2021-2022 Ambassadors & Peer Mentors

profile picture of Grace JohnsonGrace Johnson

Meet Grace Johnson, a senior Bachelor of Public Health student from Dandridge, Tennessee.
What do you like to do in your free time? I am very involved on campus with student organizations. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Student Philanthropy Board, 4Kids, and Red Shoe Crew. I’m also a DanceBlue Team Captain!
How will you use your Bachelor of Public Health degree? I hope to join the Peace Corp after graduation.


profile picture of Mahirah ShahMahirah Shah

Meet Mahirah Shah, a senior Bachelor of Public Health student from Lexington, Kentucky.
What do you like to do in your free time? I currently serve on the University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association board as secretary and recently did volunteer work at the UK COVID-19 vaccine clinic as dose runner and registration clerk. In my free time I enjoy visiting new places, eating out with friends and family, and exploring new restaurants and bubble tea and coffee shops!
How will you use your Bachelor of Public Health degree? I am very involved with the Lexington community and actively volunteer and strive to serve the underserved in our small city. Following graduation, I hope to pursue a job that will help me further my experience and exposure to public health and health administration. I plan on working for one to two years after graduation and then pursuing my master's degree in public health.
Words for 2021-2022? I am excited to see what this year brings to us a college and university.


profile picture of Miria Morales GomezMaria Fernanda Morales Gomez

Meet Maria Fernanda Morales Gomez, a senior Bachelor of Public Health student born in Mexico City, Mexico but later moved to Louisville, Kentucky.
What do you like to do in your free time? I am very involved on campus. I am a member of the Latino Student Union, Pre-PA club, tennis club, and Hay Que Hablar as well as a Mental Health Peer Advocate for the UK Counseling Center.
How will you use your Bachelor of Public Health degree? I am still deciding! I have an interest in becoming a Physician’s Assistant or obtaining my Master of Public Health degree.


profile picture of Ashley DuffAshley Duff

Meet Ashley Duff, a senior Bachelor of Public Health student from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love volunteering and helping the community. I currently volunteer at a dog rescue near my hometown and with the American Red Cross.
How will you use your Bachelor of Public Health degree? This fall I am doing an independent study with CPH and hope to attend medical school after graduation.
Words for 2021-2022? I’m so excited to be a Peer Mentor and get back to in-person events/classes!


profile picture of Daniela NakinojaDaniela Nakinoja

Meet Daniela Nakinoja, a senior Bachelor of Public Health student born in Congo, Africa but later moved to Lexington, Kentucky.
Why public health? My personal experience living in developing countries has allowed me to make personal connections within public health and has inspired my passion for addressing health disparities and inequalities.
How will you use your Bachelor of Public Health degree? ? I have participated in cancer research at the UK Markey Cancer Center and hope to attend medical school after graduation to gain training on how to provide adequate healthcare for refugee communities.