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The Student Leadership Committee plays an integral role in CAHE students’ academic and social life. Class representatives are selected from various cohorts and act as a liaison between the Center’s administration and fellow classmates to streamline communication, drive student engagement and participation, as well as encourage strong academic performance. With numerous student-focused events/activities taking place at CAHE throughout the year, the Student Leadership Committee provides essential organizational support and insight to help make these events successful.

Class Representatives

The Student Leadership Committee is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills and become actively involved in the Center’s Student Life. A Class Representative “Class Rep” is selected for each cohort to be the voice of the Student Leadership Committee. Class representatives are required to attend quarterly Thursday night meetings during the academic year. Whether one is the designated Class Representative or not, all students are encouraged to participate in Center-wide events!

Class representatives additional roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving on Advisory Boards.
  • Uniting the institution and the various healthcare programs offered.
  • Helping to identify areas/policies that can be adjusted to better serve the needs of the community.
  • Coordinating various charity events throughout the academic year.
  • Representing the institution and various events throughout the academic year, including regularly scheduled Open Houses.

How can I become a Class Representative?
Details on how to apply for the position will be provided at orientation. All nominees will be reviewed by a committee and reps will be announced by Week 4 of their program start date.


Christy Franco

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS 21-02)

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

- Taylor Swift
Hi, my name is Christy Franco. I was born and raised on Long Island. I found CAHE in my search to pursue a career in diagnostic medical sonography.
When I graduated high school in 2011, I wanted to become a social worker, so I enrolled in the human services program at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. After a couple of years, I realized this wasn’t the right path for me to take, so I took a break from school for a while. I have worked in medical receptionists’ positions for ten years now and currently work in a busy animal hospital. Having ultrasounds performed on me in the past and watching the ultrasound doctor perform various scans on canines and felines at my job, I became more and more interested in sonography and knew this would be the correct career path for me. So far during the first five weeks at CAHE, I have enjoyed everything that I have been learning, and the staff here has been very informative and professional. In the future, I hope to work as a registered cardiac sonographer in the emergency room department of a hospital.

Rena Johami

Radiography Program (RTR 821)

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you’ve come.”

Rena Johami is a Radiography student at CAHE. Previously, she earned an associates degree in Liberal Arts with an aim to complete a degree in the medical field. After visiting CAHE she fell in love with the Radiography program offered and automatically knew what she wanted to do for her future. After completing her degree, she aim to work as an X-Ray tech and complete other certifications that will allow her to expand her work horizon. Rena looks forward to applying all the skills she learned while at CAHE and give back to her community.

Sana Ahsan

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS 20-05)

“Never apologize for being more than they thought you should be.”

- Wilder
Sana graduated from Queens College and worked in the veterinary field for 6 years before deciding to pursue sonography. She comes from a family of healthcare professionals (for humans), and she didn’t want to do the same thing everyone was doing. Besides, she loves animals! Ironically, she was introduced to the field of sonography while volunteering at a wildlife hospital where she met a fellow volunteer, a retired mammographer who encouraged her to look into it. After doing some research into the career, Sana realized how important sonography is for saving lives and she decided she wanted to be a part of that. She is especially interested in working in women’s health and advocates for empowering women and minorities through high-quality medical care and respect they deserve.

Amanda DeSero

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS 20-02)

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

- Walt Disney
Amanda knew that she wanted to be in the medical field since I was 15. Her 1 year old cousin had passed away from neuroblastoma and she had multiple ultrasounds. The ultrasounds is what ultimately diagnosed her with cancer. Throughout this hard time, Amanda also had her gallbladder removed. After this experience, she knew for sure this was the career she wanted to pursue.

Amanda started her college education at Quinnipiac University in 2017 majoring in DMS. She absolutely loved it, although she realized being away just personally was not for her. She transferred back home to St. Francis College (Brooklyn) and continued to major in DMS there. St. Francis is affiliated with Center for Allied Health Education and safe to say, she could not be happier with her decision.

In high school, Amanda was captain of varsity softball. She absolutely loved guiding them in plays and being involved. Amanda thinks she is approachable and can get her point across well, for her classmates and herself. She is excited to see what the future holds and pursue a career in diagnostic medical sonography.

Christine Leger

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS 821)
Christine is originally from Long Island and moved to Brooklyn to attend CAHE. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a B.S in Psychology, but soon realized that she was better suited to pursue a career in the medical field. After working in a clerical position at a surgical office, Christine realized that she was fascinated by all of the medical technology available and decided to pursue a career in Medical Sonography. As soon as Christine interviewed for CAHE and met a few staff members, she knew it was the school for her. The welcoming environment inspired and encouraged her to start on her journey to becoming a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.

Christine has held several leadership positions in the past. She served as the secretary and then Vice President of the student run dance company at SUNY Oneonta. She also held the position of Clerical Supervisor at her previous job in a surgical office.

Brendaliz Ortiz

Radiation Therapy Program (RTT 821)

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

- Walt Disney
Brendaliz Ortiz recently completed her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at Lehman College in the summer of 2019. While completing her degree she learned about the Radiation Oncology department in the hospital and became fascinated with the thought of Radiation Therapy. After looking deep into the field, she fell in love with the idea of becoming a therapist herself. In becoming a therapist, she hopes to be active in the field by publishing articles in the Radiation Therapy journals as well as attend conferences. Brendaliz aspires to make a difference in her community, whether it be at her school, her career, or with people.

Breanna Navarra

Radiography Program (RTR 20-09)

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

- Thomas A. Edison
Breanna received her Associate's Degree in Science at Nassau Community College, which is where she discovered she wanted to go further into the medical field. She spent time in her undergrad truly uncertain where her path would lead, but only knew she wanted to help people. Eventually, she landed on the perfect path for herself which led her to CAHE. She picked radiography for how much she enjoyed learning about the internal workings of the body.

Working in the medical field to Breanna means making people comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Breanna finds joy in making the patients smile. She is currently working in the MRI department at Orlin and Cohen Orthopedic Group and finds herself even more engaged in the radiography process of orthopedics.

Breanna hopes to make a positive impact on the medical field and bring a positive smile.

Tanisha Magloire

Medical Assistant Program (CMA 20-09)

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

- Maya Angelou
After recently graduating from New York City College of Technology with her Associate's degree, Tanisha decided to further her education and pursue her dream of becoming a healthcare professional. Tanisha is currently a student at the Center for Allied Health Education’s accredited Medical Assistant program. I’ve always been super passionate about caring for people in need but never could decide on a profession therefore taking the first step of applying for the Medical assistant program was super exciting for me. Tanisha already had a background in patient care so the program just felt right. She is very excited to use the skills she is acquiring during her time in the program as well as her background experience in customer service and patient care. After completing her Medical Assistant program she hopes to pursue sonography.

Ryan Sookhu

Radiation Therapy Program (RTT 821)

”During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”

- Tupac
Ryan Sookhu was born and raised in Long Island and received his bachelor’s degree from NYIT Old Westbury in pre-med/life science and played baseball. He always knew he wanted a career in the medical field, he always saw himself helping others and putting others' needs before his own. Ryan took some time off from school in hopes to find what facet of medicine he wanted to work in, after 5 years he stumbled onto radiation therapy and knew that was the career path for him. After looking at schools that offered Radiation Therapy, he found CAHE, and even though it was located in Brooklyn and it would be a commute, he felt it was the right choice choosing to continue his education at CAHE. Ryan feels the program directors are very hands-on and have guided him throughout his journey, which he found refreshing after being out of school for so long.

Robert Mejia

Paramedic Program (EMT-P 20-05)

“The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Robert Mejia is a Paramedic Student at the Center for Allied Health Education. He graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology along with minors in Chemistry and Psychiatry. He is also employed as an NYC 911 EMT. After learning of the leadership running CAHE’s current paramedic program; he knew this is where he was going to advance his career in EMS. Robert’s career in the healthcare field lead him to EMS and hopes to pursue a career as a flight paramedic. Hopefully one day you may look up in the skies and see this former CAHE student.

Maja Vincic

Radiography Program (RTR 20-09)
Maja is a part of CAHE’s Radiography program. Maja graduated from the University of Texas, and has worked as a personal trainer and in corrective exercise, before deciding to pursue Radiography. She comes from a family of healthcare professionals and always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She credits her mother, who is a healthcare worker, for instilling a want to help and heal people. Maja aims to work as an X-Ray tech and complete other certifications that will allow her to expand her knowledge and ability to help others.

Jolie Huisken

Radiation Therapy Program (RTT 20-09)

“You do not find the happy life, you make it."

- Thomas S. Monson
Jolie is originally from Southern California, for her undergrad she moved to Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelors of Arts. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she worked in marketing for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Her time at LLS, her grandmother's cancer diagnosis, and a few other things inspired her to make a big career change and pursue radiation therapy. She couldn’t be happier with her decision, she loves CAHE and all that she’s learning and is excited to get out into the health care workforce and help make people’s lives better, healthier, and happier.

Humaira Mithawala

Radiation Therapy Program (RTT 20-09)

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.”

- Max De Pree
Humaira is a 23-year-old student who graduated from Queens College with a major in psychology and a minor in Biology. She has always been interested in the medical field and has been doing voluntary work at hospitals and clinics since high school. She never knew about radiation therapy until she was researching and came across it, and it piqued her interest. Being in the medical field has always been a dream of hers, the ability to help others called to her and made her want to join this program. She loves to spend time with her family and friends and has a major interest in cars as well as fashion. She hopes to have a good experience with everyone and learn something new every day.