The Wellness Committee

The Student Affairs and Wellness Committee, more commonly known as the Wellness Committee, in the College of Medicine is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who all have diverse passions for engaging in and supporting student wellness. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month and encourages input from all students, staff, and faculty members to help enhance the well-being of students throughout their medical school journey and beyond.

The Wellness Committee consists of 54 active student members, seven faculty members, and three staff members. Students members serve on at least one of seven student-created and student-led subcommittees:

Academic Assistance and Peer Counseling: The Academic Assistance and Peer Coun-seling subcommittee is always looking for new ways to create and enhance peer tutoring programs and academic workshops.

Arts and Music: The Arts and Music subcommittee is focused on creating events that will allow opportunities for personal expression and wellness practice through all art me-dia.

Health and Stress Management: The Health and Stress Management subcommittee is focused on reaching out to students, and encouraging them to maintain good mental health practices that will allow them to more effectively manage their stress, anxiety, de-pression, any other mental health challenges that may arise.

New Student Outreach: The New Student Outreach subcommittee is focused on as-sisting new medical students in the transition to medical school by introducing them to upperclass students and creating events to foster those relationships.

Nutrition: The Nutrition subcommittee creates events that are designed to provide easy, healthy food and nutritional information to students.

Outdoor Activities: The Outdoor Activities subcommittee is composed of students who are passionate about creating more opportunities for outdoor activities both on and off campus.

Service and Community Outreach: The Service and Community Outreach subcommit-tee is dedicated to searching for opportunities to bring wellness education to Elk Grove and the surrounding communities.


Meet the Committee

Committee Co-Chairs:

Rochelle Frank, MD 
Associate Professor of Neurology 
Clerkship Director, Neurology 

Committee Members:

Valerie Gerriets, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Darilyn Falck, MD, FACEP
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs 

Mark Owens, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Clerkship Director, Surgery 

Katelyn Shields, MFT
Personal Counselor  


Louis F. Glaser, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Floyd Culler, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics and Endocrinology 

Xiaodong Feng, PhD, PharmD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Erica Herold, BA
Student Wellness, Academic Skills, and Career Services Coordinator 

Amie Olah, MFT
Personal Counselor

Class of 2020 Student Members:

Holly Bernard, Stephanie Chou, Alana Freifeld, Gabrielle Goodlin, Rohaum Hamidi, Asal Homayouni, Abram Pan, Rosie Perrot, Nick Peterson, Neeraj Ramakrishnan, Priya Reddy, Nadija Rieser, Daniella Schochet, Kayla Sheehan, Tim Yang, Mitchell Zhao 

Class of 2021 Student Members: 

Pragyan Adhikari, Kevin Ashley, Patrick Bieniek, Alan Bowers, Alana Corre, Shebani Dandekar, Meghan Dutt, Julie Eggleton, Josh Fisher, Radhika Gulhar, Purnima Gurung, Tess Hill, Mark Hsu, Stella Joh, Teale Kitson, Britney Lau, Sharon Lee, Anne Liao, Ethan Luong, Eileen Ly, Michelle Martin, Alin Megerdichian, Melinda Ng, Alex Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, Makenna Owen, Priya Patel, David Phan, Cole Pierce, Sehra Rahmany, Britteny Randall, Marshall Roberts, John Shin, Yusuf Sherzad, Daanish Unwalla, Judy Wang, Aaron Yim



The Wellness Committee is always looking for new members who are interested in en-gaging the CNU and Elk Grove Communities in learning about maintaining their personal wellness. The Wellness Committee is open to all COM students, staff, and faculty.

For more information on joining the Wellness Committee, you can contact Erica Herold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Wellness Steering Committee, which consists of representatives from all seven sub-committees, meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Event Conference Room (Room 101). Meetings are always open to students, staff, and faculty who are interested in learning more about the committee. 

Spring 2018 Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, February 13 12:00pm-1:00pm   Event Conference Room (101)
Tuesday, March 13 12:00pm-1:00pm   Event Conference Room (101)
Tuesday, April 10 12:00pm-1:00pm   Event Conference Room (101)
Tuesday, May 8 12:00pm-1:00pm   Event Conference Room (101)

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