The NMPRA Board of Directors consists of many 2nd-4th year med peds residents, med-peds leaders, and exceptional staff who volunteer their time outside of their clinical duties to maintain the NMPRA and ensure a strong Med-Peds community.

Positions become available June of every year. Terms vary between position.

Executive Board Roles and Responsibilities

Contact Information

Colby Dendy

Colby grew up in Round Rock, TX, just outside of Austin. She went to Baylor University for her undergraduate degree (Sic 'Em!) where she found a passion for international medical mission work and knew she wanted to pursue medicine to be a doctor for all ages. Following 4 years in Waco (pre-Chip and Joanna Gaines fame), she moved to Houston to attend medical school at McGovern (previously UT Houston). There, she discovered a love of both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and was thankful to have discovered NMPRA early on which helped her not only learn more about the specialty more, but also helped her when it came time to apply. Colby is now very happy to be a Med-Peds resident at ECU/Vidant in Greenville, NC. She spent last year as NMPRA's Director of Community Service and Outreach where she was able to learn more about the inner-workings of NMPRA and connect the Med-Peds community through service. Colby is now ECSTATIC to be serving NMPRA as President, and hopes to continue to connect the Med-Peds community across the nation! #MP4L

Maximillian Cruz

Max was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He went to Notre Dame for undergrad where he majored in Spanish. After college he took a gap year and spent half of that year in Piura, Peru where he had the opportunity to be involved in many local community service and medical outreach projects. He then went to Cooper Medical School in Camden, NJ where he was the 2nd class to matriculate. He was drawn to the school’s mission of service to the local community. He stumbled on Med-Peds while searching all types of residency programs his M2 year. While his program did not have a Med-Peds residency, luckily for him they did have one Med-Peds hospitalist (shoutout to Dr. Nussbaum!) who also turned out to be an incredible mentor and the rest is history! Max spent last year as NMPRA’s PR secretary where he helped to grow its social media presence (#medtwitter!). He is thrilled to serve as President-Elect and (in addition to traditional responsibilities) his focus this year and the next will be pushing NMPRA to come up with an approach to improve/increase recruitment of URMs into our Med-Peds field. He believes that we must create a clear and dedicated effort towards recruiting and retaining a Med-Peds work force that reflects the make-up of the populations that we serve.

Derek Pinkerton

Derek was born in Morristown, NJ where his father was completing ​his Med-Peds residency, but about a year after moved to Wilkesboro in rural western North Carolina where he grew up. His father was a primary care physician, but also a part time hospitalist, director of a nursing home, and ran a clinic in rural Honduras, so Derek had the chance to see how many things a Med-Peds physician could do early on. He moved to the "big city" for college, completing his undergraduate education at UNC Chapel Hill with a BS in Biology as well as a BA in Ancient/Medieval History. Tarheel-born and Tarheel-bred, Derek chose to stay at UNC for medical school, where his experiences with both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine as well as meeting the phenomenal people that are the Med-Peds community led him to choose to be a Med-Peds physician. He moved to the "even bigger city" of Indianapolis, IN to complete his Med-Peds residency. He is happily married to his college sweetheart Ali, who is a medical social worker at Riley Children's hospital in Indianapolis. He is passionate about Global Health, medical student education, medical history, and of course all things Med-Peds and would be happy to talk to you about any of these things if you have questions!

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan was born and raised in rural southern Indiana. After attending a small liberal arts college, Kentucky Wesleyan College, for his undergraduate studies in chemistry, he worked at Bristol Myers Squibb in their Quality Control laboratory for two years. While he enjoyed his time in the pharmaceutical industry, he quickly realized he wanted to be more directly involved in patient care. He moved out “west” to Kansas City, MO for medical school at Kansas City University. While in Kansas City, he became a big fan of their local BBQ scene and now tries local BBQ in every town or city he visits. He is thrilled to be at the University of Louisville, where he is a second year resident. 

Sasha Kapil
Secretary (Traditional)

Sasha was born on the East Coast and lived in multiple states with her family prior to settling in “The Little Apple” Manhattan, KS. She attended both college and medical school in the University of Nebraska system (GBR!!) and made a big decision to leave the Great Plains to continue her education as a member of the Indiana University Med-Peds Residency program. In medical school, she was initially committed to a career in geriatrics but, in true Med-Peds form, she just couldn’t decide between taking care of adults or children after her pediatrics rotation. After meeting like-minded mentors and peers in Med-Peds, she knew it was the perfect option for her! She is passionate about medical education, working with underserved populations, and forging connections with Med-Peds residents and faculty around the country! Feel free to reach out at any time with any questions or ideas! 

Bailey Hansen

Bailey grew up in Jackson, MS, attended Mississippi State University as a biological engineering student, where he was the president of the basketball student section and amassed an impressive streak of almost, but not quite winning intramural championships. He began doing website development as a summer researcher for the HumMod Project at University of Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, he attended medical school at UMMC and served as the IT Director for the school's student-run free clinic. He is now a third-year Med-Peds resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and can be found either at the hospital or stealing playing with his co-residents' dogs. His current career goals are to be an academic Med-Peds hospitalist. He likes history, sci-fi, fantasy, and has an unhealthy obsession with college football.

Kelly Barnes
NMPRA Coordinator

While Kelly is originally from Rochester, New York, she now calls Portland, Maine her home.  She has been the Residency Program Manager for the Med-Peds program at Maine Medical Center since 2006 and became the NMPRA Coordinator in 2011. Kelly’s responsibilities include program membership management, jobs board management, and generally keeping NMPRA running on a day-to-day basis. While decidedly NOT interested in a career in medicine, Kelly would definitely choose med-peds as her specialty of choice – she couldn’t imagine working with doctors in any other specialty.

Sophie Sun
Director of Community Service and Outreach

Sophie was born in Lansing, Michigan, but she grew up somewhere in between Plymouth, Minnesota, and Thousand Oaks, California. While attending undergrad at UC Berkeley, she became active in community service as a club officer in Habitat for Humanity, and she also helped to coordinate the first 1000-volunteer event on campus known as the Berkeley Project. She subsequently obtained her PhD in chemical biology from the Scripps Research Institute before attending medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. There, she helped with opening an interprofessional student-run free clinic, and she started an annual week-long event celebrating diversity and inclusion. She was also lead tutor at her school and editor-in-chief for the student newspaper. Now, as a Med-Peds resident at Loma Linda University, she is proud to represent the West Coast on the NMPRA board! In this upcoming year, she hopes to connect the many Med-Peds programs across the country more closely to their local communities. Outside of work, her hobbies include making ice cream, eating ice cream, and sharing ice cream with friends.

Blake Lowe
Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Blake was raised on a small farm in rural east Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee (GO VOLS!) where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Food Science. He later moved to Blacksburg, Virginia to attend the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was introduced to the Med Peds specialty by a close mentor and friend. With the goal of pursuing a blended career of primary care and hospitalist medicine, Med Peds was the perfect fit! Staying true to his roots, he is attending residency at Geisinger Medical Center where he is learning cutting edge medicine in a rural setting. He is a current 4th year and chief resident. His interests in medical student education and passion for recruiting other to the Med Peds specialty led to his pursuit of Director of Medical Students and Recruitment position. He looks forward to working with interested students and residents. Please feel free to contact him at any time!

Georgia Farrell
Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Georgia grew up in Midland, Michigan and spent under grad (Central Michigan) and medical school (Michigan State) in Michigan as well. She moved to Rochester, NY to pursue her residency training and has loved her time out here so far. Her interest and passion in advocacy and bettering health in underserved populations started in undergrad, but really has grown through out medical school and residency training. So far while at the University of Rochester she has began a project on working to improve information sharing between medical professionals and child protective services. She also is involved with the health equities action team, a group that meets once a month to discuss health disparities and learn about community groups working to address these disparities. She is excited to work on further developing an advocacy network across med-peds programs! Please reach out to collaborate on any ideas you have!

Burton Shen
Director of Professional Advancement

Burton was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He went to Harvard College, where he received a degree in History with a minor in Economics. After graduating, he completed a post-baccalaureate before attending medical school at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He stayed at Brown for Med/Peds residency. He is excited to help medical students and residents in their career development and goals. He is currently heavily involved in projects to improve the website fellowship guide and to work with program directors to improve the process of applying for combined fellowships.

Sophia Urban
Director of Public Relations

Sophia grew up in Falls Church, VA, right outside the nation’s capital, before heading to the University of Virginia, where she developed a love of all things Virginia basketball (GO HOOS!). She then moved on to medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where she discovered that she enjoyed many different specialties in medicine and couldn't quite decide exactly which path to pursue. After guidance from some awesome mentors, she finally realized that the Med-Peds people were “her people,” and she left her home state for the first time to continue residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She looks forward to working with underserved populations and incorporating global health opportunities in her future pursuits. She is thrilled to be working alongside her colleagues as the NMPRA Public Relations Secretary this year and is particularly passionate about spreading the word regarding the Med-Peds specialty across the country, especially among medical students whose home institutions do not have an affiliated residency program.