Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee (ISAC)

This group of health professional students (two representatives from each program) will liaise with the Committee on Interprofessional Excellence in Healthcare (CIPEH) to facilitate the university’s efforts in interprofessional education/clinical care, scholarship, and outreach/engagement.

Two students from ISAC will serve as members of CIPEH. ISAC will be charged with assisting in the implementation of the Interprofessional Strategic Plan, including serving as mentors to UConn pre-health professional students, advising CIPEH on various IP initiatives, and serving as an information source about and advocates for IP among the health professional student body.


Student Advisory Committee Members

 profile-picture-julia-sokolovska Chair – Julia Sokolovska (NURS)

My name is Julia Sokolovska and I’m a third year nursing student at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing from East Lyme, Connecticut. I just recently completed my Medical/Surgical clinical rotation at Backus Hospital and I’m now looking forward to my Maternity/Pediatrics rotation at Hartford Hospital. I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in which I could change someone’s life and I couldn’t be happier when I see my patients smile. In addition to being a member of the Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee, I’m a Resident Assistant for the Nursing Learning Community and the Residence Hall Association Executive Director of Promotions and Public Relations at the Storrs campus. I love taking part in organizations that not only allow me to connect with people but also work towards building a positive community in many aspects. I’m excited to see what the upcoming semesters hold as well as getting the chance to connect with some wonderful individuals. When I’m not taking care of patients or spending time with my residents, I enjoy taking time to travel to new places around the world and play some tennis.

  shannon-wannagot Secretary – Shannon Wannagot (AUD)

Shannon is a fifth year dual degree (Au.D./Ph.D.) doctoral student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of Connecticut in 2012. She is a graduate assistant and teaches an undergraduate course, Introduction to Audiology. In addition to serving as an audiology student representative on ISAC, she is also an InCHIP Graduate Student Affiliate and Hear Here Hartford Board Member. Her research interests include speech in noise understanding, classroom acoustics, and pediatric aural rehabilitation.

 screen-shot-2016-07-09-at-1-40-19-am Syed Alam (SOM)

Syed is a third-year medical student at the University of Connecticut. He graduated with a degree in English from Boston College and is currently an editor of Anastomoses, the literary journal for the medical and dental schools at UConn. His academic interests include urology and oncology, and he has presented his work on bladder cancer at multiple national conferences. Outside of school, his interests include baseball and snowboarding.

 kje-8 Jessica Barrett (KINS)

Jess is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology.  She received her BS from Springfield College in Athletic Training and her MSEd from Old Dominion University in Athletic Training Education.  Her research interests include mentorship, women in athletic training, and new faculty socialization.  At UConn her graduate assistantship includes teaching courses in the BS Athletic Training program.

 bergeron Daniel Bergeron (AHS)

Daniel is a second year graduate student in the Healthcare Genetics Professional Science Masters degree program at UCONN. He attended the University of Connecticut for his undergraduate education, where he graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. His current work is focused on elucidating the role of various candidate genes on variability in the response to painful stimuli in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. Through his involvement with the Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee, Daniel hopes to contribute to the development of a more interconnected healthcare community dedicated to personalized care.

kelly-coleman-headshot-1-150x150 Kelly Coleman (KINS)
Kelly is a 1st year Doctoral Student in the Department of Kinesiology. She received her B.S. in Athletic Training from UConn in 2010 and M.S. in Exercise Science from James Madison University of 2012. She has worked as an Athletic Trainer for the past three years at Connecticut College in New London, CT. Her research interests include the development of female leaders within athletic training, healthcare, and sport.
 Stephanie Chan Stephanie Chan (SODM)

Stephanie is a DMD student in her third year at UConn School of Dental Medicine. Prior to dental school, she majored in Geography with a focus in Public Health at Dartmouth College. Delivering optimal care to patients requires communication between all of a patient’s healthcare providers.  Being part of the Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee (ISAC) allows Stephanie to understand different perspectives in various healthcare fields, so she will be able to provide better care to her patients. Besides serving as a dental student representative on the ISAC, she also serves as a trip leader for UConn School of Dental Medicine’s 2016 humanitarian trip to Comayagua, Honduras, co-chair of the Dental Student Activities Congress, chair of the Academic Dentistry Student Interest Group, and is involved in conducting epidemiological and endodontic research. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, traveling, and skiing.

Erika Dineno (SLHS)
 Erin Emonds Erin Emonds (PHAR) 

My name is Erin Emonds, a second professional year student at the UConn School of Pharmacy. I am very interested in leadership and strive to enhance the collaboration between different healthcare professions in hopes to provide extraordinary care to patients. In addition, I enjoy guiding and consulting with others and continue to do so as a mentor for the Pre-Pharmacy First Year Experience class. I have sat in and provided feedback during the UConn’s Pharmacy Practice Curriculum Evaluation and serve as the Senior Student Administrator in the Office of Pharmacy Professional Development. For leadership experience I am the Secretary of the Pharmacy Student Government and hold an executive position in the female pharmacy fraternity Lambda Kappa Sigma

Katelyn Gettens (Clinical PSYC)
Nana Marfo (Clinical PSYC)
 polio-andrew Andrew Polio

Andrew is a second year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a major in Chemistry in 2012. He then went on to spend three years performing clinical research at the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. As part of the Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee (ISAC), he is excited to build and organize programs that foster better working relationships between health providers in order to provide optimal care for our patients.

 30711412192_b4765d548c_o Emily Seamans (PHAR)

Emily Seamans is a third year pharmacy student from Canaan, New Hampshire. I am a member of the Urban Service Track and am the treasurer of Lambda Kappa Sigma (a professional pharmacy fraternity promoting women in pharmacy), the president of Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society, and the treasurer of UConn Club Field Hockey. Following pharmacy school, I hope to return to my small hometown in New Hampshire and work in a hospital pharmacy.

Julia Sokolovska (NURS)
Sami Tarabishy Sami Tarabishy (SOM)

Sami is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He graduated from Uconn undergrad in Storrs, CT with a major in Biology and minor in Physiology and Neurobiology in 2010.  He then spent the next three years doing Neuroscience research where he investigated the role of sex differences, social isolation, and various immune regulatory factors in ischemic stroke.  Extracurricular activities that he enjoys include travel, photography, ice hockey, tennis, golf, and snowboarding.

Shannon Wannagot (AUD)

cIPEh representatives 

Storrs: Nana Marfo (Clinical PSYC) with Erin Emonds (PHAR) alternate

UCHC: Stephanie Chan (SODM) or Daniel Bergeron (AHS) with Syed Alam (SOM) alternate

Website subcommittee

Jessica Barrett (KINS), Erika Dineno (SLHS), Sami Tarabishy (SOM), Emily Seamans (PHAR)