MERT Board

A subgroup of MERT members occupy a variety of different positions which help MERT run, grow, and improve 

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As Chief, Emily (‘22) oversees MERT's Board, represents MERT to external parties, and manages MERT's long-term goals and projects. Emily is studying Neuroscience and Economics with a minor in Chemistry. Outside of MERT, she enjoys playing sudoku, listening to Billie Eilish, and online window shopping.

Chief: Emily Kopp

As Captain of MERT, Mariana (‘22) oversees daily operations, exposure control, and interagency events. Mariana is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry and Healthcare Management. Outside of MERT, she enjoys making Spotify playlists and completing the New York Times' Daily Mini Crosswords.

Captain: Mariana Restrepo

As Quality Assurance Lieutenant, Shiv (‘22) reviews every call MERT receives and ensures members are continuously providing the best possible assessments, treatments, and documentation per Pennsylvania EMS protocol. He also advocates for expanding MERT’s scope of practice and helps clinically advance MERT’s members. Shiv is studying Biology and Bioethics. Outside of MERT, he enjoys cooking and trying to learn skateboard tricks.

Quality Assurance Lieutenant: Shiv Ayappa

As Administrative Director, Eliza (‘22) oversees MERT's budget and other administrative aspects of MERT. Eliza is studying Biology and Criminology. Outside of MERT, Eliza enjoys flying RC planes, tossing a frisbee, and riding her RipStik.

Administrative Director: Eliza Jane Epstein

As Training Lieutenant, Dan ('22) oversees MERT's weekly GBM trainings and clinical EMT skills, identifies and prepares members for advancement, and holds MERT members to our high standards of clinical competency. Daniel is a senior studying physics, biophysics, and biology with a Hispanic Studies minor. In his precious free time, he enjoys biking and playing piano.

Training Lieutenant: Daniel Koropeckyj-Cox

As Equipment Officer, Sylvia (‘23) oversees the equipment of MERT and ensures that every shift has the necessary supplies to offer quality medical care to the community. She also supplies the equipment for additional events such as MERT's Mass Casualty Incident drills and Spring Fling. Sylvia is studying biochemistry and biophysics. Outside of MERT, she spends most of her time either in lab or trying (and sometimes failing) new recipes.

Equipment Officer: Sylvia Tang

As Outreach Officer, Alex (‘23) manages MERT's Opioid Overdose and Reversal trainings and Narcan distribution program, as well as our EMS presentations/workshops at Penn and in West Philadelphia. Alex is studying biology with minors in chemistry and healthcare management. Outside of MERT, she enjoys playing music, eating all kinds of food, and finding free things on campus.

Outreach Officer: Alex Rizaldi

As CPR Coordinator, Ryan (‘23) organizes and teaches CPR/AED classes to the Penn community. Ryan is studying Molecular and Cell Biology with minors in Bioethics and Asian American Studies. Outside of MERT, Ryan enjoys playing the flute in the Penn Band (Join the Penn Band!), cross-stitching, and listening to musicals.

CPR Coordinator: Ryan Sathianathen

As Information Technology Officer, Sam (‘23) leads MERT’s data analytics committee (affectionately called ‘MERgineers’) which serves to analyze call data, maintain MERT’s website, and carry out tech-related projects to facilitate MERT’s operations. Sam is studying chemistry and computer science. Outside of MERT, he enjoys playing bass and doing computational research.

Internal Technology Officer: Sam May

As Scheduling Officer, Olivia (‘23) creates the weekly schedule, maintains statistical data regarding members’ shifts and hours, and collaborates with other members regarding varying MERT projects. Olivia is studying Neuroscience. Outside of MERT, she enjoys playing the harp and painting.

Scheduling Officer: Olivia Rivellini

As Disaster Response Team Officer, Lilian (‘22) ensures that MERT members are fully prepared to respond to a mass casualty incident (MCI). She does this by organizing one MCI drill per semester for MERT members to participate in. Lilian is studying Neuroscience and Spanish. Outside of MERT, she enjoys baking whimsical desserts, making Spotify playlists, and is constantly on the lookout for new rooftop spaces : )

Disaster Response Team Officer: Lilian Zhang

As Standby Officer, Kira (‘22) organizes EMS presence at University sporting events and other large gatherings. Kira is studying neuroscience. Outside of MERT, she enjoys reading and going to Trader Joe's.

Standby Coordinator: Kira Lu

As social coordinator, Tim ('22) orders apparel and plans events for members in order to unify our crew.

Social Coordinator: Timothy Lee

As Membership Officer, Nicole ('23) manages MERT's recruitment process, organizes the spring EMT class, and mentors new members. Nicole is studying Biology and Anthropology. Outside of MERT, Nicole enjoys listening to audiobooks, doing genealogy research, and playing the occasional leisurely soccer game.

Membership Officer: Nicole Da Costa

As Bicycle Engineer, Kenneth ('23) oversees the maintenance and upkeep of MERT's bike fleet and ensures every EMT receives adequate bike training. Kenneth is studying chemistry. Outside of MERT, he likes to listen to music and go on TikTok.

Bicycle Engineer: Kenneth Pham

Dr. Joshua Glick is Penn MERT's Medical Director, ensuring that the organization continues to provide high quality care to students on campus by reviewing complicated calls and ensuring protocols are up to date. He was once the Chief of Penn MERT (a very long time ago!) and now serves as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Medical Director: Dr. Joshua Glick