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Fort Wayne Medical Society – Alliance


  Nasreen Ahmed, President


Summer is upon us and your Alliance has completed another successful year of community outreach and support. We would like to thank our hundreds of volunteers and dozens of affiliates such as Peerless Cleaners, Science Central, and SYM  Financial.

This past year has witnessed the Alliance adopting a pattern of innovation and reassessment that has been amazingly productive. It all began in 2015 with a Strategic Planning Session attended by the then current board and has morphed to progress in data retention, meeting structure, social media navigation, fiscal analysis & internal communication. We seek to understand the unique challenges to savvy young physician families while upholding the essentials to our valued, core members.

Our mission to Connect, Promote, & Support stays intact always.

Membership Note by Committee Chairs-Preeti Jain and Vivian Tran:

There are many avenues of support (within the FWMSA), but none so critical as the funding and volunteerism we receive from our members. The Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, and our funds go towards programs and communication enhancing our community. As a member, you will have the opportunity to join various committees and/or programs that best suit your time and interest. Learn more at All of these events benefit our community and promote a wonderful camaraderie among our group members.

Last year we capped at 129 members including Medical Resident spouses. We are grateful to maintain a consistent membership base and to every member giving us that vital platform.

Please mark your calendars for the popular Alliance Medical School Barbecue on Thursday, August 24th, 2017.  The Alliance will welcome the new Fort Wayne IU School of Medicine students and Medical Education Residents with a free meal for them, their program peers, and their families. Area physicians and Alliance members are invited to join the event and meet the new students. Further information will be posted on our Facebook page, web site and announced via Mailchimp.


We are blessed with a warm community of physician families that place a high priority on giving and touching the lives about us. Our purpose is to find and fulfill those relevant needs.

Our Social/Service Events this quarter included:

  • Spring Social: A lighthearted couple’s event held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at UMI’s Restaurant. Special thanks to Vivian Tran and Clara Gonzalez for organizing the event where 42 converged to enjoy amazing food and congeniality.
  • Spring Luncheon: Held at Cammy Sutter’s house and organized by Maria Krach and Betty Canavati. Members enjoyed a pot luck lunch, friendship, the installation of our new President, and an informative talk about Native Plants by Laura Stine. Outgoing President, Maria Krach, introduced and thanked her Board.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2017: On Wednesday May 31st, eight Alliance members and five medical school students participated in constructing a Habitat house as a community service project. Lunch was provided by Alliance member Tori Esguerra. The “Alliance Team” had a great day!


Our last Community Health Education project for this year was Cinderella Dress Day held at the Grand Wayne Center on March 25th,  2017.

Cinderella Dress Day Facts:

  • 550 young women attendees in our NE Indiana region but also included ladies from as far away as Fremont and Indianapolis
  • 14 Health Education Vendors including: Lutheran Health Network, MADD, McMillen, Girls Rock, Boys & Girls Club, and Parkview Physicians Group. A special note of thanks to Dr. Hector & Blanca Perez for a decade plus of involvement with a consistently popular booth
  • 900 dresses gifted
  • Prom prizes, accessories, hair and make-up tips and alterations were all provided on site.

The Alliance wishes to thank last year’s newly created, community-based committee of thirteen for their outstanding service toward securing the event and contributing to its’ continual success, including Alliance members – Tania Boyd, Heather Tanner, Amber Coughlin, Nasreen Ahmed and Michelle Collins-Austin.


We support Medical Education in a variety of ways, which includes our scholarship activities.

Scholarship: 2017 was our most ambitious year to date! We had three different formats with over $5000 awarded by the Alliance, all medically-based students and programs.

  • Health Careers Scholarship: The Alliance & SYM Financial co-scholarship of $1500 was awarded to Jasmyn Kalsto, a senior in the nursing program at the University of Saint Francis. She has a 3.8 grade point average. Along with community service, Jasmyn pays for tuition by working 24 hours at three different jobs, while being a full time student and a collegiate athlete. Jasmyn is a Patient Care Technician on the Oncology Unit at Lutheran Hospital and will take a nursing position there when she graduates in December.
  • Fears Family Nursing Gift: Regina Pequignot was awarded $500. She is a full time senior nursing student at the University of Saint Francis. Regina will be the first college graduate in her family and has a one year old son. She wants to continue in the ICU at PRMC, eventually getting her specialty certification in Critical Care Nursing.
  • Boys & Girls Club: High School Student Scholarship of $1000 was awarded to 17 year old Adrianna McNab. She finished high school with a GPA of 3.57. Adrianna has been a B & G Club member for six years and winner of the Red Cross Youth Humanitarian of the Year Award. She is to attend Huntington University next year with a focus on biology or biochemistry, in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Neurologist and returning to Fort   Wayne.
  • Tapestry Scholarship Program: The Alliance and the FWMS donated $4000 in honor of the late Dr. John Csicsko (our great friend and supporter) to the Tapestry Program at IPFW on April 28th, 2017.

Special thanks to Melissa Somerville, Preeti Jain and Michelle Collins-Austin for their efforts with these ambitious scholarship rewards.

Thank you to all the hard workers that have made the Alliance part of their extended family. As we grow and evolve to suit ever changing formats, please note our new email system through Mailchimp and contact us at [email protected], or visit us on Facebook at Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance. We would love to hear your thoughts on our social and community events, flash events, scholarship programs, and service initiatives.

Calendar 2017-18

  • Scholarship @ B&G Club
  • Alliance Barbecue
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Medical/Dental Mixer
  • Legislative Event
  • Holiday Bazaar
  • Doctor’s Day
  • Cinderella Dress Day
  • Spring Fling
  • Spring Luncheon/Installation


Tentative Service Days:

  • June 17th, 2017
  • August 24th, 2017
  • September 5th, 2017
  • October TBD, 2017
  • October 18th, 2017
  • December 6th, 2017
  • March 3rd, 2018
  • March 24th, 2018
  • April 29th, 2018
  • May 10th, 2018


January 31st and May 2nd, 2018


Board Meetings 9:30 am Clay St. office

June 7th     Board Orientation August 24th October 12th November 9th January 11th February 8th

Welcome to our new

2017-2018 Alliance Board




Communications Chairs:

Legislative chair:

Medical School Liaison:


Membership Chairs:

Scholarship Chairs:

Share and Care:


Doctors Day:

Cinderella Dress Day:



Nasreen Ahmed

Liz Hathaway

Melissa Somerville

Jennifer Bojrab & Colleen Kachmann

Cami Pond

Beth Price

Cammy Sutter & Tori Esguerra

Preeti Jain & Vivian Tran

Michelle Collins-Austin & Preeti jain

Marcia Laker

Betty Canavati

Maria Krach & Deae Baker

Nasreen Ahmed