Meet the Board

AMSA Executive Board 2018-2019: We’re Here To Help!


President:                                 Tyler Johnson

Vice President:                        April Feist

Secretary:                                 Maya Santosuosso

Treasurer:                                 Ashish Varma

Public Relations:                    Alisha Relan

Health Advocate:                   Regan Bradley

Volunteer Coordinator:       Sydney Grubb

Events Coordinator:             Praticha Jagdish

Travel Coordinator:              Daphne Blount

 2018 – 2019 AMSA Executive Board!

Name:       Tyler Johnson
Position:   President
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Year: Senior
Major: Biology Minors: Public Health and Pharmacology
Campus involvement: On campus, I am on the girl’s basketball scout team, a part of the ALS Association, and am a scribe and nutrition services aid at HealthEast locations! I have studied tropical wildlife conservation in Malaysia, and have also done a medical trip to Uganda/Rwanda, plastic surgery rotation in Spain/Portugal, and ocean acidification in the islands of Belize. I plan to take a gap year to hopefully head back to my friends and doctors in Uganda for a few months after graduation and do other various travels. I recently spent 3 weeks in Cuba for this past 2018-2019 winter break!
Hobbies: In the summer, I umpire little kids and stay busy with working at HealthEast. This summer will be consumed by the application process for MD/DO programs!
Specialty of interest: Family medicine in a suburban/ rural area. 
Most treasured AMSA memory: Going to Nationals last year in D.C. with the board and general members! Learned some great information and had time to have some fun/ sight see. 
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Dream big and dare to fail”
Name:        April Feist
Position:    Vice President
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Year: Junior
Major: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior Minor: Leadership
Campus involvement: This year I am working as a Junior Guild Leader for the College of Biological Sciences, and I am an active member of the academic sorority, Lambda Delta Phi. I love volunteering at the St. Paul Children’s Hospital and serving as a Health Advocate on campus. This May I studied abroad in the Galapagos Islands and have developed a passion for teaching and communicating evolution.
Hobbies: I love crocheting, cats, mentoring my robotics team, and  running! I also love singing and am a member of the UMN Gospel Choir.
Specialty of interest: My dream is to become an osteopathic physician and specialize in pediatrics or family medicine. I really hope to work in primary care and develop relationships with patients that extend both in and outside of medicine.
Most treasured AMSA memory: My favorite AMSA members go back to my first year when I participated in the ELE program. I have a passion for teaching and every week the curiosity and engagement of the students inspired and challenged me! I loved passing on my love for science and growing roots in my new Minneapolis community.
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.” ~ Quoted by Paul H Dunn


Name:        Maya Santosuosso
Position:    Secretary
Year: Senior
Majors: Neuroscience and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Minor: Psychology
Campus involvement: I work as an Emergency Department medical scribe at St. Francis Medical Center, which I have done for the past three years! I am currently studying for a spring MCAT so this is my only other EC outside of AMSA at the moment, however, I have also spent time working as a lab assistant on campus, volunteering at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, participating in intramural volleyball and being a Welcome Week Leader!
Hobbies: Outside of classwork and my job, I enjoy watching Netflix/ Hulu, hanging out with my friends, discovering new music, and lifting!
Specialty of interest: II hope to practice Emergency or Internal Medicine in a major metro area and also work to promote health education in inner city environments, particularly with emphasis on preventative medicine.
Most treasured AMSA memories: My favorite AMSA memories have been attending conferences, including fall conference last year and pre-med fest this year, as they provide a chance to get to know members outside of your friends and continue to learn about the field we will be going into. I am looking forward to (hopefully) going to Nationals for the first time this March!
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”
Name:        Ashish Varma
Position:    Treasurer
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Year: Senior
Major: Neuroscience and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development 
Campus involvement: When I’m not working, volunteering, or studying I like to spend my free time playing a board game known as Go!
Fun Fact: After high school, I took a gap year to travel the lower 48!
Specialty of interest: I’ve always been fascinated with the brain and how/why it works the way it does. I’m planning on going to medical school and choosing a specialty that deals with the CNS.
Most treasured AMSA memory: Going to National Conference these past few years and getting to talk and interact with other pre-med and med students throughout the convention. Also, many of the talks were highly informative and interesting.
Favorite quote that motivates you:  “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it” – William Arthur Ward
Name:       Alisha Relan
Position:   Public Relations

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Year: Sophomore
Major: Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Minor: Leadership
Campus involvement: I am a researcher in the Laboratory of Medicine and Pathology on campus working with a category of melanocytic lesions. In addition, I am a Sophomore Guild Leader for the College of Biological Sciences. A large portion of my time is also spent dancing with the UMN Dance Collective! 
Hobbies: Aside from classes and research, I enjoy dancing, hanging out with friends and family, eating lots of ice cream, watching movies, shopping, and traveling! 
Specialty of interest: In the future, I would like to pursue a specialty in either Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation.
Most treasured AMSA memories: Getting the opportunity to travel to AMSA Nationals last year in Washington D.C. with the board and general members! I also am a big fan of the suture clinics and physician dinners! 
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken…  Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
Name:       Regan Bradley
Position:  Health Advocate

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Year: Junior
Major: Biology, Society, & Environment and Psychology Minor: Public Health
Campus involvement: AMSA, VP of USIG, Anatomy TA, and a cycling instructor at the RecWell.
Hobbies: Hiking and walking my dogs as well as cooking (at least attempting).
Specialty of interest: I hope to become a surgeon or work in critical care/ trauma, maybe combine them both and be a trauma surgeon either in civilian or military life. Of course, I still find almost everything fascinating so it will be interesting to see where I end up. 
Most treasured AMSA memories: Sitting in my first ever AMSA meeting realizing there are so many people like me who are as passionate about medicine and a life of serving others. 
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Get to the point where you are living the life you used to be jealous of.”
Name:       Sydney Grubb
Position:  Volunteer Coordinator

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Year: Senior
Major: Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Minor: Microbiology
Campus involvement: I am a researcher in the Gralnick lab of molecular biology and biophysics! I’m also in a sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and I’ve served on the academic committee. I also work as a medical scribe at United Hospital in St. Paul!
Hobbies: What is free time?? Jk I try to spend my extra time reading, running, and spending time with my friends and little sister (plus my super adorable husky)    🙂
Specialty of interest: I am hoping to be either a plastic surgeon or an OB/GYN!
Most treasured AMSA memories: Going to nationals in Washington in D.C., it was so fun to spend time with other pre-meds. I learned so much! 
Favorite quote that motivates you: Have some fire, be unstoppable, be a force of nature” – Christina Yang (GA)
Name:       Praticha Jagdish
Position:  Events Coordinator
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Year: Junior
Major: Physiology
Campus involvement: I am involved with the Society of Women Engineers ( a great group btw!!) and I also work as a campus tour guide at the Admissions office!
Hobbies: I really like to play my violin, dance, bake, and do pilates!
Specialty of interest:  I would really like to work in Pediatric Oncology, and I know, I know that that line of work is super tough, but I think it would be really rewarding. I also have personal experience with someone battling cancer at a young age.
Most treasured AMSA memories: One of my favorite memories from AMSA was attending the first pre-med dinner of my first year in AMSA, it was really rewarding. I spoke with a lot of physicians and got their advice, plus I made some new friends!
Favorite quote that motivates you: “We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated”-Maya Angelou
Name:       Daphne Blount
Position:  Travel Coordinator
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Year: Sophomore
Major: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology Minor: Public Health 
Campus involvement: 
Specialty of interest:  
Most treasured AMSA memories: Attending “Living with Tigers” which was a talk about childhood trauma at the AMSA National Convention.
Favorite quote that motivates you: 

2016-2017 Previous Board Members

Olivia Schneider – President
Alex Khan – Vice President
Jun Chen – Treasurer
Samar Shahid – Secretary
Sena Uzunlar – Events Coordinator
Karla Rodriguez-Naranjo – Travel Coordinator
Jonah Kuske – volunteer Coordinator
Jacqueline Cassman – Health Advocate

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