USGA Senators

USGA Senators are elected for a term of one academic year. The USGA Senators for the 2017-2018 academic year are listed by school or student group below.

School of Dentistry

E‌ric Guida
ericdds@umaryland.edu

Eric is a second-year dental student. He lives in Annapolis with his two Airedales. He enjoys sailing and tennis in his free time. He earned an MS from Towson University in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2016. He is looking forward to representing the dental school in USGA and advocating for issues relating to dental students.

 

 

Sammy Gurman
sgurman@umaryland.edu

Sammy is a Maryland native. He has a bachelor's degree in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Aside from being a USGA senator, he enjoys playing the bass guitar, golf, and ice hockey in his free time and is heavily involved in student organizations and research at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

Natalie Angelos (Alternate)
nangelos@umaryland.edu

Natalie is a second-year dental student from Fort Pierce, Fla. She went to the University of Central Florida and graduated with a BS in Biology with a Studio Art minor. She also did a postbaccalaureate program through Berkeley in San Fransisco. She likes painting, ceramics, volleyball, traveling, and food. She hopes to represent her class well and benefit the student body with her involvement.

School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene

Kourtni McClain (Primary)
kourtnimcclain1@gmail.com

Kourtni is in the Dental Hygiene Class of 2018. A Maryland native, she completed her prerequisite courses at Anne Arundel Community College before transferring to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry to complete her bachelor’s degree. Kourtni looks forward to being a senator of the USGA for the 2017-18 academic year.

 

Lilly Johns
lilly.johns@umaryland.edu

Lilly is a Class of 2019 Dental Hygiene student. She is a Maryland native from Montgomery County, where she completed her first two years of prerequisites at Montgomery College. She moved to Baltimore to be close to campus, so she is enjoying getting to know the city better. Lilly looks forward to representing UMB as a USGA senator and to benefiting her classmates through her involvement.

School of Law

Brad Beard (Primary)
bbeard@umaryland.edu

Brad is a first-year law student. He has lived in Maryland his entire life, growing up in Annapolis before attending Loyola University, where he earned a BA in Global Studies, served as the senior class president and was a member of the Division I cross country team. In his free time, he loves to sport his Maryland flag-themed apparel and enjoys playing basketball and putting Old Bay seasoning on almost anything!

Steph Malchine
malchine@umaryland.edu

‌Steph is currently a first-year law student who is originally from Waterford, Wis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History, Legal Studies, and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a member of the varsity women’s rowing team. Before law school, she worked for the state of Wisconsin for two years. Steph looks forward to representing the law school as a USGA senator.

 

School of Pharmacy

Leigh Cervino (Primary)
lcervino@umaryland.edu

Leigh is a third-year pharmacy student who serves as the representative for the School of Pharmacy's Class of 2019. She was born and raised in Glyndon, Md., a small town in Baltimore County. After high school, she stayed local and attended the University of Maryland, College Park and received her BS in Microbiology in 2015. The following fall she started at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Since then, she has been excited to learn more about campuswide issues and participate in the USGA as a representative for her school.

Naomi M. Atandi
msatandi@umaryland.edu

Naomi is originally from Kenya. She is a passionate, resilient, and persistent student. She is a first-year student at the School of Pharmacy. Before to joining the School of Pharmacy, Naomi attended the Community College of Baltimore County, where she graduated with an associate's degree in science. She served as an SGA delegate and participated in many co-curricular activities. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, meeting and making friends, sharing ideas, reading, swimming, and helping others. She looks forward to being a USGA senator for the Class of 2021.

‌Bahareh Ghorashi 
bghorashi@umaryland.edu

Bahareh is a fourth-year student at the School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Mansfield, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BS in Biology in 2011. Bahareh is excited to be a part of the USGA and serve as a senator during the 2017-18 academic year. 

 

‌Iqra Khaleel
iqra.khaleel@umaryland.edu

Iqra is a third-year pharmacy student. She is from New York and has a cat. Her hobbies include photography, yoga, and eating ice cream. She looks forward to being a USGA senator for the Class of 2019!




Erin McGuire
erinmcguire09@umaryland.edu

Erin is a second-year pharmacy student. She is a Maryland native but attended college in North Carolina at Davidson College, where she graduated with a BS in Biology in 2013. She looks forward to serving the Class of 2020 and becoming more informed about campuswide issues. 

School of Medicine

Yinglun Wu
yinglun.wu@som.umaryland.edu

Yinglun is a first-year medical student, Class of 2020. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 and worked as a post-bac fellow at the National Institutes of Health for a year before matriculating to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys snuggling with his pup, Duke, taking long walks on the beach, and playing basketball. Yinglun is excited to represent his class as a member of the USGA.

 

Nikki Hays
nicole.hays@som.umaryland.edu

Nikki is a first-year medical student in the Class of 2021. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a major in biology in 2017. When she isn't busy studying for medical school exams, Nikki enjoys exploring her new city of Baltimore. She is excited to be a part of positive change on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

Department of Medical Research and Technology

Ji Ye Yun
JiYe.Yun@som.umaryland.edu

Ji Ye is a second-semester undergraduate DMRT student at the School of Medicine. Before coming to UMSOM-DMRT, she completed her prerequisite courses at HCC. She has prior experience as a surgical tech and nursing tech and hopes to continue her education to become a physician assistant when she graduates. This is her first year serving as a senator and she is excited to serve continuously to represent the DMRT at USGA. 

Physical Therapy

Nicole Grabowski (Primary)
nicole.grabowski@som.umaryland.edu

Nicole is a second-year physical therapy student from Elkridge, Md. She graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching Education. She is the APTA representative for the PTRS Class of 2019 and is excited to be a part of USGA. 

 

Graduate School

Megan Moorer (Primary)
mmoorer@umaryland.edu

Megan is a fifth-year PhD student in the Molecular Medicine Program within the Graduate School. She is from Montgomery, Ala. Her research focuses on intercellular communication through gap junctions in skeletal tissue. This is her first year as a USGA senator. Her hobbies outside of school include cooking, gardening, and playing with her dogs. 

 

Chrissy Carney
ccarney@umaryland.edu

Chrissy is a second-year student in the Molecular Medicine Program from Silver Spring, Md. She studied Biology and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware and completed her master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biological Sciences at UMB in 2016. Chrissy’s research focuses on enhancing the survival and antitumor functions of cytotoxic T cells for cancer immunotherapy. Chrissy also is a representative in the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and is looking forward to her first year serving as a USGA senator for the Graduate School. 

Kimberly Filcek
kfilcek@umaryland.edu

Kimberly graduated from Radford University with a BS in Biology and was an undergraduate researcher in the Radford Arbovirus and Medical Entomology Laboratory. She is currently a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program and a graduate research assistant in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis. Kimberly also is currently serving on the GSA and hopes her service in these organizations will allow the Graduate School to stay informed and contribute to the University in a substantive way.

Nandini Raghuraman
nandini.raghuraman@umaryland.edu

Nandini is in her second year of the Master of Sciences program in Medical and Research Technology. Originally from Chennai, India, she received her bachelor's in Biotechnology and moved to Baltimore last August. She also represents DMRT in the GSA and is doing research on how inducing placebo analgesia through observational learning can alter the perception of pain in the brain and unravel the neural mechanisms associated with it using EEG. In her free time, she follows her passion for black-and-white photography. Nandini is excited to be a senator for the Graduate School and looks forward to serving in her first year at the USGA.

Courtney Chandler (Alternate)
cochandl@umaryland.edu

Courtney is a fourth-year PhD student in the Biochemistry program. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biochemistry before moving to Baltimore. Her research focuses on bacterial adaptation to the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. She is an alternate senator for the Graduate School, and it is her third year involved with USGA.

 

Graduate School of Nursing

Bassey Etim-Edet (Primary)
betimedet@umaryland.edu

Bassey is a third-semester Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) graduate nursing student. Bassey graduated from George Mason University in 2007 with a BS in Finance. She worked for a Washington, D.C.-based hedge fund for nearly nine years and did a stint at the Pentagon before leaving for the UM School of Nursing. After nursing school, Bassey would like to focus on women's health and eventually become a certified nurse midwife. Bassey enjoys spending time at home with her partner and their two dogs. She also loves Bravo TV, eating, and sleep.

Brett Kiser
bkiser@umaryland.edu

Brett is a third-semester Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) graduate nursing student. Brett graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a degree in geology and forestry, and again in 2007 with a master's degree in Natural Resource Management. Before starting nursing school, Brett worked as a research specialist for a private consulting firm that conducted research for the National Park Service. Brett has a 9-month old daughter, Nora, who consumes most of his time outside of school. They enjoy spending most of their time outside — walking, hiking, or on the water.

Dawn-Sherryl Nwaebube
dawnsherryl.nwaebube@umaryland.edu

Dawn is a fourth-semester nursing student in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. She is originally from Nigeria and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a degree in Chemistry. When not in class or clinical, she works at Shock Trauma as a student nurse. Dawn loves to cook, read, and hang out with friends and family. After graduation, Dawn hopes to be a pediatric nurse and eventually further her education to become a nurse practitioner. One of her goals is to build a hospital back home in Nigeria. Dawn looks forward to being a senator for USGA for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Kellie Sullivan
ksullivan001@umaryland.edu

Kellie is a fourth-semester graduate student in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program at the School of Nursing. Kellie graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2009 with a BS in Medical Technology. Kellie has several years of clinical laboratory experience, including but not limited to genetics, molecular oncology, and transplant immunology. When not working as a student in same-day surgery at AAMC, Kellie can most likely be found doing something active such as hiking, climbing, or weightlifting.  

 

School of Nursing

‌Alicia (Ali) Hovet
ahovet@umaryland.edu

Ali is a second-semester undergraduate nursing student at the School of Nursing. She is a Maryland native and previously completed her prerequisite classes at the University of Maryland, College Park. She now lives in Baltimore to be close to campus. This is her second semester serving as a senator and she is excited to represent the nursing school in USGA. 

 

Mi Ae Kim
kimmiae@umaryland.edu

Mi Ae (Ashley) is a third-semester undergraduate student at the School of Nursing. Before coming to UMSON, she completed her prerequisite courses at UMBC. She currently works at the Mother/Baby Unit at UMMC as a student nurse. She hopes to continue working with women and children when she graduates. This is Ashley's second year in serving as a senator and she is excited to serve again this year to represent the School of Nursing at USGA.

 

Young Kim
young20@umaryland.edu

Young is a third-semester student in the undergraduate nursing program. He finished his prerequisites at UMBC and transferred to the UM School of Nursing to pursue his dream in nursing. He is currently working in the oncology unit at UMMC as a student nurse. He has been a senator-elect for two semesters and this will be his first time as a USGA senator. He is excited to be a senator this year.

School of Social Work

N‌icole Olcese (Primary)
nolcese@umaryland.edu

Nicole joined USGA in the spring of 2017. She is a second-year student pursuing her Masters of Social Work focusing on Community Advocacy and Social Policy. Nicole is a member of the student group Latino Unidos for Community Healing and Awareness (LUCHA) as the advocate leader. Nicole also is an advocate for CASA, a foster care advocacy organization.  

 

Tierra Best
tierra.best@umaryland.edu

Tierra is a first-year student from Baltimore. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from San Diego Christian College. Tierra is a research assistant scholar for the School of Social Work (SSW). She has a passion for working with the elderly and keeping them aging in place. At the SSW, she is a member of the Organization of African-American Students in Social Work (OASIS). Lastly, she loves learning about history and philosophy.

 

Amanda Fox
afox@umaryland.edu

Amanda is a first-year social work student. She graduated with a BS in Psychology and Exercise Science from Eastern University. Amanda is primarily interested in doing macro work to improve access to mental health care, but she also plans to pursue clinical licensure. She spends as much of her free time as possible with her cat and can often be found knitting.

 

Lauren Highsmith
lhighsmith@umaryland.edu

Lauren is a a first-year MSW student and a native of West Baltimore. She earned her BS in Sport Management from Bowie State University. Lauren completed a year of service with Americorps' The Choice Program, where she fell in love with working with Baltimore's youth. Lauren hopes to combine her love of sports and social work to improve the quality of life for Baltimore youth. 

 

Erica Thornton
erica.thornton@umaryland.edu

Erica is a second-year student at the School of Social Work. She graduated with a BA in Human Services Administration from the University of Baltimore. Erica currently serves as treasurer for the School of Social Work. Erica is passionate about working with children, specifically teenagers, in the child welfare system. She is a part of the Title IV-E program at UMB and plans to continue working with the child welfare system after graduation. Erica doesn't have much free time, but when she does, she spends it hanging with friends or binge-watching Netflix.

Deborah Woolford
deborah.woolford@umaryland.edu

Deborah joined USGA in the fall of 2017. She is a first-year student pursuing her Master of Social Work degree focusing on Community Advocacy and Social Policy. Deborah is a member of OASIS (Organization of African-American Students in Social Work) on the event committee. Deborah also is a servant, warrior, and advocate for older homeless youth.