MMSA Executive Council 2021-2022

Senior Stick - Chris Moskal (He/Him)

Hi folks! My name is Chris Moskal and I am honored to serve as your Senior Stick for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. I represent our student body locally, provincially, and nationally to various organizations. Over the past three years I have I acted as a student voice on many UGME Committees, so feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you have about policy and procedures, student groups, or any new initiatives!
This year my major goals are to:
1) Increase transparency and accessibility of the MMSA,
2) Provide more opportunities for students to get involved in advocacy work,
3) Prioritize EDI work within both the MMSA and in UGME curricula,
4) Work on initiatives to promote student wellness in the program.
If you are interested in taking on a project or are passionate about an issue, or just want to get involved and don’t know where to start, shoot me a message and let’s see what we can make happen!

Honorary Senior Stick - Dr. Faisal Siddiqui



Hello, I am Faisal Siddiqui and I am the Honourary Senior Stick.  After completing Medical school at the University of Manitoba, I completed residency in Anesthesia at McGill and then fellowship training in Critical Care at the University of Manitoba.  I am involved in education through roles with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Anesthesia Examination Board as well as Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba.  I am honoured to be asked to be part of MMSA Executive Council this year.

Vice Stick Internal - Anthony Wightman

Hi everyone. I’m Anthony Wightman and I’m excited to be your Vice Stick – Internal for the 2021-2022 academic year. My job is to liaise with UGME regarding academic matters, work with class councils, manage interest groups, and to help out with MMSA decisions and management wherever I can. I have two main goals for the year. The first is to support events and initiatives that bring Med 1, 2, 3, and 4 classes together as much as possible. COVID has made it hard for students to get to know each other, but community is an important part of medical school and I will work with class councils and social reps to make sure that it is maintained and grows. My second main goal is to ensure that interest groups and student initiatives are well managed and supported. I will work closely with MMSA treasurers and corporate reps so that the MMSA is informed about the financial resources at its disposal. I will also ensure that funding and supports go where students want them to, by surveying students regularly. I want the MMSA to be as safe and inclusive as possible. I am always willing to listen and learn, to receive feedback, or reach out a helping hand. If you have any questions or concerns, or want to get involved, let me know!

Vice Stick External - Tessa Bortoluzzi (She/Her)

Hello everyone! My name is Tessa and I’m excited to be serving as the MMSA Vice-Stick External. Working alongside Rachel, I represent students to external organizations including Doctors Manitoba, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM). Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!


Vice Stick External Jr. - Rachel Wang (She/Her)

Hi all, my name is Rachel. I am in the Class of 2024, and I am super excited and honored to be able to serve you as the Vice Stick External Jr. My main role this year is to advocate for the needs of our student body to the CFMS by ensuring your ideas and concerns are heard and relayed. I am also here to help you navigate through CFMS and to let you know about all the great resources and opportunities that the CFMS has to offer. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me or to message me on Facebook!

Treasurers - Lucy Wilson & Kevin Stein

Lucy Wilson (Sr. Treasurer)


Kevin Stein (Jr. Treasurer)

Hi! We’re the MMSA treasurers. We’re responsible for all the financial aspects of the MMSA, including budgeting, reimbursements, and Student Initiative Grants (SIGs). Lucy is in her second year of medicine, and outside of class she enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and reading. We look forward to working with everyone this year! Kevin is currently in his second year of Medicine. Some of his favourite things include dogs, soccer, sushi, and heavy rock music. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email us at

Communications Reps - Amy Giesbrecht & Victoria Rust

Amy Geisbrecht (Communications Rep Sr.) (She/Her)

Victoria Rust (Communications Rep Jr.) (She/Her)

Hi, welcome to the MMSA website! We’re the Communications Representatives for the 2020-2021 council. Our jobs range from running the MMSA website and social media, to taking meeting minutes and communicating with the student body at large. Contact us if you have any questions, and if we can’t help, we’ll point you to someone who can!

Amy is in her third year of Medicine and enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Victoria is in her second year of Medicine.

Corporate Relations Rep - Christine Kennedy (She/Her)


My name is Christine Kennedy and I’m in my fourth year of medicine. Before medicine, I was an emergency nurse and experienced firsthand how impactful social events are in strengthening teams and how heartwarming small tokens of gratitude can be. For this reason, my goal as your Corporate Relations Rep is to arrange sponsorships and lunch and learns to support our grad and all of MMSA’s events throughout the year. If your event needs some financial support, please send me an email! If you’re a company hoping to support our activities, you can reach me at Thanks!

Event Programmers - Lexie Peper & Nick de Hoop


Lexie Peper


Nick de Hoop

Hey! We’re the MMSA Event Programmers for the 2021-2022 school year and are excited to plan the classic med events that we all know and love (or at least have heard of).  We are both in our second year of medicine and unfortunately did not get to participate in any in-person MMSA events last year.  This year however, we are looking forward to planning the classics such as MedLaw, Movember Coffeehouse, Winter Formal and Beer & Skits.  As public health restrictions continue to change, we hope to host the majority of our events in-person.  If you ever have questions, concerns, or just want to reach out and say hi, feel free to email us ( We look forward to seeing you all out at the great events MMSA has to offer!

UMSU Representative - Karamvir Chatha

Hey, my name is Karamvir and I am your UMSU representative for the 2021-2022 school year! My job mainly consists of sitting on the UMSU Board of Directors, voting on proposed motions and keeping the MMSA updated on UMSU politics. Most meetings are open to all UofM students. If you have any questions or want to sit in on a meeting sometime, please send me a email!

Senator - Mira Villegas (She/Her)

Hi everyone! My name is Mira and I am in my third year. I am excited to be your Senator for the 2021-2022 school year. I have previously sat on the University Senate and I am excited to continue my role. I represent medical students on the University’s senior academic governing body. We deal with a variety of academic matters, such as, teaching, examinations, degrees, and academic awards. I am also a representative on the Senate Committee on Admissions and the Senate Committee on Appeals. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments regarding academic matters.

Global Health Liaisons


Cate Giffin (GHL Sr.) (She/Her)

Jacie Liu (GHL Jr.)

Hi everyone, my name is Cate and I’m looking forward to serving as your GHL Sr this year along side a representative from the class of 2025 who will be elected as GHL Jr in September. This year, our goals are to expose students to topics in global health and learn together from experts across the country. A main focus of mine is exploring how learning about health challenges and solutions on a global scale can inform our local approaches to care and health systems. If you have any questions, comments, or global health topics you would like to learn more about, feel free to send me an email or contact me on facebook!

Local Officers of Indigenous Health

Jessica Ellis (LOIH Sr.)

Mackenzie Hoy (LIOH Jr.)

Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Ellis, and I am in my second year of medicine. I am the Local Officer of Indigenous Health Senior (LOIH Sr.), representing the Indigenous students, the Indigenous health populations, as well as the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Ongomiizwin – Education. I also represent the province of Manitoba at the national level with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CMFS). For the year of 2021-2022, I will be working with the Local Officer of Indigenous Health Jr, the Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG) and the Indigenous EDI working group. Our aim is to create awareness and promote Indigenous Health and Healing in our community while encouraging others to join us in the necessary opportunity to learn. 

The University of Manitoba is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. In the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration, it is our responsibility as medical students to learn about Indigenous health and culturally safe care. If you would like to get involved, have questions or suggestions please reach out to me at any time!

GAAC Representative - Zenia Michno (She/Her)

Hello, my name is Zenia and I have the privilege of being Senior lead of the Goverment Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC). Along with Rachel Wang (your Global Health Advocate) I work to co-chair the Student Advocacy Committee (SAC) for the Rady College of Medicine. Our goal at SAC is to help facilitate student advocates who are passionate about making important changes to better our healthcare system. Yearly, SAC organizes a Pro​vincial Day of Action where we meet with various Manitoban MLAs to advocate for the implementation of health policies that can produce important changes in the lives of patients and healthcare workers. If you are interested in advocacy, feel free to reach out!

CFMS Wellness Representative - Maziar Fazel Darbandi (He/Him)

Hi everyone! My name is Maziar, I am in the Class of 2023 and I have the privilege of being your MMSA Wellness Representative for the upcoming year. I am extremely passionate about finding a healthy work-life balance and enabling other medical students to do so as well. I am excited to work as a team to provide the means for students to do this through advocacy, accessible wellness resources, and educational activities and programming that will provide valuable skills in maintaining our own mental and physical well-being so that we can better care for others. If you ever have any questions or ideas around wellness activities that you would like to see, please do not hesitate to reach me via email or message me on Facebook!

Research Program Representative - Alli Balasko (She/Her)

Hi there! My name is Alli, I am an MD/PhD candidate in the Advanced Degrees in Medicine Program. I am in the Class of 2023 a PhD candidate in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. As Research Program Representative, I will advocate for students in the MD/PhD, MD/MSc and MD/BSc Med programs at three levels: MMSA, Max Rady College of Medicine, and the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada (CITAC). There are many demands on our MD/PhD, MD/MSc and MD/BSc students. My goal is to strengthen supports so you feel supported through your research journey!

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Representative- Navjit Singh (she/Her)

Hi my name is Navjit Singh, I am in the class of 2023, and I am so excited to be the MMSA’s first ever EDI rep! My role involves representing the MMSA and the College of Medicine on the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences EDI Committee. I also work with national groups, such as the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, to address the topic of EDI among their working groups. I am also representing the MMSA as a voting member on the Medicine Admissions Committee. In my free time, I enjoy reading and writing, and going for runs outside! If you have any questions or concerns regarding EDI or would like more information about the current work that is being done, please email me.

Med 1 Representative- Taylor Nimchonok

My name is Taylor and I’m excited to be the Med 1 representative to the MMSA for the class of 2025! I’ve always been passionate about ensuring things are fair and equitable and I’m privileged to be in a position where I can represent the best interests of my class to the MMSA while being part of this team. Before medicine I worked as a hospital communications and patient registration clerk which has provided amazing opportunities to see the benefit of collaboration and the value of good communication in a healthcare team setting. In addition to representing my class to MMSA, I am also very passionate about bioethics and the University of Manitoba student representative for the Canadian Bioethics Society. In my spare time I love travelling, playing volleyball, going out to eat with friends and taking care of my dog Piccadilly.

Class of 2022 Executive

Nada El Tobgy (President) (She/Her)

Matthew Stecy (Academic Rep)

Lydia Czegledi (Academic Rep) (She/Her)

Hey there! We’re Nada, Lydia, and Matt — the President and Academic Representatives for the class of 2022. We represent our class to the MMSA, faculty, and several other organizations. Nada is responsible for facilitating all class programming and activities. Together, the three of us are responsible for advocating on all academic issues at faculty meetings. Alongside the rest of our class council, we’re here to make sure the Class of 2022 has the best experience possible!

Class of 2023 Executive

Jayelle Friesen-Enns (President) (She/They)

Mehrin Ahmed (Academic Rep) (She/Her)

Connor Ford (Academic Rep)

Hello there! We are Jayelle, Connor and Mehrin. Jayelle is the Class President, and is completing her Masters in Medical Microbiology. She coordinates class activities and works with various councils. Connor and Mehrin, the Academic Representatives, work with Jayelle to support and advocate for the Class of 2023. Connor used to teach science.

Class of 2024 Executive

Suman Memon (President)

Arjun Raghavan (Academic Rep)

Giorgio Karam (Academic Rep)

Class of 2025 Executive

Kirsten Fleury (President)

Jocelyn Peronto (Academic Rep)

Carrie Gu (Academic Rep)


Retired Senior Stick - George Cai


George Cai is our past Senior Stick and served on the MMSA council for 4 years prior to his graduation. The MMSA thanks George for everything he has done for medical education here in Manitoba and wishes him luck in the future.