Compassionate Care in Medicine. During her undergraduate years, Maura researched organizational methods of compassionate care with the Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine. She is very passionate about creating a culture that cares for the caregiver so that they can more fully serve their patients. She spent her summer as an administrative intern at Centura in Denver, CO, where she was able to learn and work towards this goal.

As Colloquium Chair, Maura will ensure the interests of all of her peers are represented in the speakers she invites to campus. She is so grateful to be elected to serve her class in this way and is very excited for the speaker series next year! 

Outside of Sloan, Maura enjoys engaging with her faith, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. You can reach Maura by emailing her at or connecting with her on LinkedIn.

Vice President of Finance, Blake Letourneau

BlakeBlake Letourneau (He/Him/His) is from northern New Hampshire, hailing from the Great North Woods and the White Mountains area. Blake serves as the current Vice President of Finance for the Sloan Student Association. Prior to Sloan, Blake graduated in May 2021 and received his B.S. in Health Services Administration with minors in Finance and Business from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Blake has extensive experience in financial leadership roles ranging from various undergraduate clubs/associations to managing a non-profit organization. In addition to the SSA role, Blake serves as the Finance Chair for the Sloan HSA organization. As the VP of Finance, Blake will support all functions of SSA through proper fund management. Creating a budget for planned events, coordinating with administrators and key stakeholders, and managing the SSA account are at the core of his duties.

He spent his summer at Deloitte Consulting LLP in New York City as a Summer Associate working on revenue cycle and FTE reorganization engagements. He is ecstatic to serve his student body, help the board meet its strategic goals, and cannot wait to meet the Sloan Class of 2024.

Outside of Sloan, he enjoys most things outdoors, golfing, skiing, and is an avid sports fan. You can reach Blake by emailing him at or connecting with him on LinkedIn.

Vice President of Community Service, Julie Kim

Julie KimJulie Kim (she/her/hers) is an accelerated BS/MHA student in the Sloan Program with interests in quality, patient experience, and population health. Julie spent her undergraduate years studying Health Care Policy in the Brooks School at Cornell. She has experience working in the payor space, having previously interned at UnitedHealth Group in Network Management. Julie also serves as the VP of Brand Management for Women+ in Healthcare Leadership, the VP of Publishing for the Cornell Healthcare Review, and previously served as the Director of Internal Affairs for the Cornell Asian Pacific Student Union. She is also a research assistant examining childhood health and wellbeing policy. Last summer, Julie completed her administrative internship at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Cardiac Services in New York City.

As VP of Community Service, Julie aims to make meaningful volunteer opportunities accessible to Sloan students in order to facilitate strong partnerships with the local Ithaca community. Julie also co-sponsors the Academic Advisement committee and is excited to serve on the SSA Board.

Outside of Sloan, Julie enjoys going to spin class, listening to culture podcasts, and exploring new restaurants. You can reach out to Julie by emailing her at or connecting with her on LinkedIn.

Vice President of Internal Affairs, Houth Som

Houth SomHouth Som (He/Him/His) is originally from Massachusetts and is a proud, first-generation Cambodian-American and Navy Veteran of 6 years. He completed his Bachelor’s in Marketing from Eastern Nazarene College located in Quincy, Massachusetts in 2012. His passion for healthcare stems from 4 years of patient care experience as a Navy Corpsman and 2 years as a mental health clinic manager. Set to intern this summer as a part of the Surgical Operations team at Cleveland Clinic, he hopes to gain a better understanding of operations within a large health system. Houth is a dedicated Boston sports and Cornell hockey fan. His goal is to see every Sloanie check out a hockey game at least once.

As the incoming VP of Internal Affairs, he hopes to set up inclusive, diverse, and fun events that create opportunities for Sloanies to connect with one another and further cultivate the Sloan Family culture.

Outside of Sloan, Houth enjoys going to the movies and working out. You can reach Houth by emailing him at or connecting with him on LinkedIn.