2016-17 Faculty Senate Members > Medicine

School of Medicine Senators


Michelle Rachal  
Term Expires: June 2019       
Phone: (775) 682-7310
Email: mrachal@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Michelle Rachal is the Reference & Web Librarian, and Subject Liaison for Nursing and Speech Pathology & Audiology, in the Savitt Medical Library. She received her B.A. in Spanish from University of Nevada, Reno and her MLIS from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


Dave AuCoin
Term Expires: June 2019
Phone: (775) 784-4128
Website: Website
Email: daucoin@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: David AuCoin is an Associate Professor and Chair within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). Dr. AuCoin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst followed by a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada.  He completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.  His primary research focus is to develop antibody based diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious diseases. He is also the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of DxDiscovery (2012), a UNSOM “startup” focused on translating diagnostic research into FDA approved products. He lectures on medical microbiology to UNSOM medical students and recently assisted in the creation of a new undergraduate major, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI).

Kristine Galek                           
Term Expires: June 2018
Phone: (775) 682-6398

Brief Bio: Kristine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology where she conducts clinical diagnostics and intervention as well as research in the state of the art voice and swallowing clinic. Kristine's primary research interests are swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and cleft palate. Other salient interests include product development and entrepreneurial ventures.

Abbie Olszewski                  
Term Expires: June 2018
Phone: (775) 682-7017
Website: Website
Email: aolszewski@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Abbie Olszewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She is the director of the Building Language and Literacy in Growing (BLLING) Youth Research Lab where she conducts research regarding children’s language and literacy skills.  Abbie has a particular interest in the communication abilities of children from at-risk and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Abbie recently completed her doctoral program at Utah State University in Disability Disciplines with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology and a sub-specialization in Language and Literacy.  Previous to her doctoral coursework, she worked as a speech language pathologist in Chicago with a decade of clinical practice in a variety of settings from home-based early intervention to high school classrooms.  She loves her work and is committed to enhancing the lives of others through her efforts as a researcher, teacher, and clinician.

Terry Henner          
Term Expires: June 2017
Phone: (775) 682-7301
Email: thenner@medicine.nevada.edu

Brief Bio: Terry Henner is an Associate Professor and Head of Outreach Services in the Savitt Medical Library, which serves The University of Nevda School of Medicine programs. He has a particular interest in the application of technology to promote access to health information and to facilitate scholarly communication.