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

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!
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-Elect, and hopes to continue to connect the Med-Peds community across the nation! #MP4L

Joshua Price
Josh is a born and raised native Vermonter (if he can call himself that without the requisite three generations having lived in the state). After high school he opted for a taste of city life and moved just west of Chicago to attend Wheaton College. Life away from New England charm was an adventure but he decided to return home to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont for medical school. While a student he was actively involved with numerous programs including "bedside brainiacs" tutoring pediatric patients, and leading the UVM chapter of the AMA. Despite no knowledge of Med-Peds prior to summer of fourth year, Josh ended up a member of the Med-Peds family at Baystate in Springfield, Mass. He is excited to not only continue Med-Peds' strong tradition of excellence but help to expand its reaches into previously untapped areas of the country. Please feel free to reach out with any ideas or questions you might have about Med-Peds as a specialty and he'll be happy to share why he is so passionate about being a Medicine-Pediatrics trained physician!
Maggie Connolly
Maggie grew up in Rochester, New York. She moved to Boston to study economics at Boston College. Go Eagles! While at Boston College, she was a member of the Boston College Irish Dance team. She was able to travel to Nicaragua for a medical study abroad program and to Australia to work with researchers at Australian Catholic University. She chose to stay in Boston for medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and then came back home for her Med-Peds training at University of Rochester. She is very grateful for her Med-Peds family in Rochester and is excited to have recently welcomed her new Great Dane puppy, Aoife, to the group. She is looking forward to working with NMPRA and meeting even more people interested in Med-Peds!
Vali Kondos
Secretary (Traditional)

Vali grew up in San Francisco, California and went to UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) for undergrad. She was born in Egypt, moved to Canada, then finally settled in California for 13 years. Little did she know she would be moving across the country to Philadelphia to start medical school at PCOM, and discovered a wonderful Med-Peds residency at Christiana Care, and now lives in Delaware! Classically it took her a long time to make the decision to apply Med-Peds, but after meeting the community and NMPRA, speaking with mentors, and knowing she wanted to treat people of all ages, it was the perfect decision!  She is passionate about spreading Med-Peds awareness, inter-residency communication, medical student and resident education, global health, and really just the Med Peds community! Feel free to reach out anytime with 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 second-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.

Ashley Cobb
Director of Community Service and Outreach

Ashley is a proud Oregonian (go Ducks!), born and raised just outside of Portland. For college she attended the University of San Diego. During this time her love of community outreach and global health began and has persisted throughout her life. After graduation she volunteered as an AmeriCorps member in Oregon where she worked in an after-school program for high school students promoting a pipeline for low-income and minority students going into health careers. From there she left west (and best) coast and went to medical school at Mayo in Rochester, MN - where she learned what negative 50 windchill feels like. During medical school she took a year off and got her MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill in Maternal and Child Health which has helped shape her long-term interest in population-based health and social determinants of health. She is now a Med/Peds resident at the University of Michigan and interested in underserved and global primary care, adolescent medicine and palliative care. She is very excited to be a NMPRA director this year and can't wait to connect fellow Med/Peds residents with the communities we serve!

Harinder Kaur Bawa
Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Harinder was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in a close-knit family. She went to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Chemical Biology. Here, she explored both worlds of medicine and basic science research, ultimately deciding to pursue a career in medicine at Albany Medical College. She was fortunate to meet the extraordinary Med/Peds community at AMC and has been a part of their residency program. She has been working closely with the Medical Student Interest Group over the past 3 years, organizing various events to promote Med/Peds. She is excited to be a NMPRA director this year and is looking forward to working with her Med/Peds colleagues to help the next generation of Med/Peds physicians discover and experience this specialty. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions.

Aaron Hart
Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Aaron grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, moved to Utah and then Dallas for his undergraduate and medical degrees respectively, before finding a new home in Chicago for residency at Rush University. His passion for advocacy for the underserved and disadvantaged has grown throughout medical training as he has seen the health disparities among Chicago communities. He has been a leader in implementing social determinants of health and adverse childhood experiences screening in the Rush Med-Peds clinic and throughout the Rush system. Prior to becoming NMPRA director, he has actively participated in advocacy through the AAP as a delegate, federal affairs intern, and legislative conference participant. As director, he would like to assist programs develop a robust advocacy curriculum so as to increase community and political engagement and lead to stronger networking of Med-Peds programs. Please reach out with ideas for collaboration!

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.

Max Cruz
Director of Public Relations

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! He loves his Cinci Med-Peds family and couldn’t imagine a better field than Med-Peds!! In his role as PR chair Max wants to focus on connecting/strengthening the Med-Peds community on social media platforms to facilitate Med-Peds discussions and networking.