MPAGS is run by a group of officers who are elected each year. We are dedicated to helping student voices be heard. If you have any concerns, questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.
To be eligible to run for an elected position: a) you must be a member of MPAGS and b) you must be a current graduate student in good academic standing and have at least one year remaining before graduation (at least two years if running for the President-elect position). Brief descriptions of the MPAGS officer positions are listed below with the current officers and their backgrounds.
In addition to these board positions, there are also opportunities to be a school representative or committee chair. If you are interested in learning more about any position please contact Kate Cunningham, MPAGS Chair.
Chair - Kate Cunningham
MPAGS Chair serves as chief officer of MPAGS and is a voting member of the MPA Board of Directors and the Executive Graduate Council. The Chair coordinates the efforts of the board members, as well as MPAGS members to determine the general direction of MPAGS activities.
Kate Cunningham graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 and is in her third year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at Woodbourne Center, working with adolescent males in individual and group therapy settings. Her clinical interests include working in forensic settings with adolescents, especially those with conduct or oppositional defiant disorder. In her spare time, Kate enjoys horseback riding, spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. Kate is excited to work with both new and returning MPAGS members, and to further develop the mission of the MPAGS organization as the Chair for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Leanna Brisson - Chair Elect
MPAGS Chair-Elect serves one year as Chair-Elect and the following year as the Chair. He/she shares in the duties of the Chair and assists in overseeing the affairs and activities of MPAGS. Acts as treasurer of MPAGS, preparing a budget for the new fiscal year, and assumes the presidency for the term following tenure as President elect.
Leanna is in her second year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She graduated with her BA from Wilkes University in 2014 and her MA in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015. She is currently an extern at Loyola Clinic Centers, where she is on the child track for therapy and assessment. In the future, Leanna hopes to work collaboratively with children/adolescents and their family's in a hospital setting. Leanna enjoys traveling, trying new foods, skiing, and spending time with those close to her during her free time. She is really looking forward to gaining a better understand of all the wonderful things MPA does over the next year and how MPAGs can contribute to that.
Membership Chairs - Lilli Salky and Joelle Zegas
MPAGS Membership Chair is responsible for recruiting members and will work towards creating a diverse membership base. They're the liaison between the campus representatives and the MPAGS Executive Council.
Lilli Salky graduated from Bates College in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D Program at Loyola University Maryland. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing adult therapy and child and adolescent assessment. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents in a group setting and individually with adults, and hopes to one day have her own private practice in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Lilli enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. Lilli is excited to learn more about MPAGS and work collaboratively with other board members as the membership chair.
Joelle Zegas graduated from the Emory University in 2013 and is currently a second year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Loyola University Maryland. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing child and adolescent therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include working with early childhood and elementary school aged populations, as well as with families. In her spare time, Joelle loves to dance, read, and spend time with friends and family. She is looking forward to being a part of the MPAGS Board and recruiting a diverse membership of students from graduate schools all around Maryland!
Communications Chair - Meghan Axman
MPAGS Communications Chair is responsible for keeping and distributing minutes of all MPAGS meetings. She/he is also responsible for coordinating graduate student submissions to the MPA newsletter and maintaining MPAGS web page resources.
Meghan Axman graduated from Binghamton University in 2015 and is in her second year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing adult therapy and child assessment. At this time, her research and clinical interests include romantic relationship dynamics and mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, and she has also enjoyed working in intensive outpatient programs with adolescents. In addition, she is interested in reducing stigma through mental health advocacy. In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, petting animals, and playing the ukulele. She is excited to be a part of the MPAGS board and is looking forward to a great year.
Diversity Chair - Leyla Mansur and Mary Sedrak
Leyla Mansur graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is in her second year of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers, where she does adult therapy and adult assessment and is running a group for adolescent girls. At this time, she is trying to solidify her primary clinical interests, but currently she is drawn to couples therapy, grief, and trauma. In her spare Leyla enjoys traveling, reading, and cycling. Leyla is excited to be part of the MPAGS board and is looking forward to an exciting year!
Mary Sedrak graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Loyola University Maryland and an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers, where she does assessments and therapy. Her research and clinical interests lie in working with underserved populations. In her spare time, Mary enjoys adventuring to new places, exploring the outdoors, cooking (and eating!), and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to serve on the MPAGS board and is looking forward to a great year!
Advocacy Chair - Megan Houk
MPAGS Advocacy Chair coordinates state and federal legislative advocacy efforts and are the liaisons between the MPA Legislative Committee and MPAGS.
Megan Houk is a second year Clinical Doctoral student at Loyola University of Maryland and is an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers where she does child assessment and adult therapy. Megan is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served eight years active duty as an intelligence officer, deploying twice in support of overseas operations. She hopes to again work with this population, focusing on support to active duty service members and their families. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and is a coach at a local Crossfit affiliate. She is extremely excited to be the Advocacy Chair for MPAGS and is looking forward to what will be an amazing year!
Convention Co-Chairs - Annika Grangaard, Radhika Parekh, and Ryan Wee
Convention Co-Chairs oversee all aspects of convention planning, advertising, and management. He/she may appoint a committee to assist him/her with these duties.
Annika Grangaard graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently a third year in the Loyola University Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program. This year, she is currently an extern at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Child and Family Therapy Clinic where she conducts therapy with children and adolescents and their families. She is also working as a psychometrist in the Neuropsychology department at Children's National Medical Center, conducting neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents with a variety of medical and psychological diagnoses. Annika is particularly interested in assessment and is looking forward to gaining more experience conducting therapy with families over the upcoming year. Outside of psychology, Annika enjoys reading, watching movies, being outdoors (particularly at her lake cabin) and hanging out with family and friends. She is looking forward to her second year as an MPAGS Convention Co-Chair and working collaboratively with the other wonderful members of the MPAGS Board!
Radhika Parekh graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 and is in her second year at Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing child and adolescent therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include attachment, family systems, chronic medical conditions, and multicultural issues. Radhika enjoys running, yoga, barre, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to being part of the MPAGS Board and becoming more involved in the psychology graduate community!
Ryan Wee graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Classics and is currently a second year in the Loyola University Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program. This year, he is working at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing adult therapy and child assessment. His professional interests are adult inpatient treatment and animal assisted therapy. He is looking forward to being part of the MPAGS Board and networking with fellow students and psychologists.