Meet our 2023-2024 Executive Board


Brian Kent

Hello! My name is Brian Kent! I am a senior from Marietta, Georgia. I am majoring in chemistry and physics with minors in math and biology, and I hope to attend medical school after graduating from UA. Outside of class I am a member of the club water polo team for Alabama, I volunteer at DCH Regional Medical Center, I lead the PIP Mentoring Program through DCH and CrossingPoints, and I do research in cognitive neuroscience. In my free time, I often play pickup basketball with my friends, write poetry, and spend time with friends and family!  

As the president of AED for the 2023-2024 school year, I will oversee the AED executive board and all of the events and opportunities that we offer as an organization. I plan to incorporate a wide variety of speakers into our meetings that will provide useful insights, advice, and opportunities to help guide you all through your journey as pre-health students. I also hope to foster a sense of community among everyone in AED so that each student may form close relationships with other pre-health students during their time at the university. I am always happy to answer any questions that anyone may have, so feel free to email me or stop in on my office hours! I am excited to serve as your president this year, and I look forward to getting to know all of you this year! Roll Tide! 


Malena Long

Hi everyone! My name is Malena Long and I am so excited to be your AED Vice President for the 2022-2023 school year! I am a senior from Memphis, Tennessee majoring in Biology with a minor in the Randall Research Scholars Program. I am in pursuit of medical school following my graduation in 2024 and have aspirations to become an oncologist-hematologist. 

Here at the University of Alabama, I am passionate about all that I am involved in. I am able to be a word of advice and encouragement through the Honors College Ambassadors to prospective students, an advocate for the community as I serve and tutor alongside the Brown House Nonprofit Organization, and a researcher through the Department of Biological Sciences with Dr. Melanie Higgins. I am an avid marathoner and triathlete. 

As the Vice President for this school year, I will be in charge of the Initiative Directors and providing you all with resources to make your pre-med years worthwhile. I am so excited to work alongside our Executive Board this year and if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out! RTR! 


Sydney Brennan

Hi! My name is Sydney Brennan, and I am a senior on the pre-med track from Highlands Ranch, CO. I am a psychology major minoring in biology and food & nutrition. I am currently involved in ambulance telemedicine research, the Emerging Scholars program, the Honors College as an intern, Phi Mu sorority, volunteering at DCH Regional Medical Center, and mentoring at Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa. I have been volunteering in hospitals since I was in 8th grade and have felt a calling towards medicine since I was a little girl! I plan to graduate in 2024, take a gap year, attend medical school, and someday pursue a career as a physician. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, Alabama football, and skiing when I’m home. I was also the Secretary for the 2022-2023 year!  

As the Secretary for the 2023–2024 school year, I will be accountable for tracking meeting attendance, recording initiation points, and communicating with members through our website and weekly emails. I am also in charge of our Student of the Week initiative where we recognize a student doing great things on campus.  

I strive to be an approachable and easily accessible resource for individuals with questions about meetings, membership, and the pre-health journey in general, so feel free to email me at any time. I am honored to serve alongside the other executive board members, and I am looking forward to a great year! Roll tide!! 


Max Lu

Hello! My name is Max Lu and I’m excited to be your Treasurer for this year! I’m a senior from Winchester, MA majoring in Economics and minoring in Biology and Spanish. After my time at UA, I hope to attend medical school. Outside of AED, I’ve been involved in biology research in Dr. Stan’s lab, the Student Government Association, and as an ESL tutor at Central High School. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, working out, and keeping up with Alabama Football.  

As Treasurer I will be responsible for leading our fundraising efforts including facilitating the distribution of t-shirts and providing supplies for different events we will hold throughout the year. I would love to answer any questions so don’t hesitate to email me. I’m looking forward to a great year! Roll Tide! 


Madison Tyler

Hi everyone!! My name is Madison Tyler and I am so excited to be your AED Historian for the 2023-2024 school year!! I am a senior from Mobile, Alabama majoring in Public Health with a minor in Biology. I am in the pursuit of medical school following my graduation in 2024 and have aspirations to become an obstetrician-gynecologist.

Outside of class, I am a member of multiple organizations dedicated to service like UADM, Medicine and Community, and Hands in Health. I also volunteer, throughout the week, at The Good Samaritan Clinic and the DCH Regional Medical Center. This summer, I traveled to Cusco, Peru on a medical outreach trip with MSF Alabama, which was the most rewarding experience. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching Alabama sports, and reading.

As the Historian for this school year, I will be accountable for keeping all of the members informed with our events, meetings and volunteer activities throughout the year. All of this information will be available throughout the social media platforms that I manage, including our website and our instagram page!! I am so excited for this upcoming year and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask!! ROLL TIDE!!


Marian Denham

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!!