We would like to present the executive board of MUSTANGH 2017-2018:

President: Lieke Weterings
Hi everybody! My name is Lieke Weterings and in the upcoming academic year, I will continue as the president of MUSTANGH Foundation. I am 21 years old and currently a master psychology student. My hobbies are kite surfing, spinning and going out with my friends. Two years ago I started searching for something useful to do in my spare time. I was impressed by the work done by MUSTANGH. However I’m not a medical student, I’m very excited about the win-win situation MUSTANGH creates. These include both improving the West Gonja Hospital as the special internship medical students from Maastricht could experience. Therefore in the coming year, I will do my best for 100 percent to continue the upward trend and achieve even more beautiful goals. I’m looking forward to next year and hope that it will be very successful!

Vice-president: Celine Vilters
Hello everyone! I’m Celine Vilters and next year I get the honour to continue my work as the vice president of MUSTANGH. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s about time to introduce myself. I’m 20 years old and I’m currently in the third year of Medicine at the university of Maastricht. Apart from medicine my interest include baking and travelling. I was born and raised in Linne a small village in a more northern part of Limburg. I wanted to be a doctor since I was five year old and when I was in high school I also developed an interested in development work. MUSTANGH is an ideal organization to combine these two interests. I think that MUSTANGH is a small organization which has great goals. I love the small scale of the organization, cause you can see what a difference your work makes. Apart from that I think it’s good that MUSTANGH is focusing on education, cause this is a sustainable form op help which will lead to the development and independency of the hospital. It will be a nice challenge to bring MUSTANGH a little bit closer to it goals next year!

Secretary: Michelle Kusters
Hello everyone! My name is Michelle Kusters, 22 years old, and I will be MUSTANGH’s secretary for the upcoming year. I am now in my fifth year of medicine and would like to combine a master in Global Health with my regular internships (co-schappen). If I am not running to keep up with the doctors in the hospital – it almost seems like a challenge for them to shake us off – I keep myself busy with playing the saxophone and piano or having a drink with friends. Besides that I love travelling and have been so fortunate to have already been to Africa twice. When I was doing a project against malnutrition among children in Madagascar, I fell in love with the continent. The nature, culture and especially the people never ceased to amaze me. Unfortunately there was also a lot of suffering in the area I was staying and I found it frustrating that I could only do so little. So when I heard MUSTANGH was looking for new board members, I did not have to think twice about applying. I cannot wait to take on this new challenge together with my fellow board members!

Treasurer: Maud Cox
Hi hi! My name is Maud Cox, I’m 19 years old and second year medicine student. I am very excited to present myself as the new treasurer of the MUSTANGH foundation! I don’t have an exciting travel story to tell you but it’s actually my dream to travel to a developing country and to do voluntary work, which also led to my application for the board of MUSTANGH. The thing that attracted me most to this foundation, apart from the great work they do, is that a little group of students shares a big passion for Africa and there is a real goal to work for. In the hospital in Ghana that MUSTANGH supports is a big lack of medical staff, and with offering education but also internships of medicine students from Maastricht we can try to fill up this shortage. Apart from my study, swimming and doing great things with my best friends and family I was searching for a new adventure where I can not only develop myself on unknown field but also help other people who don’t have the same facilities that we have here. Maybe it sounds super naive, but it has always amazed me ever since I was a little kid that there are still people in this world that don’t have the same things or can’t do the same things that we think are ordinary. So I thought it’s about time I get to work myself! I’m convinced that by working all together we can mean someting for the people in Ghana and give them the support that they need so desperately! I am already very excited to give it my all next year for this amazing foundation!

Acquisition officer: Denise de Bock
Akwaba! (Twi/Ghanaian for hello)
Since I will be the new commissioner of acquisition, I will introduce myself briefly. My name is Denise de Bock, I am 20 years old and I am in the third year of my study medicine. Besides my study I am busy providing first aid at events, tutoring high school students and playing sports (which kind of sports varies however from time to time in my life). I also enjoy cooking very much and I have a passion for music which is also the reason why I play the piano. Last year April, I found a new passion for MUSTANGH  when a friend introduced me to this foundation. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to join this organisation since it fascinates me tremendously how much this small group of students in Maastricht accomplishes for a hospital in Ghana, the West Gonja Hospital. That is why I joined the acquisition committee. After a year of joining this committee, I wanted to do more for both MUSTANGH and the hospital. Therefore, I am looking forward to achieve as much as possible together with my board and committee this year!

Education Officer: Anniko Snoeren
Hey everyone! My name is Anniko Snoeren, I’m 19 years old and currently a second year medical student. In my spare time I like to make music, travel and hang out with friends. Next to that I am an active member of the medical student association. Last year I was in the acquisition committee of MUSTANGH. Next year I will fill in the role of commissioner of education. I joined the MUSTANGH Foundation, because it focuses on topics I am really intersted in. I fell in love with Ghana when I went there to do voluntary work in 2015. Apart from that my interests lie mainly in the field of healthcare (which is no surprise, since I am a medical student). My favourite things about the MUSTANGH Foundation are that it provides help in a sustainable way and gives an unique opportunity to the medical master students to gain experience. I am really looking forward to contribute to the goals of MUSTANGH!

PR officer: Laura Cammeart
Hi everybody! I would like to introduce myself:  I’m Laura, 19 years old and in my second year of medicine. Last year I moved to Maastricht because of my study, I had some time left for a new challenge, so I decided to apply for a board position by the MUSTANGH foundation. And next year I will be the PR officer! I always had the dream to help people in Africa, that’s why I’m excited about the MUSTANGH foundation. What I like about the MUSTANGH foundation is that it is managed by a small group of students who are helping a hospital in Ghana and helping medicine students from Maastricht for their internship. I am really looking forward to next year!




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