My name is Veronika Kocmanová, and I graduated with my master's degree in the Czech Republic (CR) last year. After I finished my internship in the Netherlands in February, I started working as a freelancer, mostly in a palliative care centre. I got in touch with EFPSA in 2017 when I coordinated the 1st EFPSA Academy in the CR. After that, I took a little “EFPSA break” while holding a Board position in the Czech Member Organisation for two years. When I got the opportunity to represent my country as a member representative (MR), I stepped out of my comfort zone. I became an EFPSA Trainer and have participated in many events, namely theCongress in Malta in 2018, the Conference in the CR, Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) in Turkey, Joint EB&MR Meeting in Slovenia and Malta, and E-TRAM). All the experience within the EFPSA and MR team boosted my motivation to go on with my EFPSA journey as Member and Observer Coordinator, and brought me to the Board as Member Representatives Officer last year.
As a President, I collaborate with externals, other student associations, and EFPA. I oversee the External Relations Office that writes position papers, ensures media coverage, and represents EFPSA. Together with the Vice President, I lead the work of the Board as well as the whole Working Community to shape the future of the Federation in the best way possible.
Friendly and supporting atmosphere amongst all team members matters a lot to me. I believe that open, honest and transparent communication creates a cohesive environment within the entire EFPSA Working Community.
This mandate, I aim to increase the financial stability of the Federation as well as the involvement in advocacy and youth actions, to deepen collaboration with the EHSAS associations and Alumni Network, and to provide our members with opportunities for both professional and personal development.
In my free time, I volunteer in the Water Rescue Service and love hiking and playing the guitar.