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.
The James Van Rhee Student Society shall be a group of leaders in the Yale PA Online Program that work to promote personal and professional development, involvement in community service, academic excellence, and student engagement by encouraging involvement in extracurricular activities, organizing leadership development seminars, and emphasizing the important of cohesion of the cohort.
Cohort 2022 Class Officer Introductions and Responsibilities
Kelly Hunt President
Hunt was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Hunt is passionate about optimizing health through lifestyle modifications and wants to pursue a career in Functional Medicine after graduation. She plans to earn her Institute of Functional Medicine certification after obtaining her Master of Medical Science. Her dream is to open a clinic with her husband. They reside in Upstate New York. In her free time, Hunt enjoys CrossFit, cycling, cooking, yoga and watching The Office.
Tyler Kameh Secretary
Kameh earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in Kinesiology, and Master of Education in Exercise Physiology, both from the University of Virginia (UVA). During his time at UVA, he worked in the School of Medicine’s Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory, conducting diagnostic testing that supported clinical research on the effects of exercise on diseases such as Parkinson’s and Type 1 Diabetes. He also completed an internship in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, which inspired his interest in clinical medicine. He then moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work as a cardiac technician in an outpatient cardiology clinic.
Kameh wants to practice primary care medicine in traditionally underserved areas, to help reduce the life expectancy gap that we see across ZIP codes, races, and socioeconomic status. He plans to maintain his certification as an American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist when he practices as a PA, so he can emphasize primary prevention and exercise as medicine. In his free time, Kameh enjoys running, hiking, strength training, pleasure reading, slacklining, cooking Indian food, and traveling.
Kenny Brewer Treasurer
Brewer currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where he was born and raised. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks while competing in NCAA Nordic skiing and cross country running. He continued his education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics while coaching junior-level Nordic skiing and substitute teaching.
Brewer practiced as a clinical registered dietitian for several years, clarifying his interest in clinical medicine. He hopes to practice medicine in Alaska and help provide care to the underserved and geographically isolated communities there. When not working, Brewer can be found enjoying the abundant outdoor activities available by land, sea, and air in Alaska with his wife and dog.
Erin Hillis CT State Representative
Hillis graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a concentration in biological psychology. After graduating, Hillis helped educate medical students as a standardized patient at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. She has a love for dinosaurs and shares this passion with visitors at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. A former collegiate diver, Hillis now enjoys kickboxing and playing pickleball. She resides in Connecticut, where she was born and raised, with her family and dog.
Anne Tempel Diversity Representative
Tempel graduated from Central Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in chemistry. She also has a Bachelor of Music in Musicology from the University of Kansas (KU), as well as a certificate in international studies from KU’s intensive Global Awareness Program.
She served in AmeriCorps GreenApple Corps in New York City, working on ecological restoration, urban forestry, and environmental education. As part of that experience, she was trained in Nashville, Tennessee to present for The Climate Project. Her volunteer work evolved into working with Earthship Biotecture, which spurred the first coordinated earthship build in Guangzhou, China, where she then worked for about five years as a project coordinator.
Most recently, Tempel worked in at Bothwell Regional Health Center as a phlebotomist. Her hobbies include being a part-time music director of a hand bell choir; playing flute, piccolo, and violin in the regional symphony; and enjoying time with her special-needs child.
Stephanie Benao AOR Representative
Benao was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa and currently lives in Washington state with her husband. She attended Idaho State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. While in school and after graduation, she worked as a resident assistant/building manager, research assistant, student pharmacist, and pharmacist/pharmacy manager.
She is interested in working in primary care, cardiology, or endocrinology in underserved areas. Her dream career would be to work for the World Health Organization to help alleviate the burdens of disease worldwide. Benao enjoys volunteering at her local church, food banks, and soup kitchens. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and traveling around the world with her husband.
David Stoner AOR Alternate
Stoner is a second-career student who earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University. He worked as a system engineer and began volunteering as an EMT, where he discovered his passion for health and medicine. Stoner is especially interested in areas of medicine that promote mental health and emotional well-being. He continues to volunteer as an EMT and tutors anatomy and physiology students at a local community college. He enjoys running and watching British murder mysteries.
Whitney Kinsey Outreach Representative
Kinsey is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who currently lives in Washington, D.C., along with her wife and their dog. Kinsey is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Her particular interest was medical anthropology and how culture influences health care, along with socio-cultural determinants of health.
Prior to PA school, Kinsey worked as a children, youth and family minister for 14 years. She also worked full-time as a medical assistant in an OB/GYN practice and a Pediatrics practice. She has a strong interest in OB/GYN and sexual health, having spent more than two years volunteering at a federally qualified health center in Washington, D.C. that provides lifespan health care, primarily for those in the LGBTQ+ community.
In her free time, Kinsey loves to travel and be active, whether that is running, biking, hiking, or skiing. She has lived abroad extensively, in both Denmark and Hong Kong, China. She also loves talking about Yale PA Online to prospective students, and you can find her actively engaging on various social media platforms!