2021-2022 Executive Board

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Aishwarya Iyer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
School of Medicine

Aishwarya Iyer is a fourth year MD/PhD student in the School of Medicine. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and was a Division I athlete for the women’s varsity tennis team. She has served on USGA as the Sustainability Committee student representative for the past two years and USGA Secretary this past year. Aishwarya is dedicated to promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and positivity within the UMB community. When she is not conducting research, she enjoys playing tennis, running, baking, and singing. She is excited to serve the UMB community and advocate for each student.

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Vice President

Kaila Noland
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Graduate School

Kaila is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Medicine program. She studied Biology with a concentration in Cellular, Molecular and Systems Biology at the nation’s only tuition free college - Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. This is her second year serving in the USGA and she is excited to address the needs and concerns of students while also being the chair of the Pennington Committee to encourage and foster student volunteer work within the community. Her research focuses on the cellular, metabolic and physiological effects of the skeletal-muscle specific over expression of a thyroid hormone binding protein. She is also passionate about the intersection of science and the non-academic community and was recently selected for the second time to be included as part of the publication of UMB’s 1807 Art and Literary Journal for her poetry. In her spare time, she likes to recharge by exploring hiking trails with friends, spending time with her cat Sassafras and enjoying her book of the month subscription.

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John Morgan
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science
School of Medicine

John is a first-year physical therapy student in the Class of 2023.  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music, and completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California.  He enjoys performing and teaching music as well as weight training and downhill skiing. John is honored to represent his classmates in the USGA Senate and looks forward to engaging with his PTRS classmates and members of each of the programs during his studies at UMB.


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Joanna Ye
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science
School of Medicine

Joanna is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (Class of 2019) with a degree in Public Health Studies. She is currently a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student in the UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She has served as the President of the DPT Class of 2023 since Fall 2020, and she is excited to continue advocating for not only her classmates, but all students at the University of Maryland – Baltimore. Her goal is to represent student interests through transparent, data-driven decision-making, and to promote accessibility in all campus spaces. Joanna is a proud Navy wife, avid reader, and cat-mom to three cats.



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Grace Olubowale
Pronouns: she/her
School of Law | JD Class of 2022

Grace is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Political Science. She is currently a third year student at the law school. She is an aspiring young professional looking to make positive impacts on global education policy through law, research and politics. She came to understand her academic goals and professional purpose on her two trips to India where she researched education policy while acquiring Hindi. During her two academic tours in India, she served as a Boren and Gilman Scholar. Grace is passionate, hardworking, and driven by her pursuit of academic and professional excellence. Grace is excited to serve on the Senate as the programming chair for the upcoming academic year!

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Sam Kebede
Pronouns: He/Him/His
School of Law | JD Class of 2023

Sam is a Second-year JD student in the Francis King Carey School of Law. He graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland with a B.A. in Political Science and History. In addition to his duties with USGA, Sam serves as a Co-Captain on the Thurgood Marshall Trial Team at the Law School, and as  Secretary and Board Member for the non-profit Envision Frederick County. His hope is to advance student interests and address student concerns so that all may enjoy an equitable education while at UMB. 

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Courtney Bergan
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
School of Law | JD Class of 2023

Courtney Bergan is a Second-year JD student at the Francis King Carey School of Law, specializing in Health Law. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Simmons University in Boston, MA. Currently, Courtney works in the Law School’s Civil Rights for Person’s with Disabilities Clinic as well as being an active health policy advocate with various community groups. As Webmaster, Courtney is responsible for maintaining the USGA website and leading the digital communications committee. Courtney is dedicated to promoting equity and inclusivity by helping to ensure the website is kept up to date and accessible to all students. When Courtney is not busy studying or working in the clinic, they enjoy hiking with their service dog Kiera, advocating for disability justice, and painting.

Please feel free to reach out to Courtney with any feedback on the USGA website!

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

Alicia Jiggetts
Pronouns: she/her(s)
School of Law 

Alicia is a third-year law student, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from the University of Richmond. She is from Suffolk, Virginia. This is her first year on the USGA, but she has been on the leadership team of United Students of African Descent (USAD), a USGA-affiliated student organization, for two years. Furthermore, she has been extensively involved with the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, as well as Baltimore Outreach for Student Success, which are both service-oriented organizations at the law school. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing fiction, playing with her grumpy cat, and spending time with friends and family. She intends to pursue criminal law and public service in the future. 

USGA Advisor

‌Cyndi Rice
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
USGA Advisor, Director of Student Development and Leadership
Email: crice@umaryland.edu
Phone: 410-706-7117

With more than 25 years of experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Cyndi has worked at UMB since graduating from the School of Medicine’s Radiologic Technology program. Cyndi loves advising student organizations and helping students develop into well-rounded, holistic, and professional student leaders.

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