Meet The UConn Rescue Executive Board

External President 

Drew Bidmead, Senior, Molecular and Cell Biology

My name is Drew Bidmead, and I am a Senior 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!

External Vice President

Julie Chrostowski, Senior, Biological Sciences

Hi I’m Julie and I’m a senior majoring in Biological Sciences. I’m interested in going to medical school in the future. A fun fact about me is that I love to ski! I hope to be able to go to Colorado in the future to ski some amazing mountains.

Internal President & AHA Training Coordinator

Christopher Thompson, Junior, Biological Sciences (Pre-Dental)

Hey everyone! My name is Chris Thompson and I’m going to be the internal president of UConn Rescue next year. I’m currently a Junior studying Biological Sciences on the pre-dental track and I’m so excited to continue serving on the E-board.

Internal Vice President & STB Training Coordinator

Michael Kosover, Alumni, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Hi all! I’m Michael Kosover. I’m UConn 2021 alumni, but I studied Molecular and Cell Biology while in school. I currently work as an Emergency Room Technician and as an EMT. In my free time I love skiing and snowboarding and I also volunteer as an EMT at Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association. I’m so excited to be working with you all again!

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Kathryn Wilkinson, Sophomore, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Hello everyone my name is Kathryn Wilkinson and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. I am delighted to be serving in the role of Secretary! I am a volunteer EMT for my hometown and I am also a new CPR instructor. I’m looking forward to the year ahead!



Poorna Balakumar, Junior, Molecular and Cell Biology, PVS, CAMS

Hi! My name is Poorna and I’m a junior majoring in MCB, PVS and CAMS. A fun fact about me is that I’m on an Indian dance team!

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Conference Chair

Andrew Tsao, Senior, Economics & Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Tsao, I’m a Senior with a double major in Economics and Psychology! I’m excited to serve as the Conference Chair of this year’s Executive Board and continue teaching as both a CPR and Stop the Bleed instructor! I look forward to meeting many of you at our conference, meetings and other events!



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