Student Leaders and Staff
My name is Lindsey Marugg and I am currently a third year medical student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. My family is from a small town in Northwest Ohio, but we lived in Alaska for a while and I call both places home. I studied liturgical music at The University of Notre Dame and still serve as a substitute organist wherever I go. I felt a strong calling to serve in the medical field from a young age, but didn’t know if I could as a Catholic. I found the Catholic Medical Association the summer before I matriculated to medical school, and have drawn much strength and support from the Med Student Boot Camp, Conferences, and many Catholic mentors I have met along the way. I feel very blessed to serve on the student section board and am excited to see what this year brings!
Hi everyone! My name is Annie Carpenter, and I’m a student at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the charming swamp of Gainesville, FL. I grew up on Clearwater Beach with my seven crazy siblings, two parents, four dogs, three cats, and a bird—we had quite a full house! I love my family dearly, and I am grateful for the hard work and sacrifice my parents invested in making our Catholic Faith a priority at home. After many years of homeschooling and some dual-enrollment, I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in English Literature. In my first year of medical school, one of my good friends told me about the CMA Medical Student Boot Camp…. I wasn’t planning on going, but I decided to attend last-minute, and I am so glad I did! It was absolutely wonderful to find a community of medical professionals who are excited to be Catholic, even when it means we have to be counter-cultural. I hope to help spread the word about this awesome organization to Catholic medical students who don’t know about it yet so they can start experiencing the blessing of fellowship and knowing they’re not alone. The CMA is such a gift, and I am honored to be serving as the Vice President during this term! Please pray for all of us, and know that we’re praying for you, too.
Greetings in Christ! My name is Michael Barkowski and I am very blessed to be a third year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Originally I hail from Pittsburgh, PA and attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for my undergraduate studies so I have grown into my appreciation for the eastern half of the state and all the exciting adventures the City of Brotherly Love has to offer. In a dual degree program this past year, I completed my Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics through Saint Joseph’s University which was a great experience. Through my masters work and my time with the CMA through the Annual Conferences and the Medical Student Boot Camp, the need for genuine Christian witness to the truth in the medical field and the special role that we as students are called to fill has been quite motivating and inspiring to me. As I am currently trying to discern what area of medicine I am being called to, I will gladly take suggestions! In the meantime though, I am honored and humbled to be a part of such an exciting and passionate group of medical students working with the Catholic Medical Association to witness to the Truth and the role of the Divine Physician in our medical field and world today. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, I am here to serve!
Treasurer and Communications Director
My name is Anna Purzycka. Since my family is Polish, everyone calls me “Ania.” I am a second year student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. I grew up in southeastern Michigan, then spent four years seeking the good, true, and beautiful at Hillsdale College. At Marian, I am a part of our CMA chapter and enjoy volunteering at a local hippotherapy facility. Between dreaming up some faraway adventures and studying, I enjoy having friends over for tea and conversation. After experiencing the wonderful community at the CMA Student Boot Camp, I wanted to help facilitate the formation of a community of Catholic medical students who can share their experiences, seek and give support, encourage and pray for each other, even if at a distance.
My name is Ryan Kelsch and I am honored serve on the CMA-SS board. I grew up in Naperville, Illinois along with my two younger brothers. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, living in the local Newman Center, where I studied molecular and cellular biology. I was also blessed to be able to study abroad in Rome during college, and met there the woman who would become my wife. The month following graduation we married, and I began attending medical school at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. There I rekindled an almost extinguished Newman Catholic Community group and joined the CMA. I am now currently a third year and wish to pursue a specialty in radiology. I am looking forward to serve the CMA-SS with my talents and prayer in the year to come.