Director of Breakthrough to Nursing
Director of Convention Planning & Fundraising
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Hello! My name is Alisha VanDriel and I am honored to be Vice President of SNAAz for the 2017-2018 year! I chose to run for Vice President because after finishing my ADN, I realized that I could have made things easier on myself if I had known more about what SNAAz had to offer. I hope to reach out to nursing students across Arizona and educate them about the benefits of being involved. My goals include helping nursing students feel like they are part of something bigger and that their success is vital to nursing. I am currently an RN-BSN student at ASU and a Scottsdale Community College Alumni. I feel nursing allows me to make an impact on the most amount of people in the shortest period of time. I began feeling the desire to become a nurse after being ill as a child, my nurse advocated for me and by doing this- probably saved my life. After becoming a parent, my reasons to become a nurse became even more defined. Being a parent makes me a role model, and I am determined to be the best possible example for my children!
SNAAz Vice President
Arizona State University/ Scottsdale Community College Alumni
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Director of Communications
Hi! My name is Michaela Calvillo and I am your 2017-2018 SNAAz Director of Community Outreach. I am honored to serve as the Director of Community Outreach for the Student Nurses' Association of Arizona.I am 22 years old currently living in Chandler. I’m in block 2 at Mesa Community College and concurrently enrolled with Northern Arizona University. When I graduate school I hope to become a pediatric oncology nurse. I currently volunteer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in my spare time. I also enjoy practicing yoga and being outside when I am not busy with school!
SNAAz Director of Community Outreach
Hello, my name is Christina Worley and I am currently pursuing my nursing education through Arizona State University and Estrella Mountain Community College through the concurrent enrollment program. In addition to being a part of the SNAAz Board of Directors, I am currently Treasurer of EMCC’s SNA chapter. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in pediatric oncology. I look forward to increasing connections with the local school chapters, getting pre-nursing students excited, and working with my fellow board members to increase membership and promote leadership in the community.
SNAAz Director of Breakthrough to Nursing
Estrella Mountain Community College
Arizona State University
Hi! My name is Justine McLellan and I am honored to be serving as the Director of Communications for the Student Nurses’ Association of Arizona. Currently, I am working towards both my ADN and BSN concurrently through Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University. Presently my current interests are critical care and pursuing a pathway to becoming a CRNA. Throughout school and after graduation, I am also eager to get involved with organizations who are dedicated to providing health care to underserved communities within the Phoenix area as well as around the world. As the Director of Communications, my goal is to connect with and encourage more students to become involved in our organization as well as within the community. I will provide students with information regarding upcoming events, educational opportunities and motivational support. Again, I am honored to be serving along side this year’s Board of Directors and very excited to further support our members. Please contact me anytime if you have any questions or recommendations. We as students are the future of nursing; together we can become the best we can be, influence and create positive change.
SNAAz Director of Communications
Glendale Community College
Northern Arizona University
Director of Community Outreach
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Director of Membership
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SNAAz Advisor - Amanda Foster
Hi! My name is Cindy Ladner and I am your 2017-2018 SNAAz Director of Website. I am honored to serve as the Director of Website for the Student Nurses' Association of Arizona. I attend Mesa Community College's CEP program with Grand Canyon University. I'm in block 2 at MCC and simultaneously working toward a MSN in Nursing Informatics at GCU. I am committed to the values and ideals of our association and hope to provide a website experience that is informative and easy to navigate for Arizona's student nurses, nursing program faculty, advisors, and anyone with a curiosity to browse our site. Please feel free to contact me with questions about our site or if you know of breaking news in the nursing world that should be referenced.
SNAAz Director of Website
Mesa Community College/Grand Canyon University CEP Program
Hi! My name is Nadia Hamilton and I am your 2017-2018 SNAAz Secretary. I am currently in block one of nursing school at Glendale Community College and I am completing my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Arizona State University. I very much like to say that nursing found me! I became inspired to become a nurse as I learned more about the profession, and realized how centered on holistic care nursing truly is. I knew from the very beginning that I was meant to take care of others and I jumped at the opportunity to embark on my journey into nursing. This year I hope to develop my leadership skills, give back to the community and learn everything I can from my patient and colleagues. I am excited to grow with SNAAz and become the best nurse I can be. I look up to my mom for the foundation of hard work that she had provided to me, and for teaching me to reach for the stars. In my free time I enjoy eating great food and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to serving as secretary this year and can’t wait to meet everyone!
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My name is Brad Christmas, and I am the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Student Nurses Association of Arizona for 2017-18. I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity to serve within SNAAZ with the hope that I will impact current and future nurses as well as nursing students in a profound way. I find great value in integrity, empathy, commitment, and laughter, and I hope to share these qualities with those that I come in contact with both personally and professionally.
I am currently in my first year of the Concurrent Enrollment Program for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Glendale Community College and Arizona State University. I hold Associate’s degrees in Emergency Response and Operations from Glendale Community College and Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic) from Phoenix College. At present I work for the Phoenix Fire Department as a 911 dispatcher and I look forward to taking my knowledge of pre-hospital healthcare into the clinical setting and further growing my skillset.
I am an Arizona native with close family ties throughout the state. My downtime is spent working on whatever DIY project I happen to have taken on around the house, playing with my two pups, or cheering on the Phoenix Suns. I am very much looking forward to whatever challenges this position brings and am excited to be a part of the team!
Treasurer Neva Farmer
Director of Legislative Affairs
SNAAz Faculty Advisor - Doris Lovata
Secretary Nadia Hamilton
Hi! My name is Kelly Arthur and I am your 2017-2018 SNAAz President. I am honored to serve as the President for the Student Nurses' Association of Arizona.
SNAAz Consultant - Cheryl Schmidt
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President Kelly Arthur
Director of Newsletter
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I currently have the wonderful opportunity of being a faculty advisor for SNAAz. I started this adventure about a year ago. I enjoy both working with students and advancing the professionalism of nursing. I am amazed at the quality of students who become involved in SNAAz and the hours of work they put into this organization. My professional background includes several years of experience in different areas of nursing. The majority of my time has been spent in labor and delivery, an area I enjoy and feel very passionate about. My experience as a clinical educator motivated me to advance my interests in educating future nurses. I currently teach at Grand Canyon University which provides an excellent environment to educate caring professional nurses with a Christian framework which is important to me. I keep my nursing skills up to date by working part-time at Banner Desert Hospital in L&D. I am the proud mother of four girls. When I am not working or enjoying my family you will find me at hot yoga, the gym, or hiking.
SNAAz Faculty Advisor
Grand Canyon University
Welcome the 2017-2018 SNAAz Board of Directors!
Hello! My name is Kelly Bowman and I am the Director of Convention planning and Fundraising for 2017-2018! I am a block 4 student at Scottsdale Community College where I serve as the President for our student nurses association. Currently I work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a PCT on our ortho/trauma floor. I am keeping an open mind as to where I want to work, however, I love my team and will definitely be staying in pediatrics as it is my niche. My goal as Director of Convention Planning and Fundraising for this year is to provide an amazing and life changing experience for students at our SNAAz conventions. Please email me directly if you are interested in speaking at our 2018 SNAAz Convention, or if you have any questions or concerns.
SNAAz Director of Convention Planning and Fundraising
Scottsdale Community College
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Hi, my name is Neva Farmer and I am your 2017-2018 SNAAz Treasurer. I am honored to serve as the Treasurer for the Student Nurses’ Association of Arizona. I have previously served as President and Founder of the Scottsdale Community College Student Nurses’ Association and Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee for the National Student Nurses’ Association. I am committed to the values and ideals of our association and hope to increase scholarship opportunities for the nursing students of Arizona. This position allows me to combine my background in finance and passion for nursing leadership and advocacy. As Treasurer, I am tasked with maintaining up-to-date financial records and ensuring the future of our 501c3 status. As a non-profit organization SNAAz has a greater ability to supply scholarships and funds to our members. In addition, to being a SNAAz member I enjoy reading, trying new restaurants, and being outdoors. I look forward to serving as your 2017-2018 SNAAz Treasurer. Please feel free to contact me with questions in regards to scholarship opportunities and/or fundraising ideas.
Hello! My name is Mariah Porritt and I am the Director of Newsletter here at SNAAz. I am currently a freshman of Nursing at ASU Barrett Honors College. Although I am just starting out pursuing my career, I am very excited to be getting involved in SNAAz and all of the amazing opportunities that come with it. I also have a Legislative Affairs position in the SNA chapter at ASU. I am planning on entering the Nursing program at ASU a semester early and can't wait to gain more experience and knowledge. I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Board of Directors and other members of SNA in this next year.
SNAAz Director of Newsletter
Dr. Schmidt has taught community health nursing to baccalaureate nursing students since 1975, in Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, and now at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. She earned her nursing diploma at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH, her BSN and Masters in Nursing at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.Dr. Schmidt is a Certified Nurse Educator, a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, and a Fellow in the American Nurses Association Academy of Nursing. She has been actively involved with professional and community organizations for over forty years. She has served in leadership positions of the American Nurses Association (ANA) at the local, state and national levels, and has served as a consultant to the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) at the local, state and national levels, including a term as the ANA-appointed Consultant to the NSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Schmidt has been a volunteer nurse in the American Red Cross since 1974, and has taught disaster preparedness education to health care professionals, nursing students, and community members throughout the United States. She collaborated with a team of other Red Cross nurses to develop a course to prepare pre-licensure nursing students to serve as volunteers in Red Cross disaster shelters, which is now being taught in nursing programs throughout the country. Dr. Schmidt has received several awards related to her Red Cross work, including a regional Ann Magnussen Award, a Chapter-level Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Honor Award, and the 2011 International Committee of the Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal (one of four in the U.S. and 39 in the world that year). She has co-authored three book chapters and several manuscripts related to her disaster preparedness work, and presented countless papers at local, state, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Schmidt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. After moving to Phoenix, AZ in June, 2015, to be closer to family, Dr. Schmidt began teaching at Arizona State University in January, 2016.
Cheryl K. Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Clinical Professor and Interim Associate Director, Pre-licensure Program
Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Phoenix, AZ; Cheryl.K.Schmidt@asu.edu Cell 501-840-1795
Director of Website
Vice President Alisha Van Driel
I am a BSN prepared nurse, currently working on my FNP while practicing as a ICU Step Down Telemetry nurse. My leadership journey started as a student. I served as a Director on the SNAAz Board and went on to be elected as the Western Region Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the National Student Nurses Association(NSNA). Since graduation, I have helped in an advisor capacity to SNAAz. I am active with the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) on the Public Policy Committee. After identifying a need for leadership development for new graduate nurses I founded and currently serve as the President of the Emerging Professional Chapter of AzNA. A year after graduation I was elected to the American Nurses’ Association Nominations and Elections Committee and currently serve as the Committee Chair. In 2016 I was honored to be awarded March of Dimes Nurse of the Year- Rising Star, and this year was selected as a Tenet Hero 2017 as well as inducted into Sigma Theta Tau. Throughout my involvement I have had the opportunity to meet inspiring nurse leaders, attend lobby day speaking with legislators about nursing issues, and I traveled across the country promoting students and nursing leadership.
Amanda Foster, RN, BSN