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Health Professions College Council (HPCC)

The College Council is the primary student organization in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. The purpose of the Council is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to health services, enhance community awareness regarding the different professions within the College, and organize and participate in community service projects. Money raised by the Council supports charitable organizations consistent with the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ mission, student education, and future Council projects. The Council works directly with a faculty advisor and Associate Dean of the College and represents students across the College.


HPCC President:   Ralph Lamonge

Ralph is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Medicine). As HPCC President, Ralph serves as the general coordinator of all HPCC activities. Ralph works with the HPCC E-Board and faculty advisor to make sure that the council remains focused on semester goals, plans, and events. Ralph serves as the general representative for HPCC in most college affairs. After graduation, Ralph plans on attending medical school and aspires to pursue a career in academic medicine.

Vice President:  Alexis Tellis

Alexis is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Medicine). As HPCC Vice-President, Alexis acts as Director of HPCC Programs and events. Alexis assists the President in all matters of HPCC and will assume the President’s duties in his/her absence. After graduation, Alexis plans on attending medical school.

treasurerTreasurer – Caroline De La Rosa

Carolina is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Public Health). As HPCC Treasurer, Carolina is responsible for managing the finances, and the budget of HPCC, and reporting these to the voting body. Carolina is the primary representative for HPCC at all Board of College Council (BOCC) meetings and is the main contact within the council for any assistance or information regarding SG funding. After graduation, Carolina plans on taking a year off to travel and get international experience before applying to MPH programs.

Secretary – Melissa Ray

Melissa is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Physician Assistant). As HPCC Secretary, Melissa is responsible for notifying the general body of HPCC meetings, providing minutes, assisting in HPCC correspondence, recording attendance, and providing other administrative assistance to the Executive Board as needed. After graduating, Melissa plans on attending a physician assistant graduate program and eventually join the health care field as a PA.

Payton Historian – Payton Sims

Payton is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy). As HPCC Public Relations Chair, Payton is responsible for accessing and procuring publicity for HPCC events and college activities. Payton works with the faculty advisor to ensure college guidelines are followed regarding all public relations. Payton also communicates with representatives from HPCC sub-organizations in order to inform them of HPCC meetings, events, and other important information. After graduation, Payton plans on attending graduate school to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree.

SocialSocial/Service Chair – Sarah Buckley

Sarah is a third year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Physician Assistant). As HPCC Socials Chair, Sarah is responsible for organizing events of HPCC members and sub-organizations to ensure positive relationships and maintain a unified council. These events will include all service, fundraising, and social activities that the council participates in. After graduation, Sarah plans on attending a Physician Assistant graduate program and eventually become a Physical Assistant in Pediatric Cardiology.





NerissaHistorian, Nerissa Rampersad

Nerissa is a fourth year student majoring in Health Science (Pre-Occupational Therapy). As HPCC Historian, Nerissa is responsible for documenting the activities and events of the council through photography of organization activities. Nerissa regularly attends HPCC meetings, projects, and socials and is required to compile a group of photographs and/or videos in a presentable format using scrapbooking or social media during her active time in office. After graduation, Nerissa aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree.








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