Thirty-three Quinnipiac University physician assistant students received certificates signifying they’ve completed the graduate program during a ceremony held Aug. 11 at the TD Bank Sports Center on the university’s York Hill Campus.
Robert Wooten, immediate past president and chairman of the board of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, addressed the students.
The graduates are: Erica A. Bertoncini, Richard L. Blanchard, Amanda E. Campbell, Stephanie L. Colella, Brenton R. Dempsey, Candice M. Dodge, Amanda E. Dolan, Stephanie Ann DeFlavio, Michael P. Dziubina, Tanya M. Dzubaty, Steven J. Escaravage, Robin F. Fuessenich, Michael J. Hann, Stephanie Ann Hull and Brian A. Karwaski.
Also, Christina Lyn Kelly, Joseph Peter Kocot, Heather Marie Koning, Tabitha Lynn Kramarz, Omolara Layeni, Magdalena Lukaszewicz, Erin M. Lystad, Mumbi Melody Ngugi, Katherine S. O’Connor, Robert Joseph Pandolfe, Joseph Anthony Radich, Danielle Marie Tashakori, Sharon Tokarz, Bella Vogt, Taylor C. Welch, Kaitlyn M. Whitlock, Rosanna L. Zuckerman and Michelle K. Zywica.
In addition, Bertoncini, Campbell, Hann, Koning, Lukaszewicz and Tashakori were inducted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Hann, Vogt and Zuckerman were named urban health scholars for completing a track dedicated to primary care and caring for underserved populations.
“I am very proud of the Quinnipiac University PA Class of 2012,” said Professor Cynthia Lord, director of the physician assistant program. “The members of the Class of 2012 have worked hard and have been true to the program’s mission of professionalism, leadership, cultural competence and community service.
"Balancing the rigorous academic requirements of the program, while giving back more than 4,000 hours of time volunteering in the community, is no easy task," Lord said. "As they enter the workforce and address the health care needs of our country, the PA faculty is proud to call the PA Class of 2012 ‘colleague.’”