Bryanna Brown is a bridge-builder between equitable, innovative solutions and those who need it most. Providing access and elevating the brilliance of students is a priority in her life of service. Bryanna is an alumnae of Georgia State University with a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in arts administration. During her time at GSU, she was accepted as an early admit to the Teach for America 2016 Metro Atlanta corps. After three years in the classroom, she joined Teach for America’s national recruitment team as a recruitment associate. Her team’s focus was increasing the number of minority students accepted into the 2020 corps graduating specifically from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Currently, Bryanna is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis, and she is always pushing for an increase in the presence of people of color in business as a Pivot 314 Fellow and Liaison for the Consortium at Olin.
Kendall Burks is an MD/PhD candidate in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences. She works in the lab of Dr. Nathan Stitziel in the Center for Cardiovascular Research, where she studies molecular genetic mechanisms of lipid homeostasis in the context of cardiovascular disease. Kendall earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University, where she received an award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to pursue her undergraduate thesis work in the lab of Dr. Bonnie Bartel. At WashU, Kendall is committed to the pursuit of graduate and professional student wellness and serves in multiple roles to this effect. She was elected as a representative of the MSTP Entering Class of 2017 and, most recently, as an MSTP representative to Medical Student Government. Furthermore, she serves as a peer advocate in the School of Medicine, an editor and outreach coordinator for InPrint (WashU’s Scientific Editing Network), and a tutor for high school students.
Tennyson Holmes is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, studying political science with a double minor in sociology and legal studies. Upon graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Tennyson plans on attending law school and eventually fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. Throughout his time at WashU, Tennyson has been a part of many student groups and participated in various extracurricular activities. Tennyson is a member of the varsity football team, a part of Campus Kitchen x Food Recovery Network, and serves as the campus and residential experience chair for the Student Union Senate. He recently served on the University’s Public Safety Committee as a subcommittee chair and remains engaged with initiatives and conversations regarding public safety and policing on campus. Tennyson has served as an intern for the Honorable Kathy Surratt-States in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Tennyson’s ultimate goal is to use his education, passion, and eventual legal background in a way to better the lives of lower-income and marginalized individuals.
Gaby Smith is a senior from Newton, Massachusetts, pursuing a major in biology with a concentration in molecular biology and biochemistry and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. After completing her undergraduate studies, Gaby intends to attend medical school and eventually pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Since arriving at WashU, Gaby has focused on student health and wellbeing as a Student Union senator and as the speaker of the senate during the 2020-2021 academic year. Among other projects, she helped to institute the Student Union Mental Health Fund, which provides financial assistance to low-income students seeking mental health services. She has significant research experience as an undergraduate research assistant in the Lavine Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine and as a chief pediatric emergency medicine research associate at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Gaby is also passionate about volunteering and peer mentorship.