Jake Weinfeld

Executive Director


Jake originally got involved with MERIT, in 2012, as a volunteer Saturday teacher, while teaching science full time at KIPP Academy in Baltimore. Jake came to teach in Baltimore through Teach for America, teaching at his placement school for three years before joining the MERIT team full-time. He received his Masters in the Science of Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.


Senttra Snowden-Gregg

Program Director


Senttra taught high school English in North Carolina, England and, most recently, at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in Baltimore City before joining MERIT as the College Success Manager. She is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling program. 

Julian Walker

Scholar Support Manager


In 2017, Julian started teaching public health lessons to MERIT scholars while earning his master’s degree in Health Science at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a proponent of health equity in Baltimore City, he has mentored students all over the city and worked for the Baltimore City Health Department as acting Director for the chronic disease prevention sector. Julian also earned his bachelor’s degree from the illustrious Morgan State University.

Terry Yau

Program and Operations Manager


Terry earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California,
Berkeley in 2019. During that time, she developed a strong passion for educational equity and mentorship while working for the Hull Research Group, the Berkeley Early Learning Lab, and The Steppingstone Foundation.

Gabriela Nisly

Program Coordinator


Gabriela received a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in December of 2018. After graduation, Gabriela moved to Brazil for 8 months to teach English, where she developed a passion for global health and healthcare equity. Gabriela will be attending medical school in the Fall of 2021 where she hopes to continue mentoring students with interests in the STEM fields.


Alex Seo

Operations Coordinator


Alex received her Bacherlor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in May 2020. While working as a Health Leads Advocate, she became passionate about working with underserved populations and empowering them through healthcare. Alex plans to attend medical school following her time with MERIT.


Kahlid Fowlkes

Scholar Support Coordinator


Kahlid received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College in May of 2020. With being an Alum of MERIT, he is super excited to return to MERIT to serve as the Scholar Support Coordinator. Kahlid will soon be furthering his education by attending medical school. In addition, to continuously playing a part within the MERIT community.


Sabreenah Khan

Scholar Support Coordinator


Sabreenah earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Health Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019. During her time as a MERIT Scholar, she developed a passion for addressing health disparities which led her to major in public health and spearhead the building of a clinic to service an underserved community in Maryland. Sabreenah plans to attend medical school following her time with MERIT.

MERIT Board of Directors

Board Chair

Dr. Sherita Golden

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Staff Success Chair

Chitamawe Daka Mulwanda

Manager of Equity Programs

Baltimore City Public Schools

Strategic Growth Chair

Dr. John Kontor

Executive Vice President


Dr. David Hellmann


Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine

Dr. Ilana Mittman

Genetic Counselor

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Dr. Krista Ratliff

Vice President of Business Development and Operations

Encompass Engineering​

MERIT Co-Founder

Dr. Tyler Mains

Assistant Medical Officer

Jail Health Services at San Francisco Department of Health

Vice Chair

Dr. Rudy Ruiz


Four Point Education Partners

Fundraising Chair

Kristin Kosmides

Head of Global Citizenship

Franklin​ Templeton


Brian McDonald
Audit Partner


Geoffrey Genth

Principal Attorney

Kramon and Graham 

Karen Dates Dunmore

Senior Director of Community Engagement and Workforce Development

University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Scott Wright

Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

MERIT Co-Founder

Shyam Gadwal

Vice President of Programs

APIA Scholars