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

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



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 Representatives - 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)



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




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)


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.)


GAAC Representative - Zenia Michno


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 I Representative



To be elected Fall 2021

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) (She/Her)

Arjun Raghavan (Academic Rep)

Giorgio Karam (Academic Rep)

Class of 2025 Executive - To Be Elected Fall 2021




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.