The OHSC has a governing body of 23 undergraduate and graduate students. Along with our President and Vice President teams, the OHSC is subdivided into 3 subcommittees: Fundraising & Community Outreach, Networking & Student Engagement, and Communications Teams. See below for additional information on the objectives of each subcommittee and its members.
The President of the OHSC
Sydney Pearce is both the founder and current President of the OHSC.
Hi everyone, my name is Sydney Pearce (she/her) and I’m the OHSC President! I founded OHSC back in fall 2019 and I’m doing my Ph.D. in the Department of Population Medicine with the Collaborative Specialization in One Health. I’m passionate about One Health because its holistic, transdisciplinary nature can empower us to tackle many pressing issues affecting health, from climate change to food security, and encourages us to better understand and address the impact of inequities through research, practice, and advocacy. I also love that it allows me to engage with diverse communities and listen to so many important perspectives – it lets me explore fields that I didn’t go into but enjoy learning about! A fun fact about me is that I was on one of the U of G dance teams and cheer team (and *try to keep active with a local dance troupe online)!
The Vice President Internal Team of the OHSC
Jessica Linton is the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the OHSC.
Hi everyone, my name is Jessica Linton and I am the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the OHSC! My pronouns are she/her and I am in my fourth year of the Animal Biology program at the University of Guelph. I have been working with the OHSC for 2 years now, and have loved every minute of it. With the continued emergence of zoonotic disease and advances in the climate crisis, the need for collaboration among the environmental, animal, and human health perspectives has become critical for our future. I am passionate about One Health because it facilitates this collaboration to solve complex problems while accounting for the downstream impacts that their solutions can have on other life systems on Earth. A fun fact about me is that I am a beekeeping enthusiast and I aspire to have my own hives in the future! Bzz Bzz
Simon Jeeves is the Jr. Vice President of Internal Affairs for the OHSC.
Hello! My name is Simon Jeeves (he/him) and I am the Junior Vice President of Internal Affairs for the OHSC. I am currently in the fourth year of my undergraduate studies in microbiology and looking to begin graduate studies in the upcoming fall! I have been working with the OHSC since October 2020, and have immensely enjoyed the collaboration and interdisciplinary nature of the organization. Being part of the VPI group has allowed me to help out in several areas around the OHSC and get to know a lot of the wonderful individuals we have as part of our team. I am interested in the One Health implications of emerging zoonotic diseases and currently assist in research of rat-borne pathogens in urban environments. When I am not in the lab, I am deep-diving obscure Grateful Dead albums or birding.
The Vice President External Team of the OHSC
Priya Jain is the Vice President of External Affairs for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Priya Jain (she/her) and I am the Vice President of External Affairs for the OHSC. I am currently in the fourth year of my undergraduate studies in biomedical sciences and I am excited to be graduating this upcoming summer! I have been working with OHSC since Winter 2020 and have enjoyed meeting others that are passionate to be involved in events and research regarding One Health. Being part of the VPE team has introduced me to a huge network of individuals that have shown me how to be a better student, researcher, and leader. When I am not attending OH-related meetings or studying for school you can find me crocheting a new pair of socks!
Grace Nichol is the Jr. Vice President of External Affairs for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Grace Nichol (she/her) and I am the Junior Vice President of External Affairs for the OHSC. I am a first-year master’s student at OVC studying epidemiology, and I am also completing the Collaborative Specialization in One Health program. This is my first year on OHSC, and I have really enjoyed working with so many other students who are passionate about One Health! I love that collaboration is such a big part of One Health, and I think that taking a One Health approach will allow us to solve some of the big problems we are facing around the world. This is a picture of me with my dog, Gemma, and I also have a cat named Wilson!
The Networking & Student Engagement Team
The Networking & Student Engagement (NS&E) Team aims to network with One Health champions internal and external to the University of Guelph, encourage collaboration and mentorship between faculty and students in diverse fields, and promote multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary studies and initiatives. The NS&E Team facilitates the WiOH Seminar, (NET)working Wednesdays, the End of Year lecture, and much more.
My name is Sarah Martone (she/her) – the Networking and Student Engagement Lead for the One Health Student Committee. I am currently in the final semester of my Master of Public Health degree and am excited about bringing One Health principles with me to my future career! I joined OHSC in 2019 because I wanted to be a part of a dynamic group that valued collaborative science. I have a passion for environmental and wildlife health and hope to pursue a career that integrates One Health and public health.
My name is Nikola May (she/her) and I am the Junior Lead of the Networking and Student Engagement team. I am currently a second-year MSc student in the department of Pathobiology with a collaborative specialization in One Health. One of my favorite things about One Health is the importance of collaboration, which I believe will be vital to approach the complex issues we are facing today. I am personally interested in how a One Health approach can be used to improve food safety and security. I’m very excited to see the future of One Health research!
My name is Brianne Kinahan (she/her). Currently, I am in the final year of my Master of Public Health from the Department of Population Medicine. I joined the OHSC in the Fall of 2019 and am a member of the Networking and Student Engagement Team. I have been interested in learning about the epidemiology of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases (and integrating the One Health approach)!
My name is Laura Michalovic (She/her) and I am a 3rd year vet student at the Ontario Veterinary College. I have been a member of the OHSC since 2019 and currently help out on both the Communications and the Networking and Student Engagement Teams. As a future food animal vet, I am passionate about One Health and recognize the important connections between animal health and the health of consumers. Pictured with me is my family’s now 4 month-old Toller puppy named Glennie!
The Fundraising & Community Outreach Team
The Fundraising & Community Outreach (F&CO) Team aims to increase awareness of One Health both locally and beyond, raise funds for scholarship opportunities, and give back to various communities/charities. The F&CO Team facilitates the OH Blood Drives, OH Food Drives, OH Bottle Drives, OH Trivia nights, and much more.
My name is Sarah Robinson (she/her) – the Fundraising & Community Outreach Lead for the One Health Student Committee. I received my DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018 and immediately returned to pursue research. I am currently a PhD candidate in Pathobiology with a Collaborative Specialization in One Health. I am interested in wildlife disease ecology, wildlife health intelligence, and emerging zoonoses. In my spare time, I enjoy leisurely walks with my two senior dogs, Daisy & Zoe.
My name is Emily Robinson (she/her), and I am the Junior Lead for the Fundraising and Community Outreach team for the One Health Student Committee. I’m currently a 2nd year MSc student in the Department of Population Medicine with a Collaborative Specialization in One Health. I joined the OHSC in the Fall of 2020, and it has been a wonderful and enlightening experience working with so many others that are excited about One Health! My passion for infectious disease research, especially vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, led me to pursue graduate studies, where I was introduced to this One Health community. I’m excited to learn more about One Health and the many ways it can be used to confront various challenges all over the world!
My name is Alina Cota-Merlo (she/her) and I am part of the Fundraising and Community Outreach team for the OHSC. I am currently in my second year of my DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College and joined the OHSC in the Fall of 2020. These past few months on the OHSC have been an incredible opportunity to meet people across varying disciplines who all share the same passion for One Health. Within the field, I am most interested in emerging zoonotic diseases and capacity building within communities most vulnerable to them. I’m excited to see where this field takes me in the future!
My name is Amelia Norman (she/her) and I’m currently in my fourth and final year of my BSc, majoring in biomedical science and minoring in philosophy. I’ve been a part of the OHSC since the fall 2020 semester, working as a member of the Fundraising and Community Outreach team. My passion for One Health has been building over the past few years, as I’ve become more aware of its importance and the role that One Health plays in today’s society. I believe the integrated approach to health, considering animals, humans, and the environment to be extremely important. I love running, yoga, playing guitar, and going for hikes with my dogs.
My name is Olivia Oberholster (she/her) and I am a member of the Fundraising & Community Outreach team. I am in my third year of veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College and joined the OHSC in the fall of 2020. I am passionate about One Health because being a veterinarian is not just about treating animals, but also considering the people around them and their environment. During my spare time I like to take my two dachshunds kayaking and hiking.
The Communications Team
The Communications Team aims to increase awareness of One Health, collaborate with other One Health organizations, and advertise One Health opportunities and events. The Communications Team facilitates the OHSC Instagram and Youtube pages which feature the #nOHvember campaign, the Be #InTheKnOH campaign, OH Student Spotlights, exclusive interviews with the OH experts, and much more.
My name is Carrie McMullen (she/her) – the Communications Lead for OHSC. I am a first year PhD student in Population Medicine and the Collaborative Specialization in One Health. I started with OHSC in September of 2020, and our Communications Team is responsible for overseeing the Instagram account and creating some of the fun initiatives you have seen on this profile so far! I want to continue to develop my skills as a One Health practitioner so I can advocate for the health of ALL beings and ecosystems. I certainly can’t wait to be back snowboarding or playing volleyball when it is safe to do so!
My name is Megan Delamere (she/her), and I’m the Communications Jr. Lead with OHSC. I am a 4th year BSc student in Biomedical Science – hoping to pursue a Masters soon! I am passionate about human health and have become interested in how the health of all beings is interrelated. I became a member of OHSC in Fall 2020, and have loved these past few months learning more about One Health and getting to know the lovely team at OHSC. A fun fact about me: I have 4 sisters!
My name is Jamie Goltz (she/her) and I am a Communications General Executive for the One Health Student Committee. I am an MSc student in Epidemiology with a One Health Collaborative Specialization in the Department of Population Medicine. I am very interested in learning about strategies that aim to optimize the health of humans, animals, and the environment while considering their complex interactions. I’m excited to share this passion with all of you!
My name is Aiza Asif (she/her). I’m a member of the Communications Team with the OHSC. I’m in my 3rd year of the Bio-medical Science program and I joined the OHSC in my second year. My interest in one-health stems from the belief that the health of people, animals, and the environment is interconnected and it’s important to explore these connections to get a full understanding of them. I’ve had a great time on the OSHC over the past two years and I’m excited to continue for the remainder of this year.
My name is Julia Kakish (she/her). I’m part of the OHSC communications team and joined in September 2020. I’m currently finishing off my last semester of my BSc with a major in Biomedical Science. I became interested in One Health during a guest lecture in my epidemiology class. It was the first time I had ever heard of One Health and the importance of approaching health issues from the perspective of humans, animals, and the environment. I have worked on the university’s One Health competencies in 2019 and doing so helped me get engaged in the One Health community. I look forward to working with everyone else in OHSC this year!