Student Leaders

Francesca Ursua

Rockville, MD

Hey y’all! My name is Francesca Ursua and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the CMA-SS president for 2019. I went to the University of Texas at Dallas for undergrad and am now an MS3 at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (America’s Medical School!). In short, I’m a Catholic revert. I was a cradle Catholic who left the Church in high school. A Catholic ministry at UTD, Campus Based for Family and Life, brought me back to the Church and set a fire in my heart for ministry which continues in my time at USUHS. I’m excited to discover the plan God has in store for the national body of Catholic health professional students this year and to work with this wonderfully passionate team in making that plan a reality. We’re eager to serve you in any way we can and wholeheartedly welcome any questions, comments, or concerns you have about Catholicism, healthcare, student life, and beyond. Let us know how we can best serve you this year: [email protected].

Vice President
Ross Lordo

Greenville, SC

Welcome to the CMA-SS page! My name is Ross Lordo and I am honored to be serving as the CMA-SS Vice President for 2019. I am a current first-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville. I was born and raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina, before ultimately deciding to join in the family tradition and become a Gamecock. After creating memories of a lifetime and eventually serving as Student Body President, I graduated from the Honors College at UofSC in 2018 with a degree in public health and minor in business administration. God answered my prayers this past year when I stumbled upon the CMA website and discovered the Boot Camp. After attending and being surrounded by fellow students that shared in such a strong faith and goals, I felt a desire to get involved. I hope you too can find this community to be a tremendous support for you as you embark on your medical career!

Robert Ring

Kirksville, MO

“Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ! My name is Robert Ring and I am honored to continue my service as the CMA-SS Secretary for 2019. I am loving life as a third year medical student at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. There, I am spending an additional year as a teaching fellow in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department before continuing on to clinical rotations. I grew up in Sparta, Wisconsin and attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where I also met my wonderful wife Abby. We were married after graduation, and lived in Philadelphia for a year before moving to Kirksville where I completed a master’s degree in microbiology at KCOM. In Kirksville, we also welcomed our first daughter Adelaide in 2014 and our second daughter Brigid in 2018. I have been blessed to attend the Medical Student Boot Camp in 2016, the 2017 Conference in Denver, and even more to have my whole family at the 2018 Conference in Dallas. I am so encouraged by the amazing physicians and new friends I have met in the CMA who so passionately live the Catholic faith through our vocation to medicine. I am interested in practicing family medicine and am excited for the next steps in this amazing journey with all of you and the CMA! Come, Holy Spirit, give us the wisdom to lead your people.”

Regional Directors Representative
Paul Nurse

San Antonio, TX

Hey y’all! My name is Paul Nurse, and I am currently a first-year medical student at the University of the Incarnate Word down in San Antonio, Texas. I am so excited to be the Regional Director Coordinator for the 2019 CMA-SS board, and I am thankful that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to serve my fellow Catholic medical students in this way. Before medical school, I was a full-time Catholic missionary with Family Missions Company and lived in India and China. My beautiful wife Rebecca, who is also a missionary with Family Missions Company, recently gave birth to our first child, Giorgio Kolbe Nurse. We hope to one day go back into the foreign mission field with our growing family after I finish medical school.I have an undergraduate degree in Theology from Catholic Distance University and a Master’s degree in Catholic Bioethics from the University of Mary. I attended the 2017 and 2018 CMA National Conference and the 2018 Student Boot Camp, where I fell in love with the mission and vision of the CMA. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderful group of Catholic medical students, and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for the CMA-SS in this upcoming year. As your Regional Director Coordinator, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, suggestions, or concerns – I would love to hear from you. Know that you are in our prayers, and go set the world on fire with His love!


Technology Officer
Caroline Cwalina

Sewickley, PA

Hello Yinz! My name is Caroline Cwalina, but please join my group of friends and family that call me Carrie! I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Being in love with the city and close with my family, I chose to attend Duquesne University for Biology. Currently I am a first-year student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

I am so excited and honored to serve as your Technology Officer for 2019. Medical school and the process to get there can be difficult but you don’t have to go at it alone! From attending the bootcamp and CMA meetings, this organization has provided me with friendships, inspiration, and practical advice that has already been such a significant blessing. Nothing would make me happier then to help bring this community and blessings to you. So please feel free to reach out on any of our social medias and looking forward to hearing from you. Oremus pro invicem!

Communications Director
Matthew Krach

Indianapolis, IN

Hello! My name is Matthew Krach (pronounced crash) and I have the great opportunity to serve as the 2019 Communications Director for the CMA-SS. I am currently a first year at Indiana University School of Medicine, which is convenient, because I am a Fort Wayne native and have lived in Indiana my whole life. I have three older siblings, and two very loving parents, who have all had a huge impact on my life. They’re the reason I love hiking, backpacking, just about any sports, spending time at the lake, and getting all our friends together, whenever we’re all home over the holidays. They helped me foster a love for Notre Dame (both the school and Our Mother), showed me the great gift of healing through medicine, and most importantly they planted the seed for my love of Christ and his Church. I’m blessed that my parents greatly encouraged our faith at home, and chose to send me through Catholic school my whole life. They even helped me to attend Notre Dame, where I studied biology and theology. I was always curious about science and the human body growing up, and so biology seemed like a good fit; I studied theology as well, because I wanted to continue to deepen a faith I already felt convicted in, and because I wanted to have the tools to share that faith intelligently and lovingly to others. I especially enjoy reading the Church fathers, particularly St. Augustine and St. Aquinas, and more modern writers like G.K. Chesterton. I spend a lot of free time thinking and writing about what they’ve said in new ways to make the truth and beauty of the Church known to a culture that is all but left truth and reason at the door. I hope as Communications Director to help spread the joy and love of Christ by promulgating his words, by keeping everyone up to date on all the opportunities the CMA provides for students to grow in wisdom and love, and by keeping all of you and your great service to God and his people in my prayers. Pax Christi!