The following individuals are part of the core AFFORDABLE team that is involved in the daily operations of our organization.
Alex Campbell, Ph.D.
Warren “Alex” Campbell IV was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. He then attended Gettysburg College where he received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Neuroscience in 2015. While at Gettysburg College, Alex utilized the interdisciplinary liberal arts education to diversify his educational experience. This included studying Medical Anthropology and Pharmaceutical Development in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as working as a peer science mentor to teach general chemistry and cell biology to his fellow undergraduate students. Additionally, Alex was able to research Huntington Disease Biophysics under Dr. Shelli Frey, the findings of this study were published in the journal Biochemistry which emphasized the role of cholesterol on membrane fluid dynamics and its subsequent role in Huntington disease pathology.
Following his successful undergraduate career, Alex moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). At the NIAID he researched anthrax microbiology and biomedical engineering under Dr. Stephen H. Leppla. His primary focus was designing and producing unique chimeric anthrax toxins to target HER2 positive breast cancers. While there, undertook an extra project to develop a novel enzymatic process to facilitate the development of “designer proteins” that may be of substantial benefit to future drug design and is currently under patent review.
Alex is now in The Ohio State University College of Medicine MD/PhD MSTP program because he was attracted to what the program had to offer, this program has allowed him fulfill his desire to integrate medical research and healthcare in innovative ways. Being able to work in this program has offered him a unique opportunity to transform the medical profession from within. His research focus will be on retinal stem biology and improving retinal regeneration following injury. Alex received his Ph.D. in 2021 and is currently finishing his medical training. Meanwhile, his medical training has exposed him to healthcare system challenges that have inspired him to search for new approaches and solutions to collective financial and healthcare barriers that can improve societal health.
Alex’s goal is to bring a multitude of organizations from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to improve overall community health. There are various communication and structural barriers to such a vast inter-institutional collaboration that makes Affordable so important, and he will be working intimately with the Networking Team to bring our society closer together.
Sean is an options trading systems developer for Susquehanna International Group interested in contributing back to community. He earned one bachelor’s of science in computer science and a second in mathematics both at University of Maryland. Sean has always been interested in applying technology to helping others. During his time at University of Maryland he helped make a system that assisted blind people with finding bus stops. (http://www.sigaccess.org/2013/10/2013-best-paper/)
Sean is always looking to build something that has scalable social impact.
(Chief Strategy Officer)
Matthew Hortopan is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, graduating with Business Departmental Honors. Upon graduation, Matthew entered the Management Consulting space as an Associate with NFQ Advisory Services in their Capital Markets practice, specializing in technology, located in New York, New York. Mathew intends to utilize his skillset gained in consulting to provide strategic solutions to complex problems affecting AFFORDABLE to benefit the community. Furthermore, Matthew will assist in AFFORDABLE’s efforts of building meaningful relationships with academic institutions, private philanthropists, and other key parties to increase awareness, action, and resources dedicated to AFFORDABLE.
(Chief Recruitment & Philanthropy Officer)
Ross Pannella has a passion for philanthropy and aims to bridge the gap between software developers and humanitarians. Ross continues to discover talented individuals that have contributed their unique qualities and experiences to the AFFORDABLE team. He also serves as the director of fundraising.
(Chief Marketing Officer)
Jake is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York. He has a strong background in business operations as well as volunteering for New York area non-profit organizations. Last fall he worked as a consultant for the North Shore Learning Center on Staten Island, New York where he helped them raise around $13,000 as well as helping them find better board management. He applied his talents in marketing to revitalize their entire website, social media, volunteer forms, and their fundraising department. Affordable is proud to have Jake as a skilled graphic designer with experience in non-profits that will help improve the overall look of Affordable. Jake is excited to work with the great minds of the Affordable team to help our full potential.
My name is Andy Zawada and I am from Columbus, Ohio. I attended Columbus St. Charles for high school, and I am currently a senior in the CSE program at Ohio State. I will be graduating in December 2020. This summer I am working at Nationwide Financial full time as a contractor, working on cloud migration efforts and cloud skill uplifting for our different teams. I have a background in application run support at Nationwide, and between work and personal projects have touched everything from React Native and Angular to Oracle and ESP batch processing. After graduation I am looking for an opportunity in cloud development, cloud migration, application modernization, DevOps, or site reliability engineering. A little bit about me away from the keyboard I am passionate about strength and conditioning, and am a big hockey fan. Most weekends between September and March you will find me in a hockey rink.
My name is Matthew Yi, and I am a Senior Computer Science and Math double major student from Carroll County, Maryland. While I don’t have anything at the moment, I do hope to use my skills in the gaming industry or for general-purpose software development. If it wasn’t already known, I enjoy video games!
My name is Jesse and I am a rising senior studying computer science at the University of Maryland. My current focus is utilizing my education in creative ways to grow myself as a professional and as an individual. I am constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between technology and my other passions, such as health and fitness, music, or art. I have always had a heart for philanthropy and finding ways to better my community in whatever way I can. I am excited for the challenges that lay ahead of me, and I hope to contribute to the amazing mission of Affordable!