Training Team

The Training Team is a multifaceted component of the FISH infrastructure. 
Responsibilities of the team include: training new members, global health presentations, pre-trip training, Spanish language development for associates, and blood pressure competency training. 
The training team serves as the main educational component of FISH and works to strengthen the organization's understanding of ethics, cultural competency, and sustainable development.

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Jessa Maheras


Anna Lockhart

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Jazmin Michel Mondragon

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Kiran Marla

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Jakeline Larios


Jocelyn Diaz-Navarrete

Not pictured: Pedro Bazan

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Daniel Zoleikhaeian
Co-Director of Training

Daniel is a third-year Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Major from Mission Viejo, California. In Fall 2019, Daniel was drawn to FISH by the opportunity to immerse in a service-oriented community, learn about global health, and further develop his Spanish skills. Through FISH, Daniel learned much about culturally competent volunteering and the challenges people face in the pursuit of healthy living. As Co-Director of Training, Daniel hopes to provide FISH associates with exciting and enriching ways of furthering their Spanish so that FISH can more deeply connect with the residents of Maclovio Rojas and better fulfill its mission to provide sustainable, compassionate service. After graduation, Daniel aspires to attend medical school and explore the field of medical research.

Aishwarya Atmakuri, 
Co-Director of Training

Aishwarya is a first year MCDB major and Global Health minor from San Jose, California. She joined FISH in her first quarter at UCLA because she was drawn to its commitment to ethical and cultural values. FISH has taught her about global health and delivering need-based interventions. She is dedicated to providing sustainable health and education services to the community of Maclovio Rojas. In FISH, Aishwarya has found a community of driven, passionate, and genuine individuals. She hopes to use her position as Co-Director of Training to help members with Spanish proficiency, cultural competency, and global health knowledge. Outside of FISH, Aishwarya conducts research on mechanisms of cell death in tumors, is a review board member for the Undergraduate Science Journal, and is training to become a Resilience Peer for UCLA's Depression Grand Challenge. In her free time, Aishwarya enjoys exploring new places and food and spending time with friends and family.