The MCDD is excited to sponsor six trainees this fall.
Judy Huynh is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in public health. She developed an interest in people with disabilities while working directly with them at her current job in the dental field as an orthodontic assistant. She hopes to learn and understand the various aspects of disabilities during her internship at the MCDD by participating in several of the MCDD’s projects, including the Parent Support Training Project. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge on health education as it relates to disabilities and advocating for those with disabilities. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school to continue learning about health education and get her master’s degree in public health.
Luanne Mottley is a third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, concentrating in health law. She earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the College of William & Mary, where she performed research on autism spectrum disorder. Recently, she interned with the National Association of the Deaf, furthering her passion for disability rights and advocacy. She will graduate in May of 2023 and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare law.
Cody McMullen is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in public health sciences. He developed an interest in public health from his time working in healthcare as an ophthalmic technician and his current work as a corrective exercise specialist. He hopes to develop his skills and gain valuable insight and education through his internship at the MCDD by working on some of MCDD’s many ongoing projects, including the Disability and Faith Community Project. He is looking forward to learning how to apply his previous and ongoing education to real world practice, and gaining multiple experiences in different fields. After completing his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend graduate school for public health and continue to build on his passion for public health and the health sciences.
Alexis Nartey is a senior at Towson University majoring in public health. She developed an interest in people with disabilities during her studies and previous experience working as a camp counselor. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to either continue her career in research or attend graduate school to become a physician assistant. She hopes to gain a well-rounded experience and be exposed to learning opportunities during her internship with the MCDD through the MCDD’s various projects, including the Disability Etiquette and Inclusive Practice Training Project. She is looking forward to learning more about research, data management, dissemination and overall advocacy for individuals and families with developmental disabilities.
Hannah Martinson is a second-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in criminology and criminal justice. While attending the University of South Carolina, she volunteered as a mentor with Waverly, an after-school program for at-risk students, which furthered her desire to be involved in child advocacy and work to dismantle the systemic barriers in our society. She will graduate in May of 2024, and hopes to pursue criminal defense work and assist young people in navigating the criminal justice system.
Hyunsung Joo is a third-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He received his PhD in structural engineering from Korea University in South Korea. After working as an engineering researcher, he worked as a policy researcher at a nonprofit organization, which furthered his desire to be involved in public interest areas. He will graduate in May of 2023 and hopes to pursue a career in public interest law.