The James Van Rhee Student Society

The James Van Rhee (JVR) Student Society was established in the spring of 2018 by the inaugural Yale PA Online cohort (2020). This group of 41 students felt that the student society helped maintain camaraderie and inclusiveness between peers in the cohort.

The students unanimously agreed to name the society in honor of Program Director James Van Rhee for his efforts in establishing this innovative program, which had positively impacted their lives and provided a unique learning opportunity.

James Van Rhee Student Society Bylaws (PDF, 51KB)

Message From the Class of 2020 Officers

We are the class representatives of the students of the Yale Physician Assistant Online program, and our mission is to present and protect the interests of our student body within our program, our university, and the PA profession.

We also see it as our mission to help our class be a force for good for our patients, our communities, our profession, and academia by encouraging academic excellence, volunteerism, personal well-being, and intellectual curiosity.

Cohort 2020 Class Officer Introductions and Responsibilities

Shiva Kasravi

Shiva Kasravi is a researcher from the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis. Prior to PA school, she spent eight years as a scientist and later as a clinical researcher working with rare disease populations.

Shiva’s passion is working with immigrant and international populations, and her professional goal is to increase the involvement of PAs in research. Her hobbies are tending to plants and spending time in the outdoors. She and her boyfriend enjoy tending to their backyard garden and exploring California’s natural landscapes.

Role of President: The president shall preside over meetings, set and distribute the meetings’ agendas, coordinate the activities of the committees, and keep the membership informed of the activities of these committees.

Josh Wageman
Outreach Chair

Josh Wageman holds a doctorate in physical therapy and has been practicing PT for about four years in Boise, Idaho. He also has served as the youth pastor at Heritage Bible Church for the past six years and has a passion for outreach to the youth in his community.

A former collegiate baseball player and track and field athlete, Josh’s current interests include CrossFit and drinking copious quantities of coffee. He is married to his beautiful wife, Christa, and has an undeniably adorable daughter.

Role of the Outreach Chair: The outreach chair (OC) shall coordinate activities and public relations efforts between his or her student society and external groups, including but not limited to other medical professionals, such as physician, osteopath, physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, and speech therapist; city, county, state, and national organizations; and other community-related organizations.

Andrew Galbraith
CT State Chapter Student Rep

Prior to attending the PA program at Yale, Andrew Galbraith served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He has previously worked as a volunteer EMT and as an emergency department and urgent care technician. He holds bachelor’s degrees from the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado. Andrew resides in Connecticut with his wife and son.

Role of the CT State Chapter Student Rep: The state chapter student representative shall be the liaison between the student society and the constituent chapter. The student will attend the state chapter meeting representing his or her student society.

Jeniece Wert

Jeniece Wert hails from Texas and is a former high school science, math, and special education teacher. An alumna from Western Michigan University, she found her passion for health and medicine as a member of a health education theater group as an undergraduate, and then as a medical scribe in the emergency room.

Jeniece also holds a master’s degree in special education from Eastern New Mexico University. In her free time, she loves hanging out at the beach with her daughter and husband.

Role of the AOR Rep: The Assembly of Representatives (AOR) representative shall be responsible for the distribution of all Student Academy information to his/her program. The AOR representative will serve as point of contact for the Student Academy board of directors and committees.

If possible, the AOR representative shall also attend the annual AOR meeting at the AAPA annual conference to elect new officers of the Student Academy, to establish and amend policy of the Student Academy, and to conduct business as necessary.