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Alumni Ambassadors

“Archer Fellow Alumni Ambassadors are official Archer Center representatives who are available to speak with prospective fellows, current fellows, faculty, and staff about their experience as Archer Fellows in Washington, D.C. They serve prospective and current students of the Archer Fellowship Program by giving advice and sharing their experiences through the application process and during the fellowship semester.”

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UTHealth Houston Archer Center Alumni Ambassadors 2023

Modi_ShaileeShailee Modi
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston
Internship: The John W. Kluge Center at the U.S. Library of Congress
About: Shailee Modi is a medical student with a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in leadership studies and medicine and society from the University of Houston. She went on to complete a Fulbright grant in the Czech Republic in 2022 and served as an English teaching assistant and cultural ambassador for the United States. Modi is interested in the intersection of health, language, and policy. She hopes to use her experience as an Archer Fellow to inform health policy and become a more effective advocate for her patients.


Shane Reader, PhD
UTHealth Houston School of Public Health
Internship: The Archer Center
About: Dr. Shane Reader recently completed a postgraduate certificate in health law research and policy surveillance after graduating with a doctoral degree in healthcare management and policy. He earned a master’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His legal epidemiologic research evaluates policy in terms of health outcomes. Reader taught for the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute and previously served as president of the Houston Viral Hepatitis Task Force.

francine-vegaFrancine Vega
UTHealth Houston School of Public Health
Internship: Maverick Health Policy
About: Francine Vega is pursuing a doctoral degree in healthcare management and policy. She earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Her healthcare leadership experience includes over 15 years of healthcare leadership positions within the healthcare continuum. Vega’s expertise includes leadership development, coaching, staff training, organizational management, marketing, strategic planning, budgeting and finance, and consulting. She has successfully engaged in community outreach programs and collaborative strategies to develop several patient care initiatives, including many projects that have resulted in new development and growth within the healthcare organizations she has led. Vega’s background in healthcare management sparked her interest in healthcare delivery policy and research. Her research interests include equity within health systems science and the impact of healthcare policy.