My name is Alix Loar and I am the new Director of Community Outreach for the 2016-2017 year! I am a concurrent enrollment (CEP) student working on both my RN and BSN through Mesa Community College and Arizona State University. I volunteer in the Banner Desert
Emergency Department and am currently preparing for a medical internship in Takoradi, Ghana July, 2017. I am very excited for this opportunity to help get student nurses involved and in touch with their communities! My goal for this year is to get as many students involved in the events as we can and to also get SNAAZ connected with communities we haven't yet in the past. I am both ready and eager to get started and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for SNAAz!

Alix Loar

SNAAZ Director of Community Outreach

Mesa Community College

Arizona State University



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.

Doris Lovata

SNAAz Faculty Advisor

Grand Canyon University



Hi, My name is Kelly Arthur and I am the Director of Convention planning and Fundraising for 2016-2017! I am a senior at Scottsdale Community College where I serve as the Vice President for our student nurses association. Currently I work in clinical research for HonorHealth and I am very excited about the future of nursing in both research and clinical practice. I am keeping an open mind as to what type of nursing I would like to pursue but my front-runners are research nursing and OB/GYN. 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 2017 SNAAz Convention, or if you have any questions or concerns.


Kelly Arthur
SNAAz Director of Convention Planning and Fundraising
Scottsdale Community College


My name is Connie Canada and I am your Director of Legislative Affairs 2016-2017 for SNAAz. I have sat on the board of many different professional and nonprofit organizations over the years, and am honored to work with SNAAz and this incoming board. I am currently in my Junior year with Northern Arizona University and Estrella Mountain Community College concurrent enrollment program. I will graduate in December 2018 with my RN,BSN and continue on from there to become a DNP, Family Practice. As a currently licensed midwife in the State of Arizona, I understand adversity and the need for a strong legislative body to bring forth resolutions that will further the advancement of nursing and the care nurses provide to the citizens of Arizona. As a future Advance Practice Nurse, I will work hard to pass legislation that will allow Autonomy in the hospital to all Advance Practice Nurses. In order to reach our goals, we will need a lot of support from the community and you. I look forward to serving the members, fellow board members, students and nurses to the betterment of our profession.

Connie Canada, LM, CPM

SNAAz Director of Legislation


Hello, friends! My name is Codee Hayes/Huffer and I am currently in Block 3 at Mesa Community College. When I was twelve my mother passed away from a brain tumor so Hospice was a huge part of my life. I made a promise to my mom that I would become not only a nurse but the best nurse that I could possibly be. I am now making that promise a reality. When I started block one, I dove in to everything and anything the program had to offer.  I was voted in as the representative for block one evening program, became a Senator on the SNA board in 2015 and am pleased to announce that I now hold the title of President of MCC SNA.  I am enthused to now be a part of the SNAAz team! Trauma is what makes my eyes sparkle and I will continue to work every day to ensure my dreams become a reality!

Codee Hayes/Huffer
SNAAz Director of Newsletter

Mesa Community College



​My name is Kelly Miller, and I am the Director of Breakthrough to Nursing of the Student Nurses' Association of Arizona. Currently, I am pursuing my nursing education through Glendale Community College and Arizona State University through the concurrent enrollment program. My background involves six years of Active Duty military service, which opened my eyes to my passion of leadership and service to our community. I am now focused on my education, and am thankful for each of the experiences that it has brought me thus far. For this upcoming year in SNAAz, I am very excited to be a part of such an incredible organization, and look forward to the opportunity to work with my fellow board members. If you have any questions or recommendations, please feel free to contact me.

Kelly Miller
SNAAz Director of Breakthrough to Nursing
Glendale Community College
Arizona State University


​My name is James Lopez and I am the Vice President of SNAAz. The Nursing profession is an admirable one and there is no better feeling then being able to help someone. I am currently enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at Scottsdale Community College.  I hope to work in the NICU after graduation. My goal for this year is to support the SNAAz President and to find an exciting and amazing location for our conventions. In my spare time, I like going to the gym, concerts, movies, comedy shows, and sporting events (Go ASU and Go Arizona Cardinals!).  I am very happy to be a part of this great organization and excited for what this year has to offer.

James Lopez
Scottsdale Community College/Upper Iowa University


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 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  

SNAAz Advisor


Hello, my name is Michelle Taylor. I am honored to be elected as President of the Student Nurses Association of Arizona.  We have a great board of directors this year and I know great things will be accomplished. I am very blessed to be able to serve on the SNAAz board for a second year. Last year I had the opportunity to write the first resolution from Arizona to present and defend at the NSNA Annual Convention. In doing so, I realized my passion in public policy, legislation and change. I have rallied at the State Capitol in 2015 to update the Nurse Practice Authority here in Arizona. I have also advocated in Washington, D.C. on Lobby Day 2016 for bills such as Title VIII – Nursing Workforce Development Bill. In my future I hope to be a strong influence in state and national legislation, utilizing my knowledge and background to find solutions that will improve outcomes, especially for women and children.  

Outside of volunteering weekly and studying I prefer to spend my time at church or outdoors with my family exploring my beautiful native state. 

Success comes from working in partnership with others and I encourage you all to get out of your comfort zone, get involved, be selfless, volunteer, love others and do not ever let fear keep you from being who you are called to be…Let your light shine. Please reach out to me, or any of these wonderful board members should you need anything. 

Michelle Taylor
Chamberlain College of Nursing



I am a full-time residential nursing faculty at Glendale Community College (GCC). I teach pediatric nursing in  the 3rd semester or "block" of the nursing program at GCC. I have been teaching in some capacity for Maricopa Nursing since 2007. I graduated from Scottsdale Community College with my ADN in 2004, then completed my BSN at Grand Canyon in 2006. I obtained my MSN-Ed in 2011 from University of Phoenix. I hold 2 pediatric nursing certifications; one from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the other from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). During my years as a registered nurse, I have worked primarily in pediatrics, but also have a background in community health, NICU, & forensic nursing.

Melissa Williams

SNAAz Faculty Advisor

Glendale Community College



Hi, my name is Domenica Owens and I am currently serving as the Director of Communications for SNAAz. I am originally from upstate New York, but moved down to Florida for high school and college and just recently moved to Arizona on a whim, but have loved it so far! I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and have a passion for nutrition and wellness. I believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a necessary aspect of nursing, so that we are capable of caring for our patients to the best of our ability while providing them with the necessary education to heal and thrive. I have had the remarkable opportunity to travel to Peru for 2 different medical mission trips and hope to go to Africa in September for another one. My long-term dream as a nurse is to be able to be a part of an organization that serves impoverished countries and gives these underprivileged communities their deserving access to medical care. My goal while being on this board is to be able to reach out to as many students as possible so that we all have an equal opportunity to be involved in order to be the best generation of nurses to serve our communal population. The SNAAz board this year is amazing and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization! 

Domenica Owens

SNAAz Director of Communications

Chamberlain College of Nursing 




My name is Neva Farmer and I am honored to serve as the SNAAz Ex-Officio Liaison. I am a student at Scottsdale Community College and plan to pursue a career in critical care after graduation. I am passionate about cultivating nurse leaders. I have served as the President/Founder of the Scottsdale Community College Student Nurses’ Association and Treasurer for SNAAz. Currently, I serve as Chair for the Nominating and Elections Committee for the National Student Nurses’ Association. My goal is to assist the 2016-2017 Board of Directors in achieving their goals while utilizing my experience and skills that I attained from serving in leadership over the last year. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and rock climbing.

Neva Farmer

SNAAz Ex-Officio

Scottsdale Community College



My name is Allyson Bradley and I am a senior at Chamberlain School of Nursing. I am honored to be the Secretary for of the Student Nurses' Association of Arizona. I was fortunate to serve on the Chamberlain SNA board as Director of Membership in 2014-2015 and then as President in 2015-2016. I love working with people; my passion is nursing. I have dreamed of being a nurse since I was in grade-school. My personal experience with a daughter that has congenital heart disease and my love of children has logically lead me to seek a path in pediatric nursing. I enjoy giving back to my community through volunteering. I am excited to serve SNAAz this year and meet new people. I look forward to working with the other board members to positively impact our future nurses. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

Allyson Bradley

Chamberlain College of Nursing



Victoria Saunders is Treasure of the SNAAz board and a Senior at Grand Canyon University. She loves the humanity of nursing and the life saving technologies she experiences in the hospital. She aspires to be a pediatric nurse. In her free time, if there is any, Victoria enjoys reading, writing, and the fine arts. Victoria is delighted to be a part of this years team.

Victoria Saunders

​SNAAz Treasurer


My name is Aiza Liza Prades and I am the Director of Website for SNAAz! I am currently a senior enrolled in Arizona State University’s nursing program. On top of being a part of SNAAz’s Board of Directors, I am also the President of ASU’s Student Nurses’ Association chapter. I did not choose nursing; nursing chose me. Growing up, I watched my older brothers go through their own respective nursing programs and when it came to choosing my major for college, it was a crystal clear decision that my heart chose without hesitation. As a nurse, I plan to work in Peri-Operative Services or in the Intensive Care Unit.
My goal this year as the Director of Website is to improve SNAAz’s online presence and our online resources’ accessibility for our members across the state. If you have any questions or any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Aiza Prades

SNAAz Director of Website

Arizona State University