Chief executive officer
Lia Gomez-Perez is a third-year student at The Ohio State University working toward a major in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Business and Computer & Information Science through the Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program. By combining these fields, Lia hopes to make a significant impact on patients’ quality of life by developing both innovative and feasible healthcare solutions. She is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay and immigrated to Shaker Heights, Ohio when she was 6 years old. As an immigrant and once a limited English proficiency (LEP) individual herself, Vocalize Columbus’ mission to improve LEP patient care and experience is a personal one.
Chief technical officer
Ian Thompson is a junior at The Ohio State University. He is majoring in Computer Science and Engineering, with a minor in Philosophy. Ian is interested in using software as a powerful tool to help the most vulnerable among us by providing software that is not only ethical but directly beneficial to those that need it most.
president of the board
Joe Ziegler is a junior at The Ohio State University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Growing up in Spain, he developed an interest in medicine and public health, training and leading a team of medical interpreters that helped treat more than 3000 patients over the course of 3 years on medical missions to South America. With this experience, and the knowledge of the struggles faced by individuals trying to navigate the healthcare system in an unfamiliar language, he hopes to help even the playing field for LEP patients in the Columbus area.
chief administrative officer
Harrshavasan Congivaram is a junior majoring in Biomedical Science with a minor in Neuroscience. Following undergrad, Harrsha plans to pursue a career in research focusing on neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while also taking a physician’s role. His experiences working with patients in foreign countries has made him aware of how important communication is for patient outcomes. Through Vocalize Columbus, Harrsha hopes to improve the current understanding of health disparities in order to clear the path towards equity in medicine.
chief analytics officer
Anthony Moussa is a junior majoring in Biomedical Science at The Ohio State University. Following undergrad, Anthony plans to work towards a profession as a physician-investigator. He hopes to improve health outcomes through leading a research lab while also attending to patients in the clinic. With his Colombian and Lebanese background, Anthony has had meaningful service experiences in patient care in the US and abroad which have made him aware of medical challenges stemming from health disparities. He enjoys mentoring homeless youth at Star House in Columbus and volunteering at La Clinica Latina, a Spanish free clinic. Anthony strives to further the goals of Vocalize Columbus in the pursuit of health equity.
CHIEF Marketing officer
Liyah Varghese is a third-year student at The Ohio State University majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Bioethics. In the future, Liyah wants to combine her studies by work in the medical field in underrepresented Spanish-speaking communities to help combat the language barrier in healthcare. Growing up with immigrant parents and grandparents who did not speak English as a first language, she has a passion to help those in similar situations have more personalized healthcare experiences without the language barrier.
Chief Financial Officer
Drew Dilcher is a second- year student at The Ohio State University majoring in accounting. Growing up in Chicago, he interned at a behavioral hospital over the past three summers, developing an interest in using his talents to help people in need. In addition, he is excited to use his talents in order to help out an organization that can assist and improve LEP patient care.
Xavier Vesco is a freshman at The Ohio State University, studying Chemistry and Public Health. Xavier has always had a strong interest in social issues and the medical sciences, and strives to combine his interests to make meaningful change. Xavier is especially concerned between the relationship with limited English proficiency and healthcare insurance enrollment and envisions Vocalize as a platform to educate patients on their affordable healthcare insurance options.