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Members of the One Health Student Committee

The OHSC has a governing body of 23 undergraduate and graduate students. Along with our Co-Presidents, the OHSC is subdivided into 3 subcommittees: Operations, Events, and Fundraising & Community Outreach Teams. See below for additional information on the objectives of each subcommittee and its members.

Co-Presidents of OHSC

Sydney Pearce is both the founder and Co- President of the OHSC.

Hi everyone, my name is Sydney Pearce (she/her) and I’m one of the OHSC Co-Presidents! I started the OHSC in 2019/20 because I wanted to grow the One Health student community and provide unique opportunities for education and engagement! I’m currently doing my PhD in epidemiology with a Collaborative Specialization in One Health. I’m passionate about One Health because its holistic, transdisciplinary nature can enable us to tackle pressing issues impacting health, from climate change to food security, and it 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 outside of my field! A fun fact about me is that I was on one of the U of G dance teams and cheer team during my undergrad. Now I’m an apprentice dancer with a local dance troupe!

Grace Nichol is the Co-President of the OHSC.

My name is Grace and I am one of the co-presidents of the OHSC. I am a PhD student at OVC studying epidemiology, and I am also completing the Collaborative Specialization in One Health program. This is my second 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. In my spare time, I like to hike and spend time with my dog and cat.

Riley Bauman is the Co-President (starting W22) of the OHSC.

Hello OHSC community! My name is Riley Bauman (she/her) and I am an incoming Co-president for the committee starting in Winter 2022. As a first year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College, One Health is truly central to my current studies, research interests and career goals. In my spare time, I enjoy raising livestock on my family farm and playing the fiddle. A few of my personal passions include food security, zoonotic disease prevention, and vulnerable human and pet population health. The One Health concept is consistent with my vision for solving these tricky problems which our generation will be facing head-on; we need teamwork more than ever! I cannot wait to see what OH-inspired collaboration has in store for the OHSC this year!

The Operations Team of the OHSC

Simon Jeeves is the Vice President of Operations for the OHSC.

Hello everybody. I am Simon (he/him), your VP Operations. I joined the OHSC because I wanted to help expand the field at the University of Guelph and in the greater Guelph area. This will be my second year on the committee. My research interests and passions lie in the ecology, epidemiology, and discovery of zoonotic diseases. My current work in my Master of Science program revolves around reverse spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to North American wildlife. In my spare time, I like to go birding, play music, and try craft beers.

Alice Glogova is the Operations Executive for the OHSC.

Hi everyone! My name is Alice Glogova (she/her), and I am the Operations Executive for the OHSC! I am in my fourth year majoring in biomedical sciences with a minor in business, and I’m applying to begin a graduate program in Public Health next fall. Being a part of OHSC will help me gain a better understanding of One Health and the relationship between animals, humans and the environment, and I hope to bring that knowledge in my future studies! In my spare time, you can find me playing volleyball at the athletic centre during drop-in hours (or at the beach in the summer!)

Sarah Matta is the Lead Communications Executive for the OHSC

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Matta (she/her) and I’m the Lead Communications Executive. I’m in my second year of Biomedical Science and this is my first year working with the OHSC! Through my seminar course UNIV*2020, we took an interdisciplinary approach to the pandemic which really opened my eyes to how human health is so closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. This is why I joined the OHSC! I love how the One Health approach emphasizes that health is more than what goes on in our bodies, it’s the collaborative relationship we have with environmental and animal health as well! 

The Events Team of the OHSC

Steven Mugisha Mizero is the Vice President of Events for the OHSC.

Hi everyone! My name is Steven Mugisha Mizero (he/him) – the Vice President of Team Events for OHSC. I am a first-year MSc student in the School of Environmental Sciences. I joined One Health because I want to be part of an energetic group of young leaders who want to serve the world through educating, helping people to achieve optimal health from the interconnection between people, animals, plants. OHSC is a group of intelligent individuals, and I hope to learn different skills from being around them. My hobbies are codding, dancing and playing soccer.

Michele Bergevin is the Internships Executive for the OHSC.

I’m in the 3rd year of my PhD program and 1st year with OHSC. I am excited about working with OH colleagues and broadening my scope of knowledge on diverse research topics all of which focus on the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. Despite being a young organization, OHSC is quite accomplished thus far, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to further extend its impact on the student body by forging relationships with future employers in government, industry, and non-profit organizations. As for hobbies, I enjoy everything outdoors, leisure reading, and being a mom, though preference varies depending on the day.

Nikola May is one of the Networking Executives for the OHSC.

I became interested in One Health when I stumbled across the ONEH*6000 course while looking at potential courses. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed talking and learning about One Health so joining the OHSC was a natural next step for me. My research focuses on plasmid transfer dynamics of Salmonella enterica as it travels through the human gastrointestinal system. One Health has helped me realize potential future directions for my project and I am very excited for the future of plasmid research!

Teresa Siby is one of the Networking Executives for the OHSC.

My name is Teresa and I am in my 1st year of bio-med sci. I joined the OHSC because I was interested in further exploring the one health field and how it can be applied to my daily life. In my free time I like to bake, go on hikes, and play board games!

Nicole Norena is one of the Engagement Executives for the OHSC.

My name is Nicole Norena, and I am in the first year of my Master of Science Degree in the Department of Clinical Studies with an emphasis in Radiology. This is also my first year working with the One Health Student Committee as a student engagement executive. I was first introduced to the concept of One Health when I attended a One Health seminar hosted by the OHSC during my undergraduate studies. The One Health approach has often been overlooked, however, this collaborative effort for tackling health problems across multiple disciplines has become an important approach for studying the factors associated with the emergence and transmission of Covid-19. As a result, I believe that the OHSC plays an important role in introducing students to important conversations about One Health. Although my research does not take on a One Health approach, my previous work experiences in wildlife rehabilitation centers and research labs have spiked my interest in the effects of emerging zoonotic diseases on human and animal populations. In my spare time (which is rarely ever), you can find me working out at the gym, snowboarding, reading, traveling/camping, and spending time with my Holland Lop bunny and Bengals.

Priya Patel is one of the Engagement Executives for the OHSC.

Hi everyone! My name is Priya Patel and I am the Engagement Executive. I am currently in my first year of undergraduate studies in Bio-Medical Science. I recently became a part of the OHSC and am loving it. It excites me to be collaborating with such an amazing group of people who share the same passion for One Health. I joined the OHSC due to the multidisciplinary nature of One Health, and that it allows us to approach some of the most critical health issues the world is facing from diverse perspectives, including environmental, animal, and human health. I am super excited to be a part of the OHSC journey and cannot wait to see where it takes me in the future! 

Allison Leonard is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.

This is my first year with OHSC and I am one of the major events executives. I am currently in a third year Ph.D candidate in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology investigating alternative strategies to treat bacterial infections in an effort to combat antimicrobial resistance. I am very passionate about antimicrobial resistance and joined OHSC because I wanted to be part of a committee that held similar values and interests as I do. I really appreciate the collaborative nature of One Health and its framework for solving complex world health problems. 

Priya Jain is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.

I joined OHSC because it aligned with thoughts I have had for awhile, like why disciplines that often overlap are not integrate or taught with one another in mind. I think the emphasis on how trans-disciplinary work is important and the way in which it helped better understand how to solve complex issues made me excited to learn more. 

Karli Longthorne is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.

I am excited to be entering into the second semester of my Masters in Epidemiology, studying the mental health of veterinarians under the supervision of the amazing Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton. I joined the OHSC in my last year as an undergrad and am looking forward to leading as the Events Executive this Winter. We live in an ecosystem of complex systems, thus an integrative and comprehensive way to approach shared health issues is through multi-disciplinary collaboration. The importance of a One Health approach for complex health issues inspired me to join the OHSC. When I’m not studying (which I do more than I’d like to admit), I am creating social media content for the @menswellnessproject Instagram, which amplifies men’s mental health stories and spreads evidence-based (MEN)tal health research to break the silent crisis. I am a foodie, and am constantly experimenting in the kitchen and trying local foods. I also dabble in weight-lifting, playing the piano, and am a full-time personal comedian and chef to my soon to be 1 year old son, Ollie. 

Yuhui Zhu is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.

Hi! I’m Yuhui Zhu, and currently an undergraduate student studying environmental governance. I really enjoy food provided by UofG’s cafeteria, and food courses. OHSC is an organization where I could understand the food impacts, as well as help me and others to have a better understanding of our external environment. I usually love reading novels, playing simple strategy games for relaxation, and I also write in my diary sometimes.

Olivia Colman is the Events Communications Executive for the OHSC.

I am in second year of biomedical science and am really enjoying it! This is my first year as a part of the OHSC and I joined the OHSC because I am really interested in One Health and the connection between animal, human and environmental science. I am fascinated by science and I thought becoming a part of the OHSC would help me learn more about what One Health is. I am really interested in the collaboration of One Health as it addresses several topics that I am interested in! If I’m not studying or doing something related to the OHSC I am probably at novice rowing practice for the University of Guelph!

The Fundraising & Community Outreach Team

Luna Gao is the Vice President of Fundraising & Community Outreach for the OHSC.

Nice to meet you! I’m Luna, a 3rd year Biomedical Science student and the VP of Fundraising & Outreach. I learned about One Health when I attended a series of lectures during 1st year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The One Health approach has a focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking which are skills I believe to be hugely important in our world today. I joined the OHSC to further these my skills in these areas, and help promote this incredibly interesting and important field! Outside of school, I run 2 small businesses focused on giving back to the community and love to travel when I get the chance! 

Eden Rechtoris-McNab is the Scholarships Executive for the OHSC.

Hi everyone! My name is Eden Rechtoris-McNab (she/her) and I am the Scholarships Executive of the Fundraising and Community Outreach Team of OHSC. I am currently in my second year of Biomedical Sciences, with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine. This is my first year on OHSC, nevertheless, I am very eager to work with you all towards the betterment of One Health through the Guelph Chapter! Additionally, I am the Social Media Manager of the Pubic Communications Team for the International Student One Health Association. I greatly appreciate that One Health is a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to optimal health for all, which is completely aligned with my goals as a future physician.

Alina Cota-Merlo is one of the Community Outreach Executives for the OHSC.

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!

Narman Mortagy is one of the Community Outreach Executives for the OHSC.

Hello! My name is Narman Mortagy (she/her), and I am part of the Fundraising and Community Outreach team for the OHSC. I’m a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Science specializing in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. I just joined the One Health team in Fall 2021, and coming across others who are just as passionate about One Health has been incredible! I am excited to be part of a community that uses a collaborative approach to improve and transform the well-being of all relevant constituents of health and science. I can’t wait to learn more, continue seeing and being a part of the positive impact of the One Health community. During my spare time, I enjoy staying active, reading and travelling. 

Sarah Robinson is the Campaign Executive for the OHSC

I received my DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018 and immediately returned to pursue research with the Jardine Lab. 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 (when I have some!), I enjoy ceramic painting, hoarding houseplants, watching horror movies, and reading historical fantasy novels.