PHI DELTA EPSILON

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Executive Board

2019

 

Erin Kim

President

College: Human Ecology

Major: Human Biology, Health and Society

Hometown: Warrington, PA

Erin joined Phi Delta Epsilon in the fall semester of her freshman year, making it one of the first communities she became a part of at Cornell. She was first involved with PhiDE as the Philanthropy Chair, then VP Finance and Philanthropy, and now President. PhiDE has introduced her to some of the most diverse and passionate pre-medical students pursuing medicine through different paths. Through PhiDE, medicine has become a journey not a destination. Erin strives to support the culture of collaboration, support, and family that drew her into the community and also further PhiDE’s face on campus through inter-fraternity philanthropy events.


Erin has been involved elsewhere on campus as the Chair of the Student Assembly Health and Wellness Committee, Director of Community Outreach of the medical service organization MEDLIFE, a board member of Global Health Student Advisory Board, and an EARS counselor trainee. Pursuing her global health interests, she is involved in the Tanzania summer program and also conducts research in the Mehta Research Group. In her free time, you can find Erin exploring different brussels sprouts recipes and thrifting through all the nooks and crannies of Ithaca.

Brenton Westbrook

VP of Programming

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Human Development

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Brenton joined Phi Delta Epsilon in the spring of his sophomore year. In addition to serving as the VP of Programming for PhiDE,  Brenton is an executive board of BBMTA (Black Biomedical and Technical Association) as well as Cornell PreM3 (Premedical Minority Mentorship Program); a Biological Sciences Student Advisor; President of Cornell Track and Field Club; and a teaching assistant for Biochemistry. In his free time, Brenton enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and singing.  


Since joining PhiDE, Brenton has met some of the most passionate, driven, and down-to-earth individuals that want to pursue careers in medicine.  PhiDE has served as an invaluable experience for him and has provided him with great mentors, friends, and resources. Brenton looks forward to collaborating with the other members on the executive board and helping fellow brothers this upcoming year!  

Olivia Piscano

VP of Recruitment

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major: Entomology 

Minor: Nutrition and Health 

Hometown: Atlanta, GA 


In addition to serving as VP of Recruitment for Phi Delta Epsilon, Olivia is a Senior Residential Advisor in Mary Donlon Hall, Peer Advisor in CALS Student Services, and a CALS Ambassador. She is also a member of Cornell's Love Your Melon Campus Crew, MEDLIFE, and works as an undergraduate researcher in the Lazzaro Lab. Off campus, she is a student volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center and participates in outreach through the Entomology department. In her free time, Olivia enjoys watching movies, baking, and running. 


Olivia joined Phi Delta Epsilon as a sophomore, and since then has throughly enjoyed the community and relationships that stem from this organization. She is so excited to welcome new members into our community, and support them in their path to medical school. 

Mitchell Plesser

VP of Finance/Philanthropy

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Creative Writing; Business

Hometown: Oceanside, NY

Aside from his role in PhiDE, Mitch is a Biology Student Advisor, a chair for the Cornell Model United Nations Conference, a volunteer in Cornell YOURS (Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success), and Treasurer of his Social Fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. Off Campus, Mitch spends has spent his summers at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Institute (DOMI), doing both basic and clinical research on type-1 diabetes. In his free time, you can find Mitch spending time with his friends, running on the street, reading, or poorly playing
basketball.


Joining PhiDE helped him develop a network of life-long friends with similar goals and values. He credits PhiDE for the friends and peer mentors he found who helped him grow and hopes to carry it forward. He looks forward to working on the leadership team, and on providing the entire organization with an array of valuable experiences to develop as pre-medical students.

Alyssa Sheedy

Secretary and Risk Management Officer

College: Human Ecology

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Minor: Gerontology

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Alyssa joined Phi Delta Epsilon during the spring semester of her freshman year. Outside of PhiDE, she is the Vice President of MEDLIFE Cornell, a Human Ecology Ambassador, a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, a tutor at Ithaca High School, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab courses. Alyssa is particularly interested in women’s health and works under Drs. Canfield and Strupp in the Cornell Maternal Choline and Child Cognition study exploring the relationship between cognition and nutrition during and after pregnancy. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, exploring the restaurants of Ithaca, and traveling.

 

Since joining PhiDE, the whole trajectory of Alyssa’s undergraduate career changed for the better. Connecting with like-minded premedical students across Cornell’s campus has provided her with an exceptionally supportive community filled with countless friends. She hopes to keep all brothers and new members connected to the PhiDE community during her time on E-Board.