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About Us

Who we are.

NeuroSpring is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity with a unique mission: To advance neuroscientific research and training that drives improved healthcare for the underserved. Founded in 2005 and incorporated under Delaware law, we have a long and successful history of successful research and internship training.

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Meet the team.

Board of Directors


Tamara Heaton

Tamara Heaton, M.A.

Ms. Heaton is a medical anthropologist and grant writing expert who has supported the fund-raising efforts of NeuroSpring since its inception. She is an original founder of NeuroSpring and has directed the operational activities of its internal research programs.

Micheal Coco

Michael Coco, Ph.D.

Dr. Coco is a pharmacologist by training with experience in basic science research and is a founding member of the organization. He works as a medical writer in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a Board member for 5 years and is a founding member of the organization.

 

Business Manager


Grace Montenegro

Grace Montenegro, M.S.

Ms. Montenegro serves as NeuroSpring Business Manager. She also provides leadership of the computer and electrical engineering projects as a Technical Project Manager. Based in Napa, California, Ms. Montenegro leads the NeuroSpring high school internship program.

 

Scientists


Dawn Bielawski

Dawn Bielawski, Ph.D.

Dr. Bielawski is a published researcher in the fields of environmental science, pediatrics, and neuroscience. She also serves on the Institutional Review Board of the Wayne State University. Previously she has served as a Senior Scientist and Board member, and she is a founding member of the organization.

Mark Borsody

Mark Borsody, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Borsody is practicing neurologist and neurophysiologist. He has more than 20 years of experience in basic and clinical research and 12 years in executive roles in pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Dr. Borsody has previously served as Board member and Secretary for Neurospring.


Renata Barreto

Renata Barreto, B.A.

Ms. Barreto is a Jurisprudence and Social Policy Ph.D. candidate at the University of California – Berkeley School of Law graduate whose focus is on medical uses for artificial intelligence. She is a Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship awardee and Fellow of the American Political Science Association.

Chisa Yamada

Chisa Yamada, M.D.

Dr. Yamada has medical training in both ophthalmology and pathology, and has led NeuroSpring research programs in headache conditions. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of Michigan.

 

NeuroSpring Scholars


Joseph Ballesteros

Joseph Ballesteros

2018 NeuroSpring Scholar

University of California - Berkeley

Class of 2024

"I am part of the class of 2020 at Napa High School and I plan on attending a university after I graduate. Although I do not have an intended major, I would love to study the biological and chemical sciences and would undoubtedly continue my aspirations in research using the scientific method."

Josephine Borsetto

Josephine Borsetto

2020 NeuroSpring Scholar

University of California - Los Angeles

Class of 2026

"I am currently a rising senior at Vintage High School (class of 2021). I have always loved science and research. I hope to pursue them and attend university, studying either biomedical, biochemical, or biological science."

 

Research Associate Interns


Mayrete Pasco Espitia

Mayrete Pasco Espitia

"I am class of 2022 at New Technology high school. After high school I plan to attend Napa Valley College. I'm interested in becoming a medical attorney. Also I enjoy drawing and playing piano."

Lucas Campainha

Lucas Campainha

"I am a Senior at New Technology High School and part of the graduating class of 2022. While I am still not sure where my future lies, I plan to experience what life has to offer and see where my interests lead me."

Narangoo Erdene Ochir

Narangoo Erdene Ochir

"I am currently going into my senior year at Napa High School. My future plans are to attend college and go into the medical field. I have always enjoyed and found my science classes interesting so this internship was a very good fit for me."


Maricarmen Solorio

Maricarmen Solorio Lopez

"I was promoted from Pueblo Vista 360, Redwood Middle School and will soon graduate from Napa High School class of 2020. My plans for the future are to hopefully attend a university preferably in California and become apart of the biology research programs."

Jamie Jory

Jamie Jory

"I am currently going into my senior year at Napa High School. My future plans are to attend college and go into the medical field. I have always enjoyed and found my science classes interesting so this internship was a very good fit for me."

Haley Ibarra

Haley Ibarra

" I am currently a Senior at Napa High. I am focusing on going to a four year University after High School and studying Veterinary Medicine. I adore spending time with animals and learning new things. I also enjoy reading and drawing as well as spending time in nature."

Jorge Roman

Jorge Roman

"I am a sophmore at New Technology High School. In the future I plan to start my own business relating to artificial intelligence. Subjects that interest me are artificial intelligence and electrical engineering."

Jonus Valenzuela

Jonus Valenzuela

"I am a senior at New Technology High school. I plan to study physics, mathematics, and computer science in college. I hope to expand my knowledge about life and the universe."

Nicholas Markarian

Nicholas Markarian

"I am an incoming senior at New Tech High School. I am interested in Mathematics and Computer Science and would like to study them in college."

 
Sabrina Leipziger

Sabrina Leipziger

"I am an incoming senior at New Technology High School. I plan to study criminal justice or law at university once I graduate. I am passionate about science and research, with an especially strong interest in environmental sciences, ecology, and conservation."

Drake Estrella

Drake Estrella

"I am a senior at New Technology High School and I plan to major in chemistry and study pathology."

Alexander Taylor

Alexander Taylor

"I am a freshman at New Tech high school and I thirst for knowledge and a better world. I’m part of the class of 2023 and upon graduating from NewTech high, I hope to attend UC San Diego and discover the best way for me to be a good man and help people."

Clarissa Tolson

Clarissa Tolson

"I will be graduating from American Canyon High School class of 2020 and I plan on going to UC Merced to get a Bachelor of Science degree. With this, I plan on continuing research or going into the medical field as a pediatrician."

Arvin Carter

Arvin Carter

"I am a Senior at American Canyon high School and class of 2020. I decided to plan my life by majoring in physics, going to a Napa Valley College for two years, and transfer to a UC. i have always found interest in science and later formed a certain liking to physics. I aspire to be a physicist one day and be in the researching field."

Thomas Carter

Thomas Carter

"I am a current senior at New Technology High School. I plan to study Biology, Chemistry, and join the AFROTC program in college. I hope to conduct research on the ISS and contribue to the world of chemical research and space technologies."

Hannah Denney

Hannah Denney

"I am a junior at Napa High School, Class of 2021. I plan on attending a 4-year university after high school. I will major in neuroscience. After college, I would like to research Alzheimer's Disease. I hope to make an impact in medicine and specifically impact the field of neuroscience."

Emily Roderick

Emily Roderick

"I am a junior at Napa High School and am very passionate about science and medicine. I hope to go into the medical field and become a neurosurgeon."