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Student Association

BLD Student Association

The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program Student Association (BLDSA) at MSU is a student run organization that provides its members with the opportunity to become involved in their curriculum and profession.

All students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical laboratory sciences are invited to join. Your membership gives you the opportunity to participate in variety of professional and social activities. These activities include volunteer opportunities, facility tours and social activities. The goal of these activities is to provide our members with sufficient background to make career decisions by exploring the diversity of options available in this field of study.

For information about BLDSA, contact bld@msu.edu.

BLDSA Eboard application

2022- 2022 BLDSA Executive Board:

Mikayla Sague

Mikayla
President

My name is Mikayla Sague and I am serving as president this year. I am a senior, and my favorite classes have been BLD 324 and BLD 314L because I am interested in learning more about Hematology. I am excited to be helping to plan lots of great events and getting to know more students this year! 

 

Katelyn Knieper

Katelyn Knieper 
Vice President

Hi everyone! My name is Katelyn, and I will be serving as this year's vice president. So far, my favorite courses have been BLD 314L and MMG 365L. I love being able to apply the knowledge we've learned to real hands-on experiences. I can't wait to work with everyone in the BLD program and help in any way possible. If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to reach out, I love meeting new people.

Cynthia Nnko

Cynthia Nnko
Secretary

Hi! My name is Cynthia Nnko and I am so excited to serve as the secretary this year. I will be a junior starting this fall. A BLD class that I really enjoyed so far is BLD 213L because we got to experience all different types of labs and we got to do hands on activities. I am looking forward to meeting and doing fun activities with you all! 

Elaine Koshar

Elaine Koshar
Treasurer

Hi there! My name is Elaine, and I am the treasurer for the BLDSA this year. My favorite BLD classes have been BLD 324 (hematology), and BLD 314L. I especially enjoy our hands-on labs as well as having the opportunity to learn from our very passionate and knowledgeable professors. I am excited to be a part of such an amazing community and look forward to being a Medical Laboratory Professional! If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to reach out!

Matthew Sherry

Matthew Sherry
Event Coordinator

My name is Matthew Sherry and I will be serving as an event coordinator this year. I am a senior in the BLD program and my favorite class so far was BLD 314L. I really enjoyed learning about all the laboratory tests and then being able to perform them. I am really looking forward to helping plan fun BLDSA events this year.

Claire Matthews

Claire Matthews
Event Coordinator

Hi I’m Claire and I am a junior. I’m excited to serve as one of the event coordinators for BLDSA this year! My favorite class in the program is BLD 204 because I loved learning all the ways the human body can respond to different diseases and the case studies really helped me apply what I was learning. I’m looking forward to meeting you all at our events!

 

Angelica Vrzovski

Angelina Vrzovski
Event Coordinator

Hi! My name is Angelina Vrzovski and I will begin my third year here at MSU starting Fall of 2022. I am excited to help coordinate fun events for BLDSA members as one of the Event Coordinators. Being in the BLD program has given me endless hands-on opportunities in the lab and has taught me to appreciate the behind-the-scenes of medicine. I am eager to meet more students and learn more about BLD through our interactive events!

Tony McKenzie

Tony McKenzie
Member-at-Large

Hello! My name is Tony McKenzie, I am a junior and a member at larger for BLDSA. One thing I really enjoy about the BLD program is our faculty. All faculty of the BLD program are super supportive and want to see all of their students succeed within the program.

Jillian Ellul

Jillian Ellul
Member-at-Large

Hi, I'm Jillian! I have really enjoyed all the BLD classes so far, but I would have to say my favorite is BLD 314L because it was a ton of fun and we got to learn a lot about what happens in the clinical lab. I am excited for senior year as part of BLDSA and hopefully we can bring fun ideas to campus.

Brooke Carrigan

Paige Ortmond
Member-at-Large

Hi! My name is Paige Ormond and I am a junior. My favorite class has been BLD 213L, because it was my first in-person college lab, where I learned new and vital lab techniques. I am stoked to be involved with such a fantastic student association and cannot wait to meet more students! 

Ms. Michelle Markstrom

Ms. Michelle Markstrom
BLDSA Advisor

Ms. Markstrom has a clinical background as a generalist and along with being a Hematology Team Leader. She has research and production lab experience. She is an Assistant Instructor in multiple BLD teaching Laboratory courses. She enjoys golfing and traveling and sharing her experiences with her students.

Dr. Brennen

Dr. Yukari Nishizawa-Brennen
BLDSA Advisor

PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SC(ASCP)CM, MT(Japan)