MedConnect’s Board of Directors

The MedConnect Conference is being organized by a team of undergraduate students from Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Canada Beta Chapter at Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with medical students from the University of British Columbia. Below, you can learn more about our diverse and experienced event team before MedConnect on November 12th, 2017.

David Luu – Executive Director

David is a final year undergraduate student in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He has been incredibly involved throughout his undergraduate career as president of SFU Toastmasters, marketing executive for SFU Dance Marathon fundraising for BC Children’s Hospital, and as the past VP Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity. He brings his extensive experience as an excellent academic, engaged campus leader, and current medical school applicant to MedConnect. Believing that anyone with the right combination of diligence and passion can pursue medicine, David hopes to connect today’s doctors with the doctors of tomorrow.

DONYA FINAL.jpgDonyanaz Divsalar – Programming Director

Donyanaz is a third year SFU student, majoring in Health Sciences, who is also a former medical student at Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary. She is currently acting as VP Programming in Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity Canada Beta Chapter, an active member of St. John Ambulance, and is volunteering at Guest Services of Eagle Ridge Hospital.  She hopes to spread her humanitarian message around the community by being a part of the leadership team of MedConnect. As Programming Director, Donyanaz supervises event structure, and takes part in scheduling presentations and aiding executive decisions.

ALT LINK HERERyan Calasin – Plenary Director

Ryan Calasin earned his A.Sc. in Biology at KPU and is now a final year Health Sciences student at SFU, most interested in human rights and advocacy. His passion for personal and professional development drove him to work as Vice President for KPU and SFU Toastmasters. In addition to President at Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity at SFU, Ryan is engaged as a volunteer tutor and volunteer trainer for Canadian Blood Services. As Plenary Director, Ryan is involved with training our student ambassador teams and being the lead liaison between students and the event team.

ALT LINK HEREStephanie Dong – Logistics Director

Stephanie is an engaged third year Health Science student at SFU. With a strong interest in the field of cardiology, Stephanie treasures the role of diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy body and mind. In addition to being an excellent academic with a busy work schedule, Stephanie works as Secretary at SFU Phi Delta Epsilon, forming a connected community of premedical students on campus through her campus events. As part of the MedConnect team, Stephanie manages event logistics to ensure smooth operations and a carefully followed schedule.

ALT LINK HERENatasha Smith – Experience Director

Natasha Smith is a second year SFU student studying Biomedical Physiology. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a cardiologist or neurologist. Outside of school, she also volunteers every week for a program called Sole Girls where she helps empower young girls. Natasha achieved her black belt in karate at the age of 14, and she currently helps teach a kids self defence class to pass down her knowledge. She has also danced competitively since the age of 5 for different genres (from tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical) and is now proudly a part of an Elite Megacrew Hip Hop team from Street Kings.

ALT LINK HERETia Young – Branding Director

Tia is a second year Health Sciences Student, with a strong background in graphic design and marketing. Experienced in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Tia has prepared drawings for The Peak newspaper at SFU, marketing materials for SFU Phi Delta Epsilon, and the Anatomy Fashion Show. Her diligence, talents, and past experience brings an unparalleled degree of professionalism to the public image of the MedConnect team.


ALT LINK HEREHenry Tran – Internal Director

Henry is in his fourth-year at SFU studying towards a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in English. This summer, he is doing an Undergraduate Student Research Award with Dr. Chris Kennedy from the Biology department. Outside of school, he works with the BC Cancer Agency and Royal Columbian Hospital supporting two projects: one for the Hereditary Cancer Program, and another for the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Quality Improvement Project. Aside from all of that hustle and bustle, Henry is looking forward to serving as Internal Director for MedConnect.

ALLI FINALjpgAlli Jussila – Internal Director

Alli is a fifth year Honours student in the Chemistry & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Joint Major program. Since joining PhiDE in 2013, Alli has served as Canada Beta’s VP Finance (2015-2016) and Chapter President (2016-2017). Currently, Alli serves as the Premedical Representative on our International Executive Board where she works closely with our CEO to support all 70 premedical PhiDE chapters. As an executive in both SFU Dance Marathon and SFU Blood for Life, Alli brings extensive experience in leadership and event planning to her role as Internal Director for MedConnect.

TIFF FINAL.jpgTiffany Barszczewski – Recruitment Director

Tiffany is a third year Biomedical Physiology student at SFU. Dedicated to serving within her community, she is a volunteer and trainer in the Emergency Department at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She also leads workshops in the Lower Mainland, educating and engaging high school students in the field of genomics with Genome BC. At school, Tiffany is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon’s philanthropy and marketing committee and is a lab research assistant with the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group. She is driven towards pursuing a career in Medicine by her fascination with human connection and her passion for improving others’ quality of life.

BRENDA FINAL.jpgBrenda Brickwood – Plenary Director

Brenda is a second year student majoring in Kinesiology. She has a keen interest in Neurology and hopes to one day be a Neurologist. She has been active member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity for the past year, and took part in running the 2016 Anatomy Fashion Show fundraising for BC Children’s Hospital. She also was an active volunteer at Highlands Elementary through our LID Buddies program. As Plenary Co-Director for MedConnect, Brenda supports our event attendees directly, manages our student ambassador and volunteer team, and is a lead liaison between the students and MedConnect team.

MARY TEST.jpgMary Clarin – External Director

Mary is a second year SFU student, majoring in Health Sciences. She has been a volunteer with the City of Port Coquitlam for 5 years in various capacities including Children’s Services, Aquatics Programming and Arts and Leisure Programs. Additionally, Mary is currently volunteering in the manor home of Eagle Ridge Hospital. By joining the leadership team of MedConnect, she hopes to contribute to the promising next generation of health practitioners. Mary’s role as External Director focuses on working with groups external to MedConnect to boost event exposure and ensure greatest far reaching impact of our conference for its event attendees.

ZARA FINALZara Jeffrey – Logistics Director

Zara is a second year SFU student majoring in Biophysical Kinesiology and Physiology. Her unrelenting passion for some of Canada’s most important services like Canadian Blood Services and One Match Program leads her to volunteer on her spare time with those organizations,
building a better future for Canadians in need. She’s also an active campus tutor, supports mental health initiatives, and aided in the organization of the Anatomy Fashion Show hosted by Phi Delta Epsilon earlier this year. With her diverse experiences, Zara hopes to diligently prepare for MedConnect this November.

MedConnect’s Past Event Directors

Our Official Event Directors for the MedConnect Conference 2016 can be seen below. Special thanks to the Interactive Challenge Coordinators, Alli Jussila and Valeriya Zaborska, and the Alpha-Epsilon Class of Phi Delta Epsilon SFU.

[Top Left to Bottom Right] Nathan Chatron (Experience Director), Stephanie Dong (Logistics Director), Laura Dawson (Communications Director),  Natasha Smith (Recruitment Director), Breanna Lansdell (Plenary Director),  Abhishek Lakhra (Sponsorship Director), Lisa Haroldson (Finance Director), Tia Young (Branding Director), Henry Tran (Internal Director) Donyanaz Divsalar (Executive Director), David Luu (Programming Director), Ryan Calasin (External Director)