& Ignite Purpose
United & Ignited will drive students’ academic excellence, connecting in-class learning with self-guided studying to prepare them for scholastic success. It will ignite an exceptional education with these campaign priorities:
Academic Center for Excellence
Centralize resources and enhance student success.
Provide smooth transition for DO students at PCOM South Georgia.
Support and enhance osteopathic medical education.
Alleviate barriers and reduce student debt.
& Ignite Practice
United & Ignited will unlock experiential learning opportunities for students, bridging the gap between theory and practice to prepare them for professional success. It will ignite real-world skills with these campaign priorities:
Clinical Site Development
Develop dynamic clinical sites for hands-on learning.
Community Wellness Initiative
Collaborate to offer health and wellness activities in the community.
Patient Care Settings
Enhance patient outcomes at PCOM patient care settings.
& Ignite Passion
United & Ignited will elevate students’ experiences, bringing a holistic approach to their lives to prepare them for personal success. It will ignite their passion for PCOM with these campaign priorities:
Enhanced Campus Environments
Renovations for relaxation, socialization, and collaboration.
Student Emergency Fund
Support for uninterrupted studies during challenging times.
Programs promoting student well-being.
Funds for research presentations and networking opportunities.
This is your moment. Your moment to help PCOM successfully position students as leaders in a competitive healthcare market. Your moment to unite with other key stakeholders in the PCOM community and make an unprecedented impact on the purpose, practice, and passion of PCOM students. Join us in this historic moment.
Together, we are
President and CEO, PCOM
Students In Action
Herve Peacemaker Ineza
Gregory Papadeas, DO ‘88Dr. Papadeas has been faithfully contributing to the Dr. and Mrs. Gregory G. Papadeas & Family Endowed Scholarship for nearly 10 years, which provides tuition support to osteopathic medical students of Greek heritage. A dermatologist with a multi-site practice in Colorado, Dr. Papadeas hosted a gathering of PCOM alumni at his home in June 2019, where the featured guest was Carol Fox. He made one of the first gifts to the United & Ignited campaign in 2023.
Kelly Strickler, DO 17In 2023, Dr. Strickler committed to endowing a scholarship to benefit osteopathic medical students with financial need. A family medicine physician currently in practice with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Dr. Strickler is a third generation osteopathic physician. In addition to following in her father’s professional footsteps, Dr. Strickler has mirrored his philanthropic support of PCOM with her scholarship commitment.
Necie Liggeons, MS/ODL '20Necie Liggeons has been a loyal donor to PCOM since 2016. As both a PCOM alumna and PCOM’s chief development and alumni engagement officer, she sees the value in giving back first-hand. With a commitment to all PCOM locations, Necie has contributed to funds spanning a variety of programs. In addition, she made gifts to secure both a brick paver in PCOM’s donor garden and a tile on the periodic table of Elements of PCOM Georgia's Future.
Lee Ann Van Houten-Sauter, DO ‘91Paying tribute to her father, Dr. Houten-Sauter created the Paul A. Van Houten, DO ’62 Memorial Endowed Scholarship to benefit fourth year osteopathic medical students who hail from southern New Jersey. She has added to the scholarship every single year since establishing it in 2018 through an annual golf outing and other fundraisers. Dr. Houten-Sauter is a family medicine physician at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill in New Jersey.