Executive Council - 2010 - 2011
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Executive Council - 2010 - 2011

The Executive Council is made up of twelve positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year. These positions are the only members of the Executive Council with voting privileges. The committee vice-chairs are included as non-voting members of the Executive Council and are appointed to their positions by the Executive Council. The vice-chairs may in the absence of the committee chair serve as the proxy vote.

Visit the Executive Council leadership position page to find out more about the roles and responsibilities associated with each position.

Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge

Mr. Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge is an MD-PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. He received a BA in Biology and a BS in classics from The Ohio State University in 2005. As an undergraduate, he was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar as a sophomore and a Thomas J. Bardos Scholar as a Junior. Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge has continued to be an active member of his community and school. His leadership positions have included his appointment to The Ohio State University Board of Trustees by Governor Bob Taft (2006-2008), and his appointment to the American Medical Association Foundation Board of Directors (2008-2009). Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge has served as Vice-President of APSA (2008-2009) and President-elect of APSA in 2009-2010. Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge joined the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

Ivayla Geneva

Ms. Ivayla (Eve) Geneva is the current President-Elect of APSA. She is an MD-PhD candidate at SUNY Upstate Medical University, having previously graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whitman College with a BS in Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. During her undergraduate education, Ms. Geneva earned both the Abshire Research Award and the Perry Research Grant, while garnering awards for outstanding performance in physical chemistry and an international student scholarship. Within APSA, Ms. Geneva has served as Treasurer, where she oversaw organizational funding and financial policy and as Institutional Representative for her medical school. On the local level, she is currently holding the positions of Student Ambassador to the President at SUNY Upstate Medical University and President of the Upstate Ophthalmology Club. Ms. Geneva has also served as a member of Upstate's Strategic Plan Implementation Committee for Research.

Jedd Sereysky

Mr. Jedd Sereysky is an MD-PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Rochester, where he earned both a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering. During this time, he was Graduate Representative to the Biomedical Engineering Society and Biomedical Engineering Teaching Assistant of the Year. His current research focuses on the effects of genetic background on tendon overuse. Outside of his work with APSA, he is a certified CPR instructor and a student mentor. Within APSA, Mr. Sereysky has served on the Policy Committee, most recently as Chair. Mr. Sereysky is currently Vice President of APSA.

Gregory Botta
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Mr. Greg Botta is an MD-PhD candidate at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He received a BS in Information Systems and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and studied in the Bioengineering Graduate Program at Pittsburgh University. He previously worked at Lehman Brothers. His current research has earned him a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, as well as a Lustgarten Foundational Grant and Hirshberg Foundational Grant. Alongside his many academic honors, Mr. Botta has served as both an APSA Institutional Representative and Vice-Chair of the APSA Annual Meeting Committee, as well as serving within the Drexel Graduate Student Association. His professional memberships include American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Medical Students Association. Mr. Botta is currently Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee.

Cecinio Ronquillo
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Mr. Cecinio Castillo-Ronquillo, Jr. or Nikko is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Nikko moved from Manila, Philippines to the United States to pursue his studies back in 2002. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Chemistry in 2006 garnering numerous scholarships and academic distinctions. He is currently a predoctoral trainee of the Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Training Program under the NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. Within APSA, Nikko has been a member (2008-2009), Vice-Chair (2009-2010) and now the current Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee (2010-2011). Outside the demands of the MD/PhD program and APSA, he enjoys teaching Wilderness Medicine and training with Dr. Rey Roa in piano.

Christina Megli
Finance Committee, Chair

Mrs. Christina Megli is an MD-PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Dartmouth Medical School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BS in Physiology and minors in both African Studies and Dance. Her research on V. cholerae has earned her numerous training grants and awards. Aside from her work with APSA, Mrs. Megli also serves in the Judy Frank Women in Medicine Group and the Dartmouth Leadership, Equality, and Diversity task force for women in medicine, and she holds memberships in the American Medical Students Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the American Society for Microbiology. Mrs. Megli is currently Chair of the Finance Committee.

Steven Proper
Membership Committee, Chair

Mr. Steven Proper is a DO-PhD candidate at Michigan State University. He previously graduated Cum Laude and as a Sobey Scholar from Kettering University with a BS in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Bioengineering. At Kettering he helped to found 94.3 WKUF-LP, a community-based radio station. He is a four-time Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow and his current research focuses on the role of hypoxia signaling in lung development and inflammation. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Michigan Osteopathic Association where he serves on the Education Committee and Council on Government Affairs. Within APSA, Mr. Proper has served within the Membership Committee for two years and is currently Chair. Outside of APSA and the DO-PhD program, Mr. Proper plays music (violin, guitar, bass) and enjoys the outdoors, especially backpacking.

Jennifer Kwan
Policy Committee, Chair

Ms. Jennifer Kwan is an MD-PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She previously graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in molecular biology, where she was both a Cal Alumni Scholar and recipient of the Berkeley Academic Scholarship. She is a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Leadership Award, and her current research on PI3K-Akt signaling has earned her the Molecular Genetics Provost Deiss award. Within APSA, Ms. Kwan has previously served within the Policy Committee, most recently as Vice Chair, where she helped design the recently completed F30 survey. She is also co-founder and chair of the University of Illinois College of Medicine mentors program. Ms. Kwan is currently Policy Committee Chair.

Daniel Matson
Public Relations Committee, Chair

Mr. Daniel Matson is an MD-PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned a BS in Genetics. During this time he served within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors and Research Society and helped organize several undergraduate research symposia. Through his current research on cell cycle checkpoints he has received funding from University of Virginia Cancer Training grant. Within APSA, Mr. Matson has served as Institutional Representative and as a member of the Public Relations Committee. He is currently Chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Hans Arora
Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD)

Mr. Hans Arora is an MD-PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He previously graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, where he was a Paul Morrow Endowed Scholar. His current work has garnered him numerous honors and awards, including grants from both Northwestern University and the American Medical Association. He has sought out leadership opportunities in numerous organizations, including: the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Medical Society, Scientists and Engineers for America, and more. His leadership within APSA has included roles as both Institutional Representative and contributing member of the Membership Committee. Mr. Arora is currently a Member-At-Large within APSA.

Randa Tao
Member-At-Large (MD, DO)

Ms. Randa Tao is an MD-candidate at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biology, Anthropology-Zoology and a minor in Mathematics. During her medical training, she conducted research on genome-wide signatures of positive selection and volunteered as a teaching assistant. Currently, Ms. Tao is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholar at the National Cancer Institute, where she is studying how aging genes are involved in carcinogenesis. In 2009, Ms. Tao was inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society. Ms. Tao is currently a member-at-large within APSA.

Anji Wall
Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

Dr. Anji Wall is an MD candidate at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She received her PhD from the Department of Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University for her research on the topic of ethical problems encountered by Western physicians during temporary medical work in developing countries. She previously received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from The Catholic University of America. During her doctoral work, Dr. Wall was the recipient of the VOICES research grant and the ASBH Early Career Scholars Award. She serves on the Ethics Committee at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and previously served on the Saint Louis University MD/PhD program Steering Committee. Dr. Wall is a member-at-large within APSA.

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