Meet Our Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors are here to help prospective students learn about the MHA program at the University of Washington. They have a wide variety of experience and interest! If you are interested in connecting with a student ambassador, please email our marketing and student recruitment specialist, Christine Fleming, at fleming7@uw.edu.

Brittany Baldwin

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Baldwin_Brittany-(2).jpg Hello! My name is Brittany Baldwin, and I’m currently a 1st-year student in the UW MHA program. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in care, health and society. While volunteering for my local senior center, I found my passion for health care. I interned with a hospice organization, then worked for an assisted living facility for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I saw many improvements I wanted to make, including patient safety and quality of care. I joined the MHA program in order to learn how to make those improvements. It’s my goal to become a leader in the health-care industry and be in a position to create positive change. Coming from the state in California, I would love to share my experiences with anyone deciding to make the move from out of state -- or anyone else interested in this amazing program!


Sam Holten

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Holten_Samantha.jpgWhile I’m originally from the Midwest, I’ve called Seattle home for over three years. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, I moved to Seattle and worked for a local community health center in process improvement. While working, I saw the challenges that patients face every day to access care and how inefficient the overall system can be. I decided that a master’s degree in health administration would help me make a bigger impact in the health care industry. I was fortunate to meet many UW MHA alumni and was inspired by their effective and thoughtful leadership styles. Additionally, I loved that the UW MHA program is team-based and taught by faculty with valuable real-world experience. I know I’m becoming a better leader day by day and will be ready to help tackle the problems in health care after graduation.


Hallie Lebon

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Lebon_Hallie.jpgHello! I am pursuing my MHA degree at the University of Washington because I wanted to further my development as a leader in a field that I am passionate about. After working in the health care field for three years, I decided I wanted to learn more about how the system operates and what it takes to manage given all the current issues facing health care. I knew the decision to continue my education at a graduate level would allow me to gain insights and knowledge that would be beneficial in my chosen career path. The MHA program here at UW is highly ranked, has a wonderful community and is a great environment in which to grow. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from faculty who have real-world experience and getting to work with wonderful, like-minded classmates.


Patrick Lee

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Lee_Patrick.jpgI was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Fort Myers. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in business administration. My past experience working in health insurance research at the University of Florida has encouraged my passion for improving the health care industry. I am interested in health policy, quality and insurance. Moving to the Pacific Northwest and escaping humidity, I am eager to learn the different approaches to health care in the United States. In my spare time I love shopping at discount prices, camping and going to the gym.


Tori Maslennikova

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Maslennikova_Tori.jpgHi there! My name is Tori and I’m so excited to be part of the student ambassador program for the MHA program at the UW. A little bit about me is that I’m from Longview, Washington, and I transferred to the University of Washington from a small community college. Once at the UW, I studied psychology and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2018. Then I took a year off of school while I explored my interests and discovered how curious I was about going into the field of health care administration. Primarily, I chose to pursue an MHA degree because it incorporates two fields that I have always been really interested in: business and health care.

I’m currently a 1st-year MHA student, where I’m learning more than ever about all of the awesome areas of focus within the field. My goal for the program is to further the leadership and communication skills that will one day help me become a CEO. Outside of school I really enjoy exploring Seattle and anything related to food.J


Joann Munn

Class of 2020 — 2nd-year MHA student

Mun_Joann.jpgAlthough I was intending to pursue medical school following my undergraduate education, I began a leadership position during a clinical internship at Swedish Medical Center and realized that I really enjoyed learning about how nurse managers and administrative staff ran their units and the hospital as a whole. I became curious about the ways to impact patients on a larger scale without necessarily providing direct clinical care. Shortly after, I got connected with a current student of the UW MHA program and I began to research positions in health care that were more on the administrative side. I was amazed at how leaders and managers in the field were such integral components of a health care delivery system and I thought the career path would be a great fit for me! 

I could sense the strong camaraderie among the 1st- and 2nd-year students and a culture of excellence from the faculty and program leaders the UW MHA program at Visit Day. It felt like a place where I would constantly be growing personally and professionally, learning interpersonal and leadership skills and delving into the dynamic field of health care. I was also drawn to the idea that the program equips you with the necessary skills to succeed by placing emphasis on challenging and setting goals for yourself. Similar to how the UW program shapes future health care professionals, I think it encourages students in turn to boldly make a positive impact on the program and in health care.

Currently, I’m interested in seeing how the operations of various health care organizations, such as at a large hospital organization or a community health center, affect both the quality of and access to services to patients. I’m also interested in learning more about how to improve health outcomes and care experiences, as well as in determining how patients are being affected by social determinants of health. In addition, I’m passionate about spreading education and knowledge about how to promote health equity in diverse and medically underserved communities and empowering individuals to feel like they are able to make changes in the services and care they receive.