LCI Student Council 2017-18

Member Bios

Christine Motzkus - Co-Chair
U. Massachusetts, 3rd year

Christine is an MD-PhD student who has completed her PhD and returned to her 3rd year of medical school at the University of Massachusetts. She is one of the student council co-chairs of the LCI, and continues to serve as a member of the Learning Communities Executive Board at UMASS. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, she has continued a steady northward trek after earning her MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University. She hopes to pursue a career as a triple threat combining clinical work, research, and medical education. Her hobbies include traveling nationally for competitive Olympic fencing, Crossfit, and cuddling with her dogs and cat.

Meredith Johnson - Co-Chair
University of Virginia, 3rd Year

Meredith serves as student research chair for the LCI and represents her class from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She joined the LCI because of an interest in a career in medical education and meeting students with similar goals. In her free time, she loves to bake chocolate toffee cookies and decorate birthday cakes. She loves to travel and aims to visit every continent (5 down, 2 more to go!)

Michael Pilla, MD - Advisor
Vanderbilt University
Christopher Bouchard - Secretary
University of New Mexico, 3rd Year
Matt Solomon - Outreach
U. New Mexico, 4th Year

Matt is a fourth year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. This is his second year on the LCI Student Council and he is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator, which has been A LOT of fun. In his spare time he enjoys playing the drums (Neil Peart is the best drummer of all time). He is also interested in learning about history, traveling, CrossFit and occasionally? eating chocolate chip pancakes

Samuel Altonji - Research
University of Alabama, 3rd Year

Sam is a third year student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB).  He is involved with Learning Communities at UAB as part of his role in the Student Senate, and is researching the effectiveness of informal peer mentoring relationships among medical students. When he’s not studying Sam likes to rock climb, read, and play music (mostly bass). When he can get away for a weekend he heads to Auburn where his wife Olivia is pursuing her Ph.D. in nutrition science.

Daniel Sack - Member-At-Large
Vanderbilt University
Christopher Kaperak - Member-At-Large
University of Virginia, 3rd Year
Kinnari Rulkar - Member-At-Large
University of Texas Southwestern, 1st Year
Matt Solomon - Member-At-Large
U. New Mexico, 4th Year

Matt is a fourth year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. This is his second year on the LCI Student Council and he is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator, which has been A LOT of fun. In his spare time he enjoys playing the drums (Neil Peart is the best drummer of all time). He is also interested in learning about history, traveling, CrossFit and occasionally? eating chocolate chip pancakes