University of Nebraska Medical Center

Parents & Family Association

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The UNMC College of Medicine Parents and Family Association is an organization comprised of parents and family members of students enrolled in the UNMC College of Medicine. This advisory council was founded to enhance communication between parents and family members of these students, the college and the university.


  • Enhance communication between family members and the UNMC College of Medicine.
  • Promote social interaction among students.
  • Support student wellness.
  • Inform family members of campus, college & student updates.

PFA-Sponsored Events

The Parents & Family Association sponsors multiple events for College of Medicine students and their family members each year.

Family Day

Family Day is an event for family members held each August the morning of the White Coat Ceremony. This event is an opportunity for families to hear from College of Medicine and campus leadership about the support offered to your student while they attend UNMC.

View of auditorium filled with parents listening to a presentation from Dr. Britigan.

Significant Other's Reception

The Significant Other's Reception is held each August during Orientation Week and provides an opportunity for the partners of medical students to get to know each other. All College of Medicine students and their partners are invited to attend.

A group of students and partners smiling while sitting at a picnic table.

Match Day & Commencement

The Parents & Family Association provides sponsorship for Match Day and Commencement celebrations planned by the M4 class.

A medical student announces their residency match while at a podium.

M1 Picnic

Each May, the Parents & Family Association sponsors an end-of-year event planned by the M1 class to celebrate their first year of medical school.

Medical students hanging out at picnic tables.

Council Leadership

Tracy Kochenderfer (Student Year 2026)


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Mike & Melissa Karloff

Pat & Cindy Regan

Elaine Adams

Kim Anderson

Michelle Schefcik

Mike & Marian Weaver

Geraldine Erickson

Penny & Rusty Ford

Drew & Lacey Luebe

Melissa Thompson

Marcy Wood Jolton

Evie York

Chris & Amy Blaser

Christy & Tom Champoux

Tamara Doehner

Carla Goerish

Susan & Bob Grinde

Melissa Konicek

Angella Merriman

Anita St. Onge

Anne Perlman

Debbie Rasmussen

Beth Stinson

Michelle Seizys

Student Representatives

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Anna Wilwerding Garret Ostdiek-Wille Sophia Jensen Ryan Chapman
looking up through a sculpture at a sunny sky on campus

Support Our Work

The work of the Parents & Family Association is made possible through gifts to the Parents & Family Innovation Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Thank you for your generosity!