Meet The UConn Rescue Executive Board

President & Training Coordinator

Ajitha Chivukula, Senior, Biomedical Engineering

Hi! My name is Ajitha. I’m a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I’m interested in going to medical school and becoming a doctor. UConn Rescue means a lot to me— I love learning about emergency medicine as an EMT myself, and it blows my mind how we are teaching people a skill with which they can literally save other people’s lives. I’m also on an acapella team and love to sing and beatbox!

Vice President

Michael Kosover, Junior, Molecular and Cell Biology

Hi all! I’m Michael Kosover. I’m a junior studying Molecular and Cell Biology. I love skiing and I’m a Ski Patroller at Mount Southington. I also volunteer as an EMT at Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association. A fun fact about me is that I love to smile all the time, yet I’m horrible at smiling in pictures. I’m so excited to be working with you all this year!

Executive Liaison

Olivia Babick, Senior, Allied Health

Hi my name is Olivia, and I am a senior Allied Health major minoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. I am currently a CPR instructor with UConn Rescue and have been a CNA at St. Francis Hospital since 2018. I enjoy hiking and paddle boarding when I have a free minute.


Drew Bidmead, Junior, Molecular and Cell Biology

My name is Drew Bidmead, and I am a junior Molecular and Cell Biology major on the pre-med track. I’ve held my EMT license since 2017, and have been part of UConn Rescue since the fall of 2019. I am excited to work with the board to find new ways to serve the UConn community with respect to emergency response and prehospital care!

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Christopher Thompson, Sophomore, Biology, Pre-Dental

   Hey everyone! My name is Chris Thompson and I’m this year's treasurer for UConn Rescue. I’m a biology major on the pre-dental track. Some of my interests include cycling, swimming, and art and I’m so excited to serve as UCR’s treasurer.

Alumni Relations Officer

Giridhar Murali, Senior, Molecular and Cell Biology

   Hey everyone! My name is Giridhar Murali, and I am a senior in the Honors Program at UConn as a STEM Scholar, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and minoring in Anthropology. I am from Shelton, CT. A fun fact about me is that I am a competitive chess player! I am currently a volunteer EMT at Echo Hose Ambulance Corporation in Shelton, CT and am the current Alumni Relations Officer of UConn Rescue!


Faculty Advisor

Michael Zacchera 

Michael Zacchera is the faculty advisor for UConn Rescue.  His office is in Koons Hall, Room 112.


Mike is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Allied Health, where he teaches AH 4092 EMT Training.  A paramedic since 1991, Mike currently works full time as an Educator at the Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation at Hartford Hospital, and as a part time paramedic for the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association.


Feel free to contact Mike at