We are a dynamic group of individuals who firmly believe that health is a human right and are dedicated to doing our part to make this a reality. We don’t subscribe to the idea of “impossible” in global healthcare. Instead, we approach neglected issues from new angles and different perspectives, focusing on the needs of the people affected by the problem instead of those observing and discussing it from afar. 


Our Leadership

Amanda Zieselman Executive Director and Co-Founder Amanda Zieselman is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Health Advocacy Innovations, and has a passion for social justice and medical anthropology, with a focus on people. She graduated from Dartmouth College, with an academic background in neuroscience, anthropology and global health. She has worked with underserved populations in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Amanda Zieselman

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Amanda Zieselman is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Health Advocacy Innovations, and has a passion for social justice and medical anthropology, with a focus on people. She graduated from Dartmouth College, with an academic background in neuroscience, anthropology and global health. She has worked with underserved populations in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Marina Plesons President and Co-Founder Marina Plesons is the President and Co-founder of Health Advocacy Innovations. She has an academic background in biology and medical anthropology at Dartmouth College, and is currently pursuing an MPH in global health at UW. Stemming from her belief in health as a human right and as a social justice issue, she has worked on health solutions for underserved populations in the US, Haiti, Kenya, and Rwanda. 

Marina Plesons

President and Co-Founder

Marina Plesons is the President and Co-founder of Health Advocacy Innovations. She has an academic background in biology and medical anthropology at Dartmouth College, and is currently pursuing an MPH in global health at UW. Stemming from her belief in health as a human right and as a social justice issue, she has worked on health solutions for underserved populations in the US, Haiti, Kenya, and Rwanda. 

Abby Reynolds Project Manager - mHealth and Early Childhood Development Abby Reynolds is a student at Dartmouth College studying the intersections of biomedical engineering and global health. She is especially interested in how medical innovations can be designed to be more human-centered and culturally relevant. In her free time, she loves spending time outside.

Abby Reynolds

Project Manager - mHealth and Early Childhood Development

Abby Reynolds is a student at Dartmouth College studying the intersections of biomedical engineering and global health. She is especially interested in how medical innovations can be designed to be more human-centered and culturally relevant. In her free time, she loves spending time outside.

Helen Nam Public Relations Manager Helen Nam is currently a student at Dartmouth College studying government and religion. Having been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis in her youth, Helen is excited to work with the HAI team in improving pediatric TB treatment. She is currently working on developing HAI's digital brand through social media platforms. In her free time, Helen is an avid video gamer; her favorite game is Destiny.

Helen Nam

Public Relations Manager

Helen Nam is currently a student at Dartmouth College studying government and religion. Having been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis in her youth, Helen is excited to work with the HAI team in improving pediatric TB treatment. She is currently working on developing HAI's digital brand through social media platforms. In her free time, Helen is an avid video gamer; her favorite game is Destiny.


our superstar engineers

Plus Fabrications An engineering and prototyping firm with the mission of building better products that are ready for the real world.

Plus Fabrications

An engineering and prototyping firm with the mission of building better products that are ready for the real world.

 
Andrea Price Engineering Consultant Andrea Price is a mechanical engineering student at Dartmouth College. She began working with Health Advocacy Innovations in the winter of 2015. Andrea is currently working in Haiti in construction management to develop healthcare facilities that will offer affordable healthcare to under-resourced populations. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities of all types. 

Andrea Price

Engineering Consultant

Andrea Price is a mechanical engineering student at Dartmouth College. She began working with Health Advocacy Innovations in the winter of 2015. Andrea is currently working in Haiti in construction management to develop healthcare facilities that will offer affordable healthcare to under-resourced populations. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities of all types. 

Aditya Mahara Engineering Consultant Aditya Mahara is a Ph.D. Candidate at Thayer focusing on Biomedical Engineering. His research involves exploring visualization tools that can be used during robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies (RALP) using electrical impedance. He has a passion for healthcare and has experience leading trips to Nepal where college students travel to Nepal for a few weeks to explore and contribute in areas such as global health, water sanitation, and education. Besides work, Adi loves playing and watching soccer!

Aditya Mahara

Engineering Consultant

Aditya Mahara is a Ph.D. Candidate at Thayer focusing on Biomedical Engineering. His research involves exploring visualization tools that can be used during robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies (RALP) using electrical impedance. He has a passion for healthcare and has experience leading trips to Nepal where college students travel to Nepal for a few weeks to explore and contribute in areas such as global health, water sanitation, and education. Besides work, Adi loves playing and watching soccer!

Ian Kennedy Engineering Consultant Ian Kennedy is a senior at Dartmouth College studying mechanical engineering. He got involved with Health Advocacy Innovations in January 2015. At Dartmouth, he is a member of the varsity lightweight rowing team and enjoys hanging out with friends and going on runs when not busy with schoolwork and/or his team.

Ian Kennedy

Engineering Consultant

Ian Kennedy is a senior at Dartmouth College studying mechanical engineering. He got involved with Health Advocacy Innovations in January 2015. At Dartmouth, he is a member of the varsity lightweight rowing team and enjoys hanging out with friends and going on runs when not busy with schoolwork and/or his team.

Ariana Sopher Engineering Consultant Ariana Sopher is a mechanical engineer who enjoys making and designing and brainstorming ideas with friends. She enjoys knitting, playing frisbee, and exploring her surroundings on foot or bicycle. Her spirit animal is a sheep and her favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee heath bar.

Ariana Sopher

Engineering Consultant

Ariana Sopher is a mechanical engineer who enjoys making and designing and brainstorming ideas with friends. She enjoys knitting, playing frisbee, and exploring her surroundings on foot or bicycle. Her spirit animal is a sheep and her favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee heath bar.

Additional engineering consultants

-  Ryan Chapman-  Meegan Daigler  -