Student Government Association

Meet Your SGA Officers

It is our pleasure to serve as your representatives both here at Touro and nationally at the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. Don't ever hesitate to reach out to us - help will always be given at Touro to those who ask for it.

Ben Rourke

PRESIDENT

brourke@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

Presides over Executive Committees Meetings

Represents the College at Community Events, Fundraisers and Social Functions

Attends Conferences:

  • Council of Osteopathic Student Governments (COSGP) - Council Member and School Representative

  • New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) - Representative to the Board of Director

Who am I?

Hometown: Lansing, New York

About me:

I graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2018 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. I played college football, until injuries prompted me to start playing volleyball, which eventually led to playing in the national championship my senior year. I spent a few years working on an inpatient surgical floor, then transitioned to an outpatient Primary Care/Internal Medicine practice. I began counseling for a crisis line in undergraduate school and have been volunteering for them since. I briefly lived in Guatemala, served in various geriatric clinics, and also delved into a sea turtle conservation project for some time there. Recently, I’ve worked for the New York State Department of Health as a Contact Tracer up until this past fall.

Fun Fact:

I did a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation in July '21 through Be The Match. I swabbed for this registry over 7 years ago, and it was a ~1 in 30 million chance of matching. My donation went to a young man with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and could potentially save his life.

Goals in SGA Position:

My primary goal as SGA President is to provide the student body with the resources and experience they need to become efficacious, compassionate physicians. With this, comes identifying what changes promote student-physician excellence, diversifying materials, offering clinical exposure, and providing additional training regarding the nature of patient-physician encounters, among many other things.


I grew up in a small community, which has now translated to my life at TouroCOM. At the end of the day, it's a privilege to serve my student body, the community of Middletown, and simply to just be here with you all.



Zain Malik

VICE PRESIDENT

zmalik3@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

Oversee Student Clubs

Communication with Administration, Staff, Faculty and Security

Attends Conferences:

  • Council of Osteopathic Student Governments (COSGP) - Council Member and School Representative

  • New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) - Representative to the Board of Directors

Who am I?

Hometown: Middletown, New York

About Me:⠀

I grew up in Middletown! TouroCOM was always my top choice when applying to medical schools. It is fulfilling to be able to serve and watch my community grow.

I graduated from the University at Albany in 2020. During my time there I was a resident assistant. This taught how to guide incoming students and offer resources. Additionally, I was involved in research based on weight and eating disorders. The process of research demonstrated the effort required to engage in something I am passionate about. Finally, being the vice president of the pre medical club during undergrad allowed me to bring forth opportunities to those who were interested in the field of medicine.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, traveling, going on light hikes, and watching TV shows/movies.

Fun Fact:

I have the same name and birthday as Zayn Malik from One Direction. Though, I cannot sing.

Goals in SGA Position:

My ultimate goal is to provide support for clubs you are all passionate about. This support will allow you to better manage your clubs and become great physicians. Being involved will help reduce the stresses of medical school!

Sonia Nemani

TREASURER

snemani@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

SGA Budget

Manages Bank Account

Logs all Receipts, Spending and Reimbursements

Who am I?

Hometown: Rochester, New York

About Me:

I grew up in Rochester, NY so I am very familiar with NYS and snow! I graduated from George Washington University with a B.S. in Public Health from George Washington University. In my gap year I completed my M.B.A. in Data Analytics from Louisiana State University at Shreveport as well as worked in a COVID testing lab full time.

My parents are my biggest inspiration and I am grateful to them for pushing me and supporting me to become a physician. I think that this quote summarizes my passion for medicine in that "It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” My personal goal is to become a physician leader who can advocate for the healthcare needs of the community I serve.

Fun Fact:

I am a foodie and will always be down to try something new!

Goals in SGA Position:

My goals for the position are to ensure that funds are organized and used in a way that embodies the wishes the student body, be a liaison between students and administration, and to be open to all ideas and inputs that students, organizations, and committees bring.



Johanna Caugfaglione

PARLIMENTARIAN

jcaufagl@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

SGA Elections & Class Rep.


Constitution Compliance

TA Scheduling & Logistics

Student D.O. of the Year Committee

TOUCH Committee

Who am I?

Hometown: Warwick, NY

About Me:

Although I entered the medical field in 2014, when I started volunteering with the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 17, I didn't always know that I wanted to be a physician, but I am so grateful to be here at Touro Middletown, pursuing a degree that will allow me to care for others and impact the community through science. I have worked in many different specialties including emergency medicine, pediatrics and orthopedics. I have also worked many different odd jobs, of which pet sitting has been my favorite. I love working with people, but when I am not, I am trying new foods, getting outdoors, spending time with my family, my fiancé and our ginger cat (Ryan and Mr. Gregoire Mendel, can you tell which is which) and exploring. The year before I started medical school, I actually took my first airplane flight (ever!) and in the same year, took two more flights to both the Redwood Forest and Seattle. Medical school, like many things in life, can be challenging and I try to find small things that bring joy to every day life, do something out of the ordinary every once in a while (reference the last sentence), and remember that I am lucky to be here and be able to help out the students of Touro in this unique way.

Fun Fact:

I have hiked over 28 hikes in the Hudson Valley. My goal is to hike all 89 hikes listed on the Hike the Hudson Valley website. I highly recommend you check it out when you get a break!

Goals in SGA position:

My goals include expanding TOUCH hour opportunities, listening to what students are saying and, hopefully, making their lives easier in some way.

Myra Butrviengpunt

SECRETARY

mbutrvie@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

Emails with Administration and Students

Committees

Book Rooms

Student Calendar

Who am I?

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

About Me:

I was born and raised in Texas and am a proud Lao-American. I’m specifically from Corpus Christi, TX, which is like a beach town, so I love to fish! I also love good food, hanging with friends, and making people laugh! If I’m not doing any of those things, then I’m probably on an endless scroll through social media or binge watching something on Netflix!

My path here was long and full of obstacles, but I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from pursuing my dreams. Resilience is truly key! I went to Southwestern University for undergrad, just 30 minutes from Austin, TX, and then I completed a Master’s at Geisinger in Scranton, PA. While applying to medical school, I lived in Philly and worked as an ophthalmic technician for 3 years before this wonderful school decided to take a chance on me!

Fun Fact:

My mom says she came up with my first name by hearing someone shout “Myra, you forgot this!” to a nurse who was getting on the elevator with her as she was on her way to her pregnancy checkup! However my dad says it’s because I was born in May… haha!

Goals in SGA Position:

I hope to improve the student experience by making sure we’re getting the most out of our committees and by facilitating committee collaboration whenever possible.

Kaitlyn Gonzalez

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

kgonzale9@student.touro.edu

Primary Responsibilities

Distribution of School Apparel

Organizing Student of the Month

SGA Website Editing

Runs the School Store

Who am I?

Hometown: Central Islip, NY

About me:

I graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2021 and was a Biology major with a minor in Deaf Studies! While there I did research on local lakes and how they've been affected by climate change. I also worked on a project analyzing COVID infection rates across NY State counties along with the behavioral response of their residents. In my free time, I really enjoy baking, painting and spending time with my family and cat, Olive! I shamelessly consider myself a cat-mom!

My passion has always been helping others to feel safe and welcome in whatever space they walk into. I've strived to do that in every role I've taken whether through building the community at my college as president of Take Back the Night, working with middle and high school students at the New Paltz Youth Center, or just by being a friend to those around me. I hope to continue those efforts both here at Touro and in my future endeavors!

Fun Fact:

I love board games and my ideal hangout with friends is definitely a game night!

Goals in SGA Position:

I hope to help make the Touro community the most welcoming place possible for students, a community that feels like home!

TouroCOM Middletown SGA Constitution

official_touro_sga_constitution_and_bylaws_2018-2019.pdf

Article III (pages 4-7) Define the Roles of the SGA Executive Committee and their respective duties.