Student Leaders


San Antonio, TX

Hey y’all! My name is Paul Nurse, and I am currently a second-year medical student at the University of the Incarnate Word down in San Antonio, Texas. I am both humbled and excited to be the incoming president for the 2020-2021 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 is also a missionary with Family Missions Company, and we welcomed our son Giorgio Kolbe in November 2018. 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 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. Know that you are in our prayers, and go set the world on fire with His love!

Vice President

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. Robert has two daughters,  Adelaide and Brigid.


Hello! My name is Abby Zikmund, and I am excited to be serving as the CMA-SS Secretary for 2020. I am currently a first-year medical student at A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. I grew up on a farm in northeast North Dakota, and I received my undergraduate degree in Microbiology at North Dakota State University in 2018. I initially became connected with the CMA through the Fargo Guild during my undergrad years. The physicians and healthcare professionals that I met had such a passion for both medicine and living out their Catholic faith. Getting connected and involved with this organization was something that I knew I wanted to be apart of as a medical student and beyond. I look forward to the many opportunities of this upcoming year!


Hello! My name is Nicole Jewett, and I am currently a rising M3 at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine. I am blessed with the opportunity to serve medical students as the Regional Directors Representative, and I hope through this role to help all Catholic medical students find a community with the resources, support, and formation they need to continue growing as a student, as a future doctor, and most importantly, as a child of God. I graduated with a degree in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University (SCU) in 2017. While at SCU, I converted to Catholicism (I’d love to tell you about it sometime), and with that conversion came a call to the vocation of medicine. When I was researching medical schools to apply to, I came across the CMA, and I was so relieved to know that wherever I ended up, I would have a network of faith-filled medical professionals to support me on my journey to becoming a physician rooted in my Catholic faith. I have attended the 2018 and 2019 Student and Resident Bootcamps, and I am so excited to serve the greater CMA community that has given me so much hope for the future. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the CMA-SS in your area!

Communications Director

Hello everyone! I am a second-year medical student at Wright State University and I am very excited to serve as the Communications Director. I heard about the CMA after attending a regional conference for students, and after that I just couldn’t get enough, later attending the Bootcamp and national conference that year. I have met so many amazing people in the CMA and I am repeatedly inspired by their lives as Catholic physicians and medical students. For a bit more about me—I love hiking, tea, living in the Midwest, and Notre Dame. I have no idea what field of medicine I want to go into, but I’ve always felt a pull towards primary care. My favorite saint (right now) is St. André Bessette and my favorite prayer is the Rosary (especially the Joyful Mysteries). Please know that I am praying for you all and your individual journeys through med school!

Technology Officer