Current Student Bios

Executive Board 2023

President: Ella Kalapatapu
Hometown: Houston, TX
Graduation Year: 2025
College of Literature, Science & Arts
Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major, Sociology in Health and Medicine minor

As President, Ella oversees all events and meetings of the Shipman Society and makes sure everything is running smoothly! Ella is involved with the Ganesh Lab at Michigan Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. She also volunteers at Michigan Medicine at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a social sorority on campus, where she is currently the VP of membership development. In her free time, Ella loves to run, try new restaurants (HopCat is her current fav!), and read! If you haven’t read Daisy Jones and the Six yet, it is a must read. 

Secretary: Katherine Bodkin
Hometown: Lansing, MI
Graduation Year: 2026
College of Literature, Science, & Arts
Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major, Pre-med

As Secretary, Katherine is in charge of keeping meeting records and overseeing Society-wide communications, especially the Society’s bimonthly newsletter, The Foghorn, as well as managing the Shipman Website.On campus Katherine is a member of several premed clubs such as FIMRC, VAW, and the Red Cross. She also is actively working to complete her EMT certification. In her free time, Katherine loves to read, go on runs around campus, and try out all the amazing restaurants in A2.

Treasurer: Arthi Narayanan
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Graduation Year: 2026
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and German double major, Pre-med

As Treasurer, Arthi manages the Society’s funds and finances our social activities. Arthi also plays both the piano and clarinet, is incredibly talented at crocheting (scarfs, sweaters, etc.), and loves to cook. In her free time, she also enjoys sleeping, listening to music, and getting bubble tea with friends! She also really, really wants a pet bird.

Community Outreach Chair: Chinwe Onwere
Hometown: Ohio
Graduation Year: 2026
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major, Environmental minor

As Community Outreach Chair, Chinwe runs the Shipman Society’s volunteer efforts in and around the Ann Arbor communities. On campus, Chinwe is involved in writing for the Statement, which is the magazine of the Michigan Daily, research through UROP with Dr. Lama’s lab, and a part of M-Stem! She also loves trying new foods, going on walks, and traveling.

Student Relations Chair: Avery McNamara
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Graduation Year: 2025
School of Kinesiology
Movement Science

As Student Relations Chair, Avery helps to plan our annual Shipman Weekend, where prospective students come to learn about our society and the University. She also manages our mentorship program! On campus, Avery is a member of a club sport called Michigan All-Girls Competitive Cheerleading, a member of Students for Clean Energy, and a biology lab assistant. Her hobbies include binging TV, singing music too loudly, and traveling.

Social Chair: Sofia Wynns
Graduation Year: 2025
Hometown: Sandusky, MI
 of Literature, Arts & Science
Molecular Biology

As Social Chair, Sofia is responsible for organizing Shipman’s social activities, from movies nights to society dinners, and even off campus adventures.