The One Health Student Committee (OHSC) of 2022-2023 has a governing body of 24 undergraduate and graduate students. Along with our Co-Presidents and Student Advisor, the OHSC is divided into 3 subcommittees: the Operations, Events, and Outreach Teams. See below for additional information on the objectives of each subcommittee and its members.
The Co-Presidents and Student Advisor of the OHSC
Riley Bauman is one of the Co-Presidents of the OHSC.
Hello OHSC community! My name is Riley Bauman (she/her) and I have held a co-president for the committee since 2021. As a second year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College, One Health is truly central to my 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 veterinary outreach. 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!
Priya Jain is one of the Co-Presidents of the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Priya (she/her) and I’m currently a first year veterinary student at the OVC. I’ve been part of the OHSC for 4 years now, and will be part of the exec team as Co-President. I’ve loved being part of such an exciting club, as One Health invites collaboration from different disciplines. I’ve had the opportunity to meet several individuals whose backgrounds stem from research in plant genetics, to supporting a community to learn about their local wildlife (lemurs!). A fun fact about me is that I love to crochet and am currently learning to knit 🙂
Grace Nichol is the Student Advisor for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Grace (she/her) and I am the OHSC Student Advisor. I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Population Medicine at the OVC. My program is epidemiology, and I am also completing a Collaborative Specialization in One Health. This is my third year as a member of the 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 taking a One Health approach will allow us to solve some of the big problems we are facing. In my spare time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee and hiking.
The Operations Team of the OHSC
Simon Jeeves is the Vice President of Operations for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! 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 lay foundations for collaborative interdisciplinary efforts on campus. 2022-2023 will be my third year on the committee and I am more excited for our organization than ever before. My research interests and passions lie in the ecology, epidemiology, and discovery of emerging viral zoonotic diseases. My current work for my PhD revolves around coronaviruses in North American mammalian wildlife, including reverse spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to small mammals. In my spare time, I like birding, bouldering at Guelph Grotto, and visiting local craft breweries.
Yuqi (Angela) Hui is the Operations Executive for the OHSC.
Hey everyone! My name is Angela (she/her) and I am the Operations Executive. I am currently in my first year of Animal Biology and this is also my first year working with the OHSC! One Health’s holistic and interdisciplinary approach towards health has greatly captivated me over the past couple of years. By joining the OHSC, I hoped to gain more insight into OH while sharing the significance of a one health perspective in protecting the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Outside of the OHSC, I love singing and playing the ukulele, albeit not the best, and reading some good manga! I look forward to working with everyone this year and seeing all of the amazing initiatives the OHSC will be organizing this year!
Leah Van Raalte is the Financial Officer for the OHSC.
Hi, my name is Leah and I joined the OHSC as Financial Officer in F22. I’m in my second year of the One Health degree program with an emphasis on Disease, Complexity and Health. I am passionate about health as a multi-faceted topic, and how we can integrate that into future public and individual health systems. I also have a strong interest in regenerative agriculture and the positive impact that sustainably grown meat may have on the environment. Outside of school, I enjoy caring for my goats and making goat’s milk soap, helping out on the farm, and working my greenhouse job!
Jessica Chiu is the Lead Communications Officer for the OHSC.
Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Chiu (she/her) or Jess, and I am the Leads Communications Officer for 2022-2023. Currently, I am in Phase 2 at the Ontario Veterinary College, and one of our major topics of discussion pertains to One Health. Specifically, how veterinary medicine, human safety, and ecosystem health correlate. This, and community engagement, have always interested me which is why I am thrilled to be a part of this group with like-minded individuals. Outside of school, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, chilling with my cat, and playing the piano for fun. I look forward to working with everyone and seeing what this year has in-store for us!
Olivia Colman is one of the Communications Executive for the OHSC
Hi! I’m Olivia (she/her), a third year Biomedical science student and one of the Communications Executives! This is my second 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 attending rowing practice for the University of Guelph!
Laksha Jingree is one of the Communications Executive for the OHSC
My name is Laksha Jingree and I am one of the Communications Executives this year. I am currently in my fourth year of Biological Sciences. I decided to join the OHSC because of my interest in knowing more about the intersection between the different pillars of health. I want more people to be aware of the One Health concept as it really changed the way I view health issues and this is what excites me about being a part of this club. During my free time I’m usually reading, spending time with family and friends or watching the football World Cup these days!
Midia Mohammed is one of the Communications Executive for the OHSC
Hello everyone! My name is Midia Mohammed (she/her), and I am a Communications Executive for the OHSC. I am in my third year of Biological Science and this is my first year working with OHSC (F22)! What I find interesting about One Health is that it recognizes the interconnection of human, animal, and environmental health. It gives students and myself the opportunity to comprehend how intimately human health is affiliated to the wellbeing of animals and our shared environment. A fun fact about myself is that I am a certified lifeguard!
The Events Team of the OHSC
Rachael Cunningham is the Vice President of Events for the OHSC.
Hi everyone, my name is Rachael (she/her), I’m the Vice President of Events and this is my first year on the OHSC! I’m in my third year of Zoology with a minor in Molecular Biology and Genetics. I first learned about One Health in an anthropology class I took during my first year. I found it so interesting that one concept combined my interests in animal health, human health, and the environment! Ever since then, I’ve been attending One Health-related seminars and events to build a deeper understanding in this field. I decided to join the OHSC so I could share my passion for One Health with others and I’m so excited for the upcoming year! In my spare time, I enjoy going for hikes, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and spending time with my dog!
Sophia Weller is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! I’m Sophia Weller (she/her), a second year Master’s student in Applied Human Nutrition. This is my first year with OHSC as an Events Executive. I’m really looking forward to being able to organize and host fun and engaging events, creating opportunities for students to learn and engage with the One Health community. My interest in One Health stems from my background in Food Science and Nutrition, understanding that human health and food safety/access/security is directly linked with animal and environmental health. I enjoy hanging out with any and every pet (maybe not snakes or spiders…), reading and baking anything with chocolate!
Brianna Bordin is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Brianna Bordin and I’m in my fourth year of Animal Biology. This is my first year on the OHSC as a Major Events Executive, and I joined the OHSC to spread awareness for One Health! I’ve always had an interest in wildlife conservation and the interconnections between humans, animals and the environment. I’m really looking forward to being on the committee this year and learning more about One Health. In the future, I would like to travel and apply the One Health approach to my future career- wherever that may be!
Jordan Woo is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.
Hello! My name is Jordan (they/them) and I’m currently an undergraduate student in Guelph’s new One Health program. This is my first year with OHSC and I’m extremely excited to see what it has to offer. I found the committee interesting as it can not only help me explore my area of study more, but also to help me meet more people who are passionate about this complex multidisciplinary field. Overall, I hope to take away what I learn with the OHSC into my future studies. In my free time I like to spend time with my pet cat, reading and skiing/snowboarding in the winter.
Maryam Alhamdan is one of the Major Events Executives for the OHSC.
My name is Maryam Alhamdan, my pronouns are she/her. I am a 4th year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; majoring in Animal science. I joined OHSC in F22. What I find interesting the most about One health is that it’s an interdisciplinary approach that can be utilized to tackle global health inequalities and inequalities. On my spare time, I love to cruize on my bike or skateboard, and draw with chalk pastels.
The Outreach Team of the OHSC
Luna Gao is the Vice President of Outreach for the OHSC.
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 Outreach Team of OHSC. I am currently in my fourth year of Honours Biomedical Sciences, with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine. This is my second year on OHSC, and 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 and Fact Card Manager of the Public 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.
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 Outreach team for the OHSC. I’m a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Science specializing in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. I joined the One Health team in Fall 2021 and meeting others who are just as passionate about One Health has been incredible! I am happy 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 am always excited 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.
Emily Knapper is one of the Community Outreach Executives for the OHSC.
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Knapper (she/her), currently in my fourth year of undergraduate studies in Animal Biology. This is my first year working with the OHSC as a Community Outreach Executive, and I am so excited to share our upcoming events with you! I joined OHSC as I have found a passion for inter-collaborative studies between human and animal health. With my future plans to pursue a masters in Population Medicine, my interests lie in proposing research towards control and prevention for zoonotic diseases. Outside of my studies and OHSC, you can find me working on my personal garden (most likely shopping the GTA garden centres during the weekends), working out at the gym, and volunteering at a small animal practice with the BEST veterinary team!
Megan Fox is one of the Networking Executives for the OHSC.
My name is Megan and I am currently an animal biology student at the University of Guelph. This year I have joined OHSC for the first time as a networking executive and am super excited to take on this role! I have a passion for OneHealth and love meeting others with the same passion as me. I find it fascinating how much more we can accomplish when we bring minds from separate disciplines together. In my free time I love to hike or explore new trails and of course spend time with my pets.
Manuel Pérez Maldonado is one of the Networking Executives for the OHSC.
Hi everyone, my name is Manuel Pérez (he/him). I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in Epidemiology plus Collaborative Specialization in One Health, and this is my first time being a Networking Executive in the OHSC. I believe the best way to practice the One Health approach is by working with people from different backgrounds but with common interests. I’m excited to collaborate with the OHSC and help to educate and create connections between people, animals, and the environment.
Jess Lorenzana is one of the Engagement Executives for the OHSC.
Hi everyone, my name is Jess (they/them). I am a student veterinarian studying at the Ontario Veterinary College, Class of 2026. I find it amazing that one health has the ability to bring to together so many wonderful minds for a greater cause. Fun fact: I own an adorable Pomeranian Beagle mix named Tigre.
Rhea Palmer is one of the Engagement Executives for the OHSC.
Hello everyone! My name is Rhea Palmer (she/her). I am in my second year of One Health. I am excited to begin my first year on the committee as an engagement executive. I had no idea what One Health was a year ago. Thanks to the advertising done by the University, I became aware of the program and my interest in One Health has continued to grow since then. To me, the most impressive aspect of One Health is its ability to help solve complex health problems using collaboration, with the intention of finding optimal health for all. I am grateful for the opportunity to help build the One Health community at Guelph and bring attention to this focus of study. In my free time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee and going on adventures outdoors with friends.
Namita Seshadri is the Experiential Learning Executive for the OHSC.
Hey OneHealth members! My name is Namita (she/her) and I’m a third-year in biomedical sciences. I’m one of the experiential learning executives and I just joined this year! One thing that I really like and find interesting about OneHealth is how it incorporates knowledge from multiple fields of the biological sciences to address the health of both humans and our larger ecosystem in general. Some of my hobbies include reading, playing the guitar and singing. I’m looking forward to a great year with our wonderful team at OneHealth!