Senate

Senate Members 2019-2020

Members of the PHSA Senate for the 2019-2020 academic year are listed below. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions for PHSA, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Senate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Alex Fox - President

Alex Fox is the President of the Public Health Student Assembly and a second-year master's student in the Department of Health Management & Policy. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Alex received his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Minor in
Performing Arts Management from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at U-M in 2015. He spent three years at SMTD in gift finance and donor relations before beginning his graduate coursework at SPH. Alex is passionate about financial and organizational efficiencies in healthcare systems, with a particular focus on mental and behavioral health. He spent the summer of 2019 as an Administrative Intern with the Lean Promotion Office at Emory Healthcare. When not studying, Alex can usually be found out on a run, cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen, or keeping up with a new writing project.


Patrick O'DowdPatrick O'Dowd - Vice President

Patrick O'Dowd is the Vice President of PHSA, as well as a second year Master of Science candidate in Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Patrick is originally from Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a minor in Chemistry and certificates in DNA Analysis and Crime Scene Response from Madonna University. Working in the Dolinoy Lab, he is currently researching BPA exposure and the resulting epigenetic modifications, which have been implicated in  many diseases. As a Rackham student, he also serves on Rackham Student Government, working to foster the best experience possible for U-M graduate students. Outside of PHSA and the School of Public Health, Patrick enjoys running, being outside, trying many of the local Ann Arbor restaurants, and spending as much time as possible on the beach in Hilton Head Island, SC.


Xavier Owens - Treasurer

Xavier Owens is a 2nd year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Before graduate school, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Michigan as well. Apart from taking classes and participating in PHSA, he works as a research attendant at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology participating in clinical research. Xavier joined PHSA because he wanted to be a voice for change to represent the students within and outside the School of Public Health.


Alyssa Wolff - Service Chair

Alyssa is a second-year Master of Health Services Administration student in the School of Public Health. Originally from Naples, FL, Alyssa graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. Alyssa is interested in improving  healthcare quality and patient safety through operational efficiency. This past summer, she worked in healthcare strategy and operations as a consulting intern. Passionate about serving her community, Alyssa is excited to serve as this year's Service Chair for the 2019-2020
school year. Outside of school, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and trying restaurants!


Avonlea Rickerson - Social Chair

Avonlea Rickerson is second year Health Behavior and Health Education MPH student. She graduated from Howard University in  Washington, D.C. with a degree in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health and minor in Chemistry. Her most recent
research has led her to pursue her internship in South Africa where she engaged in HIV research focusing on prevalence in women. She is from Northwestern Pennsylvania right along Lake Erie. This is her second year on PHSA and enjoys the student engagement aspect of the organization to bring students of various disciplines within SPH together through activities and events.


Alicia Dominguez - Biostatistics Chair

Alicia Dominguez is a second year master’s student of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dominguez, a New Mexican native, received her B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Statistics from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include statistical genetics and genomics, specifically population genetics and is a trainee of the NIH grant, UM Genome Science Training Program. Dominguez joined the PHSA to become more involved with organizing inclusive activities for all SPH students and to represent
biostatistics students’ needs and interests at PHSA meetings.


Cara Walsh - EHS Chair

Cara Walsh is the 2019-2020 Environmental Health Sciences Chair. She is in her 2nd year of her MPH in the Environmental Health Science department. Hailing from Maryland, she got her BS in Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Maryland. She is passionate about healthy homes, climate crisis adaptation and mitigation, and using economic evaluation to advocate for Environmental Health. During the past summer, she spent her time working with the Health Emergencies unit at the World Health Organization office in Washington, DC. Outside of school, she enjoys snicky-snacks, watching horror movies, and exploring Ann Arbor's breweries. Cara is very excited to be representing Environmental Health Sciences at PHSA and bring sustainability to all events!


Amanda Richman - Epidemiology Chair

Amanda Richman is the 2019-2020 Epidemiology Chair and a Second-Year MPH Student in General Epidemiology. Originally from Long Island, New York, Amanda graduated from Gettysburg College in 2018 with a degree in Health Sciences and Sociology. She is interested in Social Epidemiology and the intersections of housing and health. At SPH, she serves as the Project Manager for a research study evaluating the impact of Detroit's Right of Refusal program on low-income housing stability, and is an active member in PHAST. She also serves as a Transdisciplinary Fellow at Munger and is passionate about connecting graduate students in different programs with similar interests, which she also hopes to accomplish as a member of PHSA this year!


Paige Comstock - HMP Student Chair

Paige Comstock is the 2019-2020 HMP Chair for Public Health Student Assembly. She is a 2nd year Masters of Health Services Administration Candidate for the department of Health Management and Policy. Paige is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University. She is interested in hospital operations and quality improvement programs. This past summer, Paige completed an administrative internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She implemented quality improvement projects to assist Vanderbilt Primary Care in gaining a Patient Centered Medical Home certification.


Yvonne Wu - Undergraduate Representative

Yvonne Wu is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Public Health and minoring in Science, Technology, and Society and Global Health Design. Given her interests in environmental justice and global health, she has previously worked at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and in various public health projects in Ethiopia and Ghana. Yvonne has a lot to improve on in her cooking, but in her free time, she is continuously working to expand her "goumet ramen portfolio".