What is OPMSA?

The Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association (OPMSA) is made up of an Executive Board of eleven total members. Each member plays a unique part in collaborating with the student body in order to ensure academic success and provide an environment for KSUCPM students to thrive. Each member is tasked with a specific domain of the student government in which they are responsible for their respective duties as per our constitution. These include local and national affairs, business administration, clinic management, public information, and extracurricular activities. Each year, OPMSA coordinates for the student body a lecture series, annual symposium, social events, sporting events and a senior book. As a team, we collectively strive towards advancing our profession and furthering our success as students. 

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Our Executive Board Members:

President: Garrett Nelson   contact: gnelso16@kent.edu  As President of OPMSA, my main duty is to serve as the CEO of the OPMSA Executive Board. This consists of holding board meetings and all-school meetings once every month, delegating responsibilities, and authorizing all events and duties performed by OPMSA. I serve as a voting delegate to the APMSA as I represent the governing body of OPMSA and KSUCPM as a whole, seeking to further our profession and school on a national level. I serve on the KSUCPM Board of Trustees and the OPMSA Financial Budget Committee. I govern and organize the several clubs at our school, ensuring events are run efficiently and club members are given the tools they need for success. I work very closely with the KSUCPM Office of Institutional Advancement to coordinate and execute the student alumni weekend consisting of a mixer, symposium, hall of fame dinner, and golf outing.

President: Garrett Nelson

contact: gnelso16@kent.edu

As President of OPMSA, my main duty is to serve as the CEO of the OPMSA Executive Board. This consists of holding board meetings and all-school meetings once every month, delegating responsibilities, and authorizing all events and duties performed by OPMSA. I serve as a voting delegate to the APMSA as I represent the governing body of OPMSA and KSUCPM as a whole, seeking to further our profession and school on a national level. I serve on the KSUCPM Board of Trustees and the OPMSA Financial Budget Committee. I govern and organize the several clubs at our school, ensuring events are run efficiently and club members are given the tools they need for success. I work very closely with the KSUCPM Office of Institutional Advancement to coordinate and execute the student alumni weekend consisting of a mixer, symposium, hall of fame dinner, and golf outing.

Secretary: Sarah Chmielewski   contact: schmiel2@kent.edu  As Secretary of OPMSA, my main job is keeping track of what’s going on with both the OPMSA executive board and all of the various clubs that Kent State has to offer. I do this by taking minutes at the All School Meetings and the Executive board meetings. This keeps both the board members and club presidents accountable for their various events and the going on of their clubs from month to month. After the minutes are complete I send it to the student body, so those who missed the meeting can see what is coming up! It is in this way that I get to keep everyone up to date! But that’s not all I do, I also am able to get involved in a little bit of everything by helping other exec members with whatever they need which is a really rewarding experience because it keeps my position new, fresh, and interesting!

Secretary: Sarah Chmielewski

contact: schmiel2@kent.edu

As Secretary of OPMSA, my main job is keeping track of what’s going on with both the OPMSA executive board and all of the various clubs that Kent State has to offer. I do this by taking minutes at the All School Meetings and the Executive board meetings. This keeps both the board members and club presidents accountable for their various events and the going on of their clubs from month to month. After the minutes are complete I send it to the student body, so those who missed the meeting can see what is coming up! It is in this way that I get to keep everyone up to date! But that’s not all I do, I also am able to get involved in a little bit of everything by helping other exec members with whatever they need which is a really rewarding experience because it keeps my position new, fresh, and interesting!

Director of Social Affairs: Anna Grace Mauro   contact: amauro@kent.edu  I absolutely love my position of director of social affairs because I, along with the social affairs elect Trenton Leo, plan the "fun" events for the students and alumni! The biggest one of the year is during the annual alumni weekend, and it is the golf tournament. It's very interesting to me because I've attended and helped organize golf events in the past, which in turn have added to my excitement of knowing what to add/change to make this event a success. I love how much the OPMSA officers and advancement services work as a team because I get a lot of feedback from them, and we always bounce ideas off of each other. The other events throughout the year are really up to me and Trenton, but I always like to think of a few ideas (e.g. baseball games, Cedar Point) and survey the students so it's what the majority would like to do on their time off from school. It makes me happy hosting non-academic events where students can wind down, "hang loose" and not have to worry about the stresses of school.

Director of Social Affairs: Anna Grace Mauro

contact: amauro@kent.edu

I absolutely love my position of director of social affairs because I, along with the social affairs elect Trenton Leo, plan the "fun" events for the students and alumni! The biggest one of the year is during the annual alumni weekend, and it is the golf tournament. It's very interesting to me because I've attended and helped organize golf events in the past, which in turn have added to my excitement of knowing what to add/change to make this event a success. I love how much the OPMSA officers and advancement services work as a team because I get a lot of feedback from them, and we always bounce ideas off of each other. The other events throughout the year are really up to me and Trenton, but I always like to think of a few ideas (e.g. baseball games, Cedar Point) and survey the students so it's what the majority would like to do on their time off from school. It makes me happy hosting non-academic events where students can wind down, "hang loose" and not have to worry about the stresses of school.

Director of Clinical Affairs: Kayla Robinson   contact: krobin48@kent.edu  As Clinical Affairs Director, my job is to act as the clinical liaison between class clinic representatives, students, clinic administrators, and faculty. I also coordinate and plan the Annual KSUCPM Clinical Symposium in conjunction with the American Association of Women in Podiatry (AAWP) and the 4th year Surgical Demo workshop. I also assist the OPMSA officers in the performance of their duties and responsibilities, especially the Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect with the instrument sale.

Director of Clinical Affairs: Kayla Robinson

contact: krobin48@kent.edu

As Clinical Affairs Director, my job is to act as the clinical liaison between class clinic representatives, students, clinic administrators, and faculty. I also coordinate and plan the Annual KSUCPM Clinical Symposium in conjunction with the American Association of Women in Podiatry (AAWP) and the 4th year Surgical Demo workshop. I also assist the OPMSA officers in the performance of their duties and responsibilities, especially the Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect with the instrument sale.

Director of Local Affairs: Tung Dao   contact: tdao2@kent.edu  As Director of Local Affairs for OPMSA, my main duty is to organize and execute club and class officer elections, including the OPMSA officer elections at KSUCPM. I assist all members of OPMSA in their duties. I also serve as a voting member for the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) Board of Trustees. I am the OPMSA representative for the Northeastern Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine (NEOAPM), OHFAMA House of Delegates, and Ohio Political Action Committee.

Director of Local Affairs: Tung Dao

contact: tdao2@kent.edu

As Director of Local Affairs for OPMSA, my main duty is to organize and execute club and class officer elections, including the OPMSA officer elections at KSUCPM. I assist all members of OPMSA in their duties. I also serve as a voting member for the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) Board of Trustees. I am the OPMSA representative for the Northeastern Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine (NEOAPM), OHFAMA House of Delegates, and Ohio Political Action Committee.

President-Elect: Preston Carr   contact: pcarr5@kent.edu  As the OPMSA President Elect I hold a unique set of responsibilities standing on the executive board. I serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Board of OPMSA in absence of the President, representative to the KSUCPM Alumni Association and Board of Directors, and I have the ability to hold approved annual charity events. The President Elect position holds the responsibility to coordinate the Annual Faculty Appreciation Day, including purchasing gifts. I have the ability to hold a memorable going away event for the members of the Executive Board and also providing a KSUCPM Outstanding Podiatric Medical Student Award for the student body.

President-Elect: Preston Carr

contact: pcarr5@kent.edu

As the OPMSA President Elect I hold a unique set of responsibilities standing on the executive board. I serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Board of OPMSA in absence of the President, representative to the KSUCPM Alumni Association and Board of Directors, and I have the ability to hold approved annual charity events. The President Elect position holds the responsibility to coordinate the Annual Faculty Appreciation Day, including purchasing gifts. I have the ability to hold a memorable going away event for the members of the Executive Board and also providing a KSUCPM Outstanding Podiatric Medical Student Award for the student body.

Treasurer: David Wolf   contact: dwolf12@kent.edu  As the Treasurer of OPMSA my main duty is to act as CFO of the OPMSA Executive Board. This broadly entails being responsible for the management of all official OPMSA financial business. Specifically, my main duties consist of producing the OPMSA annual budget before our fall semester along with the Financial Budget Committee (FBC). This ensures that the significant financial resources we receive every year are allocated to our student body in the most efficient way possible. Thus allowing our clubs and exceptional student body to excel and continue to standout on the local and national level with respect to their peers. I also establish and maintain all official OPMSA bank accounts, distribute club funds, and assist OPMSA officers in their general and specifically financial endeavors. In short, I try to make sure we get the most out of the money we have to operate with and to allow clubs and individuals succeed!!

Treasurer: David Wolf

contact: dwolf12@kent.edu

As the Treasurer of OPMSA my main duty is to act as CFO of the OPMSA Executive Board. This broadly entails being responsible for the management of all official OPMSA financial business. Specifically, my main duties consist of producing the OPMSA annual budget before our fall semester along with the Financial Budget Committee (FBC). This ensures that the significant financial resources we receive every year are allocated to our student body in the most efficient way possible. Thus allowing our clubs and exceptional student body to excel and continue to standout on the local and national level with respect to their peers. I also establish and maintain all official OPMSA bank accounts, distribute club funds, and assist OPMSA officers in their general and specifically financial endeavors. In short, I try to make sure we get the most out of the money we have to operate with and to allow clubs and individuals succeed!!

Director of Social Affairs-Elect: Trenton Leo   contact: tleo@kent.edu  My main job as OPMSA director of social affairs elect is to serve as the "right-hand man" to the director of social affairs, Anna Grace Mauro. The position is held for two years as I shadow and assist her with all responsibilities. Our branches main responsibilities include organizing the annual OPMSA golf outing, holding two OPMSA sponsored events each academic year, and coordinate all other social and academic events throughout the year. I also attend all board meetings (minimum of 1 each month) and vote on important issues that the student body and college as a whole is considering. Bottom line, we get stuff done, but we sure do know how to throw a good party.

Director of Social Affairs-Elect: Trenton Leo

contact: tleo@kent.edu

My main job as OPMSA director of social affairs elect is to serve as the "right-hand man" to the director of social affairs, Anna Grace Mauro. The position is held for two years as I shadow and assist her with all responsibilities. Our branches main responsibilities include organizing the annual OPMSA golf outing, holding two OPMSA sponsored events each academic year, and coordinate all other social and academic events throughout the year. I also attend all board meetings (minimum of 1 each month) and vote on important issues that the student body and college as a whole is considering. Bottom line, we get stuff done, but we sure do know how to throw a good party.

Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect: Zack Hill   contact: zhill4@kent.edu  As OPSMA Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect, it is my responsibility to act as the assistant liaison between my fellow colleagues, the faculty clinicians and the clinic administrators. I work hand-in-hand with the Director of Clinical Affairs to coordinate and organize events such as the OPMSA clinical symposium, spirit event and medical instrument sale. These events are great ways for us medical students to see and experience what life after medical school will be like! It is often hard to "see the light at the end of the tunnel", so clinical experiences will not only prepare us for our future careers but can also be a morale boost in the everyday medical student struggle! It is my primary concern to help provide KSUCPM students with excellent clinical experiences before formally entering the world of clinical Podiatry. Finally, I have the unique opportunity to work along side my fellow OPMSA board members to play a part in advancing KSUCPM, and the field of Podiatry as a whole.

Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect: Zack Hill

contact: zhill4@kent.edu

As OPSMA Director of Clinical Affairs-Elect, it is my responsibility to act as the assistant liaison between my fellow colleagues, the faculty clinicians and the clinic administrators. I work hand-in-hand with the Director of Clinical Affairs to coordinate and organize events such as the OPMSA clinical symposium, spirit event and medical instrument sale. These events are great ways for us medical students to see and experience what life after medical school will be like! It is often hard to "see the light at the end of the tunnel", so clinical experiences will not only prepare us for our future careers but can also be a morale boost in the everyday medical student struggle! It is my primary concern to help provide KSUCPM students with excellent clinical experiences before formally entering the world of clinical Podiatry. Finally, I have the unique opportunity to work along side my fellow OPMSA board members to play a part in advancing KSUCPM, and the field of Podiatry as a whole.

APMSA Alternate Delegate: Carli Hoover   contact: jhoove18@kent.edu  I am the APMSA alternate delegate for our school. This position makes me the APMSA representative to the OPMSA board. I am the only member of the board that serves all four years.

APMSA Alternate Delegate: Carli Hoover

contact: jhoove18@kent.edu

I am the APMSA alternate delegate for our school. This position makes me the APMSA representative to the OPMSA board. I am the only member of the board that serves all four years.