Meet Our Prospective Student Representatives

Class of 2025 Pro-Reps

Our Prospective Student Representatives are current medical students who play an integral role in a variety of admissions activities and events.

Before interview day, they set up a virtual pre-interview meet and greet, where students meet with applicants the night before the interview to provide insight into their personal experiences at CU School of Medicine.

On interview day, the Pro-Reps participate in our student panel, which is a question and answer session for all applicants. Our Pro-Reps also lead Campus Tours, showing applicants lecture halls, small group sessions classrooms, hospitals and other important locations on campus.


Jacob Duenas IIIJacob Duenas III



Pronouns: He/Him/His


Where are you from?: Azusa, CA United States


Birthday: May 24


Undergraduate Institution: UCLA


Degree: BS in Biology, 2019


Random Fact: When I was a baby, I learned to walk before I crawled and I am convinced that is why I am kind of clumsy today and run into things often.

Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions:I really enjoy going for runs around the neighborhood. I am definitely a plant dad, currently have about 30 different plants around my apartment. I am a pretty big foodie and I am always excited to eat and try new places!

Kevin Paik Kevin Paik



Pronouns: He/Him/His


Where are you from?: Colorado Springs, Colorado United States

Birthday: December 24


Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Degree: BA in Nursing, BS in Sociology


Random Fact: I grew up in a military family, mostly in California and Hawaii. Colorado is the most inland that I have ever lived. I hated it here when we first moved, but have since changed my mind as I have grown older and appreciate it much more.

Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Snowboarding, rock climbing are my two seasonal activities. Only recently started mountain biking. But my biggest current obsession is our new dog. Just took her home this January and she is adorable!

Melanie Mandell Melanie Mandell



Pronouns: she/her/hers


Where are you from?: Glencoe, Illinois United States


Birthday: February 28


Undergraduate Institution: Colorado College


Degree: BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2020


Random Fact: I once worked security detail for Oprah


Hobbies/Interests/Obsesssions: Listening to music, running, baking, SCUBA diving



Morgan McCord Morgan McCord



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Where are you from?: Indianapolis, IN United States


Birthday: July 8


Undergraduate Institution: DePauw University


Degree: BA in Biochemistry, 2018


Random Fact: I walk on my tippy toes


Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Thrifting, skiing, re-watching TV series, hiking 14ers

Mustafa Saaed Mustafa Saeed



Pronouns: He/Him/His


Where are you from?: Khartoum, Khartoum Sudan


Birthday: August 27


Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University


Degree: BA in Physiology, 2022


Random Fact: I have lived in four different countries


Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Soccer, arsenal, music, movies, exploring new cuisines



Ry HemondRy Hemond (Rural Program)



Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Where are you from?: Acton, MA United States


Birthday: March 1


Undergraduate Institution: Middlebury College


Degree: BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 2019.5

Random Fact: I went through seven full rolls of athletic tape while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Finding hidden hikes and swimming holes, reading too many books at once, and disappearing into the woods for months on end

Owen ZielinskiOwen Zielinski



Pronouns: He/Him/His


Where are you from?: Loveland, Colorado United States


Birthday: May 28


Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University


Degree: BS in Biochemistry, 2021 and BS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 2021

Random Fact: I attended ten different schools before graduating from high school

Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Creative writing and hosting and playing in online Survivor games


Helena Heister Helena Heister (Fort Collins)



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Where are you from?: Colorado Springs, CO United States


Birthday: October 20


Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado Boulder

Degree: BA in Integrative Physiology, 2019 and MSc in Biomedical Sciences, 2022, Rocky Vista University

Random Fact: I love public transit

Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Skiing, hiking, volleyball, disc golf, embroidery, my cats, plants

Michelle Wehbe Michelle Wehbe (Fort Collins)



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Where are you from?: Brookings, South Dakota United States


Birthday: May 20


Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Degree: BS in Neuroscience, 2013


Random Fact: I still have two baby teeth


Hobbies/Interests/Obsessions: Travel, outdoor recreation, sewing and crafts

Office of Admissions Contact Information 

  • Jeffrey SooHoo, MD, MBA
    Assistant Dean of Admissions 
  • Haylee Shacklock, MHA
    Director of Medical Education and Student Affairs 
  • Karina Goodwin, MA
    Admissions Manager
  • Lamar Cherry
    ​Senior Admissions Specialist 
  • Lindsay Willis 
    Senior Admissions Specialist

Building 500, First Floor
Mailing Address: 13001 E. 17th Place, Mailstop C292
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-6407
Fax: 303-724-8028