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MPAGS Officers

MPAGS is run by a group of officers who are elected each year.  We are dedicated to helping student voices be heard. If you have any concerns, questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

To be eligible to run for an elected position: a) you must be a member of MPAGS and b) you must be a current graduate student in good academic standing and have at least one year remaining before graduation (at least two years if running for the President-elect position). Brief descriptions of the MPAGS officer positions are listed below with the current officers and their backgrounds.

In addition to these board positions, there are also opportunities to be a school representative or committee chair. If you are interested in learning more about any position please contact Leanna Brisson, MPAGS Chair.

Chair - Leanna Brisson

MPAGS Chair serves as chief officer of MPAGS and is a voting member of the MPA Board of Directors and the Executive Graduate Council. The Chair coordinates the efforts of the board members, as well as MPAGS members to determine the general direction of MPAGS activities.

Leanna is in her third year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She graduated with her B.A. from Wilkes University in 2014 and her M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015. She is currently an extern at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she provides counseling services to their students. Leanna hopes this experience will help her continue to grow as an individual therapist and foster her passion for psychotherapy. During her free time, Leanna enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her wonderful friends and family. Her goal for this year as Chair is to increase awareness of all the wonderful activities MPAGS does and support her stellar board in their endeavors.


Chair Elect - Maggie Azar

MPAGS Chair-Elect serves one year as Chair-Elect and the following year as the Chair. He/she shares in the duties of the Chair and assists in overseeing the affairs and activities of MPAGS. Acts as treasurer of MPAGS, preparing a budget for the new fiscal year, and assumes the presidency for the term following tenure as President elect.

Maggie is in her second year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She graduated with her BA from Assumption College in 2016. She is currently an extern at Loyola Clinical Centers doing child and adolescent therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include attachment, childhood anxiety, and family systems. Maggie enjoys running, reading and hanging out with friends and family in her free time. She is excited to be a part of the MPAGS board and is looking forward to an exciting and productive year!




Membership Chairs - Rohaan Mehta and Joelle Zegas

MPAGS Membership Chair is responsible for recruiting members and will work towards creating a diverse membership base. They're the liaison between the campus representatives and the MPAGS Executive Council.

ohaan is in his third year of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Maryland. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Rohaan is currently an extern at the Notre Dame of Maryland University Counseling Center, providing counseling services to a diverse population of emerging adults. In his spare time, Rohaan enjoys adventuring with friends, watching sports, visiting family, and playing with puppies. Rohaan is excited to play a pivotal role in MPAGS, collaborating with the board to make MPAGS an exceptional organization that serves the needs of graduate students all over Maryland, and facilitates their efforts to enrich their learning and contribute to their community.


Joelle Zegas graduated from the Emory University in 2013 and is currently a third year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Loyola University Maryland. This year, she is an extern at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital's Outpatient Clinic doing child and adolescent therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include working with early childhood and elementary school aged populations, as well as with families. In her spare time, Joelle loves to dance, read, and spend time with friends and family. She is looking forward to staying on the MPAGS Board and recruiting a diverse membership of students from graduate schools all around Maryland!






Communications Chair - Christine Lay

MPAGS Communications Chair is responsible for keeping and distributing minutes of all MPAGS meetings. She/he is also responsible for coordinating graduate student submissions to the MPA newsletter and maintaining MPAGS web page resources.

Christine graduated from UMBC with a BS in Psychology and from Loyola University Maryland with a MS in Clinical Psychology. She is a third year student in Loyola University Maryland's Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She is currently an extern at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Department of Neuropsychology doing child and adolescent assessment. Her research and clinical interests include working with diverse and underserved populations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching tv, and spending time with friends. Christine is excited to be a part of the MPAGS board and is looking forward to a great year!


Diversity Chair - Muhamed Hamza and Donovan Maisel

Muhamed Hamza has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. Currently, he is in his fourth year of the Doctor of Psychology program at Argosy University. Muhamed is interested in integrative healthcare, health psychology, child and family psychology, and neuropsychology. Muhamed has experience in neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic testing and therapy with adults and children. Currently, Muhamed is completing a psychology externship at Johns Hopkins’ inpatient hospital, where he treats and assesses adults with acute and chronic disability who are receiving rehabilitation services. Muhamed enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family in his spare time. Muhamed desires to one day be able to give back to the community through psychological services.




Donovan is a doctoral student at The American School of Professional Psychology in Northern Virginia. He graduated with his BA from Salisbury University, has an MA in Experimental Psychology from Washington College, and earned a Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University. He has previously facilitated group treatment at Sheppard Pratt with children and adolescent populations, as well as individual treatment with all ages, and substance abuse groups with adults at MPB Group in Columbia, MD. This year, he is an extern at Prince William Family Counseling. His clinical interests include personality disorders, severe pathology, and mental health advocacy.






Advocacy Chair - Bridget Crippen and Megan Houk

MPAGS Advocacy Chair coordinates state and federal legislative advocacy efforts and are the liaisons between the MPA Legislative Committee and MPAGS.

Bridget Crippen graduated from Xavier University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at Loyola University Maryland. She is currently an extern at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospitals doing child and adolescent therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include autism and other developmental disabilities, and hopes to one day work at a pediatric hospital! In her spare time, Bridget enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and reading. Bridget is excited to be joining the MPAGS Board and to learn more about how to bring advocacy to Maryland graduate programs!


Megan Houk is a third year Clinical Doctoral student at Loyola University of Maryland and is an extern at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Behavioral Health Unit, Fort George G. Meade where she does adult assessment and therapy. Megan is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served eight years active duty as an intelligence officer, deploying twice in support of overseas operations. She hopes to again work with this population, focusing on support to active duty service members and their families. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and is a coach at a local Crossfit affiliate. She is extremely excited to be in her second year as Advocacy Co-Chair for MPAGS and is looking forward to what will be an amazing year!




Convention Co-Chairs - Modi McDonnell, Aileen Van Wie and Paige Victorine

Convention Co-Chairs oversee all aspects of convention planning, advertising, and management. He/she may appoint a committee to assist him/her with these duties.

Maureen (Modi) McDonnell graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2016 and is in her second year at Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing adult therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include veterans, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Modi enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to being part of the MPAGS Board and becoming more involved in the psychology graduate community!


Aileen Van Wie graduated from Temple University in 2016 and is in her second year at Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers doing adult therapy and assessment. Her clinical interests include substance abuse and forensic populations, as well as mindfulness and interpersonal work. Her main focus is promoting Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) for co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness. Aileen enjoys hiking, painting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time. She is very excited about being a part of the MPAGS Board and planning an awesome Convention this year!


Paige Victorine graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and is now in her second year of Loyola University Maryland's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an extern at the Loyola Clinical Centers conducting adult therapy and assessment. At this time, her research and clinical interests include working with families, particularly spouse and parent caregivers of loved ones with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In addition, she is interested in working with individuals managing chronic health conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes, as well as those struggling with depression and anxiety. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing with her dogs, baking, shopping, and exploring local restaurants with friends. She is excited to be a part of developing this year's MPAGS convention, and is looking forward to a fun and productive year!