Members of the WPMBA Student Council act as the voice of and advocates for the student body. The council works with the administration to implement changes that streamline, improve and add value to the program. The council’s work goes beyond the walls of Fisher to introduce personal and professional opportunities that enhance the student experience. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
2016-2017 WPMBA Student Council Members:
Sean L. West
I currently work at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and starting my second-year in the WPMBA program. As Council President, I will work to ensure the forward progress of the WPMBA program while striving to represent the interests of all WP students. I am eager to collaborate with my talented classmates to continue moving the program in the right direction. Welcome to the WPMBA family! Please, reach out to any members on the student council. We are here to help smooth the transition into Fisher, and build your network.
There are two main reasons I believe make me a great Vice President candidate. The first reason would be that, like many of my classmates, I am a current OSU employee. Though, as an OSU employee, we receive a terrific tuition benefit, we are all subject to have that benefit taxed and withheld from our paychecks. The current process requires us to submit a waiver for our classes each semester and then fall mercy to our payroll department to determine if each class meets the requirements of receiving an exemption. I, like many of my peers, have seen the results of that determination turn into a frustrating, expensive, and somewhat unpredictable crap shoot. If I were to get elected, I would search out and fight for more predictability to that process and further assistance in getting more of our classes exempt from taxation. I know there is more that can be done because I have a sibling in a similar situation, in another college within OSU, who has had that college’s administrators go to bat for them and succeed.
Another reason I would be a great Vice President candidate is I would strengthen our classmates’ voices in adjustments to current class curricula and teaching methods. Over the last 15 months, I have listened to a vast number of my classmates feel extremely frustrated over classes they’ve taken that were either taught at a substandard level or didn’t address the topics they deemed useful. The WPMBA is one of the most, if not the most, expensive per credit hour program in the state and should deliver an education at a similar level. If I were to be elected, I would actively pursue our students having a stronger voice to change teaching methods and class topics we feel are substandard.
I work in a clinical research laboratory, where I lead a team of highly motivated scientists. My clinical research at the Wexner Medical Center focuses on stress induced depression and anxiety and role of anti depressants in therapy. This research requires extensive planning and collaborations with diverse group of people in ever changing competitive environment. The small tricks that I have developed from my research has taught me how to manage highly challenging and stressful situations. My one year of juggling between classes and clinical research has made me realize the amount of stress and challenges working professionals undergo on a daily basis finding that right “work life balance”. I will create more opportunities such that more fisher resources are available to the WP students who are generally unable to make the best use due to time and distance constraints. I will also increase interaction between fisher faculty-students as well as professional opportunities from outside business. As a member of student council I will do my best to make fisher experience a fun and de stressing memory for the rest of our life. Thank you for taking time to consider me! Go WP’s! Go Bucks!
Kyle J. Caldwell
The Working Professional MBA Student Council offers guidance, network opportunities, and acts as a central voice to advocate concerns, commendations, and relay important information to graduate students. The WP MBA Student Council also strives to continuously improve the Ohio State & Fisher student experience and build networks and camaraderie. It is an honor to give back to the WP Student Council as the active Secretary. I have been fortunate enough to lead continuous improvement projects throughout my career, and I understand the time commitment and responsibilities which drive projects toward success. I will continue to be a voice for the WP students and aspire a continuous improvement mindset to maintain the success of the WP Student Council.
Those who know me say I am a very positive person. I am outgoing, love meeting and interacting with new people, and I enjoy helping others. I am always cracking jokes and laughing, but don’t let that fool you! I am a hard worker and enjoy tackling new challenges. As a member of the WPMBA council, I commit to be a valuable source for new and current students in the program. I would like to help students’ voices be heard, facilitate networking through a variety of events, and, most importantly, help those in the program to have the best experience they possibly can.
Anna is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Philadelphia to obtain her BA from Bryn Mawr College in Chemistry and later obtained her MS and PhD from the University of Michigan. She loved the Midwest so much that she moved to Columbus for an Information Analyst position at Chemical Abstract Services.