Samiha Sharmin lives in The Bronx, New York and is a student at Hunter College studying Public Health. She was born and grew up in Bangladesh and came to New York in 2015 after getting married. Samiha has always wanted to do something in a health-related field and feels comfortable when serving and helping people and educating them about their health. In her internship opportunity, she found out about Aaliyah in Action. Aaliyah in Action drew her attention because Samiha never heard that much about infant loss and still birth. As a new mother, she can feel and relate to how hard it is for the family to lose a newborn. She believes this is a vital field for public health professionals to work on & feels fortunate to become a part of this organization.
Website Design and Optimization
Caralina Wigfield is the Digital Marketing Manager for Lavender Hill Designs where she plans and executes end-to-end marketing campaigns and maintains the retail store's ecommerce website. Caralina received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she volunteered for the Royal Victoria Hospital and the university's Charities Campaign. Outside of her passions for marketing and volunteering, Caralina enjoys traveling, reading, and chasing after her Yorkie puppy.
Social Media and Community Engagement
Nikolina Hanford is currently an undergraduate Junior studying Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology at Howard University. She was originally born and raised in Nantucket, but now lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her family are immigrants from Jamaica who have always had a vested interest in providing everything for her to succeed in life. They moved to America to create a better life for their children. Nikolina loves Alfredo pasta, and her favorite Jamaican dishes are Oxtail and Rice and Peas and Jerk Pork. “There’s nothing better than coming home to my mom’s cooking.”
Nikolina loves to hang out with her friends and experience new things. She enjoys traveling, watching Netflix, going to new places, cooking her favorite meals, walking on the beach, singing, dancing, and rewatching her all-time favorite show, The Vampire Diaries. She enjoys the little things in life and hopes to have everything she desires through her hard work, dedication, and service. When Nikolina graduates, she hopes to go to medical school and become an OBGYN. Growing up, there weren’t many African American doctors, especially female doctors, who didn’t see color as an obstacle to care for Black patients. So, she wants to be an advocate for women of color to get the healthcare they deserve in a system that doesn’t care for them. Being a part of Aaliyah in Action, Nikolina hopes to help women receive the comfort and support they need when they experience such a traumatizing thing as pregnancy and infant loss. She is excited to be part of this organization!
Newsletter Creator & Editor
Sam Shoukas is the Continuum of Care Program Director for the George Washington Regional Commission where she plans homeless services in the Fredericksburg region. In the past, she has also worked in elder care, prison re-entry, and domestic violence services. Sam received her BA in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. When not working, Sam spends her time puzzling, crafting, and spending time with family.
Wiktoria is a Senior Account Manager at POLITICO, where she works with advocacy campaigns and corporate clients to distribute their messaging to influential audiences through impactful digital marketing campaigns. Wiktoria received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and International Business from Drexel University, where she was first exposed to and fell in love with community building and nonprofit work. During off-hours, you'll find Wiktoria traveling, volunteering, painting and caring for her many house plants!
Social Media Manager
With a passion for both diversity and science, Kara obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Penn State University. Following graduation, she worked full-time as a professional nanny. To complement more than a decade of childcare experience with a formal education, she pursued an Early Childhood Education Certificate. Motivated to eliminate the racial and economic disparities in maternal health and child development emphasized throughout her education coursework, Kara is now beginning Drexel’s Maternal and Child Health Graduate program. While enrolled in this program, Kara is training to become a postpartum doula, broadening the support that she is able to provide to children and families. In her free time, she is passionate about advocacy, working as a Success Advocate at Bucks County Community College, creating social media content for Aaliyah in Action, and fostering shelter dogs.