Meet the 2020-2021 Officers

President: Ben Harris 

Hi everyone! My name is Ben Harris and I am so excited to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am originally from southern Maryland, outside of Washington DC, and I am a senior Chemistry major with a minor in Business Administration on the Pre-Med track. Since joining as a freshman, AED has given me an insurmountable amount of valuable opportunities, experiences, and friendships that I will forever be grateful for. As your President, I will work to give back to this organization the same way it has given so much to me, and continue to uphold the standard of excellence that AED has always demonstrated. In doing this, I plan to expand upon the many opportunities offered by our organization, make all voices heard, and maximize the AED experience for everyone. I am committed to ensuring that each and every one of you has the tools necessary to reach your goals!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns at!


Vice President: Kirsten Songer

Hey y'all! My name is Kirsten Songer and I am so excited to serve as your Vice President this year! I am a rising senior from Charleston, South Carolina. I am on a Pre-Med track and I am majoring in Exercise Science as well as minoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Medical Humanities. Outside of the classroom, I am involved with the Women’s Club Rugby team, I volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic, I do research on ACEs, and was an Orientation leader for 2 years. As Vice President, it is my goal to make sure every chapter is valuable to every member and provide chapter speakers to help all of us develop professionally! I want to find engaging and diverse speakers to help our members be aware of all the different possibilities and all the different ways people go about achieving these goals. 


I really would love to hear your ideas and talk to you! Don’t hesitate to contact me at for any questions, concerns or ideas!


Vice President of Operations: Matthew Scharf

Hey everyone! I am Matthew Scharf and I am one of your Vice Presidents of Operations for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and minoring in Spanish on the Pre-Med track, and I am from Rock Hill, SC. Outside of school, I do research with Autism Spectrum Disorder, work as a Supplemental Instructor, and act as a Peer Educator for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Since joining AED my freshman year, I have seen the organization support its members and offer many unique opportunities. Within my position, I want to help provide our members with valuable experiences and resources that will assist in their pursuit of future healthcare careers. I am excited to see both AED and its members grow throughout the year!


Please feel free to contact me at if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Vice President of Operations: Emily Collie  

Hey guys! My name is Emily Collie and I am a senior Exercise Science and Psychology major on a Pre- PT track from Richmond, VA. I am so excited to be one of your Vice Presidents of Operations for this upcoming 2020-2021 school year! It is because of AED that I have solidified my passion for healthcare through various informational, networking, volunteering, and social events. Outside of AED, I am a Peer Leader and Mental Health Ambassador through Student Health Services as well as maintaining internships and a full time job. This year, I hope to provide meaningful resources, opportunities, and events to help with your future healthcare path as well as foster meaningful relationships amongst like-minded and diverse individuals! 


Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to talk! You can contact me at

Executive Board


Secretary: Jessica Goddard

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Goddard and I am so excited to be your Secretary for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am a sophomore Public Health major with a business administration minor and I am from Irmo, South Carolina. Outside of AED I am a member of the South Carolina Rare Disease Coalition for the National Organization for Rare Disorders and I am a licensed pharmacy technician. As your Secretary, I will implement quicker and more in-depth communication to you as members to maximize your experience in AED. I am looking forward to what this year holds and I cannot wait to work with you all!


Please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions or concerns!

Valerie Laney

Treasurer: Valerie Laney

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be your Treasurer for the 2020-2021 school year! I'm a senior biology major from Fort Mill, SC and I hope to attend PA school after graduation. In addition to AED, I do cardiac research at the medical school and volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic! As treasurer, I would like to maximize our funds in order to give members of AED a greater amount of opportunities and events to meet other professionals in their respective pre-health tracks. I am so excited to see AED grow to even greater heights and I'm excited to be a part of this growth!

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me at


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New Member Director: Kayla Sabina

Hey everyone! My name is Kayla Sabina and I am a senior Exercise Science major on a pre-med track. I’m from Lexington, SC, and absolutely love having the ability to use my college experience to give back to the community where I have grown up. Being part of AED has become the highlight of my college experience and I am so proud to be part of this great organization. I cannot wait to serve AED as the New Member Director throughout the 2020-2021 academic year! I love the recruitment process and look forward to integrating new members into our organization! My main goal for recruitment is to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently, while also ensuring that we help foster relationships between new members and their mentor families by hosting more mentor family based events. I look forward to the opportunity to maintain and enhance the success of Alpha Epsilon Delta!


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at!


Historian: Bailey Wojciak

Hello guys! My name is Bailey Wojciak and I am excited to be your AED Historian this year! At USC, I am a senior Public Health B.S. major on a pre-medical track with a minor in Spanish. I’m from Louisville, Kentucky and plan to attend medical school to pursue a career in pediatrics upon graduation. Outside of AED I am involved in the Chi Omega Sorority, intramural flag football, Green Greeks, MedLife, Dance Marathon, and volunteer at the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital! I appreciate how AED has affirmed my passion for medicine and public health, so I am thrilled to be more involved and make a positive impact on such a wonderful community! As Historian, I want to increase member engagement and enhance AED’s presence within and outside of USC. Most importantly, I am here for our members, so I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions or concerns!


Feel free to email me at or

Simone Werter

VITP Director: Simone Werter 

Hi, AED! My name is Simone Werter, and I’m thrilled to be VITP Director for the 2020-2021 school year. I’m a senior public health major on the pre-PA track from Myrtle Beach, SC, and joining AED was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Along with AED, I volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic, am an avid horseback rider, and work for the university’s student affairs office as a student assistant. As VITP Director, I hope to expand our Vertically Integrated Trainee Program, match mentor families with medical student mentors, as well as strengthen AED’s relationship with USC School of Medicine. I'm also so excited to be starting a new mentorship program between AED and USC SOM's physician assistant program!

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or ideas! My email is



Service Chair: Chandler Curtis

Hey everyone! My name is Chandler Curtis, and I am so excited to serve as one of your Service Chairs this year! I am a junior Biology major and Public Health minor on the Pre-Med track, and I’m from Sumter, SC. I have absolutely loved my time so far at USC, largely due to my involvement in AED. Aside from AED, at USC I am involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma, Honors College Ambassadors, and I currently work as a Medical Assistant and neuroscience research assistant. For me, service has been one of the most rewarding experiences of AED, so as Service Chair, my primary goal is to get members excited about service events and provide as many opportunities as possible for everyone to become more involved! 


Please do not hesitate to email me with ideas, questions, or just to chat at

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Service Chair: Chris Sallurday

Hey AED! My name is Chris Sallurday, and I am honored to serve as one of your Service Chairs for the 2020 - 2021 academic year! I am a senior Public Health major, Spanish minor on a pre-med track from Greenville, SC. I also work at the Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA) as an office assistant and as an ambassador. I’m looking forward to working with each and everyone of you this year! Service has been a big part of my University experience; I have worked with the Personal Touch program through PRISMA Health, gone on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, and have volunteered with the Free Samaritan Clinic. All of those experiences have largely shaped me into who I am today. I strive to provide each and every one of you with rewarding service opportunities which allow you all to explore your career path, give back to the community, and make a difference in people’s lives. 

If you have any questions or suggestions at all please feel free to email me at!


Event Coordinator: Anna Baucom

Hey, y’all! My name is Anna Baucom, and I am a third year Pre-Med student from South Charlotte, NC. AED has given me the confidence, professional skills, and knowledge to make the most of my undergraduate years. Outside our organization, I am a research intern with the Department of Health Services Policy and Management. I also love to exercise and spend time with friends on campus. As an Event Coordinator this year, it is a priority of mine to continue and strengthen relationships among members in AED through our many events throughout the year. I have several new plans, but please share any ideas or feedback you have! I can’t wait for another awesome year!


Email me anytime! Reach me at


Philanthropy Director: Brianna Milne

Hey AED! I’m Brianna Milne and I am a Junior Cardiovascular Technology major from Charlotte, NC. I hope to go to PA school and work in a surgical specialty.  I am also Treasurer of the Gamecock Quidditch Club here on campus.  I’m so excited to see what amazing things our chapter can do this year.  As you may know, our philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network, and this year I hope to get involved with other organizations as well. I can’t wait for this year and I hope to see you all soon!


Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments! My email is


Pre-Dental Chair: Cole Prosser

Hey AED! My name is Cole Prosser and I‘m a Junior Public Health major minoring in Business Administration. I’m from Murrells Inlet, SC and a third generation Carolina student. After joining AED freshman year, I quickly realized that being a part of the organization and getting involved is both a great experience and resource for expanding my pre-professional career. Now I’m looking forward to being the resource I looked to by being this year's Pre-Dental Chair. As this year’s Pre-Dental Chair, I want to bring the dental community in AED closer together while continuing to provide more resources and opportunities for Pre-dental members to benefit all of us as we prepare for our next steps!


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at


Allied Health Chair: Jessica Lapnow

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Lapnow and I am happy to be your Allied Health Chair for this upcoming year. Coming all the way from Chicago, I am a rising senior with a Public Health major pursuing the Pre-PA track. I can confidently say USC is the best school in the world given all the amazing opportunities it has offered me. Aside from AED, I am involved in APPAS, AXO, Medlife, Dance Marathon, as well as intramural soccer! I also spend a large portion of my time at the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia. As your Allied Health Chair, I hope to bring extended resources to your use in a completely organized, approachable way to aid in your journey along the pre-allied health path! I am more than excited to start working with you all and open as many opportunities to this organization as possible. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time! My email is


Social Chair: Kelly Reid

Hi everyone! My name is Kelly Reid and I am your Social Chair this year! I am a second-year Exercise Science major and Psychology minor. I am from Chesapeake, Virginia, and I am planning on attending graduate school to get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy! As of right now, I really want to work with athletes or in a postoperative hospital setting. Other than my favorite organization (AED!), I am also an Extended Mentor for Pillars for Carolina, a Capstone Scholar, and I am planning on joining an undergraduate research project during the 2020-2021 school year. My main goal as the Social Chair is to coordinate a range of activities that will encompass everyone’s different interests to help foster a bond between all of our amazing members.  


If you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to chat, please reach out to me at


Director of Merchandising: Courtney Lubaczewski

Hey AED! My name is Courtney Lubaczewski and I currently serve as your Director of Merchandising. I am a junior in the honors college from Irmo, SC. My major is public health and I am on the pre-med track. I currently am doing breast cancer research with a SURF grant, work as a medical aid at a pelvic medicine practice, and have a job as a pharmacy technician. This year, as director of merchandising, I want to make sure that AED is represented well on everything that we put out, and I plan to diversify what we sell so everyone can have lots of sweet AED merch! 


I value your input so don’t hesitate to reach out! My email address is