The Founding Team

We are a team of students and teachers. In addition, all of our content is supported and reviewed by college professors and healthcare professionals

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Founder

ELISA FLOYD

Elisa is a sophomore at Homestead High School. Her passion for biology ignited in sixth grade when she learned about DNA and how to use Punnett squares to predict genotypes. After noticing the lack of scientific information her peers and community members had during the COVID-19 pandemic, she began to commit herself to educating those around her and helping them make informed decisions. Outside of biology and public health, Elisa is an active leader in her school community as a Clubs Commissioner in Homestead ASB, where she works to manage over 90 clubs on campus, and as an officer of Homestead's California Scholarship Federation, Inno, and Tri-M/Forte. Elisa has also played piano since she was six years old and actively competes in both National and International Competitions. She serves her community through music by volunteering in non-profit Sky Ensemble, where she performs for the elderly and hospital patients. In her free time, Elisa loves to spend time with her friends, listen to music, run cross country, and travel with her family.

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NOELLE MCCULLOH

Noelle is a first year student at UC Davis. She plans to study biological sciences and public health. Noelle has been passionate about public health ever since she studied infectious diseases in 7th grade, and one day she hopes to become an infectious diseases physician. She loves being a part of PHEP because it allows her to pursue her passion for public health while helping educate and consequently protecting her community.

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RACHEL YOUNG

Rachel is a Canadian high school student and is very passionate about math and science in general. Some of her hobbies include riding her Ripstik, drinking water, eating cheese, and doing digital art with her iPad and Apple Pencil (although she doesn't think she is very good at it). With PHEP, she intends to educate those around her with accurate information while creating enjoyable videos.

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KAREN ZHANG

Karen is a freshman at Homestead High School. She served as the vice president of student council as an eighth grader. Karen is fascinated by science and is always eager to consume more information. Working on PHEP is an eye-opening experience that allows her to further explore the world of biology and give back to her community while having fun. She encourages the general public to watch PHEP's video series to learn more about COVID-19 and viruses. Her hobbies include tennis, art, and piano.

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CRYSTAL TAO

Crystal's two greatest passions are education and medicine because she believes they're critical aspects to building a healthier and more unified society. As a K-8 teacher, Hospital Corpsman, and now PA student, her goal is to organize community-driven efforts to advocate for more equitable access to science education, medical knowledge, and improved health policies. PHEP is a place for anyone of any age/profession who wants to create the change they'd like to see in the world. Crystal encourages you to join us today!

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DEWEY HUANG

As a science teacher at Sunnyvale Middle School, Dewey has witnessed the importance of encouraging an interest in science and scientific thought in his students. He strongly believes that teaching children to think critically about the world around them and to explore phenomena through inquiry is a core principle in building a healthier and stronger society. In this regard, PHEP is an amazing opportunity to foster bright young minds and activate them to create positive, sustainable change in the world they will inherit.

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KYLE BODEN

Kyle is a college junior majoring in Biology (Pre-Med), currently attending The University of Alabama. Before attending University, Kyle worked as a Wilderness EMT, providing emergency medicine to backcountry and rural communities. Through his experiences, Kyle's discovered that his true passion is through civic engagement for medicine. After spending some time as a Wilderness First Aid instructor, his interest in teaching various forms of medicine led him to participate in the Public Health Enhancement Project (PHEP). Outside of school and PHEP, Kyle likes to spend his time playing water polo for the University's club water polo team and volunteering at a Fire Department.