student leadership

"The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor,
determines the success or failure of an organization."
- Fred Fiedler and Martin Chemers in Improving Leadership Effectiveness

Our Mission

The Student Leadership Committee plays an integral role in CAHE students' academic and social life. Class representatives are selected from various cohorts and act as a liaison between the Center's administration and fellow classmates to streamline communication, drive student engagement and participation, as well as encourage strong academic performance. With numerous student-focused events/activities taking place at CAHE throughout the year, the Student Leadership Committee provides essential organizational support and insight to help make these events successful.

Class Representatives

The Student Leadership Committee is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills and become actively involved in the Center's Student Life. A Class Representative "Class Rep" is selected for each cohort to be the voice of the Student Leadership Committee. Class representatives are required to attend quarterly Thursday night meetings during the academic year. Whether one is the designated Class Representative or not, all studentsare encouraged to participate in Center-wide events!

Class representatives additional roles include, but are not limited to:
  • Serving on Advisory Boards.
  • Uniting the institution and the various healthcare programs offered.
  • Helping to identify areas/policies that can be adjusted to better serve the needs of the community.
  • Coordinating various charity events throughout the academic year.
  • Representing the institution and various events throughout the academic year, including regularly scheduled Open Houses.

How can I become a Class Representative?

Details on how to apply for the position will be provided at orientation. All nominees will be reviewed by a committee and reps will be announced by Week 4 of their program start date.
meet our class reps
Kristen Chmura
Radiation Therapy Program (RTT820)
Kristen is part of CAHE's Radiation Therapy Program, joining shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree in Biology (minor in Psychology) from the University of Rhode Island. From a young age, Kristen knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, as it was her passion to help those in need. After seeing so many close family members and friends affected by cancer, she gained an interest in the field of oncology and build on her desire to leave a lasting impact on others.

Kristen has held past leadership positions on the Panhellenic Association at URI as a historian, IFC Liaison, and a recruitment counselor for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
- Nelson Mandela
Lauren DeGiacomo
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echo-Vascular Track (DMSEV 820)
Lauren DeGiacomo (DMSEV 820) graduated with a B.S. from St. John's University and decided to join the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (Echocardiography and Vascular Track) due to her desire to help others. In early 2016, she had an ultrasound and was so fascinated by the images that she would talk about them for weeks. During a follow-up ultrasound, Lauren realized that this is the career that she wanted to pursue… she just had to find the courage to commit to the program.

Traveling from New Rochelle, Lauren knew that the commute to Brooklyn and an investment into a 2-year program after being out of school for 10+ years would be difficult. After two years of considering the program, she decided that it was time to commit. Lauren knew that CAHE was the place for her due to the friendliness and responsiveness from everyone during the admi ssions process and that she now sees evident within the program.

Lauren has had a few leadership roles throughout her life, including VoiceTeam Captain and participating in various trainings and tutorials. She loves advocating for others and making them feel comfortable. People have always come to me for help or to be their voice when theirs wasn't strong enough to speak. She considers herself to be approachable, kind, genuine and can always be found smiling: characteristics that are truly valued in healthcare professionals.
"A smile is the same in every language"
Vitaliy Gasiy
Radiography Program (RTR 221)
Vitaly attended Kingsborough Community College. He worked as an optician for about 4 years. In general, he just likes to help people. Vitaly did so for most of his life whether it was for friends/family or a stranger. He decided to go for radiography when his grandparents from his mother’s and father’s side unfortunately were diagnosed with cancer. They were in and out of hospitals, often going to get an MRI/CT/X-RAY. This is when Vitaly realized how important this job is. After that he decided to go into radiography and wanted to become an x-ray technologist. It's a very good profession and a great opportunity to help people. It looks like a win-win for him.
"What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows."
- Ralph Marston
Lauren Kwei
Paramedic Program (Medic 48)
Lauren is a part of CAHE's paramedic program. She is a West Virginia native with a background in performing arts and a passion for helping people. Lauren moved to NYC for performing arts but soon changed career paths after realizing EMS is what lit a fire in her soul. After a year of being an emergency medical technician, Lauren decided to begin the path to expanding her scope of practice. Her parents, also medical professionals, raised her with empathy and a deep concern for the well-being of others so that's why she believes it comes naturally to her.

Lauren is also active in the hospitality industry, where leadership and customer service are key points. She hopes to inspire other young women who may want to join EMS, despite it being a male-dominated field. Lauren prides herself on being honest, caring, and fearless.
"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire"
- Jennifer Lee
Daniela Pisman
Radiography Program (RTR 820)
Daniela began her journey as a radiographer at Center of Allied Health Education in September 2018, shortly after completing her bachelor's degree at Brooklyn College. She had always been interested in the medical field and believes that patient care is the most valued asset to have as a health care professional. Daniela went into this field because she considers radiography to be the foundation of healthcare and wanted to be part of the process of finding the cause of a patient's pain and helping them heal. Daniela became a class representative to utilize her leadership skills and inspire others to be just as dedicated to patient care and the radiography field. She reminds other that teamwork is key to success in the diagnosis and treatment processes of each patient.
"Don't "fake it till you make it." That's garbage advice. Face it till you make it. Get up. Work hard. Fail. Stand back up. Face it again. Do a little better. Fail again. Get back up. Repeat."
- Jordan Syatt
Jessica Sorrentino
Radiography Program (RTR 220)
Jessica Sorrentino (RTR 220) is part of CAHE's Radiography Program. She has a background in business and has a bachelor's degree in accounting form Quinnipiac University. After helping care for her elderly grandparents, Jessica decided to follow her passion for helping others and join the radiography field. Jessica picked radiography because it is one of the most important diagnostic sciences. She feels that patient care is the most important aspects of healthcare and strives to spread a little positivity to all the patients she sees.

Aside for the Student Leadership Committee, Jessica is an alumni member of Kappa Delta Sorority and sat on their executive board for 2 years.
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
- Babe Ruth
Tara Tonnesen
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS 220)
Tara knew that she wanted to be in the healthcare field from a very young age. After receiving her degree in Community Health from SUNY Cortland, she continued on to CAHE's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Tara believes that ultrasound is fascinating and truly enjoys learning about it. She is enthusiastic about her program and a future in the field.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Evan Luis Vitureira
Paramedic Program (Medic48)
Evan joined the CAHE Paramedic program to take the next step in his journey as a healthcare provider. He is a resourceful alumnus of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences where he received a B.S. in Biology. Evan has an uncanny love for biochemistry. At age 16, he became an EMT at New Jersey’s Morris County Police and Fire Training Academy, then recertified in New York with Emergency Care Programs in 2017.
Evan has worked several years on both volunteer and private ambulances in the 911 system. He strives to be a knowledgeable, empathetic leader of innovation among healthcare providers in the emergency system; he supports his community by teaching hemorrhage control as an instructor in the national Stop The Bleed program. Evan hopes to hone his emergency medical skills in the CAHE Paramedic program and become an expert advanced life support provider.
Evan’s 5 year goal is to be in medical school studying trauma surgery and emergency medicine in order to become a surgeon and EMS medical director.
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
CAHE Alumni
Jordan Behler
Radiation Therapy Program (RTT819)
Jordan is part of CAHE's Radiation Therapy Program. After completing a series of shadowing days in the Radiation Therapy field, Jordan felt an attraction to the industry. He found it interesting, engaging, and very rewarding. Through his experience in the program, he has grown an even greater appreciation for Radiation Therapists, Nurse Oncologists, and Radiation Oncologists.

Aside from the Student Leadership Committee, Jordan is a member of CAHE's advisory board for the Radiation Therapy Program, and has held multiple leadership roles (including captain) of University of Connecticut's Division I Men's Ice Hockey Team.
"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
- Robert H. Schuller
Stefanie Guercio
Radiography Program (RTR 819)
Stefanie is currently a dance instructor and an x-ray technologist in the making. She graduated Edward R Murrow high school in 2014 and later attended Kingsborough Community College, where she was an honor student. Stefanie has always had an appreciation for human anatomy and her experiences with several x-rays confirmed her passion for the field of radiography.

Stefanie is an honor roll student who participated in the NYSSRS Student Bowl in the Fall of 2018. She accredits the Radiography Program for teaching her the need to allocate time and dedication in order to achieve your goals. Nothing comes easy in life, especially success, but proper preparation prevents a poor performance.
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."
- Helen Heller
Mikaela Petradellis
Surgical Technology Program (CST 219)
Mikaela is part of the Surgical Technology program at CAHE. She has a background in science, having spent time at CUNY John Jay studying Forensic Science in the Toxicology track. Mika also interned at SUNY Downstate's Molecular Pathology lab where she learned that the hospital setting was exactly where she needed to be. She hopes to one day help communities like the LGBTQI+ community, women and impoverished sections of society with her certification. Mika also looks forward to getting involved with Medical Missions and helping people all over the world with her acquired skills as a healthcare professional.
"When I was a child and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
- Mr. Fred Rogers
Crystal Soriano
Surgical Technology Program (CST 819)
Crystal graduated with an Associates in Arts degree with Honors from The NYC college of technology. She was always interested in the medical field, but was never sure of what she wanted to do. All she knew is that she wanted to be part of a surgical team that helps improve patients’ quality of life. After looking for other ways to be involved, she was for nursing all the way until she stumbled upon surgical technology. She knows that she chose the right path for herself. Crystal hopes that one day she will be able to pass her knowledge down to future generations of surgical techs and travel while doing so. As a class rep, Crystal wants to be the support system for her class and for anyone else that needs it. She likes to motivate them because at the end of the day we are all working towards the same goal and teamwork is what this field is all about.
"Nothing is absolute. Everything changes. Everything moves. Everything revolves.everything flies and goes away."
- Frida Kahlo