Faces of Root Causes

Tamar Chukrun, Co-president

Duke School of Medicine, MS1

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Figs
Because they remind me of the summer.

Jordan Hatfield, Education/Outreach Co-chair

Duke School of Medicine, MS1

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Cremini Mushroom

Because I'm versatile, and pair great with a glass of wine (white OR red)

Willis Wong, Vice-PresidentSpirit Fruit/Veggie: Navel Oranges
High in vitamin Sí, and good for any occasion.

Joanna Krupp, Advocacy and Policy Co-Chair

Duke School of Medicine, MS1

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Delicata Squash

Because we can go savory or sweet depending on the context, just like me. All around the best and most versatile squash!

Natalie Wickenheisser, FPP Research Coordinator 

Duke School of Medicine, MS1

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Pomegranate

because I need lots of sun to thrive and I stain clothes easily.

Janice Wong, FPP Clinic Director, Project FEED Leader

Duke School of Medicine, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Tomatoes

Because I'm indecisive like a tomato - both fruit and a vegetable, and pronounced two ways.

Juyoung Kim, Healthy Seniors Leader

Duke School of Medicine, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Banana

Like it ripe or not

Julian Xie, Co-president

Duke School of Medicine/School of Public Policy, MS3+

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Oyster Mushrooms

Not a fruit, a vegetable, or an oyster. It doesn't quite fit well into one category, but turns out to be a fun guy anyway.

Willis Wong, Vice-President

Duke School of Medicine, MS2

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Navel Oranges
High in vitamin Sí, and good for any occasion.

Will Pohlman, Education/Outreach Co-chair

Duke School of Medicine, MS2

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Pineapples

Because I'm sweet, but I'm difficult to deal with.

Micaela LaRose, Advocacy and Policy Co-Chair

Duke School of Medicine, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Leafy Greens

Like romaine or arugula in a fresh salad, I truly shine when spending time with friends and family.

Nidhila Masha, FPP Community Outreach Chair

Duke School of Medicine, MS1

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Rosemary

In the days of alchemy, citadels, and yore--herbs had more symbolic meaning than the colors on the royal crest. Yew, for example, stood for sorrow, parsley for joy. And rosemary? Rosemary was the herb of remembrance. It was the storytelling herb and I love stories--whatever else they might teach you about the world, they let you see it with a sense of wonder.

Jennifer Tu, Healthy Seniors Leader

Duke School of Medicine, Divinity School, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Kumquats
Sour on the outside, sweet on the inside

Alexander Gunn Medical-Legal Partnership Leader 

Duke School of Medicine, MS2

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Sweet Potatoes

Because they're so autumnal, just like me.

Toby Chen, FPP Distribution Day Coordinator

Duke Undergraduate School, Sophomore

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Romaine Lettuce

I used to really hate lettuce because it's literally so bland and boring and growing up in an Asian household, there was a lack of * salads* . So, most of the lettuce I ate was plain and tasteless. But then, I discovered salads and realized that lettuce although not the best tasting by itself was an amazing base for a greater more complex mixed salad. I think for me, I'm pretty boring by myself. But with the right group of people, my blander personality can really shine and turn into something unique. It's really the people around me that make me shine through despite my seemingly blandness at first. Therefore, I am romaine lettuce, but at least I'm not as boring as iceberg lettuce.

Kristy Lieu, FPP Distribution Day Coordinator

Duke Undergraduate School, Sophomore

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Mangosteen

My spirit fruit would be the mangosteen. It is a special fruit best found in the lands of Vietnam, a very special place in my heart. It is the best fruit because its deep purple color is contrasted by its bright, sour flavor as a refreshing surprise. I enjoy eating it most on a hot summer day while spending time with family.

Ahmed Hussain, FPP Distribution Day Coordinator

Duke Undergraduate School, Senior

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Watermelon

Because it's sweet, comforting, and eating it brings back many cherished childhood memories.

Liz Kobe, Healthy Harvest Coordinator

Duke School of Medicine, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Jazz Apple

Like the sweet, mid-tier apple, I?m quite average in most ways, but probably make up for it by being jazzed about most things. It also seems like the type of produce that dances in the supermarket like no one is watching.

Peter Callejo-Black, Tree of Wisdom Student Adviser

Duke School of Medicine, MS4

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Ketchup

A la Reagan.

Jackée Okoli, Tree of Wisdom Student Adviser

Duke School of Medicine, MS4

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Sweet Potatoes

Whenever I eat soul food there is usually candied sweet potatoes included in the meal. sweet potatoes are so versatile that they taste good with just minimal seasoning. That?s why they make great French fries. And I love the varieties of sweet potato like the purple sweet potato and the white sweet potato. Baked sweet potato are also my favorite snack.

Joshua Hayden, Healthy Harvest Coordinator

Duke School of Medicine, MS3

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Broccoli
(If I dyed my hair green, I'd look the part as well)

Elana Horwitz, Tree of Wisdom Student Adviser

Duke School of Medicine, MS2

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Beets

Because I love the color!

Christelle Tan, Tree of Wisdom Student Adviser

Duke School of Medicine, MS4

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Durian

Because I'm an acquired taste, but so great if you can put up with my shenanigans.

Sean Tanino, Project FEED Leader

Duke School of Medicine, MS2

Hannah Malian, Research Coordinator and Recipe Developer

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, MPH Candidate

Spirit Fruit/Veggie: Strawberries

Happiest in the summertime.

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