2017-18 NMSA International Executive Leadership Team


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Blake Langley

International President
National University of Natural Medicine

Blake is in his 6th and final year of studies at NUNM for Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine. He was born and raised in the South, where alternative care options were rare, to say the least. His discovery of naturopathic medicine and NUNM instilled a passion in him to further the profession in areas currently underserved by the medicine provided. Additionally, his desire to bring naturopathic medicine to the forefront of healthcare is pushing him to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration following his studies at NUNM.

On a local level, Blake has been involved as Social Events Coordinator and Secretary at NUNM for two years. There has been incredible growth and development in fundraising and student involvement at the school and Blake has been working to see this reflected on an international level. As Chief Administrative Officer, Blake brought his own brand of organization to the NMSA and served as President-Elect and Interim President during the 2017-18 session. His passion for the NMSA stems from a desire to see students gain the greatest skills in their personal and professional lives while still in school. He believes the students are the voice of the future and should be cherished and respected.

Although dual-enrolled in two graduate programs, Blake practices bodywork, yoga and qigong, and loves to cook and clean. He recently adopted a beautiful Golden Retriever/Lab mix.  You will like hear about and see his many travels and camping escapades with Samson throughout the western portion of the country when you speak with him.

 Valerie Kremer

International President-Elect, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Valerie Kremer is entering her third year at at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she is the co-academic representative for her class, a position she has held since her first year at CCNM. Passionate about being a change agent in her profession, she is the NMSA CCNM Communication and Marketing Coordinator and 2018 NMSA Public Policy Fellow.

Prior to attending CCNM, Valerie was the director of outreach and public affairs specialist for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where she created 250+ healthcare events across the U.S. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Valerie received her B.A. in public communications and international relations from American University, Washington, D.C., and completed media training at Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, MD. She is currently the social media consultant for the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.

Valerie is looking forward to her new role as international president-elect, where she can share her experience and love of naturopathic medicine with current and future leaders of the profession, while bringing professional and personal development opportunities to students.  

Although keenly dedicated to her studies and professional life, Valerie can be found hiking through the woods with her fiancé and dog, soaring through the air at aerial dance, cooking gourmet meals, and/or travelling the globe in search of the next adventure.

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Brianna Firminger

INTERNATIONAL Chief Administrative Officer, Bastyr University Kenmore

Brianna Firminger is the NMSA International Chief Administrative Officer. She is starting her fourth year of four in the ND program at the Bastyr University (Kenmore). She previously served as the Bastyr Kenmore NMSA Chapter Vice-President where she provided unparalleled organizational support to the executive board and leadership team. The goals for her term include: increasing organization, streamlining NMSA International processes, improving communication, transparency and accessibility. Brianna was raised in Seattle, WA and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas for her undergraduate degree.

Karen Appel

International Chief Financial Officer, Bastyr University Washington

Karen is a third year naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. Before seeking a career in natural medicine, Karen served 14 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) including earning her BS in Electrical Engineering at the USCG Academy. Also while serving as an officer, she earned her MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She completed her military career as a Certified Public Accountant and Budget Officer for USCG operations in the Pacific Northwest.

Passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health, Karen also works as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer and nutrition counselor for her neighborhood gym. She has competed in local weightlifting events, practices yoga, and is a strong believer in the power of meditation.

To recharge Karen loves traveling to tropical destinations to soak up the sun and scuba dive. During shorter breaks, you can find her day hiking, cooking delicious meals, and raising a rambunctious kitten.

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Sydney Freggiaro

INTERNATIONAL VP COMMUNICATIONS & PR, Bastyr University Kenmore

Sydney is in her fourth and final year at Bastyr University Kenmore, where she served as the 2017 NMSA Chapter President and sat on the NMSA International Board of Directors. During her term, the chapter provided over 35 events to student members and the local community with over 1600 participants. This accomplishment also included raising over $7000 for local chapter grants & scholarships for students. Her goal as Vice President of PR and Communications is to take these successes and provide current NMSA Chapter Presidents with the tools and support it takes to effectively lead their local chapters. This benefit gets passed to students with improved access to resources & grants, clearer communication around events, and robust marketing tools.

Sydney has worked for the Bastyr Marketing Department for 3 years, and ran the membership program and public relations for a theater in Brooklyn, NY prior to matriculation. She is well-versed in simultaneously crafting a solid image for an organization while improving member benefits. In her spare time, she is an avid dancer who is infinitely supported by her fiancé and her rescue dog.  Her most meaningful accomplishment this year was receiving the 2018 NMSA Rising Star award for her service to students and the organization.

Thomas Macsay

INTERNATIONAL VP OF MEMBERSHIP, BASTYR UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA

Thomas is a 5th year at Bastyr University California in the Naturopathic medical program. He also attends the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine pursuing a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Tom is the lead planner for the Restore the Vis Retreat that is held in San Diego, CA annually as part of the Association for Naturopathic Revitalization. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the NMSA as the VP of membership. With a background in Kinesiology, Personal Training, and Massage therapy he spends most of his time focusing on natural approaches to Sports Medicine. In his free time he enjoys surfing, rock climbing, gardening, bee keeping, playing music, and traveling whenever the chance arises.

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Khaleed Alston

International VP of Development, National University of Natural Medicine

Khaleed is a 3rd-year medical student at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). A native New Yorker, Khaleed graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, he spent three years as an elementary school teacher at Grace Church School, where he taught 2nd- and 4th-grade students. He also taught a course on South African History and Apartheid, which cumulated in 15 high school students traveling with Khaleed to Johannesburg, SA to participate in an Entrepreneurial Leadership program at The African Leadership Academy. As a medical student, he has worked with the Food as Medicine Institute at NUNM and is interested nutrition, oncology, gastroenterology, and chronic disease. Khaleed is passionate about making naturopathic medicine more accessible to minority populations and plans to work tirelessly to promote initiatives that will expand our scope of practice and make our medicine more affordable.

Britta Nevitt

Chapter President, Bastyr University California

Britta is a 4th year Naturopathic Medical student at Bastyr University, California. After completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science, Physiology & Metabolism at UC Berkeley, Britta developed a passion for finding the root cause of disease, precision diagnostics and whole-person medicine. As the NMSA Chapter President for BUC, it is her honor and privilege to further the movement towards an effective, personalized, and integrative health care system that combines every pillar of evidence-based medicine: research, patient values/preference, and clinical experience.

Outside of school, Britta enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and farmers markets. She has volunteered with several organizations including the Family Support Services of the Bay Area and Health Information in Kids Education, worked in four different research labs, and has held leadership positions from high school through graduate school. She is excited to create new opportunities for Naturopathic Medicine, increase global access to healthcare, and further collaboration with all medical/healthcare professionals.

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Michelle Naman

Chapter President, Bastyr University Kenmore

Michelle is a third-year student at Bastyr University. She grew up in a coastal town in New Jersey and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in Genetics with a minor in Spanish. There she was also a member of the service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma. Since 2012, she has tutored high school and college students in biology, chemistry, genetics, and English. Previous to starting at Bastyr, she was a Project Assistant at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She served as the NMSA Social chair for the 2017-2018 school year and is excited to continue her journey with NMSA as president. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, weightlifting, hiking, cooking and extensive traveling.

Jessalyn Shamess

Chapter President, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Jessalyn Shamess is the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine NMSA Chapter President. She is in her third year of the ND program and is also actively involved in Boucher’s Research & Admissions departments as well as previously being involved with the BNSA. She received her Bachelor of Science in both Kinesiology/Health sciences and Nutrition. She is passionate about the marriage of traditional knowledge and the evolving field of naturopathic research. When she is not studying or in class, she is likely to be chasing waves, fresh powder, or wandering the mountains.

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Randall Block

Chapter President, Bridgeport University College of Naturopathic Medicine
Randall Block is a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine(UBCNM), as well as Masters student at the UB Acupuncture Institute.  A local of Long Island NY, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University.  Following his heart, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and began taking classes to fulfill that dream as well as becoming an EMT in his home town.
At the University of Bridgeport, Randall is the treasurer of the local NMSA chapter, as well as treasurer of his cohort class of 2020, and representative on the Naturopathic Philosophy Committee where he will be organizing the all school event of philosophy day this year.  He believes that it is the philosophy and principles of Naturopathic Medicine that make it so valuable to the community. Randall has a sincere passion to help people in need, and has always been most interested in oncology, as well as mental health and mind-body medicine.   In his free time he enjoys weight training, hiking, going out with friends, yoga, meditation, and pretty much anything outdoors.  He is very excited to be in such a position to make a greater impact for the naturopathic community.

Catherine Multari

Chapter President, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Catherine Multari is a 4th year clinical intern at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and the current NMSA Chapter President at CCNM.  She has held a position on her chapter’s executive board for two years.  Catherine served as the Education Chair and President-Elect prior to her current position.  She is particularly interested in empowering students to become involved, fostering a sense of community within the naturopathic medical schools and profession at large.

Outside of school Catherine is a group fitness instructor and barista, nurturing her love for both exercise and coffee.  She credits her time spent on the University of Virginia varsity rowing team for providing her with the drive to do more, be more and strive for uncompromised excellence.

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Janice Joerges

Chapter President, National University of Health Sciences

Janice is a 2nd year Naturopathic student at NUHS in Illinois. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Integrative Holistic Medicine. While earning her undergraduate degree in Michigan, she was very involved with the birth and natural parenting community serving as a leader with La Leche League International, educator and mentor at a facility for homeless mothers, and administrator of an attachment parenting group.

This is Janice’s first year serving as an officer for the Chicago Chapter and she looks forward to increasing student’s awareness of the opportunities available to them, as well as overall member engagement. When she is not studying or building relationships with staff and students, she can be found performing spoken word and storytelling, playing board games with her family, or singing karaoke.

 

Aubrey Corbett

Chapter President, National University of Natural Medicine

Aubrey is a fourth year ND student from the coast of South Jersey. She graduated with her bachelor’s in Biology from Richard Stockton University in 2014. She has a special interest in finding ways to bring nutrition and other naturopathic modalities to underserved populations at community health centers. In addition, she is employed as an emergency department scribe, teaches nutrition at a local cooking class, and is the western sciences teacher for a massage school. Additionally, Aubrey is currently the NMSA Public Policy fellow, which has allowed her to focus on expanding education about naturopathic medicine in New Jersey through assistance in development of the NJANP website. Outside of medicine, she enjoys surfing, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and essentially any activity near a large body of water.

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Neha Kaushik

CHAPTER PRESIDENT, SOUTHWEST COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Neha is a third year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She went to college at Fairfield University in Connecticut where she received her degree in biochemistry and computer science. She has lived in Mississippi where she attained her masters in Science and did two years of osteopathic school. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama- Birmingham. She is a founder of the non profit, One Life at a Time, and integrates naturopathic medicine throughout global medical camps. Her goal for this term is to encourage fellow students to be more proactive in Naturopathic medicine as it progresses and becomes better recognized.

Wildeby Borges

CHAPTER PRESIDENT, UNIVERSIDAD DEL TURABO

Wildeby Borges and I’m a current 4th year student at University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, and actual president of NMSA’s Turabo Chapter. I love Naturopathic Medicine and believe in our guiding principles very deeply. I’m a 200hr Hatha Vinyasa RYT and dog lover. I enjoy hiking, meditation, hugging trees, planting and connecting to nature in every possible way. I really look forward to continue growing our chapter at Puerto Rico and helping our community through the love of our profession as future doctors. I believe in the power of community and understand that I’m the motor to guide my group, but every student is the fuel to keep it going, together

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Stephanie Fogelson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NMSA

A passionate advocate for the naturopathic medicine profession, Stephanie Fogelson brings nearly 20 years of business acumen to the NMSA. Her background is in new market entry, revenue development and business strategy in several market sectors including Naturopathic medicine. A personal health setback took her away from a career in aviation and a first introduction to naturopathic medicine. This medicine saved her life and gave her an opportunity to successfully have a family. Taking on the role as the Executive Director for the NMSA is a passion-driven mission for her. She is driven by the opportunity to continuing to discover and connect opportunities to students in accredited naturopathic schools across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Looking to get involved?

The NMSA runs elections each year for the month surrounding DC FLI! Contact info@naturopathicstudent.org for any questions, requirements, or suggestions/nominations for the following year.