Meet Your 2020 Student Leadership Team!
Ethan Bannar, M.S.
Capt, BSC, USAF
Captain Ethan Bannar is currently a fourth year Psy.D. student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Ethan graduated with his B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University in 2015 and his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2017. He was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program in early 2018. His clinical interests include post traumatic growth, neuropsychological assessment, operational psychology, command consultation, and assessment/selection for high-risk occupations. When he is not studying or seeing clients, he enjoys road cycling, fly-fishing, snowboarding, and exploring the wilderness. Captain Bannar is currently completing is residency training with the 59th Medical Wing located at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, TX.
Alyssa Allen, B.S.
Alyssa Allen is currently a second year Psy.D. student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Alyssa graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2018. Upon graduation, she commissioned into the Colorado National Guard and serves as an Unmanned Aerial Platoon Leader. Her clinical interests include moral injury, assessment and selection, and operational psychology. She is currently gaining clinical experience at the United States Air Force Academy and intends to pursue an Active Duty Army operational psychology. She enjoys spending time with her dog, painting with friends and trying new foods!
Keen Seong Liew, M.S.
Virtual Projects Officer
ENS Keen Seong Liew is a second-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He received his BS in Psychology with a concentration in linguistics and music from University of the Ozarks in 2010 and MS in Psychology and graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Texas A&M University in 2014. He was commissioned into the US Navy in 2017 and began his training to be a Navy Psychologist at USUHS. His research interests lie within the field of cognitive, health, and clinical psychology. He is currently working with Dr. David Krantz and researching the role of stress and stress markers in the relationship between sleep disorders, traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and physical health among military service members and veterans.
Sarah Lowell, M.S.
Virtual Projects Officer-Select
Sarah Lowell is currently a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Fielding Graduate University. She received her BS in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Fitchburg State University in 2014. She moved to the United Kingdom for graduate school and earned her MSc in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise from the University of Roehampton in 2015. In 2016, she began working as a contractor for the Army conducting mental performance and resilience training to help Soldiers reach their full potential. Sarah recognized the importance and need of Clinical Psychologists and wanted to be able to provide that service to military members. Her interests include post traumatic growth, PTSD, health, and exercise psychology. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband outdoors, running, hiking, and traveling.
Leslie Darnell, B.S., B.A.S.
Regional Representative, Eastern Region
Leslie is currently attending Nova Southeastern University in pursuit of her a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She enlisted in the Air Force as a medic, where after some world travel to exotic, sandy locations, she found her passion for psychology. She obtained her BS in psychology from her home town college, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and later received a BAS in Business and Healthcare Administration. At the rank of Master Sergeant, Leslie commissioned as a Health Service Administrator, where it became more and more apparent that she wanted to continue to serve her fellow military members in the realm of clinical psychology. Her research interests are in Trauma, PTSD, and existential loss/anxiety. She hopes to continue to work with both active duty military and veterans as she continues her own 18+ year military career and later in a civilian capacity. When Leslie is not busy with school or research, she enjoys playing the cello and spending time with her husband, Zach and two their two dogs, Lilly and Brak.
Vanessa Silva, M.A.
Regional Representative, Central Region
Vanessa is currently in her 4th year of pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) with a Military Psychology emphasis from Adler University. Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Baylor University in 2008. She later graduated in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University. Vanessa has previously been an executive officer of the Military Psychology Student Organization (MPSO) and Primary Care Student Organization (PCSO). She is also engaged in a research clerkship at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center that studies transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for mild and severe TBI, PTSD, and Substance Use in Veterans. Vanessa has also worked in compensation and pension exams for Veterans. She is currently working on her dissertation which is taking a look into how Veterans conceptualize and perceive a "Battle Buddy." In her free time, Vanessa enjoys watching movies and TV shows and playing with her cat, Little Chief (who is named because of her love for the Kansas City Chiefs).
Jacob Scholl, B.A.
Regional Representative, Western Region
Jacob is currently attending Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Biola University in 2017. His research and clinical interests are PTSD, moral injury, exercise, and neuropsychological assessment. Jacob has always had a passion for the military, but due to medical disqualifications he decided if cannot serve, then he wants to make a career serving those who do. With any free time he has, Jacob enjoys cooking and volunteering in the children’s ministry at his church. He also loves anything in the outdoors whether it’s a fire on the beach or a hike in the mountains.
Jourdin Watkins Navarro, M.A.
Lt, MSC, USN
LT Jourdin Watkins Navarro is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Psy.D. program at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She received her BA in Psychology from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2014. ENS Navarro was accepted into the U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program in 2016, and plans to pursue a career in active duty psychology, with interests in neuropsychology, operational psychology, and program development. She graduated from Officer Development School in Fall 2017 and will begin her pre-doctoral internship at Naval Medical Hospital Portsmouth in Fall 2019. ENS Navarro has a history of clinical experience with veterans in an outpatient rural VA setting, neuropsychological assessment, behavioral health consultation, as well as program development for a non-profit organization. In her free time, LT Navarro enjoys hiking with her husband, playing with her two dogs, reading books (for fun!), and enjoying the Arizona sunshine.
Afik Faerman, BA
Virtual Projects Officer, 2019
Afik Faerman is a Naval Officer (Cpt.) in the Israeli Navy. Afik holds a BA in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Haifa and a postbaccalaureate in psychology from the Open University of Israel. Today, he studies towards a PhD in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. When he is not glued to a textbook, he spends time practicing and teaching mindfulness, playing the guitar, and watching the stars. Afik deeply believes in the importance of mental, emotional, and social support to ease the hardships of those who fight for the safety of their family, their community, and their homeland.
Recognized Campus Representatives/Chapter Networks
Adler School of Professional Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia
Katherine "KC" Guevara Orgeron
American School of Professional Psychology, Southern California
Santa Ana, CA
Ball State University
La Miranda, CA
California Lutheran University
California School of Professional
California School of Professional
Psychology, San Diego
San Diego, CA
Carlos Albizu University
Catholic University of America
Katherine "Katt" Rahill
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington D.C.
Columbia University, Teacher's College
New York, NY
University of Denver
East Carolina University
Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, CA
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida School of Professional
Bronx, New York City, NY
George Fox University
George Washington University
Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Loyola University Maryland
Maureen "Modi" McDonnell
Midwestern University, Downers Grove
Downers Grove, IL
Midwestern University, Glendale
North Carolina State University
Old Dominion University
Palo Alto University
Palo Alto, CA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sam Houston State University
University of Kansas
University of North Carolina
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
University of South Alabama
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas, Dallas
Utah State University
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