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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
MERIT Board of Directors
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
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Dr. Krista Ratliff
Vice President of Business Development and Operations
Dr. Tyler Mains
Assistant Medical Officer
Jail Health Services at San Francisco Department of Health
Dr. Rudy Ruiz
Four Point Education Partners
Head of Global Citizenship
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
Vice President of Programs