Hi! My name is Kristine Riggs.  As an active member of Glendale Association of Student Nurses, I have held the Block 3 representative position while helping with several community service projects through GCC Alpha Pi.  I am very excited for a wonderful career in nursing because of its challenges and diverse opportunities.  I look forward to applying my passion to improve our community as a student nurse and a future nurse.  Because of this, I became the Director of Convention Planning and Fundraising for the Student Nurses Association of Arizona for the 2018-2019 year.  

My number one goal this year is to bring you the best nursing information, educators, and programs at our conventions that will help you succeed in your nursing school career.  If you, or someone you know, could make a valuable contribution to the SNAAz conventions, please submit a request to studentnursesaz@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support for the Student Nurses Association of Arizona!


Kristine Riggs
SNAAz Director of Convention Planning and Fundraising

Hi there, I'm Karlisa Lawrence your 2019 Director of Membership and Elections! I am currently in my second semester of my BSN program at Aspen University, one of the "newer" schools on the block. I love both children and medicine and hope to become a pediatric nurse after graduating. I've grown up being a "people-person" and love mentoring and bringing people together. My goal as your new Director of Members on SNAAz, is to bring fellow nursing students together to network and support one another. I am excited to continue encouraging growth in our memberships and community!


Karlisa Lawrence
SNAAz Director of Membership and Elections 

Hi, my name is Justine McLellan and I am honored to serve as your 2018-2019 Vice President. I am currently a CEP nursing student with Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University. Last year I served as your Director of Communications and I’m looking forward to another successful year with SNAAz. Nursing found me and it has been life changing. It is truly an honor to become a part of one of the nation’s most trusted professions which has the capability to impact so many lives from the local community to the national and global level. SNAAz and NSNA are organizations I am truly grateful for as they provide leadership development, community outreach opportunities, and a chance to meet many passionate nursing students that each provide a unique perspective. Being involved in this organization has inspired me and I hope to share this inspiration with all of you. This year I look forward to working with our board to increase collaboration between our school chapters, community involvement, as well as awareness of our organization amongst pre-nursing students. I truly cherish this opportunity to further support our nursing student community. We as students are the future of nursing; together we can become the best we can be, influence and create positive change.


Justine McLellan

SNAAz Vice President

Hi, my name is Jared Posey.  I am currently working on my BSN at Arizona State University.  I have previous medical experience through my time in the Navy.  I was a Hospital Corpsman for 5 years prior to starting my BSN.  I hope to one day work in critical care, either ICU and/or ED.  Outside of school, my family keeps me very busy.  I am married to my wonderful wife Rachel and we have 3 children ages 9, 7, and 1.  As the 2019 SNAAz Director of Community Outreach, I really want to create a fun environment for our volunteers and communicate as many opportunities to volunteer as possible.  Also if anyone comes across any unique opportunities or has any suggestions please let me know and I will make sure I present them to the group so we can get the information out so other students across the Valley can participate.


Jared Posey
SNAAz Director of Community Outreach

My name is Jessica Wald, and I am honored to serve on the board as the 2018-2019 SNA Director of Communications for the state of Arizona. I am privileged to be attending Arizona State University as a student in the accelerated pre-licensure clinical nursing program. Before beginning the program, I served on active duty for six years in the United States Navy, and I continue to serve in the Reserves while pursuing my degree. I was volunteering with CASA, an amazing organization that serves neglected and abused children in the foster care system, when I experienced a life-changing case which made me realize my passion for nursing. So, with my husband’s support, we packed everything up and moved back to Arizona. As Director of Communications, my primary goal is to help other student nurses get involved. It has become evident during my time in the program that every single one of us has a story and a purpose behind our journey into nursing, but lack the time and resources to get involved in our community. Let SNAAz be your resource, and we can help you reduce the time it takes to get involved in events, find educational and nursing opportunities, and feel the comradery that can be inherent in the nursing community. Please contact me with any questions or recommendations at studentnursesaz@gmail.com. I am so excited to work with you!


Jessica Wald

SNAAz Director of Communications

Hello everyone! My name is Mariah Porritt and I am your Treasurer for this year! I am currently a sophomore at Arizona State University and will be entering the nursing program next semester in the Spring 2019 and can’t wait until I begin to get some real experience with the wonderful profession of nursing! I grew up in Tempe and enjoy hiking, camping, school and skiing. I have a quite a large family already involved in healthcare and ever since I was little I couldn’t wait to start helping people the way I grew up hearing about. Surprisingly enough, I decided to go with nursing on a whim and couldn’t be more lucky and thankful since it has already been so fulfilling. I have been involved in the Student Nurses’ Association of Arizona this past year with our newsletter and have had a brilliant time recording the history of the organization and how dedicated all of the board members are to promoting this amazing career and helping those in need around the state. I can’t wait to see this amazing organization continue to grow and prosper as well as reach out to more nursing schools across the state. As Treasurer I would love to see more involvement from other schools in the events that we hold throughout the year to help with the growth of SNAAz. Please feel free to reach out to us on all of our social media if you have any questions about getting more involved in your school SNA’s or SNAAz itself!


Mariah Porritt

​SNAAz Treasurer

Hi! I’m Rachel Mickelson, your 2018-2019 SNAAz Newsletter Editor. I am about to start term seven of the nursing program at Arizona State University and am looking forward to experiencing the pediatric and intensive care clinical rotations this coming semester. After I graduated high school I realized that giving selflessly was what made me happy and I couldn’t think of a better profession than nursing to allow that to happen. I am excited to keep you all updated on past and upcoming SNAAz events to help you stay pumped and motivated to get involved and participate!


Rachel Mickelson

SNAAz Director of Newsletter


Hello! My name is Michael Wald, your 2018-2019 SNAAZ Secretary. My goal and my reason for running is promoting SNAAZ membership with nursing schools across Arizona.  I am currently a Term 5 student in ASU’s Nursing Program. I chose to pursue Nursing as my career path out of my inherent love of helping people. I am a United States Navy Veteran, which is partially why I chose nursing, allowing me to serve my community as a health care professional.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking and hanging out with my wife and 2 animals, my cat named Luna and my dog named Mazey. I am excited to grow as a nursing student and as a SNAAZ member.


Michael Wald

SNAAz Secretary

Hello! My name is Shelby Custer and I am the 2018-2019 Director of Health Policy. I ran for the position to be able to make my voice heard in the nursing student community and to encourage others to give input to their profession. Each voice and opinion matters and collaboration in professional nursing is what makes one stand out from the others. My experience includes pre-hospital, hospital, and home-care settings so I am hoping to be able to give insight to those sides of healthcare as well as expand my experience. I am currently the President of the Student Nurses’ Association of Aspen Phoenix (SNAAP) with Aspen University where I am working towards my BSN. My goals for the next five years is to finish my BSN and obtain employment in the intensive care unit as a new-grad nurse. I wish to further my education by obtaining my MSN, focus undetermined. I strive to stay in leadership throughout my career to be able help other nurses and student nurses in the growth of their own education and careers. I look forward to collaborating with the amazing Board of Directors that were nominated for this year and learning from the amazing group of students involved with SNAAz and NSNA. I am humbled by the opportunity to be in this position and lead others to follow their dreams through hard work, education, and collaboration.


 “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
-John F. Kennedy


Shelby Custer

​SNAAz Director of Health Policy

Hi, my name is Christina Worley and I am your 2018-2019 SNAAz President. I am honored to serve as the President for the Student Nurses’ Association of Arizona. I have previously served as the Director of Breakthrough to Nursing and Treasurer of Estrella Mountain Community College Student Nurses’ Association. I graduated with my ADN from EMCC in December and am currently pursing my BSN through ASU. I am committed to the values and ideals of our association and hope to work with my fellow board members to increase connections with the local school chapters, bring awareness to pre-nursing students about our organization and profession, increase membership, and promote nursing and leadership in the community.


​Chrissi Worley

​SNAAz President

I’m Christine Bittinger, Website Editor. I’m in Block 2 at Glendale Community College and my third semester at NAU for my concurrent bachelor’s degree in nursing. I’m a Chicago native, living in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years. Nursing is a second career for me, I have a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. I spent several years in technology with a large financial services company. I’m a representative of my cohort for my school association of student nursing and a student member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Psychiatric Nursing Association. I’m very excited to be part of the Student Nurse Association of Arizona as the website editor, providing information to members and prospective members. 


Christine Bittinger

SNAAz Director of Membership

Arizona State University