The Student Council is at the forefront of all student activities and serves as the liaison between students and administration, faculty, alumni, and the community.

The Council advocates and promotes the welfare of students, organizes social activities and intramural sports, and promotes a professional attitude toward the University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Osborne College of Audiology, and College of Health Sciences, Education & Rehabilitation. Student Council is comprised of the executive board, class officers who represent each respective program by year, registered student organizations, and two advisors, the Dean of Students and Associate Director of Student Engagement. 

Executive Board

President - Alexander Kirn '25OD
Alex KirnMy name is Alex Kirn and I am currently a first-year Optometry student in the class of 2025 here at Salus. I’m from Enola, Pennsylvania, which is located just outside of Harrisburg. My undergraduate education came from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Many factors played into my decision to continue my education at Salus, such as the reputable clinical experience, the campus and its location, and the high praise that I heard from various alumni. Possibly the most valuable aspect of my education thus far has been the chance to form relationships with my fellow classmates. With that in mind, my goal as a member of the Student Council is to provide the best possible student experience for everyone. I am excited for this opportunity, and I hope to have a great year!
Vice President - Amma Dwomoh '25OD
AmmaMy name is Amma Dwomoh, and I am currently a first-year Optometry student here at Salus. I am originally from Houston, Texas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with a minor in both Biology and Chemistry from the University of Houston – Downtown.

I chose Salus because I loved the fantastic hospitality and care that was shown to me by not only faculty and staff but also alumni during my application process. Additionally, since I am a hands-on learner, I knew I would benefit from the early exposure to patient care which Salus is known for.

I decided to serve on the Student Council Board to contribute to the great activities offered to students. In my free time, I enjoy spa days, binge-watching great shows, and exploring different restaurants in Philly!

I look forward to working with everyone on the Student Council and am excited about the year ahead!
Executive Secretary - Alexis McCain '24AUD
Alexis McCainMy name is Alexis McCain and I am a first-year Audiology student in the three-year
accelerated track. I am from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I received my bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in both Spanish and American Sign Language from West Chester University.

I am so excited to work with the board and to get more involved on campus. It’s going to be a great year!











 
Executive Treasurer - Sierra Niesen '24AUD
Sierra NiesenMy name is Sierra Niesen and I’m a first-year Audiology student from Forest Grove Oregon. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon. I currently serve as the assistant treasurer and help with class council, clubs and organizations’ budgets and money management. I was drawn to Salus University because of the incredible equipment available to all students on campus and the complete change in scenery from West Coast to East Coast. I love that faculty and staff truly want to help build the next generation of top-tier healthcare professionals and take the time to invest in their students.


 
SMOTBOT - Chase Sereno '24AUD
Chase SerenoMy name is Chase, and I am currently a second-year student here at Salus. I am originally from Oswego, New York which is located in central New York on the southeast section of Lake Ontario. I received a Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Fredonia in Communications and Audio Production, and a second Bachelor of Science degree at Utah State University in Communications Sciences and Disorders with Deaf Education.

Since my first days of coming to Salus, I have felt welcomed by the faculty, staff, and my fellow students. Salus has been an amazing experience for me to advance my education with the early clinical skills mixed with didactic learning and personal development while serving on student council. When I am not busy with my studies I enjoy playing a variety of instruments, playing soccer or tennis and going hiking.

It’s a pleasure to work with, serve and advocate for all of you on the Student Council.
Executive Assistant - Shikha Gandhi '24OD
Shikha GandhiMy name is Shikha and I am a second-year Optometry student in the Class of 2024. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary in my hometown of Calgary, Canada.

I chose Salus because of their extensive emphasis on direct patient care starting early in our academic careers, and to experience life on the East Coast! When I get a break from studying, I enjoy reading, painting, playing board games and watching TV shows.

I currently serve as one of your Executive Assistants on the Student Council and am looking forward to having a great year ahead!






 
Executive Assistant - Brianna Hairston '25OD
Brianna HaristonHey! I’m Brianna Hairston, an Optometry student here at Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry. I grew up on the tiny island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business Administration from St. John’s University as a member of the honor’s program.

I chose to pursue my Doctor of Optometry at Salus because I wanted to attend a program that would prepare me to become a competent, well-rounded Optometrist by challenging and giving me the opportunity to learn through a range of experiences between patients, staff and my peers. The supportive nature on campus has been felt not only from my classmates, but faculty as well knowing that they want to see each student succeed both personally and professionally. I also appreciate the active role Salus has taken to make sure that the population of the University looks like the greater community in which it serves.

I’m happy for the opportunity to work with everyone else on student council and look forward to the year ahead!

Class Officers by Program

​Audiology Class of 2022
President: Holly Forst
Vice President: Michele Normant
Secretary: Samantha Depinto
Treasurer: Nina Grant
​Audiology Accelerated
2024 President (First Year): Ann Benny
2023 President (Second Year): Jessica Alunni
​Audiology Class of 2024
President: Jennifer Curtin 
Vice President/Secretary: Erin Rielly
Treasurer: Yesenia Castillo
​Audiology Class of 2025
President: Riley Abernethy
Vice President/Secretary: Eddie Diaz Serrano
Treasurer: Navpreet Grewal
​Optometry Scholars
President (First Year): Shale Beharie
President (Second Year): Misa Sueyoshi
Treasurer: Claire Cabin
​Optometry Class of 2022
President: Michael Chermak
Vice President: Matthew Cellar
Secretary: Isabelle Daskas
Treasurer: Dung Dang (Jennifer)
​Optometry Class of 2023
President: Lauren Yancey
Vice President/Secretary: Callia Tweedell
Treasurer: Abrielle Garber
​Optometry Class of 2024
President: Wajiha Ishtiaq
Vice President/Secretary: Ariella Erin Poon
Treasurer: Ashmita Jandwani
​Optometry Class of 2025
President: Dena Mohamed
Vice President/Secretary: Nataliya Babiychuk
Treasurer: Nolan Shenk
​Occupational Therapy Class of 2022
President: Robin Kramme
Vice President/Secretary: Rachel Boas
Treasurer: Hannah Dewees
​Occupational Therapy Class of 2023
President: Madison Buchys
Vice President/Secretary: Kara Hastings
Treasurer: Lauren DeAngelo
​Physician Assistant Class of 2022
President: Natalie Hoffman
Vice President: Lauren Bunnell
Secretary: Jessica Robinson
Treasurer: Kimberly Bemiller
​Physician Assistant Class of 2023
President: Kiera Wells
Vice President/Secretary: Jennifer Doorly
Treasurer: Emily Poff
​Speech-Language Pathology Class of 2022
President: Adva Zafrani
Vice President: Tory Wigand
Secretary: Shannon Kilpatrick
Treasurer: Brittany Paul
​Speech-Language Pathology Class of 2023
President: Rachel O'Brien
Vice President/Secretary: Brenna Phillips
Treasurer: Sultana Abdur-Raheem
Blindness and Low Vision Studies
Representative: Katelyn Maffei
Post-Baccalaureate
Representative: Alex Kolesnikov

Student Council members in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs contribute to their fellow students by providing events such as, the Salus Scoop, a campus fair complete with food, fun and activities; the Salus Award Gala (S.A.G.), a grammy-style event to honor the accomplishments of the University community; and Salus Soiree, an upscale affair for students to socialize off-campus. Members also represent the University at various conventions and meetings in their fields. Lastly, on-going intramural games in a variety of sports that keep our students active.

Student Council has two committees that are responsible for planning, organizing, and executing these events: Athletics and Campus Activities Committees. Additionally, Student Council works with various departments in the University such as the admissions, alumni, and communications offices and serves on continuous and ad-hoc committees. The Student Council appoints students representatives to the following Joint Student/Faculty Committees of the University’s Faculty Organization:

  • University Strategic Planning Committee
  • Research & Learning Resources Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Education Policy and Curriculum Committee
  • Judicial Committee 
To contact Student Council - email scouncil@salus.edu.