The Members


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Akansha is a senior at Penn studying Biology,
Chemistry, and Nutrition. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but recently moved to Washington, D.C. In addition to her involvement with the Healthy Food Truck Initiative, she is very involved with her research on brain receptors, teaches nutrition lessons at schools in West Philly, and serves as a member of the Student Health Services advisory board. She also enjoys helping her peers as a tutor.

Mayher Uppal

Mayher Uppal is a junior studying Health & Societies in the College and Finance and Healthcare Management & Policy in Wharton. She is from Orange County, California, and as a result is a lover of all things stereotypically Californian, like yoga, hiking, fruit smoothies, avocados, the sun, and Sprinkles Cupcakes (or any dessert really). Besides HFTI, on campus Mayher is involved in Smart Woman Securities, Penn Microfinance, and the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club.


Ari Charnoff

Ari is a sophomore studying either Computer Science or Bioengineering at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ari also may be pre-med and is very interested in the intersection between medicine and technology. Ari’s hobbies include working out, playing basketball, and traveling. Besides HFTI, Ari is involved with the Tamid group on campus. He is from Potomac, Maryland.

Heidi Lee

Heidi is a sophomore in the College currently studying Fine Arts with a Consumer Psych minor. She calls South Central LA home and loves to do all the stereotypical California-girl things like hiking, camping, eating all the time, having adventures with friends, star-gazing, and gardening. Heidi is also involved in PEER and the Outdoors Club at Penn.



Neha Goswami

Neha is a sophomore double majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Math through the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER).  Outside of HFTI, Neha is involved with Penn Environmental Group, Penn Science Across Ages, and SPEC.  She is from Northern Virginia, where she loves to drink homemade smoothies.


Sophia Simon

Sophia is a sophomore studying Biology in the College. She is from Geneva, Switzerland and loves everything that comes with it, including chocolate, cows, hiking and skiing. At Penn’s campus, she’s also involved with the Ultimate Frisbee team, Penn Dems, and Table Talk.




Hadassah Raskas

Hadassah is a freshman in the college studying Health and Societies. She is from Silver Spring, Maryland and enjoys running and cooking. In addition to her involvement with  HFTI, Hadassah is a member of the Penn Women in Leadership program and she volunteers at CHOP.


Sarah Kim

Sarah is currently a freshman in Wharton studying Healthcare Management & Policy and possibly a minor in Nutrition. She lived most of her life in Seoul, Korea but she calls Long Island, NY home and misses the beautiful Long Island sunsets. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys checking out good restaurants and cute cafes, taking photos, singing, and meeting new people. She also runs a food instagram account (@thehungrykims) that you should follow. Outside of HFTI, Sarah is involved with Wharton Korea Business Society (WKUBS).

Ashlee Halbritter, MPH, Director of Campus Health

Ashlee received her Masters of Public Health degree from UCLA and completed a post-graduate, three-year fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has worked at the federal, state and local government levels, as well as with non-profit organizations. Over her career, she has managed projects in a variety of topic areas, including public policy, built environment, sexually transmitted diseases, chronic disease and environmental health. Healthy Food Truck Initiative is very excited at the opportunity to collaborate with Ashlee and her expertise in the Public Health realm!

Stephanie Kim, MPA ’16, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Stephanie leads WSII’s “Impact: Philadelphia” strategy through work with stakeholders across Wharton, Penn, and the city of Philadelphia.  She brings a background in international development, social entrepreneurship, and volunteer management to drive urban impact partnerships, research community development best practices, and test entrepreneurial community impact solutions through WSII’s Consulting Corps.