Continuing our series of Brother Spotlights where we recognize Brothers and their achievements, here are bios about the members of the Executive Board and discuss their plans for the year. If you would like someone from your chapter to be featured in a Brother Spotlight, please send a description about the Brother and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary – Rebecca Mousseau
Rebecca started out as her pledge class secretary, so she’s been serving as a secretary for Kappa Psi before she even had the privilege of calling herself a Kappa Psi Brother! As a member of Chi Chapter at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago, Illinois, Rebecca served as Recording Secretary as a P2 & Corresponding Secretary as a P3. As a P4 student, Rebecca also is the Illinois Graduate P4 Liaison for Chi Chapter. As the Mid-America Province Secretary, Rebecca wishes to help all MAP chapters view the National Progress Report and MAP Chapter of the Year Report as a set of ideas that we can implement within our chapters, and not just as forms that must be completed. She wants to encourage chapters to use the forms to foster growth and development among Mid-America Province Chapters. With her office Rebecca would love to help Brothers find new opportunities to reach these goals and is here to help Chapters come up with new inspiration and ideas.
She is also very excited to be serving as the Philanthropy Committee Co-chair for the 2015-2016 term. After becoming a member of the international philanthropy committee after the 56th GCC, Rebecca was inspired to found Chi Chapter’s Philanthropy Committee. She loved working with the 2014-2015 MAP Philanthropy Committee to initiate pop tab collections to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. Feel free to contact her if you’re interested in setting up a Philanthropy Committee within your own chapter. It’s a great way to help Brothers in your chapter develop patient care skills while helping those less fortunate in our communities! As the MAP Philanthopy Committee Chair, Rebecca wants to work with the new committee to find new ways to involve all chapters with our chosen philanthropy project during conclaves. She also wants to collaborate philanthropy events with different chapters and track the number of service hours that our province does as a whole.
Becca says that becoming a Kappa Psi Brother is the second best life-long commitment I’ve ever made (second only to marrying her husband). She loves knowing that, no matter where we all end up, we have this family of pharmacists that will support us. She loves that there are so many opportunities to make a difference in Kappa Psi, and everyone finds his/her own way to contribute.
Treasurer – Lauren Edwards
Lauren describes herself as very dedicated and passionate. She doesn’t ever believe you can cap your full potential and she enjoys pushing herself and others around her to be the best that they can be. Her overall goal as Mid-America Province Treasurer is to create a self-sustaining scholarship for the province. She would also like to serve as a resource for chapters while they create their budget for the upcoming year and attend events hosted by her mentor chapter, Gamma Theta. As a member of Rho Chapter at the University of Kansas, Lauren served as Regent and Vice Regent. Her experience in these offices gave her a great background to work with budgets. She was also drawn to the position of Treasurer because of her interest in exploring the new ways we can utilize our money to strengthen our province.
Lauren’s work in the Fraternity is driven for her love of Kappa Psi. She loves the way that Kappa Psi connects pharmacists and student pharmacists in a way that no other professional organization can. Lauren likes how we share the same rituals, values, and traditions that bring all chapters together. Kappa Psi doesn’t end after pharmacy school and it will be something she is able to stay involved with for years to come.
On top of her involvement in Kappa Psi, Lauren also serves as a member in Phi Lambda Sigma, SSHP, ASP-APhA, APhA, KCHP, KPhA, and Alpha Delta Pi. She plans on pursuing a residency after graduation in 2016. She is excited to use this year of rotations and national meetings to decide where the best fit is.
Historian – Melissa Gaul
Melissa is currently in her last year of pharmacy school and works as a VALOR Pharmacy Intern at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. She will be applying for PGY1 residencies this year, which she is super excited about. She is also considering pursuing a PGY2 in Critical Care. Melissa is pretty much the pharmacy version of Hermione Granger, since you can typically find her studying in the library more often than not. She describes herself as a pretty big nerd who is always up to talk about Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Marvel, etc. She also claims to have a bit of a Pinterest addiction.
As a member of Gamma Theta at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Melissa’s favorite part about being a Brother are all the friendships she has made. Her brothers are her best friends and she does not think she could have made it through pharmacy school if it wasn’t for her Kappa Psi brothers with their continual support. Melissa is currently the Co-Historian of her class and am a member of Phi Lambda Sigma. She has also served as co-chair of Root 4 Health, a local patient care initiative of UMKC’s chapter of APhA-ASP. She has previously been involved in the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Melissa got her start as MAP historian, first by being the historian at Gamma Theta. She found that running for Historian would be a natural transition with her previous position. She has served as historian in several organizations and it is something she truly loves doing.
As the Mid-America Province historian, Melissa would like to create a biannual newsletter for MAP. She would like to work with the historians of each chapter to collect pictures and blurbs about what they have been up to. She hopes to work with each chapter to help keep everyone updated on what every chapter has been doing. Melissa would also like to create an account or drive to start saving photos from every chapter to help us keep a record of MAP as whole each year. She wants to save a piece of history, to have accessible for future brothers to look back on.