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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

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!

Internship site: SutterHealth

Elle Busch

Class of 2021, first-year student

Elle BuschHello! I am thrilled to be a student ambassador for the UW MHA program. I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s in genetics and cellular biology. After I graduated from WSU, I worked in a variety of health care settings from research to direct patient care. While working with patients, I realized how frustrating navigating the health care system could be for not only patients, but for providers as well. I learned a lot from that experience, most notably that I wanted to make a bigger impact by making health care more efficient and accessible to everyone. The UW MHA program was ideal for me because of the team based atmosphere and inclusive culture. They place an emphasis on developing our critical thinking and leadership skills, which has been invaluable for preparing us for careers in healthcare after graduation. Outside of school I love skiing, ferry rides and hiking adventures around the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Internship site: Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and MultiCare

Alexander Hyde

Class of 2021 — first-year student

Alec HydeI grew up in the Salt Lake City area where I attended college at Utah Valley University. While earning my bachelor’s in business management I was drawn to health care as I watched my two-pound nephew spend 97 days in the NICU. I was amazed by his extensive care team and wanted to gain exposure to the work that happens behind the scenes — which patients often don’t see. I spent the next year working in an operating room finding and improving operational inefficiencies. Between mentors and my experience working and volunteering in hospitals, I knew I could create a rewarding career in health care. This led me to pursue an MHA where I can build my professional network and develop the skills and knowledge required to be an effective leader.

I’m thrilled you are considering UW’s MHA program. I look forward to helping prospective students navigate their graduate school experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

Sakthi Krishnan

Class of 2021 — first-year student

Sakthi KrishnanHi there! My name is Sakthi Krishnan, currently in my 1st year of the UW MHA Program. I hold a bachelor’s degree in dental from India. After a break of 4 years, when I wanted to pursue my master's, I realized I didn’t want to become a clinician. Since I had an interest in business and health care, I chose MHA. Additionally, the UW MHA program is cohort-based and the faculty have industry experience and are willing to help students whenever needed. I’m very eager to learn the different areas of the field and further improve my skills that will help me become a better leader. I am truly excited to be a student ambassador of the program and can't wait to share my experience and help prospective students choose the UW MHA Program and become the healthcare leader they want to.

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.

Internship site: EvergreenHealth

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.

Internship site: Avamere

James Lenert

Class of 2021 — 1st-year MHA student

Lenert_James.jpgI grew up in San Diego and moved to Seattle to attend the UW. Seattle has an amazing variety of health care organizations. While earning my bachelor's in public health, I worked as a research assistant at Harborview Medical Center, a student assistant in the Harborview pathology lab and a volunteer at Swedish Medical Center. After graduation I accepted a position at Swedish Medical Center, where my work focused on patient care coordination in outpatient clinics. Over the next three years, I enjoyed working directly with patients and improving processes within my clinics. I chose to pursue an MHA because I wanted to increase my impact on patient care. The UW MHA program looked like a great opportunity for me to gain the skills and connections I needed to build a successful career in health administration.  Feel free to connect with me. My interests include improving patient engagement, learning about new sectors within health care and finding the best tacos in the city. 

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.

Internship site: Eastside Health Network

Joann Mun

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! 

Internship site: Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)

Veena Pillalamarri

Class of 2021 — first-year student

Veena PillalamarriHello! My name is Veena and I am very excited to be a student ambassador for the UW MHA program. I graduated from the UW with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2018. During my undergraduate degree, I volunteered in local hospitals and clinics where I saw the challenges patients were facing with gaining access to health care resources. After taking a year off to further explore my interests, I decided to pursue an MHA program to learn more about how to make improvements to change the overall health care system to increase access for a larger population. The UW MHA program offers many opportunities which I know are helping me become a better health care leader. I am enjoying learning from a team-based program which incorporates real-world experiences into classes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to talk about this amazing program!