Meet the E-Board

Meet the E-Board

President

Brendan Garfield

I am a senior majoring in Clinical Exercise Science. I have been a member of the Pre-PA Club since my freshman year and I am honored to now serve as the club's president. Last year, I acted as treasurer and was grateful to meet a number of our members. Over the last year, I have worked as a medical scribe for Spectrum and will continue that experience by transitioning to the role of a specialty scribe at Michigan Pain Clinic. Additionally, I have worked as a CNA at a long-term care facility prior to becoming a scribe. Beyond work and school, I participate as a research assistant for two studies at Grand Valley and enjoy playing intramural sports on campus. I look forward to my further involvement within the club and hope to be a beneficial resource to all of you on your journeys towards becoming a PA.

Vice

President

Noah Lindhout 

I am a senior majoring in Clinical Exercise Sciences. I've enjoyed being a member in the club since my freshman year. Last year I served on the E-Board as the communications chair, and this year I look forward to my involvement as your vice president. I worked as a CNA at the Laurels of Hudsonville my freshman year, and have since worked on the

Med-Surg/Peds floor in Metro Health Hospital as a Patient Care Technician. Additionally, I enjoy participation in campus ministries and intramural sports on campus, or when I'm off campus I enjoy both volunteering and fishing with Trout Unlimited. I hope to serve as a helpful resource to members and am excited to grow professionally alongside all of you. 

Treasurer

Mary Erickson

I am a junior studying Allied Health Sciences and Biology.  I’ve been a member of the Pre-PA Club since my freshman year and am very excited to serve as the treasurer this year!  I work as a Nursing Assistant at Munson Medical Center and am starting this year as a volunteer medical assistant at the Oasis of Hope Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids.  Outside of this club I lead a Life Group through Campus Ministry and am a part of the Rotaract Club.  In my free time I enjoy volunteering, hiking, running, and doing anything outdoors! I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring and will support you all to the best of my ability as we all continue this journey to becoming PAs!

Secretary

Lexi Mackley

I am a junior studying Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis on pre-PA. I am very excited to be on the e-board this year as the club secretary as I have been involved in the club since my freshman year. I have volunteered in the emergency room at McLaren Macomb Hospital, as well as many fire stations. I have my EMT and currently work as a CNA at Samaritas Senior Living in Grand Rapids. I have previous experience working at McLaren Port Huron as a Nurse Aide on the Med Surg floor. Outside of work and school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and working out. Running is a good way to escape from the outside world and clear my mind. I am so excited about what this school year will bring for all of us as we learn together as future healthcare workers. 

Communications Chair

Mackenzie Bronkema

I am a senior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. I’ve been a part of the club since my sophomore year here at Grand Valley. This is my first year serving the club’s E-Board, and I’m excited to help out as the Communications Chair! I have worked as a Resident Aid at Royal Atrium Inn in Zeeland, and I currently work as a Nurse Technician at Butterworth Hospital in the GI/GU Med Surg unit. Additionally, I am the President of GVSU’s Plogging club and love to volunteer with them, as well as with the Hunger and Homelessness club. I enjoy graphic design and the fine arts, as well as hiking. I look forward to serving our club, as it has always been an invaluable resource for me and many others on their journeys to becoming PAs!

Resource Coordinator

Kyla Marquez

Hello everyone! I have been with the GVSU Pre-PA club since my freshman year and am now a junior studying Clinical Exercise Science. My hometown is Battle Creek and I have been working as a CNA at an assisted living and a Patient Care Assistant at Mercy Health on the Oncology/Med-Surg floor. I am also involved with the community service organization, Circle K International, as well as the cultural organizations Asian Student Union and the Vietnamese Cultural Association. Outside of school, I enjoy baking and cooking new dishes and playing tennis.

I look forward to meeting and working alongside everyone this year through the GVSU Pre-PA club. It has been a great resource in guiding me through the Pre-PA path and I hope to contribute back and be a resource for all of you as well. Always feel free to ask questions, bring up your ideas, or to chat with me in general.

Faculty

Advisor

Molly Paulson PA-C

 I earned my first college degree from the University of Wisconsin, Superior in medical technology. After graduating from UWS, I worked as a medical technologist in both hospital and out-patient clinical settings for 22 years.

                In 1995, I applied to, and was accepted into WMU’s PA program.  I graduated in 1998 with a BS in medicine. Since then I have worked continuously as a PA, first in the ED/urgent care, then in occupational medicine, and, for most of my PA career, in outpatient family practice where I precepted PA students. As a preceptor, I discovered that I really enjoyed teaching others how to do what I love (practice medicine). I went back to school, earned my Master’s degree (Univ. of Nebraska), and started teaching at GVSU in 2011 where I teach Clinical Applications (the “art” of medicine). In addition to teaching and working clinically one day a week at Oasis of Hope, I went back to school a fourth time and completed my doctorate of Health Sciences from A. T. Still University in 2016.

                One of the privileges of being the Pre-PA advisor is sharing my love of the PA profession with you. I look forward to getting to know you better during the next couple of semesters and help you achieve your dream of becoming a PA.

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