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 from MedConnect on November 17th, 2018.


zaraZara Jeffrey – Executive Director

Zara Jeffrey is a third year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science. She joined Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity during her first year of undergraduate studies at SFU. Currently, Zara serves as the Professional Development chair of PhiDE. Her passion for medicine and improving healthcare for all Canadians has been the inspiration behind her involvement both around campus and in PhiDE. She volunteers with Canadian Blood Services and is an advocate of youth mental health. As the Executive Director, Zara hopes that MedConnect can inspire the young generation of students to pursue their passion and interest in becoming the health care professionals of tomorrow.


IMG_1986Donyanaz Divsalar – Senior Advisor

Donya Naz Divsalar is a fourth year undergraduate student, currently completing her studies in Health Sciences Honours program at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is also a former Medical student from University of Debrecen, Hungary. Besides being one of the two co-founders of MedConnect student conference, she is also the president of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Canada Beta, at Simon Fraser University, as well as an undergraduate research assistant, working on HIV Latency to find a more sustainable treatment for those affected by HIV/AIDS. As the senior advisor, Donya will be supporting the team by sharing her experience as the past executive and programming director, to troubleshoot and provide feedback for the current board of directors.


UntitledStephanie Dong – Programming Director

Stephanie is an engaged fourth year Health Science student at SFU. With a strong intrest in the fireld of cardiology, Stephanie treasures the role of diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy body and mind. In addition to being an exellent academic with a busy work schedule, Stephanie is the Vice President of Programming in PhiDE, forming a connected community of premeidcal students on campus through her events. As a part of the MedConnect team, Stephanie oversees and ensures the quality of workshops, speakers, and other activities for the conference.


fullsizeoutput_7f6Daria Elrick  – Plenary and Branding Director 

Daria is a second year student pursuing a BSc in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She hopes to some day work as a Pediatric physician. In Phi Delta Epsilon Canada Beta Chapter, Daria has various roles as the Social Media Coordinator and Academic Coordinator, as well as being a part of the Philanthropy committee. Daria has always been passionate about giving back to her community and has held various volunteer positions over the years. Currently, she volunteers at BC Children’s hospital and as an executive with the SFU Blood for Life club. She also fundraises for the Make a Wish foundation through their Rope For Hope event. In addition to her studies and volunteering, Daria also works at her local bookstore and tutors school aged children.


tiffTiffany Barszczewski – Recruitment and Experience Director 

Tiffany is a 4th 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 has been working with physicians from 9 Fraser Health sites on a hospitalist quality improvement project this past year. At school, Tiffany is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon’s programming committee, after previously serving in philanthropy and marketing, and is the present 2018 Historian. She spends most of her time outside of her studies working as a lab research assistant with the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group, and is progressing on to completing her Honours thesis. She is driven towards pursuing a career in medicine by her fascination with human connection and her passion for improving others’ quality of life.


IMG_9528Jessica Seemann – Logistics Director

Jessica Seemann is a second year SFU student majoring in Biomedical Physiology. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in forensic pathology. She is driven by her passion to help others, both locally and abroad. This passion has motivated her to help organize fundraisers for BC Children’s Hospital, peer tutor chemistry, and take on an executive role in SFU First Responders. It also inspired her to travel to India this past summer to volunteer in a medical outreach program. Outside of school, she is a dance teacher, teaching intro ballet to ages 2 through 9.


Vanessa Kelly – Branding Director 

Vanessa Kelly is a science student at Simon Fraser University. Already holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she decided to return to school as a mature student to pursue medicine as a career change. Finding a warm welcome in Phi Delta Epsilon, Vanessa joins the MedConnect team as a Branding Director to combine her fine art skills in drawing, animation and design with her love of science and medicine.





MedConnect’s Past Event Directors

Our Event Directors, Case Study Facilitators, and Student Ambassadors for the MedConnect Conference 2017 are pictured here.

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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)