CHICAGO (January 10, 2019) – The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is pleased to welcome Renee Wakulski, OMS II, to its Board of Directors, as the 2019-2020 SOMA student representative.

Student Doctor Wakulski is a second-year osteopathic medical student at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, with an expected graduation date of May 2021. She earned a Bachelor’s in Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University in 2017.

A National Liaison Officer for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), Student Doctor Wakulski has experience planning, organizing and executing educational, fundraising, advocacy, and community service events. This includes the St. Baldrick’s annual fundraiser for childhood cancer research and the Student Interventions in Health Inequities Conference. SOMA President, Kate de Klerk, OMS IV notes, “She is a leader with great humility and curiosity, who helps others to see their own potential as agents of change, and her can-do attitude inspires those around her to get involved in their community.”

A passionate volunteer, she is Treasurer of CCOM’s branch of CommunityHealth, which provides medical attention to underserved patients in her community. And, as the former Vice President of Finance of Georgetown’s Public Health Brigade in Honduras, she helped educate schoolchildren about healthy lifestyles, and engineered public health projects that promoted long-term sustainability. Tyler King, SOMA President-elect adds, “Ms. Wakulski brings strong communication and leadership skills to SOMA, and the AOF is very fortunate to have her serving on their board. She is also someone who brings a sense of joy and optimism to every situation she comes across.”

Student Doctor Wakulski also served three years as an undergraduate student research assistant conducting neuroscience and HIV research. In addition, she helped to develop grant programs providing funds to university and other local researchers while an intern at the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR).

AOF’s CEO, Rita Forden, calls Student Doctor Wakulski an energetic leader whose dedication to helping others inspires and motivates those around her. “Renee is such a joy to work with. Her commitment to philanthropy knows no limits, which is especially impressive given the rigorous demands of medical school. We are delighted to welcome Renee as SOMA’s student representative. Moreover, we are honored to continue this partnership with SOMA; whose leadership continues to appoint compassionate and stalwart leaders to AOF’s Board.