MEET THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Class of 2018
Lucia was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova. When she was 16 years old, her family moved to the United States as refugees. After graduating from Cordova High School in 2007, Lucia started her educational career at American River College, and in 2011 she transferred to University of California, Davis. In addition to volunteering at UC Davis Medical Center’s Emergency and Radiology departments, she joined Knights Landing Clinic, which is a student run in clinic serving uninsured vulnerable citizens of Knights Landing community. Being intrigued by the close correlation between research and medicine, Lucia started to volunteer at the UC Davis Pharmacology Department focusing on SynDIG1, a gene contributing to AMPA receptor abundance at excitatory synapsed that mediates synapse plasticity crucial for learning and memory. In April of 2013, she had a grandiose opportunity to present a poster containing her findings at UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference. Shortly thereafter, Lucia graduated with a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. In her spare time, Lucia loves spending time with her adorable two year old baby girl and her husband.
Moriah is from Starksboro, Vermont and graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vermont in 2009. She then attended her freshman year of undergraduate education at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine before transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, New York. While at RIT, Moriah was involved in independent research in evolutionary genomics, and became a member of the Beta Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma. She also did research in developmental biology through the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, Moriah graduated with highest honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in biology and minors in psychology and chemistry. After college, she worked as an emergency room scribe at Lake Health Hospitals for two years, and then as a nursing assistant at Hillcrest Hospital. She also volunteered at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Moriah became interested in a career as a physician assistant while working alongside PAs at Lake Health. She hopes to be a dedicated, empathetic, and compassionate provider for all of her patients.
Allison graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2013, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. For the past three years she has been working as a research associate in a non-profit, translational genomics lab called TGen North. While in research, Allison worked with the Center for Public Health and Clinical Pathogens; she looks forward to moving from research into medicine. In addition to working at TGen, Allison was a certified EMT and enjoyed volunteering in various places in the Flagstaff community. Throughout college, and after, community service has played a huge role in her life and she looks forward to continuing to be involved in Ohio. Science and medicine have forever been of interest to Allison, specifically public health, preventative medicine, infectious disease and internal medicine. In her free time, Allison’s hobbies include lifting, hiking, reading, yoga, and traveling.
Victoria graduated in 2012 from Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School in Brockway, Pennsylvania. While in high school, Victoria was inducted into the National Honor Society and was football manager for five years. She then attended The Pennsylvania State University – Altoona Campus, all four years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology – General Option in May 2016. While attending Penn State Altoona, Victoria was inducted into the Lambda Gamma Beta chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, where she served as treasurer during the spring of 2014 and president for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. She was also inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success in December 2013. During her first two years of college, Victoria served as the Penn State Altoona Men’s Basketball manager. Victoria credits her mother, Sue, for being her leading example to never give up and obtain any goal you want, no matter how hard the situation may be.
Haley graduated from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio in 2010. She then proceeded to attend The University of Akron where she was a part of the Emerging Leader program her freshman year. Haley graduated cum laude in August 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration of Pre-Physical Therapy. During her undergraduate coursework, she completed a 120-hour practicum where she observed the PA field in knee and hip reconstruction. Haley worked as a medical scribe at Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center from 2014-2016. Here, she was able to work closely with an elite spine surgeon and nurse practitioner to further her experience in the medical field. Outside of school, Haley likes to spend her time with extra-curricular activities that include ceramics, exercising and fishing.
Steffanie is from Vernon Hills, IL, a suburb north of Chicago. She graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a psychology major. While at Purdue she was VP of Membership Development and VP of Recruitment for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega. She was also on the Panhellenic Association Board and enjoyed giving back to the West Lafayette community as well. After graduation, Steffanie began working as a scribe in the emergency department at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. She worked as a scribe for 2.5 years, gaining more medical knowledge and discovering her desire to become a PA. During her time off, Steffanie was also a soccer coach for her niece's team for 2 years. In her free time, Steffanie loves playing with her golden retriever Stella, playing with her niece and nephew and spending time with her family and friends. She would not be able to begin this journey without the support of her family and friends and is ecstatic to pursue her dreams of becoming a PA.
Ashlee graduated Salutatorian from Ferndale Area High School in Johnstown, PA in 2012. She then attended Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA where she earned her bachelor’s degree in the health sciences in December 2015. In college, she was a member of the Global Honors Program, health science club, Big Brother Big Sister and the AmeriCorps community service program. Also while at college, Ashlee was awarded the “President’s Community Service Award” for completing over 600 hours of community service. Ashlee’s greatest accomplishment was receiving the “Community Service Project of the Year” at Lock Haven University for running a clothing drive on campus and donating over 1,000 pounds of clothing to the local community. During her undergraduate studies, she became CNA and EMR certified and worked as a nursing assistant at Susque-View Nursing Home and later at Laurel Wood Care Center. Ashlee is the oldest sibling of two brothers and two sisters. Growing up in a big family, she learned to care for others.
Lucy is from Novi, MI. She was born in a small village in Iraq and moved to the U.S in 2003 for a better life. Lucy graduated high school from Walled Lake Western and went to University of Detroit Mercy. She transferred to Madonna University in Livonia, MI in 2012 where she pursued a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with honors. She volunteered in a medical setting for a few months during her senior year and went on to work as a Nursing Assistant at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mi. Lucy enjoyed her work and fell in love with serving others. She had the chance to shadow Physician Assistants and that is when she knew she wanted to become one. Lucy is an active member in church where she leads many of the elementary kids activities and she also volunteers as a driver for Meals on Wheels for the city of Farmington Hills. Outside of work and volunteering, Lucy loves spending time with family and friends. She also loves to travel and go on road trips.
Caitlan graduated from Corunna High School located in Corunna, MI in 2011. She then attended Michigan State University and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s in Human Biology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. Throughout her time at MSU, Caitlan was an active member in the MSU Pre-PA club and an undergraduate research assistant for MSU’s Twin Studies. Caitlan worked as a nursing assistant at a rehabilitation center throughout college, accumulating over 2000 patient care hours. In addition, she had the opportunity to job shadow Physician Assistants working in urgent care, family medicine, cardiothoracic ICU and pulmonary critical care. Caitlan enjoyed volunteering at a free medical clinic and cancer center at Memorial Healthcare of Owosso and various volunteering opportunities for her Pre-PA club. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. Caitlan is very excited to start this new journey of becoming a Physician Assistant at Lake Erie College.
Mia graduated from McDowell High School in Erie, PA in 2012 and went on to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, PA from 2012 to May of 2016. During her time at Allegheny, Mia was a member of the swim team for four years and was a recipient of the North Coast Athletic Conference Academic Honor Role. She is a Religious Studies Major and Biology minor, and received a junior prize in religious studies as well as inducted into the Theta Kappa Alpha Religious Studies Honors Society. Mia has spent her time volunteering at the soup kitchen, the Special Olympics program with other members of her swim team, the Best Buddies organization, and the nursing home. Specifically in healthcare, Mia is interested in clinical work and end of life care. She completed her senior thesis statement about integrating religion into US healthcare to improve patient-centered compassionate care, which she was nominated to present to the community and fellow classmates this spring. Mia’s hobbies and interests include swimming, traveling, and volunteering. She is very excited to have this opportunity to become a PA and her goal is to one day go on a mission trip to help provide healthcare to an underserved community in another country.
Emily is a small town Missouri girl. During high school Emily became a CNA and worked in the Elsberry nursing home. She went to college at Illinois College and got her degree in biology and graduated Cum Laude. Emily worked for an optometrist her first two years of college doing paperwork and then began working at the local hospital. During college Emily was inducted into the beta beta beta society for biology and did research on the microbiota in the colon and how changes in it can cause different issues in the human body. She also studied for a few weeks in Japan researching cancer cells in mice and spent a month in Cuba learning about different health care systems. Since early high school Emily has ran a lawn care business she started with her husband. She is excited about becoming a PA.
Julianne grew up in Indiana, Pennsylvania with her parents and younger sister, Jennifer. She attended Penns Manor High School where she graduated with honors in 2011. She then went on to attend The Pennsylvania State University where she completed a major in biological sciences and health professions and a minor in kinesiology.
While at Penn State, Julianne was a member of the varsity cheerleading team, cheering on the Nittany Lions at various sporting events in addition to being a member of the all-girl competition squad. She was also a teaching assistant in a cell biology lab for two years. Nothing had a greater impact on her college years than being involved with Penn State’s Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. THON is a student run year-long fundraising and awareness campaign in the fight against pediatric cancer that culminates each February with a 46-hour-long no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. She volunteered her time on a committee before serving as a captain for two years, leading weekly meetings and preparing her own committees for THON Weekend. Following her graduation from Penn State, Julianne began working as a Patient Care Nurse Assistant (PCNA) at Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. She is very excited to attend Lake Erie and begin on her new journey of becoming a physician assistant.
Korey is a 2010 graduate of Wellington High School in Wellington, Florida. He attended the University of West Florida where he majored in Pre-Professional Biology and graduated cum laude in 2014. During his undergraduate education, Korey became involved with multiple honor societies, volunteering and professional activities, such as American Society for Microbiology and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He volunteered as a research assistant under a directed study with Dr. Peter Cavnar at an on campus lab where he conducted experiments with HEK293 cells in an effort to determine protein-protein (Vav1 - Hax1) interactions in the process of cell motility. This research provided him an opportunity to present his findings at the National Cell Biology Convention in New Orleans in 2013. Korey was an Orientation Leader, a freshman liaison, and camp counselor at the University of West Florida where he facilitated the transition into college for incoming freshman. After he graduated from the University of West Florida he shadowed multiple orthopedic surgeons at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL, as well as a Foot and Ankle Surgeon Physician Assistant in Navarre, FL. Korey has a passion for helping others and has wanted to be in the medical field since he was a child. He aspires to practice in orthopedics as a PA. Korey has an older brother and a younger sister. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, watching sports and any outdoor activities.
Brian grew up in Perry, Ohio where he graduated from Perry High School in 2012. While in high school, Brian participated in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program his senior year, taking classes at Lakeland Community College. After graduation, he then attended Cleveland State University where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science while minoring in Biology. Brian successfully graduated with honors, earning the summa cum laude distinction. While working towards this degree, Brian used his spare time to shadow various physician assistants while also working as a Medical Scribe and a Patient Care Nurse Assistant. In his spare time, Brian enjoys hiking, traveling, giving back to his high school wrestling team, and most importantly attending many Cleveland Indians baseball games.
Ryan grew up in Perry, Ohio, where he graduated from Perry High School in 2012. In high school, Ryan participated in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program, where he took classes at both Lakeland Community College and Lake Erie College. He then enrolled at Cleveland State University, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, earning the summa cum laude distinction. While working towards his degree, Ryan took this time to shadow numerous physician assistants while also working as a Patient Care Nursing Assistant (PCNA) at the Cleveland Clinic on an internal medicine/telemetry floor. This experience cemented his desire and commitment to follow his dream of working as a physician assistant. Some of his interests include working out, traveling, sports, and spending time with friends and family. Currently, Ryan aspires to work in emergency medicine or on a trauma surgery team.
Jordan was born on Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and moved around for several years before settling in Cedar Springs, MI. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2012. Jordan then attended Central Michigan University and graduated from the Honors Program in 2016 with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Leadership. Jordan was an undergraduate researcher for several years in two labs, one examining Parkinson’s and Kennedy’s disease and one working with rats and pigeons researching behavioral analysis. Jordan loves to travel, so she has been to Honduras to implement a free medical clinic, as well as to the UK to study the inspirations behind the Harry Potter book series. Jordan worked throughout high school and college as a CNA at a nursing home and as an EMT as Head Health Officer at Rota-Kiwan Boy Scout Camp. Her love of the high stress, high risk scenarios, the quick decision making, and the contact with all sorts of different patients has driven Jordan to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. Jordan’s favorite things are meeting new people, reading, rock climbing, backpacking, and playing with her cat, Ollivander.
Mark grew up in Central New York in a town called Whitesboro before recently moving to Liverpool, New York. After graduating high school in 2012, Mark attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Nutrition and minored in Biology. While at Mansfield, Mark was a member of Residence Life for two years, serving as a Resident Assistant and Residence Life Intern. For all four years, he was highly involved in the Student Dietetic Association by organizing community health awareness events, 5K races, and health fairs. Mark, along with fellow students, was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the great city of Baltimore by fighting the battle against poverty and homelessness during their spring break. Along with the help of a few of his closest friends, Mark founded the Campus-wide Health Challenge (CWHC) at Mansfield University. The challenge provided an avenue for the entire student body to earn prizes by completing a variety of incentivized, health-related challenges. In his final year at Mansfield, Mark worked as the Supplemental Instructor for Anatomy & Physiology. He has worked as a Certified Nurse Aide at Masonic Care Community of Utica, NY in rehabilitation and long-term care households. Coming to Lake Erie College means more than just a degree to Mark – it represents the bridge between his potential and the opportunity to have a rewarding, lifelong career. One day, he hopes to become a respected Physician Assistant by providing the highest quality of compassionate care to those who need it most.
Amanda graduated in 2010 from St. Joseph Academy High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She then matriculated to John Carroll University from 2010-2013. Amanda transferred to Cleveland State University in the fall of 2013 where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of Health Science and minor in biology in December 2014. After graduation, Amanda started working for the Cleveland Clinic at Lutheran Hospital as a nursing department assistant. She has spent over a year on an orthopedic surgery floor and has also spent time shadowing multiple PA’s in the pain management and substance abuse fields. While in school, Amanda was active as a peer health educator and helped plan a campus wide education initiative to reduce stress and cope with the pressures of college. She also did an extensive practicum with the campus Violence Prevention and Action Center and helped bring a national fundraiser and dating violence awareness event to John Carroll. Lastly, she spent time shadowing a naturopathic doctor and cultivated her interest in non-traditional medicine options including acupuncture and dietary therapy. In her spare time, Amanda likes to read, especially Harry Potter, and root for whatever Cleveland sports team is playing that season.
Daniel is from Rocky River, a town that sits right on Lake Erie on Cleveland’s west side. He is proud to be from Cleveland and think it has a lot of fun to offer. One of his favorite parts is the hundreds of miles of valleys, lakes and trails known as the Metroparks, which are by far his favorite place to run. Daniel just graduated from the University of Mount Union with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. Daniel’s biggest involvements were serving as the Campus Life Chair and then the Faculty and Board of Trustees Rep for Student Senate as well as serving a year as president of his fraternity. He is not positive what he wants to do as a PA, but he is sure he will want to eventually travel on medical mission trips. He has been to Nicaragua three times, twice on construction mission trips and once with a class to help with community development in a rural village. Seeing the need as well as the amazing spirit of the people there has given Daniel a passion to return with his medical talents. When he’s not at Mount, Daniel works as a care manager for dementia specific residents in an assisted living home. Daniel is very excited to start the program at LEC and get to know everyone involved! Bonus fact: the first items he wants to buy with his first real paycheck (besides paying loans) are a treadmill and a kayak.
Christian was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. In 2010, he graduated from Coral Springs High School in the top of his class and began attending Florida Gulf Coast University. While there, Christian had the honor of fulfilling a number of different leadership roles. He was a Resident Assistant, a member of sports clubs, the president of the fishing club, and a volunteer at the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center of Southwest Florida. By the time of graduation, Christian had been accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, completed hundreds of hours of volunteer work, earned numerous FEMA certifications for health-care providers, and been awarded multiple Dean’s list and presidents list awards. In 2014, he graduated cum laude with his Bachelors in Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice. After graduation, Christian began volunteering in the Emergency Room at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and started working as an elementary and middle school substitute science teacher. By becoming a physician assistant he can continue to use his passion for helping others and achieve his dream of traveling overseas to provide healthcare.
Nick grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan and graduated from North Muskegon High School in 2009. He is a 2014 graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science. His work experience includes working at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan as an ASCP board certified Medical Laboratory Scientist. Before working in the laboratory he worked as a phlebotomist. Nick is known by others as a “gentle giant” who is compassionate and caring towards others. He is also known as a person who can get along with anyone. In his spare time, Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, biking, shooting sports and weight lifting.
Ebony graduated from Salesian High School in Richmond, CA in 2004. While in high school, she started volunteering as a Candy Striper at Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, CA, formerly known as Doctors Hospital. She attended Xavier University of LA in New Orleans, LA majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Even though Hurricane Katrina interrupted her studies, Ebony still managed to graduate within 4 years and receive a Bachelor's of Science in Biology in 2008. After finishing her undergraduate education, Ebony stayed in the New Orleans community and worked on a research project with a professor at LSU Health and Science Center. The research dealt with observing the oxygen saturation levels in the Optic Nerve Head of primates with Diabetic Retinopathy. Her hard work awarded her first published scientific piece. After finishing her research project, Ebony attended graduate school at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 2009 where she received a Master of Science in Biological Sciences in 2011. Her graduate thesis focused on the functionality of the Trichomonas vaginalis homolog Rad51, which is involved in DNA damage repair via homologous recombination. While in graduate school, Ebony began coaching running and walking groups within the Stockton and Davis area, which motivated her to complete 5 half marathons and a few 5k and 10K races. She still actively runs and hopes to complete a full marathon one day.
Court graduated from Oakwood High School in Dayton, OH in 2010 and continued on to the University of Dayton where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology. During college, he volunteered in Panama in a medical relief brigade and worked in a public clinic in downtown Dayton, OH that provided free health care to those in need. Court also volunteered for Crossroads Hospice of Dayton, providing life books during the end of life process. In addition, he served as the service chairman in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. After graduation from UD in 2014, Court worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department and urgent care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for 1.5 years. Court enjoys traveling, swimming, tennis, and running, which was a perfect preparation for the frenetic pace of working in the ER. After working with a variety of health care providers, I discovered my passion to become a physician assistant.
Veronica grew up in Paris, Ohio and graduated as Salutatorian from Southeast High School in 2012 where she was in National Honors Society. She is also a 2016 Magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Biology. During her four years at The University of Mount Union, Veronica was part of the Pre-PA club. She was also on the Dean's list all eight semesters. Veronica has always wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and cannot wait to provide outstanding healthcare to her community.