Executive Council - 2011 - 2012
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Executive Council - 2011 - 2012

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
Past President

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 President of APSA (2010-2011), 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.


Jennifer Kwan
Vice-President, External Affairs

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.


Lesley Gardiner
Vice-President, Internal Affairs

Mrs. Lesley Gardiner is an MD-PhD candidate at Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC). She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2003 with a BS in Biology. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Mrs. Lesley Gardiner began her involvement with APSA in 2009 when she became the Institutional Representative for Texas A&M HSC. In the spring of 2010, she founded the first local APSA chapter at Texas A&M HSC, and also served as the Head Chair of the 2010 South Regional APSA meeting. In addition to leadership positions within the APSA organization, she has also served on the MD/PhD steering committee at Texas A&M and was the Lead Coordinator charged with organizing the first annual MD/PhD Summer Seminar Lecture Series at Texas A&M HSC. Mrs. Lesley Gardiner was honored to recently begin serving as Vice President of Internal Affairs of APSA in spring 2011.

Dania Daye
Policy Committee, Chair

Ms. Dania Daye is a fifth-year MD/PhD student and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from Rice University with a degree in bioengineering in 2007. Ms. Daye is currently pursuing a bioengineering PhD with a focus on understanding the metabolo-genetic profile of breast cancer recurrence. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow. Ms. Daye currently serves as the President-elect of APSA, and as a co-chair of the policy committee. Previously, she served as vice-chair of the policy Committee and as an Institutional representative for the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA).


Taylor Heald-Sargent
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Ms. Taylor Heald-Sargent is an MD/PhD candidate at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She received a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College in 2006. As an undergraduate, she was selected to participate in the Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) program beginning in her freshman year. During her senior year, she was inducted into Sigma Xi. Beginning during the summer following her sophomore year, spent at Mount Sinai’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, she pursued her interest in infectious disease. Specifically, she researched topical microbicides for Herpes Simplex Virus, T-cell suppression in pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus patients, and entry cofactors for Human Coronaviruses. Currently, she is completing her PhD investigating the role of respiratory proteases during Coronavirus infection. She is also interested in international medicine and participated in Loyola’s International Service Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic during the summer between her first and second year of medical school. Taylor has served APSA as Loyola's Institutional Representative since 2008. She is now President of her local chapter and Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee.


Susan McClory
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Mrs. Susan McClory is an MD-PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. In 2005 she obtained her BS with Honors and Distinction in Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate, she was the recipient of the Honors Medalist Scholarship. Mrs. McClory has continued to be an active member of her academic community. Her leadership activities have included her appointments as the Chair of the OSUMC Graduate Research Day (2009), and the President of the OSU Medical Scientist Student Organization (2010-2011). Within APSA, Mrs. McClory has served as the Vice Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee (2010-2011), and will do so again for 2012.


Christopher Audu
Finance Committee, Chair

Mr. Christopher Audu is an MD/PhD candidate at Dartmouth Medical School. He graduated in 2007 with highest distinction from Purdue University with a BS degree in Chemistry. During his undergraduate years, he led various academic groups and served as a mentor to incoming students. At Dartmouth, his research in chemistry is focused on drug development and design against BK virus, an infectious agent implicated in chronic kidney rejection post-transplantation. His work led him to receive the Dartmouth Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Alumni Award in 2010. Outside of his work with APSA, Chris presides over Dartmouth Ears – a patient-visitation volunteer organization co-founded by him and another medical student in 2009. Chris currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.


Christina Megli
Finance Committee, Vice-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.


Semah Zavareh
Membership Committee, Chair

 

Eli Levin
Membership Committee, Vice-Chair

Eli Levin, PhD, is a seventh year, DO PhD candidate at UMDNJ:SOM. Dr. Levin defended his dissertation, "The implications of blood-brain barrier breakdown on Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis," in April 2010, which was researched in the lab of Dr. Robert Nagele. Now in the final year of his program, Dr. Levin is currently applying to Anesthesiology residencies, where he hopes to further his research and hone his clinical skills in an environment which will foster both pursuits. Dr. Levin is serving his second year as APSA Membership Vice-chair, subsequent to being the Institutional Representative for UMDNJ: SOM. Dr. Levin founded the UMDNJ: SOM chapter of APSA, as well as the Anesthesia Club, on that campus.


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 previously served on the Policy Committee as Vice-Chair, where she helped design the recently completed F30 survey. As Policy Chair last year, she helped develop and launch the pilot for the Tomorrow’s Physician survey, which aims to identify future career interests of physicians and physician-scientists as well as factors that have helped or hindered their career development. She is also co-founder and chair of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Mentors Program. Ms. Kwan is currently Policy Committee Co-Chair and Vice President for External Affairs.


Carolyn Brokowski
Policy Committee, Vice-Chair

Ms. Carolyn E. Brokowski is a research associate at the Yale School of Medicine and has engaged in pioneering research in plastic surgery, dermatology, and immunobiology. She serves as co-executive editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy Law & Ethics at Yale Law School and has lobbied successfully on Capitol Hill for increasing the federal funding of biomedical research. As a recent Yale College graduate with uncompromising curiosity and an eclectic array of intellectual pursuits, she completed two majors in molecular, cellular, & developmental biology and philosophy, and graduated with distinction. Her favorite philosopher is Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and she believes in the veracity of The Identity of Indiscernibles. Carolyn wishes to pursue a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist while continuing with her involvement in science policy and healthcare reform. She has been a member of the APSA Policy Committee since 2009 and is its current vice-chair.


Evan Noch
Public Relations Committee, Chair

Dr. Evan Noch is a 6th-year MD/PhD candidate at Temple University School of Medicine. He recently completed his PhD studying the role of oncogenes in the regulation of oxygen and glucose metabolism in the pathogenesis of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma. Evan received his BS in Neuroscience from New York University in 2006. Since joining Temple in 2006, Evan has served as co-chair of various student organizations, including the Student Interest Group in Neurology and the Jewish Student Union. In addition, during his PhD training, Evan presented abstracts at several meetings, including the 10th Symposium of the International Society for Neurovirology in Milan, Italy, where he received the Volker ter Meulen Investigator-in-Training Award. Upon completion of his PhD, Evan received the Florence Gloria Freedman Award for Cancer Research. Evan has been a member of APSA for 4 years, served on the PR Committee last year, and is the current APSA Public Relations Chair and Institutional Representative for Temple. In addition, Evan is the founding President of the APSA Interest Group at Temple. As President, Evan developed a large number of activities over the course of the year, including residency research panels, research open houses, and MD/PhD alumni seminars, and built Temple’s APSA membership to nearly 75 students. Evan hopes to improve the visibility of APSA over this year and promote increased awareness of MD/PhD programs, training options, and career paths for young physician-scientists.

Qurat-ul-ain Jelani
Public Relations Committee, Vice-Chair

Ms. Qurat-ul-ain Jelani is a currently a research Scientist at the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University School of Medicine. She received her MBBS degree from Khyber Medical University in Peshawar, Pakistan with honors and completed her ECFMG certification in 2008. As an undergraduate, she was awarded a silver medal and won a five-year scholarship for her performance in high school. She remained on the Board of Editors of her college magazine for a number of years and was eventually selected as Chief Editor. Currently she is pursuing research interests in Cardiology that focus on endothelial function in health and disease.


Dylan Nielson
Public Relations Committee, Vice-Chair

Mr. Dylan Nielson is an MD-PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. He received BS degrees in chemistry and genetics from Clemson University in 2007. From 2007-2009, he worked as an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow in the lab of Dr. Susan Swedo at the National Institute of Mental Health. Mr. Nielson has continued to be an active member of his community and school, completing more than 200 hours of community service over the past two years with the Columbus Suicide Prevention Hotline. He currently serves as the president of OSU's Medical-Student Scientist Organization. Mr. Nielson is currently one of the Co-Vice Chairs of the Public Relations Committee and serves as OSU's institutional representative.


Gregory Botta
Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD)

Dr. Gregory Botta is an MD/PhD Candidate at Drexel University College of Medicine. Gregory received a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems and Biomedical Engineering in 2004. From 2004 until 2006, he was a clinical member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Artificial Heart Program and researcher at the Stem Cell Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. While here, Greg was involved in ventricular assist device (VAD) research and patient care as well as in murine post-infarct cardiac stem cell models. Since joining Drexel in 2006, Gregory has attained University awards as a medical student and graduate student while researching various fields, including real-time bioimaging as well as pancreatic cancer invasion in 3-D models. Indeed, this research granted him a Kirschstein F-30 from the NIDDK in 2010 and a PhD in 2011. In addition, Gregory tries to maintain a strong international presence, reflected in his awards to the Massachussetts General Hospital/Cell Press/Karolinska Days of Molecular Medicine conference in Stockholm, tumor extracellular matrix and cell signaling pharmaceutical conferences in Paris, pathobiology of invasion and metastasis in Greece, and Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany. While part of APSA, Greg served on the Annual Meeting committee for three years before chairing the 2011 meeting. Going forward as the Member-At-Large (MD/PhD), Greg hopes to assist in the guidance of dual-degree policy, training, and career planning.


Alvin Das
Member-At-Large (MD, DO)

Mr. Alvin Das is an MD candidate at Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine) and is a student of the accelerated MD program in conjunction with Kent State University. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laudewith a BS in Integrated Life Sciences and a minor in Biological Sciences from the Honors College at Kent State University. Currently, Mr. Das is Member-at-Large (MD, DO) of APSA having previously served as his university’s Institutional Representative. On a local level, he is president of both his medical school’s APSA chapter and Student Interest Group in Neurology chapter. His current research focuses on degenerative diseases in the brain, and he has received research scholarships from the American Academy of Neurology as well as Northeast Ohio Medical University to conduct research in molecular neuroscience.


Adam Baim
Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

Mr. Adam Baim is an MD/PhD trainee at the University of Chicago. Adam received his BA in 2008 from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and completed dual majors in the Science in Society Program and the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. He is currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, having deferred medical school until advancement to candidacy. Training as a cultural anthropologist, Adam’s research concerns practices of interpretation among clinicians as well as relationships between biomedical research and patient care. He was a co-organizer for the fourth biennial meeting of the National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities, which was held in partnership with APSA’s seventh Annual Meeting. Within APSA, Adam served as a member of the Annual Meeting Committee from 2010-2011 before joining the Executive Council as Member-at-Large for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Andy Taylor
Vice-Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

 

Ivayla Geneva
President

Ms. Ivayla (Eve) Geneva is the current President 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.


Dania Daye
President-Elect

Ms. Dania Daye is a fifth-year MD/PhD student and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from Rice University with a degree in bioengineering in 2007. Ms. Daye is currently pursuing a bioengineering PhD with a focus on understanding the metabolo-genetic profile of breast cancer recurrence. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow. Ms. Daye currently serves as the President-elect of APSA, and as a co-chair of the policy committee. Previously, she served as vice-chair of the policy Committee and as an Institutional representative for the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA).


Diane Rutherford
Executive Director

Diane Rutherford is an association professional with more than 15 years' experience supporting volunteer leaders and providing administrative and management services to nonprofit organizations. Diane joined The Sherwood Group in 2004 as an association administrator, and in 2010, Diane was tapped to serve as the primary administrator for Sherwood's "Client Incubator Practice," where she is able to draw on her broad experience to help small organizations grow and add value. In that role, she serves as executive director for the American Physician Scientists Association.

At Sherwood, Diane has been responsible for supporting boards of directors and committees, helping them translate goals into achievable objectives. Prior to joining The Sherwood Group, Diane served in senior positions with prominent professional societies, including the Society of Actuaries Foundation, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Diane attended Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in English. In her spare time Diane reads historical fiction and uses her experience to help her condo association board develop reasonable goals for property enhancement and to create a safe, healthy and green environment.

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