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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.
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 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)
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 and 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.
Kourtni McClain (Primary)
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 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.
Chelsea VanOrden (Primary)
Chelsea is a second-year law student. Originally from New Jersey, Chelsea graduated from The College of New Jersey, where she earned BAs in History and Women and Gender Studies. Before attending law school, she worked in foster care for Good Shepherd Services in New York City. Chelsea enjoys fall and documentaries!
Leigh Cervino (Primary)
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
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 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 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 USGA senator for the Class of 2019!
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.
Andrea is a second-year medical student from Western Maryland. She attended Johns Hopkins University, receiving her undergraduate degree in biophysics as part of the Class of 2016. She is excited to start her medical school journey and to work with fellow USGA leaders to benefit the student body as a whole.
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.
Ji Ye Yun
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.
Nicole Grabowski (Primary)
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.
Megan Moorer (Primary)
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 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 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 to contribute to the University in a substantive way.
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)
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.
Bassey Etim-Edet (Primary)
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 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 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 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.
Mi Ae Kim
Mi Ae (Ashley) is a third-semester undergraduate nursing 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 is a third-semester student in the undergraduate nursing program. He finished his prerequisites at the UMBC and transferred 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 will be his first time as a USGA senator. He is excited to be a senator this year.
Nicole Olcese (Primary)
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.
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.
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 on Netflix.
Deborah joined USGA in the fall of 2017. She is a first-year student pursuing her Masters of Social Work 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 is also a servant, warrior, and advocate for older homeless youth.
Vanessa Gonzalez (Alternate)
Vanessa joined USGA in the fall of 2016 and is pursuing her Master of Social Work degree. She is a Diversity Fellow for the Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives office, where she assists in the planning of diversity and inclusion programs for the department. She is a member of the student groups Latinx Unidos for Community Healing and Awareness (LUCHA) and the Anti-Opression Work Group. Vanessa is a proud first-generation Latina and a Los Angeles native. Before attending UMB, she was the site coordinator for the UCLA Afterschool Program, which served children of immigrant families in the community of Koreatown in Los Angeles. She loves dancing, cooking, and hiking.