Today we're featuring two more speakers for our 2017 event, Precipice.

Mikayla Bodey is a fourth-year student in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Mikayla grew up on a small family farm in west-central Ohio, and is the first in her family to attend college. Mikayla has dedicated her collegiate career to agriculture and food policy, finding innovative solutions to food insecurity, exciting energy around progressive agriculture, and voicing the needs of America’s rural communities. Mikayla has interned with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, National 4-H Council, and The Ohio Development Services Agency. Mikayla also assisted in a research project evaluating the social capital of Cooperative Extension educators in underserved communities. On campus, she is involved in Undergraduate Student Government, Sphinx Senior Class Honorary, and the University Panel on Food Sustainability. In her spare time, Mikayla enjoys spending time on her family farm with her Clydesdale horse ‘Sassy’, making homemade applesauce, and sewing. Mikayla will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this spring, and then plans to begin her career in agriculture and food policy in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Quinn Capers IV is an interventional cardiologist, medical educator, and Associate Dean of Admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has personally performed over 4,000 coronary stent procedures, many in heart attack patients, and is an expert at performing these procedures through the radial artery in the patient’s wrist. His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2016, and his patient satisfaction scores placed in the 90th percentile nationally in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

An avid student of African American history, he has turned history into action by serving disadvantaged communities, mentoring numerous future physicians from high school through advanced clinical training, and teaching medical students and others on the topic of medical injustices suffered by minority communities. He is a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce healthcare disparities and was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround in the diversity of The Ohio State University’s cardiology fellowship training program. Dr. Capers has led the admissions team to make OSU one of the most diverse medical schools in the country. He has published several articles on interventional cardiology procedures, healthcare disparities, and diversity enhancement in medicine. His latest study is the first to document the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions.

A Dayton, Ohio native, Dr. Capers graduated with honors from Howard University before obtaining his MD from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta. Capers and his wife, Cheryl, are the proud parents of three children.