Western Region


Welcome to the Western Region

The Western Region is composed of the following: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Washington State.

Regional Director

Winona K. Lee, MD

University of Hawaii
John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street MEB 306H
Honolulu, HI 96813
[email protected]

Director's Message

 The Western Region welcomes you to join us in developing initiatives and collaborations to ensure diversity in all the health professions. Our region’s focus is to support the success of diverse students at all levels of the health professions pathway and to provide timely and impactful professional development opportunities to our members. If you are interested in joining NAMME as a new member, please contact Dr. Winona Lee at [email protected] for more information.

Many of our members continue to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in areas of health, education, research, social justice, and advocacy. We thank you for your service and are here to support you!

Black Lives Matter Statement

As members of the Western Region National Association of Medical Minority Educators (WR NAMME), we come together as health professionals, educators, administrators, and leaders in solidarity and in support of Black Lives Matter. We denounce racism in all forms and are committed to expanding our education and advocacy efforts to dismantle institutional racism, end racial violence, and achieve health equity for all.

Regional Newsletters

Regional Webinars

Regional Officers

Winona K. Lee, MD
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)
(808) 692-1030
[email protected]

Maya Smith, BA
Western University of Health Sciences



Vanessa Wong, MD,
University of Hawaii JABSOM

Regional Committee Chairs

Student Ambassadors
Hanifa Ha
Erina Horikawa
Jassica Kailey
Wajeha Mahmoud
Piueti Maka

Budget & Finance
Vanessa Wong, MD
University of Hawaii, JABSOM

Kimberly Yamauchi, MPA
University of Hawaii, JABSOM

Legal/Legislative Affairs
Sachi Kaulukukui, MS
University of Hawaii, JABSOM

Tonisha Rowan
Western University of Health Sciences

Sasha Fernandes, MD
University of Hawaii, JABSOM