A number of exemplary AED members comprise the Officer panel. These elected Juniors and Seniors ensure the efficiency of the honors society and maintain its well-being. AED is also helped run by the dedicated Members at Large who are unelected initiated members that help organize initiatives. We are also fortunate to have advisors that provide unbelievable amounts of information and resources for the society.

Mackenzie Sowers – President (

Hi Everyone! My name is Mackenzie Sowers and I am so honored to be your President for the 2018- 2019 school year. I am senior studying to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in General Business. I plan to graduate this spring and attend medical school thereafter. In addition to my role in AED, I am the President of the Society of Women in Medicine, President of Team One, and work as a Clinical Assistant at Children’s of Alabama. AED has played a crucial role in my college journey as a pre-health student and I am so excited to lead other students to become the best individuals they can be. Please feel free to email me at for any questions you may have. I am happy to help!

Leah Thomas – Vice President (

Hello! My name is Leah Thomas, and I am so excited to serve as the Vice President of AED! I am a rising Junior from from Michigan (the Mitten State) pursuing a BS in Biology and a BA in Dance with a Spanish minor. In addition to AED, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Biological Sciences department, I volunteer with Sitters for Service (an organization that provides free babysitting to students), and I am working on a streptomyces research project in Dr. Olson’s lab, an opportunity made possible through AED’s research initiative. You may also catch me onstage in Dance Alabama! or Alabama Repertory Dance Theater. In my time with AED thus far, working with kindergarteners and first graders through STEAM and spending spring break in Nicaragua on the medical mission trip have been two of my favorite activities. I am so grateful for the people that I have met through AED, and I hope that I am able to help other students have this experience as well as we enter another exciting year in AED. Roll Tide!

Donna Xia- Secretary (

Hey y’all! My name is Donna Xia and I am the 2018-2019 Secretary of Alpha Epsilon Delta. I’m a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in the Randall Research Scholars Program. In addition to my role as Secretary, I am the President of the Society of Engineers in Medicine and work with Dr. David A. Dixon in computational chemistry research. I’ll be keeping track of meeting attendance and all other points that go towards initiation so be sure to check in with me every meeting! Feel free to email me at for questions about AED, points towards initiation, research both on and off campus, or anything that you may think of!

Ryan Mecaskey – Treasurer (

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan Mecaskey, and I’m excited to serve as your treasurer for this 2018-2019 school year. As treasurer, it is my responsibility to oversee AED’s finances, fundraising, and T-shirt sales. Additionally, having participated in prior international mission trips, Leah Thomas and I will be your initiative leaders for our Overseas Spring Break Mission Trip. Academically, I am a Junior pursuing a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology, and apart from AED, I am involved with the American Chemistry Society (ACS), Dr. Dunkle’s biochemical research lab, as well as the University of Alabama’s Fly Fishing Club. If you have any questions regarding AED, international mission trips, research, or any other beneficial learning experience you wish to pursue, please feel free to shoot me an email or track me down at our Tuesday meetings! I look forward to meeting you all in the nearby future.

Marlena McClellan –  Historian (

Hey everyone! My name is Marlena McClellan and I am the Historian of Alpha Epsilon Delta for the 2018-2019 school year. I’m a junior from Centennial, Colorado, and I’m majoring in Biology with minors in Political Science and Mathematics. In addition to AED, I am a topic coordinator in Project Health, I am a University Steward, I volunteer in local schools through several different mentoring programs, and I do research. I am also the Vice President of the Alabama Student Rural Health Association. As historian, I am responsible for creating the AED newsletter, running our social media, and documenting our chapter’s activities for AED’s national magazine: The Scalpel. If you have any pictures of AED events or have any announcement for our members, feel free to email me! Do not hesitate to reach out with questions about anything pre-health related. Also follow our Instagram @ua_aed (we’re team follow back!).

Maddie Hope Campbell – Volunteering Initiative Leader (

My name is Maddie Hope Campbell and I am the volunteering initiative leader. I am a junior from the wonderful state of Texas majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Outside of class, I volunteer at DCH Regional Hospital and can normally be found anywhere there is coffee. I love to invest in people more than anything else, so if you have any questions, need help finding volunteer opportunities, or need any advice, feel free to email me at or my partner, Logan Fenhouse, at

Logan Fenhouse – Volunteering Initiative Leader (

My name is Logan Fenhouse and I’ll be the Volunteering Initiative Leader along with Maddie Hope Campbell for this upcoming school year. I’m a junior from Lombard, Illinois, right outside of Chicago, and I’m double majoring in Biomedical Anthropology and Spanish. I’m excited for this position because I’m passionate about spending my time serving others. Outside of AED, I am an assistant team leader for Beyond Bama (an alternative break service trip organization), a Health Hut peer educator, and I mentor students new to the United States who are just learning English through the Spanish LIFT program. I love trying new things and I really hope that I’ll be able to help others get involved as well. My goal is to help everyone find their niche through one of the many service opportunities we have on campus. If you have any questions or need advice, feel free to contact me!

Lauren Petrey – CAPS Mentoring Initiative Leader (

My name is Lauren Petrey, and I am one of your CAPS Mentoring Initiative Leaders! I am a senior from Louisville, KY and am studying Biology with a minor in Arabic Language and Culture. I have been involved with AED throughout my college experience, and served as a CAPS Mentoring Initiative Leader for the previous school year. Outside of AED, I am the Music Director of the UA Acabellas, the president of UA’s Reclaim Childhood chapter, a research assistant in Dr. Carol Duffy’s virology lab, and an Alacare Hospice patient companion. Mentoring younger students is a passion of mine, and I am so excited to make sure that every young prehealth student will get the guidance they need to be successful. Feel free to email me with any questions—I will be more than happy to help you out!


Lexi Schrobilgen – Peer Interviewing Initiative (

Hi everyone! My name is Lexi Schrobilgen and I will be co-directing the peer interviewing initiative for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a senior from Miramar Beach, FL majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish on the pre-med track. I am involved in undergraduate research, honor societies and have volunteered with organizations such as Good Samaritan Clinic and Special Olympics. I also tutor students on campus and love spending my free time outdoors running or paddle boarding. Feeling confident and prepared is essential to conducting yourself well in interviews. The only way to ensure this happens is through preparation, so my goal through the peer interviewing initiative is to help guide you through each aspect of professional school interviews, from what to wear to various interview formats to the possible questions that may arise. I know that all of the students involved with AED are extremely intelligent, hard-working and passionate, so it is my job to make sure that those qualities are expressed in each interview. If there is anything I can do to help you on your journey at Alabama don’t hesitate to let me know!

Amber Cargill – Peer Interviewing Initiative (

My name is Amber Cargill, I am a junior psychology major with a biology minor on the Pre-medical track. Outside of the classroom I am involved in Dr. Tullett’s psychology lab, Dr. Buchman’s craniofacial plastic surgery lab, birth assisting as a doula, Arts n’ Autism, Project Health, and St. Francis ministry. AED has been so important to my development as a competitive applicant, so I hope to reach out to as many members as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about interviewing or other aspects of AED.


Kira Eickman – Research Initiative Leader (

Hello everyone! My name is Kira Eickman and I am excited to serve as one of the Research initiative leaders for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology on the Pre-Medical Track. I currently work as a research assistant in Dr. Reed’s biology lab, where we study metabolic syndrome and other subjects using Drosophila. I am also a member of Dr. Jarret’s ADHD and Anxiety lab, and in the past I was a member of Dr. DeCaro’s Psychological Anthropology lab. Working in a research lab is an incredibly valuable experience, and I am excited to help you all get involved! We would love to meet with you If you would like to discuss research opportunities or have any questions regarding research at UA. Outside of the lab, I volunteer at The Good Samaritan Clinic, and work as a Scribe at University Medical Center. I am also the Delegates Director for the Be Positive Foundation at UA, as well as the Director of Academic Achievement for my sorority. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding research or other ways to get involved!

Lauren Cook – Research Initiative Leader (

Greetings! My name is Lauren Cook and I am thrilled to serve as one of the AED Research Initiative leaders for the 2018-2019 school year. Currently majoring in biology and minoring in neuroscience, I have developed a strong interest in pursuing research and medicine in an MD/PhD program in the coming years. I have been heavily involved with research since first arriving on campus as an Emerging Scholar, and soon thereafter, as a research assistant within the Caldwell Lab which studies a variety of neurodegenerative disorders in the model organism C. elegans. I also have the pleasure of serving as an ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Executive Editor of the Journal of Science and Health at the University of Alabama, as well as the President of the Alabama Undergraduate Research Association. I have experience assisting students with getting involved in labs of interest, instructing biology labs, as well as helping students organize posters and oral presentations in order to present their research. I look forward to helping AED members navigate the challenges and excitement of undergraduate research and want to be as available as possible to each of y’all! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions at all and keep an eye out on the AED newsletter for exciting research events and opportunities.


Emily Hooke – Shadowing Initiative Leader (

My name is Emily Hooker, and I am so excited to serve as one of the Shadowing Initiative leaders for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am a junior from Birmingham, Alabama, majoring in psychology on the pre-medical track. I have worked as a scribe at the University Medical Center, primarily in the OBGYN clinic, since the spring of my freshman year. On campus, I am a University Fellow and the Assistant Director of Finance for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. I also serve on the Executive Board of B+ as the Director of Internal B+ Hero Programming, and as the secretary of the Elliott Society. I am so excited to serve all of you as a resource for medically-relevant experiences in the Tuscaloosa area. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!


Isabella Hendrickson – Shadowing / Medically Related Experiences Initiative

Sydney Townsend- MCAT/Tutoring Initiative Leader (

Hello everyone! My name is Sydney Townsend and I will be co-directing the MCAT/Tutoring initiative along with Hunter Lucas for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a senior from Harrisonburg, Virginia majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. I am involved in Best Buddies, Bama Tutors for Service, and volunteer work at the DCH Regional Medical Center. I am also involved in Dr. Ciesla’s drug discovery research lab. The MCAT/Tutoring initiative is intended to provide pre-health students with the resources they need to help them succeed in both their undergraduate classes as well as on the MCAT. Hunter and I look forward to working with each and every student in AED and are excited for a great year. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


Zach Trammell – Social Initiative

Garrett Fisher – Social Initiative

Marian Denham – Advisor (

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Marian Denham is the Director of Health Professions Advising for The University of Alabama. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Oakwood University and a Master of Public Health degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She has been at the University of Alabama since 2012 and in the role of Director since 2014. She enjoys working with pre-health students and learning more about ways to better prepare UA students for their health profession school of choice. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!



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