The OHSC has a governing body of 23 undergraduate and graduate students, 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 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 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!