2022-2023 Executive Board

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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 third-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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Vice President

Courtney Bergan
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
School of Law

Courtney Bergan is a third-year JD student at the Francis King Carey School of Law, specializing in Health Law. They earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior from Simmons University in Boston, MA. While serving as the USGA Webmaster last year, Courtney was elected to be the USGA Vice President for the 2022-2023 academic year. Courtney is dedicated to promoting equity and inclusivity by helping to ensure the USGA and the greater UMB community is accessible to all students. Courtney also founded the University of Maryland Disabled Law Students Association. Currently, Courtney spends much of their time externing with a local disability rights organization and advocating for access to anti-carceral mental health supports with local community organizations. When Courtney is not busy studying or advocating, they enjoy nature walks with their service dog, Kiera, listening to audiobooks, and painting.

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

John is a third-year doctor of physical therapy student.  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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Rebecca Wells
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
School of Law

Becca is a graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in Statistics and Political Science. She is currently a second-year student at the law school. Becca aims to combine her interests in data science and social equity to pursue a career in public policy. Her interest in law came from her senior capstone, where she examined health disparities between Appalachian states, and her work on the Kinder Journal on Constitutional Democracy.  At the law school, Becca is involved with the trial team, Journal for Healthcare Law and Policy, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, and the Cyber Law and Data Privacy Association. Becca is excited to serve on the Senate as the Secretary for the upcoming academic year! 



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

Victoria Hudson is a 2nd-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student. She earned a BS in International Health from Georgetown University in 2016. She is currently the recipient of the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science’s Florence P. Kendall Scholarship and Brian Bainbridge Memorial Scholarship. She has spent five years working in community health education and national health policy in the public health sector. She strives to become an equity and integrative health-focused health care practitioner who seeks to support underserved patient populations. While serving as the USGA programming coordinator for the executive board, her goal is to promote diverse, accessible, and safe events for all students. Additionally, Victoria is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within UMB. In Victoria’s spare time, she enjoys going on runs, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

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

Sam is a third-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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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 third year serving in the USGA and she is excited to address the needs and concerns of students.

Kaila's 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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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

Kennedy Hagens
Pronouns: she/her/hers
School of Law 

Kennedy Hagens is a second-year JD student at the Francis King Carey School of law, specializing in Health Law. She graduated with her B.S. in Public Health from Syracuse University in 2020 and earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2021, specializing in Global Health. In addition to her work with USGA, Kennedy serves as Vice President for Student Health Law Organization and is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team at the Law School. Currently,  Kennedy works in the Law School's Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic and as a Contract Coordinator & Health Equity Consultant for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. In her free time, Kennedy enjoys seeing movies, finding new restaurants, and playing with her dog. 

Please feel free to reach out to Kennedy with any questions or concerns regarding EDI matters, her door is always open 

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Student Advisor

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

Aishwarya Iyer is a fifth 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 three years and USGA President 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 has been selected by the USGA as its first Student Advisor. She continues to serve the UMB community and advocate for all students at UMB.

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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