I Am Diversity

Celebrate Diversity

The NEOMED community is diverse, consisting of unique individuals with qualities that we appreciate and celebrate. Our community represents people — students, faculty, staff, supporters and advocates, whose experiences become part of ours, whose dreams we share in, and whose barriers we help to tear down.

We look forward to sharing the stories of others with you and hope that you feel empowered to share your stories with us.

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We are NEOMED. We are Diversity.

Explore the individuals below and you will explore all layers of diversity, including countries of origin, languages, familial status, beliefs, jobs and hobbies, personalities and lifestyles. You will see a reflection of the breadth and depth of our diversity with a focus on the inner and outer dimensions.

We are a collection of all of these dimensions. We are a collection of individuals who care about the health and wellness of our communities.

Nichole E. Ammon, M.S.Ed., PCC-S: Iconoclast


Nichole E. Ammon, M.S.Ed., PCC-S

Manager for Integrated Health Care Initiatives

Stan Dannemiller, D.V.M.: Animal Doctor in a Medical School

Animal Doctor in a Medical School

Stan Dannemiller, D.V.M.

Comparative Medicine

Elaine Guregian: See Life Through My Multicultural Children

See Life Through My Multicultural Children

Elaine Guregian

Assistant Director
PR & Marketing

Roderick Ingram, Sr.: Inner City Projects to Marketing Executive

Inner City Projects to Marketing Executive

Roderick L. Ingram, Sr.

Executive Director
Strategic Communications & Marketing

Andrew Dickson: First Generation Student

First Generation Student

Andrew Dickson

HPAC Specialist

Lesly Chaddan: I Was Born & Raised in Puerto Rico

I Was Born & Raised in Puerto Rico

Lesly Chaddan

Pharmacy Student

Hannah Johnson: I am Artistic

I Am Artistic

Hannah Johnson

Medicine Student

Lisa Weiss, M.D.: I Am a Weight Lifter.

I Am a Weight Lifter

Lisa Weiss, M.D.

Associate Dean of Curriculum
Family Physician

Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D.: Septuagenarian


Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D.


Daniel Blain: Former Reggae Music DJ

Former Reggae Music DJ

Daniel Blain

VP of Advancement

Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.: Middle Eastern, Bilingual

Middle Eastern, Bilingual

Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.

Director of Musculoskeletal Research
Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Anthony Nguyen: Bilingual (English, Vietnamese)

Bilingual (English/Vietnamese)

Anthony Nguyen

AmeriCorps Member

David Kuhajda: Repairs Medical Equipment on Haiti Missions

Repairs Medical Equipment on Haiti Missions

David Kuhajda

Data Specialist
College of Medicine

Brittney Owens: Business Owner

Business Owner

Brittney Owens, Ph.D.

Pharmacy Student

Julia Livingston: Mom of 3 Amazing Kids

Mom of 3 Amazing Kids

Julia Livingston

Pharmacy Student

Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D.: Rural Roots to World Traveler & Dancer

Rural Roots to World Traveler & Dancer

Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D.

Program Manager
HRSA Primary Care Training & Enhancement Program

Craig Eynon: Appalachian


Craig Eynon

Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Angela Bennett: I Have PTSD


Angela Bennett

Digital Marketing Specialist

Bria Oden: I Studied Abroad in Japan, I Can Speak Japanese

I Studied Abroad in Japan, I Can Speak Japanese

Bria Oden

The University of Akron
Class of 2018
AmeriCorps Member

Margy Sanders & Janel M. Koellner: We're Both Half Lebanese

We’re Both Half Lebanese

Margy Sanders

Director, Office of Palliative Care

Janel M. Koellner

Assistant Director, Faculty Support

Dragana Zivak: Refugee of War (Serbian)

Refugee of War (Serbian)

Dragana Zivak

Pharmacy Student

Amy Unruh: Ethnomusicologist


Amy Unruh

Pharmacy Student

Kimberly Kennedy: Native American

Native American

Kimberly Kennedy

Assistant Director of Operations
College of Pharmacy

Kyle Bertea: Orphan from Romania

Orphan from Romania

Kyle Bertea

Medicine Student

Moses Kusorgbor: Ghanaian (West African), Speaks 6 Languages

Ghanaian (West African), Speaks 6 Languages

Moses Kusorgbor

Pharmacy Student

Paul Orefice: Single Parent with Sole Custody

Single Parent with Sole Custody

Paul Orefice

Medicine Student

Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D.: First Generation American, Third Degree Black Belt

First Generation American, Third Degree Black Belt

Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Curriculum
Associate Professor

Constantine Kim: I Can Teach You to Dance

I Can Teach You to Dance

Constantine Kim

Pre-Med Student
(Graduated from CSU)

Gary D. Niehaus, Ph.D.: Woodworker


Gary Niehaus, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology

Rich Lewis: Patriarch of Multiracial Family

Patriarch of Multiracial Family

Rich Lewis

Vice President
External Affairs

Morgan Blythe Craig: Flawed & Proud

Flawed & Proud

Morgan Blythe Craig

Health Professions Affinity Community

Heidi Terry: Outdoor Enthusiast, Avid Archer

Outdoor Enthusiast, Avid Archer

Heidi Terry

Executive Director
Enrollment Services

Barbara Tobias: Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

Barbara Tobias

Human Resources


Days of Service

Each year, the NEOMED community joins together in recognition of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Diversity Council

The NEOMED Diversity Council is dedicated to increasing and sustaining a diverse learning and work environment that is grounded in respect and inclusion.

Inclusivity Center

The Inclusivity Center is open to all faculty, staff and students, providing a space for all who partake in its offerings to feel a sense of belonging, engaged, and valued.

SafeSpace Initiative

The SafeSpace initiative provides dedicated resources to members of the LGBTQ community at NEOMED, their allies, family and friends.


We hope that you too will celebrate your diversity with us. If you would like to be featured in this project, share a picture of yourself and how you choose to identify using the hashtag #IAmDiversityNEOMED on Instagram.


Please Contact:

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6733
Email: diversity@neomed.edu

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