Breanne HirshmanNational Chair
Breanne Hirshman, ATSU-SOMACOSGP National Chair
Jessica PalmieriNational 1st Vice Chair
Jessica Palmieri, MSUCOMCOSGP National 1st Vice Chair
Hello! My name is Jessica Palmieri and I am a 3rd year osteopathic medical student at Michigan State University. Born and raised in Michigan, I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate education where I received three Bachelor degrees in music performance (oboe power!) and biology. Following undergrad I earned a Master’s degree in biomedical science and then taught as an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Physiology for three years before attending medical school. I am an avid supporter of animal and human rights and I have the greatest dog in the world. I love to read and will devour any book I can get my hands on. I feel most at home when I’m outdoors and especially when I’m by the water.
I am very excited to sit as the First Vice Chair for COSGP this year! I look forward to providing all our council members with the tools they need to be effective communicators and all around stellar leaders. My hope is that our members will be able to take all the information they learn and use it to work wonders at their individual medical schools as well as carry it with them into their careers as osteopathic physicians. Here’s to a great year!
Kenyanita EllisNational 2nd Vice Chair
Kenyanita Ellis, ACOMCOSGP National 2nd Vice Chair
Hello! My name is Kenyanita Ellis and I am a third year osteopathic medical student from Moundville, Alabama. I am currently a student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of THE University of Alabama (Roll Tide!!). It is my pleasure to serve as the 2015-2016 National Second Vice Chair. My job is to handle all things related to Public Relations and the COSGP website, with the help of the PR/Web Representative. We have big goals this year that include making COSGP more well-known to all osteopathic medical students and improving the visibility of our quarterly newsletter, The Pulse. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you!
Maureen McAteerNational Secretary
Maureen McAteer, MU-COMCOSGP National Secretary
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Purdue University (Biology/French ’10) then completed the Masters of Science Program in Biology at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis while working in bone dynamics and cancer metastasis research at the IU School of Medicine (IUSM). My interest in learning about primary care led me to pursue a position in Children’s Health Services Research at IUSM where I managed projects to establish state-wide physician led programs in asthma care and in developmental pediatrics. I chose to become an osteopathic physician because the values that underpin osteopathic principles demand the highest standards of patient centered care. I am training for a career in primary care (likely pediatrics) and I hope one day to serve and give back to the people of Indiana.
During the past two years I have served as president of the inaugural class at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) in Indianapolis, IN. As a third year student, I now sit as president of the MUCOM Student Government Clinical Council. I had the privilege of serving for two years as a MUCOM delegate to COSGP. This was a wonderful experience that led me to become interested in health system improvement, health policy advocacy, and resiliency & wellbeing of medical professionals. As National Secretary for COSGP, I hope to help streamline communication for the council and contribute to revitalizing our COSGP focus of service.
Matthew CostaNational Treasurer
Matthew Costa, PCOMCOSGP National Treasurer
Daniel KrajcikNational Parliamentarian
Daniel Krajcik, OU-HCOMCOSGP National Parliamentarian
Payal AggarwalNational Global Health Representative
Payal Aggarwal, TouroCOM-NYCOSGP National Global Health Representative
Payal Aggarwal, COSGP Global Health Representative, is a third year medical student at TouroCOM New York. She was born and raised in New York City and chose to attend TouroCOM New York because of the school’s commitment to providing healthcare in underserved areas. Payal received her B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chemistry from New York University. She has gone on service outreach trips to Belize, Chile, Peru, and India and has been on seven other domestic outreach experiences. She also served as the Team Captain to the first osteopathic medical team to become a finalist in AMA’s Global Health Challenge. The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, Sigma Sigma Phi, and Omega Beta Iota have recognized her for her commitment to service. Payal’s favorite quote is by Margaret Mead and is, “never doubt that a small group of individuals can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Lauren DelanaNational Legislative Affairs Representative
Lauren Delana, PNWU-COMCOSGP National Legislative Affairs Representative
My name is Lauren Delana and I am a 3rd year medical student at Pacific Northwest University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington. I did ballet for 10 years when I was younger, and then discovered a passion for medicine during high school. I lived in Boise, Idaho since the age of 5 and did my undergraduate education at The College of Idaho. I worked as an emergency department scribe for 3 years before attending medical school and can play the flute and piccolo. My favorite hobby is baking cupcakes and trying different frosting designs. I’m really excited to continue working with COSGP this year!
Shaun MehdiNational Medical Education Representative
Shaun Mehdi, CCOMCOSGP National Medical Education Representative
I am Shaun Mehdi, your National Medical Education Representative. I am a 3rd year osteopathic medical student at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Illinois before starting at CCOM. I am so excited to work such enthusiastic and dedicated students. It is such a crucial time within the landscape of medical education, and our representation and voice will be needed more that ever. I cannot wait to see all that we can accomplish this year. Please let me know if you need any help or have questions I will always be available to assist.
David BufordNational Research Representative
David Buford, WCUCOMCOSGP National Research Representative
Welcome! My name is David Buford and I am a third year osteopathic medical student at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am excited to serve as your National Research Representative this year. Prior to matriculation into medical school, I earned my PhD in microbiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I am passionate about advancing osteopathic medicine, especially in the area of research. I look forward to collaborating with you and promoting research throughout the osteopathic profession. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Steve BialickNational PR/Web Representative
Steve Bialick, RowanSOMCOSGP National PR/Web Representative
Kelly MackessyNational Programs Representative
Kelly Mackessy, CCOMCOSGP National Programs Representative
Welcome Council! I am a third year medical student from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and I am thrilled to be serving you as the COSGP Programs Representative this year. I am an Ohio native and a graduate of The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). My main goal this year is to encourage and support the Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH) program within your schools. Giving back to our communities is a huge part of being a future osteopathic physician and our new website will make it that much easier to participate. I will also be coordinating the after hours events which are great opportunities to connect and network with fellow council members and create lifelong friendships! Feel to come to me with any questions about TOUCH or after hours events!
Louisa SethiNational Clinical Education Representative
Louisa Sethi, NYIT-COMCOSGP National Clinical Education Representative
Carisa Champion-LippmanAOA Board of Trustees Student Delegate
Carisa Champion-Lippman, NSU-COMAOA Board of Trustees Student Delegate
Sarah WolffAOF Board of Trustees Student Delegate
Sarah Wolff, WesternU-COMPAOF Board of Trustees Student Delegate
Hello All. My name is Sarah Wolff. I am originally from Oregon (Go Ducks), but chose to attend the Southern California campus of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. During my first two years I was the 2015 class President and was tasked with coming up with innovative ideas to integrate student life between out established campus a new satellite/additional location in Oregon. I have since moved home to Oregon for my rotational years, coordinated through WesternU’s Lebanon Oregon Campus. I am a new mom of a beautiful baby girl and am constantly learning the intricate balance between family and medical school. I was honored to serve last year as your COSGP Eboard Secretary and look forward to my next two years serving as the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) Student Representative. As your AOF representative it is my job is to coordinate efforts between the foundation and students (including events, service projects, and scholarships). I would love to help you in any way that I can, so shoot me an Email anytime!