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Bios Board 2010-2011

Leslie Johnson(
National President
I am a senior this year majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Psychosocial Development. At Stanford I am a tutor, a member of the Memorial Church choir, and a volunteer and steering committee member for Pacific Free Clinic. I am very excited about this year for USVH! We have some great events planned and expect to have a great group of volunteers returning. We also have goals to increase campus visibility and national presence for the year. I have had a wonderful time getting to know the veterans at the VA. I have learned so much from the relationships that I have formed in my time volunteering. The veterans have taught me to live more fully and laugh more often. In my free time I like to play piano, eat chocolate, and play volleyball. Iím looking forward to seeing how USVH grows and continues to serve this year!

Shelly Xie (
National Vice President
Hello! My name is Mingqian(Shelly) Xie, and I am a senior. I started volunteering for USVH since the autumn quarter of my freshmen year. I love volunteering with USVH because I think since recently so many programs and services target children or the younger generation, USVH really makes a difference for the elderly and especially veterans, who need not only medical support but also emotional support. I love talking to the veterans, listening to their amazing stories, and seeing them in a better mood each time I visit with them. A fun fact about myself is that I can ride the unicycle!

Sam Birer(
Stanford Chapter President
My name is Sam Birer, and I am the USVH Director of Volunteering. If you are involved with USVH at Stanford, then I will be the guy sending you e-mail and doing my best to get you scheduled nicely. I am currently a junior studying chemistry, and I hope to someday earn my MD. I'm also a local boy, and I have a lot of family in the Bay Area. My grandpa is actually a frequent patient at the Menlo Park VA! The best part of USVH for me is the pride in giving back to a community that has done so much for us.

Liz Melton(
Director of Advocacy
I am a declared Human biology major, but my extra-curricular Stanford activities include: VPA (Vice President of Administration) of Pi Beta Phi, Co-director Henry's Place (a student-run organization to promote scientific learning amongst low-income elementary school students), previously on Stanford's varsity sailing team, and intern at both the Chen OB-GYN Lab at Stanford Medical Center, and Constantinou Lab at the Palo Alto Veteran's Hospital. Formerly, I was a US Figure Skater for 12 years and won 2nd place at Coup de Printemps in Luxembourg. At times, I feel as though the mental and physical health of the elderly veteran population tends to be neglected. What is more upsetting, though, is how little we take into account the happiness and well-being of those who have sacrificed their life for our own happiness. By volunteering at USVH, I feel that I am making an extremely small donation of compassion for those who have given up so much for all of us--an act I feel is a necessary "thank you" to our brave and honorable former soldiers.

Brittany Beavers(
Special Events Coordinator
I am junior who is a Human Biology major with a minor in Economics. I have always been interested in volunteering, especially in the health sector. I have volunteered at the Menlo Park Veterans hospital this past year and have enjoyed my time spent there. It's always great to get off campus, and I love to listen to each veteran's biography--the differences in our life experiences are amazing! Most veterans do not receive visitors regularly, which is one reason that I believe USVH truly impacts lives. Our volunteers brighten their weeks by taking the time to listen. I also tutor at the After School Academy in East Palo Alto. My other hobbies include running, collaging, and listening to music. This upcoming year I will be an RA in a freshman dorm on campus. I'm looking forward to another great year of volunteering!