2005 Inductees

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony - September 13, 2005

Front Row (L. to R.):   L. Neff, H. Green, E. Rausch, B. Sapp, D. McHaffie,  J. Woodside  Back Row (L. to R.):   S. Ellis, R. Franks, R. McGowen, M. Miller, T. Townsend, E. Parks, P. Bagnell, J. Wisdom-Schepers, A. Sole     

2005 Inductees

Past Recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Year Student   Faculty 
1999 Stephen Loyd, M.D. Merry Miller, M.D.
2000 Andrew Pierce, M.D. Reid Blackwelder, M.D.
2001 Bram Pinkley, M.D. Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D.
2002 Jeff Cook, M.D. Anand Karanad, M.D.
2003 Joey Ibrahim, M.D. Forrest Lang, M.D.
2004 Nia Zalamea, M.D. Jack Woodside, M.D.
2005 Eric Parks, M.D. Tom Townsend, M.D.




Resident Physicians

Todd Aiken, M.D.   Pediatrics 
Tom Avonda, M.D.   Family Medicine 
Sid Collins, M.D.   Surgery 
Billy Copeland, M.D.   Internal Medicine 
Howard Herrell, M.D.   OB/GYN 
Jen Wisdom-Schepers, M.D.   Psychiatry 

                  

Class of 2006

Sarah Marie Edwards Sarah Marie Edwards

Sarah believes strongly in creating a community where children are provided opportunities to enrich themselves.  As a result of this belief, Sarah has dedicated much of her time to tutoring area students and serving as a mentor at The Rock, a Christian-based facility in Johnson City that offers children academic help and a safe place to go after school.  Sarah has also traveled to Ecuador as part of a mission trip that provided medical care to the local Indian population.

William Harris Green William Harris Green

Harris is an active member of both his church and his community.  In addition to serving as a guest preacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, he also currently leads a College and Career Sunday School Class at the church.  He founded the class three years ago, and some of its projects have included delivering food and household goods to the underprivileged around the holidays.  Harris is also active in the Lamont Street Neighborhood Association, serving as chairman of the Arbor Beautification Committee.

Kristi Anne Hawken Kristi Anne Hawken

Kristi focuses much of her time and energy on helping adolescent populations.  She assisted in organizing a career development field trip for 60 high school students in Mountain City.  The students toured the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at ETSU, and they participated in patient simulator and anatomy workshops at the College of Medicine.  Kristi also worked at a National Guard Leadership and Anti-Drug Camp for middle and high school students in Johnson City.  The week-long camps educated students about issues surrounding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and their bodies.

Leigh Denton Johnson Leigh Denton Johnson

Leigh strives to serve as a positive role model for young people, and she has dedicated much of her time to volunteering with her church youth group.  She is also involved with the River, a ministry started by the women in her church and geared toward providing homeless and low-income women a safe place to get job training, do laundry, and spend time with their children.  Leigh participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador during her first year at the College of Medicine.  The trip provided much needed medical care to residents near Rio Bamba.  

Derek Ryan McHaffie Derek Ryan McHaffie

One of Derek’s goals for his medical education is to develop the skills and experiences necessary to become a community leader and servant as a physician.  He has spent time volunteering at the Coalition for Kids, where he served as a mentor for young children from lower socio-economic families.  He also volunteered at the Scott’s Farm Migrant Workers Clinic, where he helped to provide healthcare to the large Hispanic population that comes to the area for seasonal employment.  Derek was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in the spring of his third-year. 

Lucas Paul Neff Lucas Paul Neff

Luke has spent the past three years volunteering with the bi-monthly migrant labor clinic held in Unicoi County from August through October.  The clinic is founded and directed by ETSU’s downtown clinic, which serves the homeless and indigent community in the area.  Luke began as an interpreter for the Hispanic patients, but he soon gained the ability to see patients himself and help provide treatment plans for them.  In his spare time, Luke also gives health education talks on topics ranging from tobacco to sexually transmitted diseases. 

Ryan Carl Petering Ryan Carl Petering

Ryan is a Rural Primary Care Track student at Mountain City.  He has done volunteer work with the Melting Pot, a soup kitchen in Johnson City, as well as with the Johnson City Downtown Clinic.  Ryan is a member of the National Ski Patrol and is certified in Outdoor Emergency Care.  He previously served for one year as the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program coordinator for the ETSU chapter of the American Medical Student Association.  He currently serves as President of the Class of 2006 and is a member of the Medical Student Education Committee.

Ellisa Anne Rausch Ellisa Anne Rausch

Ellisa has dedicated much of her time in medical school to volunteering as a leader for Young Life, an organization that fosters relationships with high school students in order to support, love, and encourage them.  She met several times a week with 5 to 7 girls, mostly sophomores at Science Hill High School.  Ellisa cheered for them at their soccer games, shared laughs with them, and listened to their struggles as high school students.  Ellisa believes this experience taught her how to provide for, encourage, and support people in her local community.

Robert Bradley Sapp Robert Bradley Sapp

Brad actively participates in his church, community, and school.  He currently teaches Sunday school at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and he has delivered Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the Johnson City community.  Brad previously served as a servant leader of the Christian Medical Dental Association at Quillen, during which time he helped to coordinate the inaugural Pig 'N Prayer BBQ for first-year students.  He has also traveled to the Ecuadorian farming village of Pulangui as part of a medical mission trip sponsored by Global Health Outreach.