With the continued growth of the Wisconsin Rare Disease Alliance, we are proud to introduce our 2024 Spring Interns. Our Interns will be responsible for raising awareness and advocating for individuals with rare diseases in Wisconsin. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish!
Kaitlyn Jigalin is a senior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Health Policy. She is originally from California. After graduation, she plans to move to North Carolina and will start working at a pharmaceutical company. Working at pharmaceutical companies during summers while in college piqued her interest in working in the rare disease space. “I’m happy to be working at Wisconsin Rare Disease Alliance this semester because I’ll get the opportunity to raise awareness about rare diseases and the unique challenges they present to individuals and families alike. I’m looking forward to connecting with people and groups in the Madison community about ways to spread awareness!”
Sarah Phelan is a senior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Rehabilitation Psychology and is getting a certificate in Health Policy. She is originally from Illinois. She brings her valuable experience as a respite care worker to WI Rare, having worked with families and most recently at Gio’s Garden, a specialized facility catering to children with special needs ages 1-7. Her time as a respite worker exposed her to a diverse range of rare diseases and disorders, which led her to join Wisconsin Rare Disease Alliance. “I am eager to contribute to advocacy efforts and expand my knowledge of rare disease. I’m looking forward to working here!”