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 2021 Officers

The James Van Rhee Student Society will support cohesion and collaboration within our geographically diverse student body to unite our class, engage with outside organizations to increase opportunities for growth and education for our cohort, and act as liaisons between the student body and the faculty to streamline information flow and enhance problem-solving in support of developing providers who are clinically excellent, deliver unparalleled patient care, and act as leaders in our field.

Cohort 2021 Class Officer Introductions and Responsibilities

Jessica Lynch

After graduating from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Lynch served as a public health and preventive medicine officer in the Army. In 2011, she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she earned a Bronze Star Medal and learned about the physician assistant profession. She volunteered as an EMT and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Lynch now lives in Barstow, California, with her boyfriend and their three-legged rescue mutt. In her free time, Lynch enjoys cooking, planning, and bringing people together.

Abigail Dumont

Dumont is a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received her B.S. in psychology with a focus in neuroscience. After graduating, she primarily worked as a certified ophthalmic assistant, scribe, and part-time clinical researcher with several subspecialized ophthalmologists throughout the southwestern U.S. She also worked as a scribe in the fields of rheumatology and teledermatology and has experience as a certified pharmacy technician and hospice volunteer. Dumont is a former member of the Texas A&M archery team and currently enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her two Pomeranians and husband.

Mary Elliott
Connecticut State Chapter Rep

Elliott is back at Yale University for a second go-around, in a completely new area of study. In 1988, she graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English. She then earned her Ph.D. in English from Boston College in 1997, while teaching courses in English and American literature at Boston College and Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Elliott has served the last five years as an EMT and firefighter with the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company, worked as a hospital patient care technician and emergency department technician, and for six years before physician assistant school, she was actively involved on the board of directors for the Madison Land Conservation Trust. She and her husband have four children and live in Madison, Connecticut.

Jeena Kinney
Outreach Chair

After completing a B.Sc. in human biology with a minor in organic chemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Kinney took a gap year to pursue her outdoor hobbies. She volunteered for Search and Rescue and worked as a whitewater rafting guide in Alaska, a federally contracted commercial fisheries and marine biologist in the Bering Sea and northern Atlantic, and a firefighter/ EMT in Montana. She then worked in a molecular biology research laboratory. She currently resides near Detroit, Michigan, with her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, CrossFit, and helping her two dogs train as ultra-runners and sled dogs.

Ken Lowry

Lowry completed a B.S. in general biology at Biola University in Southern California. During undergrad, he worked on genetic therapy research with zebrafish and enjoyed leading a backpacking adventure program. Following graduation, he moved to Salem, Oregon, where he works on a family horse ranch with his wife and two dogs. He worked in the Salem Emergency Department for more than two years prior to matriculating into the Yale PA Online Program. He also spent a summer on a medical mission trip in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has a great deal of interest in medical missions/disaster relief. While in school, he enjoys hiking, weightlifting, and helping his wife on the ranch.

William Eisenhart
AOR Rep (Alternate)

Eisenhart graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Salisbury University and an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from Louisiana Tech. He was an internet engineer until 9/11, when he joined the Navy and became an explosive ordnance disposal tech. He briefly left military service and served as an intelligence analyst, until he decided to go back into the military as a medic. He is still on active duty as the senior enlisted for the EOD/SF Branch for the National Guard. He enjoys spending time with his wife, chauffeuring his aquatic daughter to meets/practices, and running with their pet beagle.

Tamera Martin
Student Diversity Committee Representative

Martin graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016, where she received her B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduating, she worked as a scribe in the emergency department before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, and accepting a scribe position in an allergy and immunology clinic. She also worked as a phlebotomist for a private practice office. Martin enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, and watching cooking shows.

Luke Counterman

Counterman is currently living in San Diego, California, and works as a surgical research associate at the UCSD Center for the Future of Surgery. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2015 with a B.A. in physiology. During undergrad, he worked at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, performing research on glioblastoma multiforme. He also obtained his EMT license. Counterman has previously worked as an EMT, a health officer for a large summer camp, an advanced first aid instructor, and an emergency department technician. He serves on the volunteer leadership team of the American Alpine Club and can generally be found tied to a rope somewhere in the world climbing tall rocks, large mountains, or frozen waterfalls.

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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.

Class of 2020

Challenge Bowl Team

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