Ashley Barker is from Southern California but is currently a senior at the University of Mississippi. She is getting her B.S. in Biology with three minors: Chemistry, Psychology, and Neuroscience. She has been very involved in her local chapter since her freshman year and has served in several executive leadership roles She also served as the Professionalism and Ethics Programming Coordinator for the 2016-2017 leadership year. She is hard of hearing and fluent in American Sign Language. This led her to become a mentor for premed and high school students for the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. She is also an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.
Ashley’s passion is advocating and working with deaf/hoh and disabilities in medicine. She believes advocating for underserved populations is the future in medicine, especially children. Ashley has been a research assistant for a psychopharmacology lab since sophomore year and tutors Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Neuroscience and American Sign Language. Ashley is excited to serve AMSA National for her second year as the Professionalism and Ethics Committee Chair. She is looking forward to increase programming, advocacy and membership engagement in Professionalism and Ethics!
Caitlin Curcuru is currently a fifth-year medical student in the accelerated and combined six year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She was drawn to this year-round program by its immediate exposure to basic medical sciences and clinical skills. Soon after entering medical school, Caitlin developed an interest in anesthesiology and began actively looking for ways to become more involved. She helped establish the Anesthesia Interest Group at her school and was elected American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) delegate for both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 terms. Caitlin was able to combine her passions for both research and anesthesia as a Foundations of Anesthesia Research (FAER) summer scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Caitlin also serves as Student Representative for the Council on Curriculum and Event Coordinator for the Association of Women Surgeons at UMKC. As Secretary on the ASA Medical Student Governing Council, Caitlin became heavily involved in ASA advocacy efforts. She joined the AMSA Advocacy Scholars Program and AMSA Leadership Course to continue developing the necessary skills and resources needed to advocate for patients and students on a national level. Caitlin is thankful for the opportunity to serve as AMSA’s Advocacy Coordinator of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee and is excited to work with the other board members to promote AMSA’s mission and aspirations.
Michela Tomlinson is a rising fourth-year undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is currently working towards her B.S. in Biological Sciences which she will complete in Winter 2018. As a premedical student, she has been instrumental in founding an official local AMSA chapter at her university. She has served in numerous leadership roles at her local AMSA chapter including Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator. One of her main focuses throughout the year has been Relay for Life.
Michela understands the importance of community outreach. She currently serves as a mentor to a foster child with Family Care Network, as a hospital volunteer at Sierra Vista Medical Center and as a data interpreter for the Medically Indigent Services Program with the San Luis Obispo County Health Department. Upon graduation from her university, she hopes to become enrolled in a medical school in California. She is currently interested in being either an infectious diseases physician or an emergency room physician. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the central coast of California by hiking and camping. She is excited to contribute to AMSA’s legacy and is eager to develop as a national AMSA leader.