Lyndsey Milcarek, PA-C, MPH
President

Lyndsey Milcarek, PA-C, MPH attended the University at Buffalo where she received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she continued at the University and earned a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration. Lyndsey's graduate student research included working in North Bengal, India where she compiled a community health assessment report with interventional recommendations for funding organizations. She also has a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. Incorporating her PA education and volunteerism abroad, Lyndsey worked at universities in South Africa in partnership with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) teaching students physical exam skills, gross anatomy and medicine topics to train as Clinical Associates (CAs). Currently, she works as a primary and urgent care provider in upstate New York.

With her extensive experience abroad and dedication to patient care, Milcarek continues to advocate for the PA profession beyond international borders. Moreover, she hopes to continue breaking down the barriers that divide our profession as Advanced Practitioners (Physician Assistant, Physician Associates, Clinical Associates, Clinical Officers, etc.) so that we can universally advocate for our profession.  Her vision is to become an international organization that benefits all Advanced Practitioners by providing opportunities in medicine and public health around the globe, regardless of country of origin.

Mary Showstark, MS, PA-C
Director of New Development

Mary Showstark is a PA who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in 2004 from the University of Florida. She started off her career working at Shands-University of Florida in Trauma Surgery. Mary's clinical experience is in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care, and disaster preparedness for the federal government in cities to include: Los Angeles at USC/LAC, Maui, NYC and Miami Beach. Mary has also spent many years working in event medicine and concierge services utilizing her PA career around the world from Johannesburg to Sydney with multiple cities in between; she has worked and consulted with private athletes and individuals, including the World Surf League, Burning Man, US Open of Tennis, Tough Mudder, The Indies Trader, Sea Paddle, NYC Marathon.  She has worked post-quake in Haiti and in Nepal providing medical care in rural and austere environments. She also consults in remote areas such as Nicaragua, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines performing medical needs assessments and helping with clinic development, setup and sustainability projects.

Showstark currently is an instructor at Yale’s Online Physician Assistant Program.  She is the Chair of the Online IPE Committee and spearheading the Virtual Reality Projects utilizing The Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality, teaching students proper hand hygiene through SureWash Go Technology. She also works with the federal disaster teams, FAST teams, serves as one of the Executive Directors on the board of Surfer’s Medical Association, and is a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn.  In addition to her PA work, Mary is also certified in massage therapy and yoga teacher training. In her free time Mary enjoys traveling and has travelled to over 50 countries and all 7 continents.

Patricie Stephens, PA-C
Treasurer

Patricie Stephens graduated from the UT Southwestern PA Program in Dallas, Texas. She was born in the Czech Republic, raised in Aruba for twelve years, and now has been a US citizen for 12 years. Through her PA studies, she was selected as the Chair of Global Health Outreach and successfully organized the first medical mission trip for PA students. Annually, the participants traveled to Sarstun, Guatemala with Refugee International to provide medical and surgical care to indigenous people. Combining two of Stephens' passions, Women's Health and Global Health, she hopes to increase access to medical and preventative care to women worldwide. She's currently employed at UT Southwestern in Dallas as a robotic surgery PA in the department of OBGYN. In her free time she also enjoys spending time with her dog, running, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, photography, and traveling.

 
 
Jami Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C
Secretary

Smith received her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physician Assistant from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Education with concentration in Instructional Technology in 2013 from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.  She currently is the Associate Director of Arcadia University’s PA Program for Glenside Campus and the Director of Assessment and Outcomes for the PA Program. Her clinical experience includes orthopedics and emergency medicine, where she continues to practice.

Jami has participated in global health trips to Guatemala, Panama, and Nicaragua. She is the founder and director of Mayanza, Inc., a not for profit organization that seeks to improve the health of school children in Guatemala.  Through this organization she has organized an inter-professional group of health care professionals to provide dental and medical care to an indigenous community.  Smith believes PAGH is the premier organization for all things related to PA practice and global health.  She sits as a board member to help this organization continue to thrive and grow and also to give back to this profession.

Hope Cook, PA-C
Membership Chair

Hope has been a PA for the past 16 years, originally, she practiced internal medicine, then transitioned to dermatology where she has been practicing for the last 10 years.  Hope studied Biology at the University of Georgia for a Bachelor’s Degree, and attended The Emory University Physician Assistant Program in 2002 for a Masters in Medical Science, both of which she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She discovered a passion for global medicine while participating in a medical trip to Kenya 6 years ago.  Since then, she has spent time in Dominican Republic and Honduras working in medical clinics.  She is currently pursuing fluency in Spanish and working on a book which will offer encouragement to all PAs.  Cook has two children who keep her busy when not at work, and her goal is to expose them to global scale health and social justice issues through leading by example. 

Mirela Bruza-Augatis, MS, PA-C
CME Chair

Mirela Bruza-Augatis, MS, PA-C, is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Physician Assistant Education at Seton Hall University. Her passion lies in global health and underserved population healthcare. She participates in medical mission trips in Domenica Republics, and works clinically in the fields of endocrinology and family practice. Her professional interests include endocrinology and metabolism and underserved population healthcare.

Melanie Jacobs, MMS, PA-C
Director of Publicity

Melanie Jacobs, MMS, PA-C started her healthcare journey during her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There she not only earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience but was also an active member in global health organizations GlobeMed and MEDLIFE.

After graduating from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she began her career as an Ob/Gyn PA at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She currently provides care on the labor and delivery, gynecology, and gynecology oncology service teams. Melanie believes access to healthcare is a fundamental right and all peoples should have the opportunity to seek it. Through PAGH and as a provider she hopes to promote the development of PAs abroad, and to continue to bring awareness, education, and resources to all women. Melanie also enjoys cooking, reading non-fiction, practicing yoga, and painting in her free time. 

Alison Garcia, PA-C
Opportunities Chair

Alison Garcia MSPA-C started working in medicine at the age of 15. She volunteered as a First Responder and then EMT for 9 years. She attended Hartwick College in Oneonta NY and obtained a Bachelor’s degree, as a dual major in Psychology and Biology. During this time, Alison also participated in research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Hospital. She then pursued a graduate degree at Pace University in Manhattan, obtaining a Masters of Physician Assistant studies. Upon graduation she began working in Neurosurgery at Harlem Hospital Center in NYC. She now works at New York Presbyterian- Brooklyn Hospital in Neurosurgery encompassing Stroke Intervention, Neuro-Trauma, and Neuro Critical Care. Garcia is currently the Elective Clinical Preceptor for Weill Cornell PA Students at this institution. Additionally, she works at NYU Langone Brooklyn Hospital per diem with privileges in urology, general surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, neurology, and otolaryngology/ENT. 

While Alison has not been fortunate to do a formal medical mission abroad she has traveled to 20% of the worlds countries and has taken personal time while traveling to volunteer in clinics and health centers. By the end of 2019, she will have stepped on all 7 continents of the globe. Garcia will start her Doctorate of Medical Sciences Program (DMSc) in July 2019 with the University of Lynchburg and anticipates to complete her program in July 2021 after finishing both the doctorate and two graduate certificates in Advanced PA Education and Global Health/ Disaster Medicine. Alison hopes to get more involved in medical missions and global health abroad, while also working on a database for PAs to have a more direct access to these opportunities.

Marcus Hofmann
Honorary Board Member: President of EuroPA-C

After studying medicine at the University of Münster, Germany, Prof. Dr. Marcus Hoffmann worked as a medical officer of the German Armed Forces at the headquarters of the NATO Armed Forces in Mons/Belgium. He then worked as a research assistant in Public Health at the renowned Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bielefeld, Germany and subsequently completed further clinical training in internal medicine and trauma surgery (Prof. Dr. Peter Habermeyer) as well as a voluntary deployment with the German Armed Forces in Afghanistan during the ISAF mission. For several years afterwards he worked for the Sanofi Pasteur and Merck joint venture in Europe eventually being responsible as Head of Marketing for the HPV vaccine from where he was recruited as personal aid to the executive medical director at Heidelberg University Hospital and Medical School (Prof. Dr. J. Rüdiger Siewert). From this position he received full professorship at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) and established Germany’s first “Physician Assistant” degree program.

Prof. Dr. Hoffmann played a major role in the establishment of the Further Education Decree “Physician Assistant” of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, which grants an academic degree to successful graduates of his program and entitles to use the additional professional designation “State Approved Physician Assistant”. Prof. Dr. Hoffmann served as Dean of the Department of Health Sciences, which he established and leads his own Research Center for Public Health through which he consults numerous institutions within the healthcare sector. He is a Visiting Professor at Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California), USA and currently serves as President of EuroPA-C.

 

Austin Oduor Otieno
Honorary Board Member: President of GACOPA

Austin is currently the President of the Global Association of Clinical Officers and Physician Associates (GACOPA) elected to the position in a meeting held in Ghana. GACOPA is an organizational coalition of healthcare professionals in Africa working globally to improve healthcare and welfare. He has been a champion for the fight for clinical officers union where he his a National Executive member of the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers. He  has traveled to more than 15 African countries trying to bring COs and PAs together.

Austin Oduor also owns the African soccer website named www.sokafrika.com which discusses soccer related issues to Africa. Austin has a Diploma in Football Medicine, organized by FIFA, which he utilizes to engage COs and PAs to practice sports medicine through symposiums and conferences organized by the medical team of CAF.

Sherin John PA-S
Student Leader
Sherin John is a second year PA student through Yale University’s School of Medicine and is a co-leader of the Global Health Student Interest Group for her program. She is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she studied Biology and Music at Kalamazoo College. She went on to earn her Master of Public Health from George Washington University, with a concentration in Global Health and in Maternal and Child Health. She completed her master’s thesis on disparities of infant mortality rates (IMR) among African American babies in Detroit. 
 
Sherin realized she wanted to continue learning about Global Health when she studied interventions to lower IMR around the world. She noted inequities among mothers accessing necessary resources based on their education level and socioeconomic status, which she also witnessed when she lived in India for two years. Upon graduation in April 2021, she hopes to practice as a PA in areas with healthcare provider shortages, both in the States and globally. To unwind, she likes to play ukulele, craft, and bake goodies. 
Adelaide Kier PA-S
Student Leader

Adelaide Kier PAS-2 studied cellular and molecular biology at Christopher Newport University and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science before attending Yale University's School of Medicine (YSM) for PA school. Adelaide is currently a second year PA student and committed member of her program's Global Health student interest group.

Adelaide spent part of her childhood growing up in a third world country - this life experience opened her eyes, at a young age, to the reality of global health disparities. Adelaide began serving communities globally during the summer of 2015 on a Mission trip to San Mateo, Belize. During this trip she saw a need for education on hygiene and health in the youth population. In 2017 Adelaide founded a hygiene project called "Clean Body Fresh Spirit" where she made educational resources and provided donated hygiene products to the children of Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo.

Her excitement for global health was heightened during her undergraduate years while taking online module courses through the Unite for Sight Global Health University and attending her first global health conference in 2018 at Yale University. Adelaide is a now a regular attendee of the Unite for Sight Global Health conference and the PA's for Global Health (PAGH) annual conference.

Adelaide looks forward to progressing the PA profession and expanding global health efforts across borders. She finds the art of sustainability crucial for all aspects of health care especially in rural settings and is excited to aid in these efforts as well as others including hygiene education/implementation and assistance to sex trafficking victims in the clinical setting. In addition, Adelaide hopes to one day, in the future, continue her education by obtaining a diploma certificate in tropical medicine from the School of Tropical Medicine at either Tulane University or Baylor College which she hopes will aid the quality of her clinical work abroad. 

Natalie Jain PA-S
Student Leader

Natalie Jain, MPH is currently a PA student with Yale School of Medicine through the Physician Assistant Online Program and co-leads the program's Global Health Student interest group. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Psychology minor at Saint Louis University, she obtained her Master of Public Health from Boston University, with a concentration in Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Upon graduation in 2013, she worked in rural primary care clinics in her hometown community in Tennessee to promote healthcare quality initiatives and implement patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models.

Natalie is passionate about increasing access to culturally competent care to underserved and rural populations. From her experiences and travels to over 40 countries, she has worked and volunteered in a variety of settings that culminated her interest in global health systems and addressing healthcare disparities across populations. Her global health journey began in college as an active member of Global Medical Brigades and going on a medical mission trip to Honduras to help set up clinics in underserved villages. She also provided community health outreach in the slums of Delhi, India, that focused on maternal and child health initiatives, sanitation and hygiene implementation, LGBTQ support, STI education, and population health interventions. These experiences highlighted her trajectory to impact sustainable health measures with the intersection of public health and clinical medicine in both domestic and global settings.

Upon completion of her PA studies in 2021, Natalie plans to integrate holistic care that addresses socioeconomic factors to the areas she serves. She also hopes to advance the PA profession through developing opportunities in education, mentoring, and evidence-based integration on an international level. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, experimenting in the kitchen, and practicing yoga and wellness.

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