Katelyn Rourk | An Incredible MCAT Success
Emily Malfitano | A New York Career in Fashion Merchandising
DM&A is proud of the many accomplishments of the families of our staff members. DM&A VP’s Dr. Tina Rourk and Leslie O’Meara and their families are celebrating this month as one daughter (Katelyn Rourk) prepares for medical school and the other (Emily Malfitano) a career in merchandising in New York City. An undeniable dream of any parent is to see their daughter or son realize their dreams through hard work and perseverance, which is exactly what Katelyn and Emily have done.
Katelyn Rourk, a senior at The University of Florida recently took the MCAT exam and received a 522, placing her in the 99th percentile of all testers in the nation. This almost perfect score, along with her strong academic record, positions her for acceptance into the nation’s top medical schools, where she wants to study Orthopedics. Majoring in Biology, with a dual minor in Sociology and health disparities. Katelyn maintains an active schedule, holding leadership position on campus and in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, where she raises money and awareness for the University of Florida’s Shands Children’s Hospital as a UF Dance Marathon Captain, all while studying for a full class load and working part-time. This past year, she had the privilege of shadowing an Orthopedic doctor while also holding an Organic Chemistry teaching assistant position, volunteering, and assisting a faculty professor in a research project.
Emily Malfitano, a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate from Florida State University’s College of Entrepreneurship, with a major in Retail Entrepreneurship and minor in Business Analytics, will be starting her career with Ross Stores, Inc. at their corporate headquarters in New York City. Throughout her four years at FSU, Emily worked in the fashion merchandising industry while attending classes and was selected for the highly competitive Merchandise Planning internship program at Saks Fifth Avenue in in New York City. In addition to her active involvement with her sorority, also Alpha Chi Omega, and her 20 hour per week work schedule, Emily was also a columnist for Clutch magazine, FSU’s fashion magazine created by students for students, and was a passionate participant in her sorority’s charity, Women Against Domestic Violence.
Both Emily and Katelyn contributed their leadership skills as volunteers in DM&A’s me and my commUnity program, which is a mentoring program for high potential, under-served female high school students. DM&A is very proud of both of them and wish them great success as our next generation leaders in business and healthcare.