Professional Organizations

CHP Student Leadership

Student Leadership Group

DPT Class of 2023: Austin Granger
DPT Class of 2024: Courtney Shockey
PA Class of 2024: Jordon King and Tucker Buffington
MPH Class of 2022: Emilie Lefrancois-Gijzen
MPH Class of 2023: Dominique Munroe
PsyD Class of 2024: Alexis Smith
PsyD Class of 2025: Eileen Robertson
MAT Class of 2022: Jeremiah Brehon
Advisor: Laura Ellison

The Student Leadership Group is an organization of selected College of Health Professions’ students representing each academic class and each discipline. The objectives of the Student Leadership Group shall be: to establish centralized communication between the students and faculty/administration; to promote and perpetuate professionalism in all endeavors pertaining to Mercer; and to communicate and promote student events within the College.


2022-2022 Student Ambassadors

Tucker Buffington, Physician Assistant
CiCi Calhoun, Physician Assistant
Keyana Cardoza, Physician Assistant
Melanie Gelernter, Clinical Psychology
Ashley Godwin, Physical Therapy
Casey Lawrence, Physician Assistant
Dominique Munroe, Public Health
Taylor Ogle, Public Health
Tamunobelema Oko-Jaja, Public Health
Sidney Otiwu, Physical Therapy
Sarah Roach, Physical Therapy
Courtney Shockey, Physical Therapy
Sydney Smith, Physician Assistant
Mariat Thankachan, Physical Therapy
Advisor: Laura Ellison

Student Ambassadors are current students selected to represent Mercer University’s College of Health Professions in the public arena at a variety of different programs including Open House/Info Session events, new student orientations, White Coat Ceremony, and possibly college and/or career fairs.


Physical Therapy 

Simons Society Association of Physical Therapy Students

President: Abbey Barrett
Vice President: Lucy Rodriguez
Secretary: Abby Niersbach
Treasurer: Matthew Wild
Class Representatives: Shea Duckworth, Greg Nudi, Lauren Keen, and Mariat Thankachen
Advisors: Dr. Beth Collier and Dr. Dan Dale

The David G. Simons Society is the student organization for all DPT students enrolled in the program. In all aspects of its function, the Simons Society will pursue the core values of altruism, accountability, caring and compassion, excellence, integrity, professional duty and social responsibility for the student physical therapist as a future healthcare provider. The Simons Society Board of Directors includes the executive committee (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and two representatives per class.


Physician Assistant 

Godsey-Matthews Student Society

President: Tyler Fredlund, PA Class of 2022; Jennifer Roberts, PA Class of 2023; Jordon King, PA Class of 2024
Advisor: Dr. Damian Bedoya

The Godsey-Matthews Student Society of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) was established in 2008 as the official organization for the students of the Mercer University Physician Assistant (PA) Program. The purpose of the Society is to educate and orient all members of the Society to the AAPA; promote the PA as a member of the healthcare delivery team in the medical community and the community at large; provide academic and professional guidance for the incoming class; instill in the PA the importance of keeping abreast of current medical advancement; serve as the official liaison between the national and state levels of the AAPA, and the Mercer PA Program; serve as the liaison and promote communication between other PA student societies, medical societies, and other health care providers; promote camaraderie between members of the student society throughout their tenure at Mercer University; and encourage philanthropic activities among the members of the Godsey-Matthews Society, Mercer University, and the community. In all aspects of its function, the Society will pursue integrity, equality, dignity, and competence for the PA as a health practitioner.


Public Health 

Mercer Public Health Association

President: Amy Chroeng
Advisor: Dr. Dawood Sultan

The mission of the Mercer Public Health Association (MPHA) is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas, the accumulation of experiences, the acquisition of information and skills and the performance of research related to public health issues in communities throughout the state of Georgia, the nation and the world.


Mercer Public Health Student Advisory Board

President: Chelsea Gould
Vice President: Eldria Earls
Treasurer: Stacie Ihewunwa
Secretary: Constantine Katsoudas
Service and Workforce Committee: Amy Chroeng, Isadora Bakatukanda
Curriculum Committee: Uling Bunbury, Kenneth Petty
Evaluation and Research Committee: Emilie Lefrancois-Gijzen, Grace Albright
Admissions Committee: Jamaray Stewart, Mary Heraut
Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Gaddis

The Student Advisory Board is composed of student representatives (one from each cohort, 1st and 2nd year) who serve on each of the 7 MPH program committees. Student representatives are nominated and elected by their peers annually.


Clinical Psychology

Student Association

President/Lead Representative: Ronnise Owens
PsyD Class of 2024 Representative: Shaquenna Moore
PsyD Class of 2025 Representative: Brittany Borzillo
PsyD Class of 2026 Representative: Tasia Blair
Advisor: Dr. Davielle Lakind

The Clinical Psychology Student Association exists as an avenue for student self-governance and promotion of the mission of the Department, to prepare psychologists as integrated healthcare practitioners who contribute to and apply scientific knowledge of human behavior to benefit individuals, systems, and society.  Class representatives consist of students representing each cohort, elected at the beginning of the spring semester each year.  A Head Student Representative is also chosen and acts as a student-faculty liaison.  In addition, one student serves as a Student Ambassador who works with Admissions and Student Affairs to represent Mercer University’s College of Health Professions and the Department of Clinical Psychology in the public arena.   


Athletic Training

Mercer Athletic Training Club

President: Jeremiah Brehon

The Mercer Athletic Training Club aims to engage students who are interested in sports medicine.  The Club includes educational, service, and fundraising events.