Community Assessment Project
UMASS Lowell Senior Nursing Students

Gianna Branco

I went into nursing because I had a lot of mental health issues as a child that went untreated for a long time, so I decided that I wanted to become a healthcare provider in order to help children who are struggling like I was to get treatment. After I graduate, I’m going to continue my education and get a master’s degree in order to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the African Community Center and I know that we will do great things together.

Molly D’Innocenzo

My main area of focus as a Nursing student at UMassLowell is pediatric nursing. As a childhood cancer survivor, I hope to one day provide quality care and comfort to my patients. In my free time, I run Club Hope, an organization to help those impact by cancer at UMASS Lowell, and DJ at 91.5 WUML. I’m very excited to work with the ACCL this semester!

Rachel Gillis

I grew up in Franklin, MA and currently live in Lowell.  I will be graduating in the Spring of 2022. Then I will be moving on to complete my master’s degree and become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Ashlyn Newell

I have been passionate about the health sciences ever since I was little, and nursing seemed to be the perfect fit for me. To me, nursing combines the ability to create deep connections with others while also promoting health and healing. I also grew up watching my mom in the nursing profession and she has been an important mentor in my life. Outside of school, I enjoy gardening, exercise and spending time with my family and friends.

I have always had an interest in woman’s health and pediatrics, so I am hoping to further explore those areas of nursing when I graduate. I am excited to work with ACC on our community project!

Katherine Spalding

I am currently a senior nursing student at Umass Lowell as well as a cadet in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Upon graduating, I will be commissioning into the Air Force Reserves as a Second Lieutenant and pursuing my dream of working as a labor and delivery nurse in my beautiful home state of NH.

Vichear Un

I am a first-generation Cambodian immigrant and first-generation college student. I’m currently in the first semester of my senior year of college and am hoping to graduate in the spring of 2022. My family arrived in the US in 2007 when I was 7 years old. We have been living in Lowell ever since. Lowell has been a diverse community for a very long time with many different groups of people arriving from all over the world. I’m looking forward to working with other members of my community to understand the needs and wants of the African community in Lowell. Thank you so much for this opportunity!