MIT-MAPS Executive Board

Meet the Executive Board for the 2015-2016 academic year:



Veronica Toro ’16

Course 20: Biological Engineering

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My favorite place to be at is the beach and I will never get used to the crazy Boston weather (especially rowing with the Women’s Open Weight Crew team when it is 30 degrees outside). Besides going to the beach, I really enjoy helping others and especially working with children. Because of this, I am a reading tutor for the MIT ReachOut program at the Cambridge Community Center, I am a big sister for Big Sister of Greater Boston and I am a mentor for MIT Best Buddies. In the future I want to become an orthopedic pediatric surgeon (I work building synthetic bone scaffolds at MGH!) At MIT I find that my biggest support system is the Association of Puerto Rican Students (I am their social chair and they are like my family :)), so I believe that peer support is super important and thus I fully endorse MIT MAPS mission of providing guidance from minority pre-meds to minority pre-meds. Besides being President of MAPS, I am the MedLinks resident director for Simmons and I am Vice-President of Colleges Against Cancer. I hope that as an executive member I will be able to make MAPS a bigger organization on campus so that we may encourage many other minority students to pursue their goals in the field of medicine.


Jonathan Thomas ’17

Course 3: Material Sciences and Engineering

Executive Secretary


Nana-Efua Essuman ’18

Course 20: Biological Engineering

I was born and raised on Long Island, NY. I’m an avid dog lover and I’m looking forward to filling my future apartment with Huskies, Yorkies, and Golden Retrievers! I’m a part of various clubs on campus including Mocha Moves, Ridonkulous, MedLinks, and Black Women’s Alliance. Working as a camp counselor has cultivated my love for children and helped me decided to work as a pediatric anesthesiologist in the future. I hope to inspire and help other minority students in their pre-med journey as a executive member of MAPS.

S.N.M.A. Liaison

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Chimdimma “Amma” Okwara ‘16

Course 3: Materials Science and Engineering

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and I’m looking forward to finding a warm place to live after graduation. As a Materials Science & Engineering major, I have enjoyed learning about biomaterial generation and application. Outside of my studies, I am involved with Sigma Kappa and Fenway House; I also volunteer as a tutor at a Cambridge Upper School. I have been fortunate to help found PLEASURE, a peer education program through MIT’s Violence Prevention and Response department. Slowly but surely, I am learning how to play the ukulele. Finally, I am looking forward to eventually adorning the white coat.