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2020-21 PPAGS Officers

2020-2021 PPAGS Board of Directors



Kaseem (Kas) Parsley - Chair

School & year in program: Year III at Chestnut Hill College 

Joined PPAGS: Spring 2019

Why I Love PPAGS:I love being involved in a leadership role to help build myself and my peers, and having the ability to build a network of professionals in my field. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year in PPAGS. In my first year, I was able to understand what it is like to be a member of PPA and how my work can help to influence psychologists in training's experiences in the field. I have found that my passion on this board has been to facilitate diversity and mentorship to our future psychologists and giving them a voice in the field to feel more heard. I am ecstatic to continue pursuing that!

Fun Fact: I play for the Philadelphia Gryphons, an all-inclusive rugby team.


Tyshawn Thompson, B.A. - Chair-Elect

School: Marywood University, 3rd Year Doctoral Student

Joined PPAGS: 2018

Why I love PPAGS: PPAGS gives me the opportunity to network with my peers and professionals in psychology. It was difficult as an undergraduate student to find like-minded people to converse with, however, PPAGS offers an open forum for communication.

Fun fact: I enjoy cooking and experimenting with different flavors and recipes. 



Whitney Quinlan Psy.D.Past Chair

School -ECP from Chestnut Hill College

Joined PPAGS: I joined PPAGS in 2017 as Communications Chair and my experience has been nothing but positive. I love PPA's passion for opening doors for grad students and ECPs across the state and I'm thrilled that I'm able to be a part of that! 

Fun Fact: I absolutely love being outdoors. I enjoy swimming, running, biking, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding etc. and I've completed 3 sprint triathlons 


Michelle Collins, M.Ed. - Communications Focus

School: Seton Hall University, 2rd Year Doctoral Student

Joined PPAGS: 2019

Why I love PPAGS: PPAGS presents me with the opportunity to communicate with peers and professionals from across the state of Pennsylvania. This organization has allowed me to become more involved by greeting me with a welcoming environment to learn, discuss, lead and grow in the field of psychology. PPAGS provides support in what it means to be a graduate student and enables me to meet so many different professionals that otherwise I may never have had the opportunity to meet. 

Fun fact: I enjoy traveling and love to tap dance! 

Tina Benno- Diversity Focus

School: Duquesne University, 3rd Year PhD Student in School Psychology

Joined PPAGS: 2020 

Why I love PPAGS: PPAGS gives me the opportunity to work with an amazing team of bright and dedicated future leaders of Psychology! Although I am fairly new to PPAGS, the organization and board have been very welcoming and have had great interests in pushing forth Diversity-focused initiatives. I look forward to working with the team to advocate on behalf of our fellow peers and focus on various Diversity-based programming. 

Fun fact: I was actually born in India, but immigrated here at a young age with my family!

 Kalei Mills - Programming Focus

School Program & Year: Marywood University, 3rd Year Psy.D. Student 

Joined PPAGS: 2019

Why I  love PPAGS: Being a part of PPAGS has granted me a number of opportunities to grow as a student and future clinician. What I love most about PPAGS is it's a network of people supporting you to become successful in your future career, and I've enjoyed being able to connect with others in the field. While I've only been a member of PPAGS for a short period of time, the benefits have been immeasurable, and I look forward to all I will continue to learn in the coming years!

Fun Fact: I enjoy Zumba and running in my free time!


Carrie French, M.A. - Advocacy Coordinator

School: Immaculata University

Joined PPAGS: I joined PPAGS in 2015 and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as Advocacy Coordinator!  

Why I Love PPAGS: I love PPAGS because it provides a platform for student representation in the broader professional community. PPAGS takes issues that effect students and presents them to those in our profession who may not otherwise be aware of our concerns. As a member of the next generation of psychologists, I am grateful that PPAGS exists to support us in our growth.

Fun Fact: I am a licensed cosmetologist and worked as a hairstylist for a number of years before returning to school for psychology!

   Marie McGrath Ph.D. - PPA Board Rep to PPAGS

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