Allie Taylor, President
Hello Ohio’s future nurses! Allie Taylor was elected to serve as your Ohio Student Nurses Association President. This is her third year serving on the board. She is a student at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, expecting to graduate in May 2019 and pursue a job in a critical care setting. Allie’s goals for this year include reviewing and revising bylaws, implementing policies and procedures, participating in community service events in underserved areas around Ohio, and aiding the Health Policy and Advocacy Director as co-chair of the Resolutions Committee. She is excited to work closely with all of you this year, please email or text her at any time – we all know how little sleep nursing students get. Allie wishes everyone the best of luck with their studies this year.
Pema Andrugsurba, Treasurer
Pema Andrugsurba is currently a senior attending Chamberlain University Columbus Campus with a prospective graduation date in May 2019. She has found her calling in the NICU where she currently works as a PSA and hopes to eventually become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Pema is Tibetan, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After obtaining her BSN, she hopes to do some travel nursing for a couple of years and explore healthcare back to her roots. This is her second degree, having already graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Biology and a dual minor in Chemistry and Psychology. In her free time Pema enjoys working out, baking, and rewatching The Office while playing with her 2 year old Mini Lop Senor Bunbun.
Casey Larson, Secretary
Casey Larson is a senior at the Christ College of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently holds the position of Communications Director on her school’s chapter and she works as a PCA in an ICU and CVICU in Cincinnati. In her free time, she likes traveling, catching sporting events, and spending time with her loved ones. Her overall goal for her nursing career is to find her calling and push herself to become the best that she can be. She feels extremely blessed to be a part of such an incredible occupation and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Kaitlyn Cantu, Population and Global Health Director
Kaitlyn Cantu is a third-year nursing student at Case Western Reserve University pursuing her RN-BSN degree. She was the previous Breakthrough to Nursing Director and she also serves on her school’s Undergraduate Student Nurses’ Association as their Vice President of Communications. Kaitlyn hopes to incorporate multiple service and education projects around our state this year, focusing on sex education, maternal and infant mortality, and the opioid crisis.
Drea Blau, Public Relations Director
Andrea (Drea) Blau is a CNAP student at Capital University, expecting to graduate with her BSN in May 2019. After completing her BFA from OU, she moved to Vail, CO to work as a portrait photographer on the side of the mountain for the winter. She liked the mountains so much she decided to stay,and got into the hospitality industry. Drea became interested in nursing shortly before graduating with her BFA in 2003 and the interest never went away. Therefore, in 2014 she decided it was time to pursue her dream and moved back to Ohio to make it happen. Drea’s goal is to work in critical care or emergency medicine, preferably with children. In her spare time, Drea can be found helping out her theatre company, crocheting baby hats, and visiting her family – especially her nephews.
Rocco L. Core, Health Policy and Advocacy Director
Rocco L. Core a student at Youngstown State University studying Nursing, has been appointed a student member of the YSU Board of Trustees by Gov. John Kasich. His two-year term runs through April 30, 2020. Core, expected to graduate in Spring 2020, has served as a member of the YSU Academic Senate, Student Nursing Association, Physical Plant Advisory Council, Textbook Affordability Committee, Bookstore Advisory Committee, Integrated Technology Committee, Academic Standards Committee, Student Government Association, Student Conduct Board, and has participated in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He also represented YSU at the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit. He works at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General on the Crisis Intervention Inpatient Psychiatry Unit as a nurse technician, and for the Trumbull County Board of Elections as a presiding judge and a voting location manager. Volunteering experiences include various animal shelters and other nonprofit organizations.
Natalie Bacon, Membership Director
Meet our membership director, Natalie Bacon. She is a junior, nursing major at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio. Natalie is also a member of the honors scholar program, and the women’s rugby team at Notre Dame College. She is the projects chairmen for NDC Student Nurses Association. Natalie wants to be a nurse because she likes being someone that people can count on when they are going through hard times. She has always liked working with kids. She thinks she will end up in the NICU or pediatrics but is open to different areas as well.
Erica Mayersky, Convention Planning Director
Erica Mayersky is currently working on her second degree, a BSN from Capital University with the expectation to graduate in May 2019. She currently holds the position of President on her school’s student nurses’ association and she works part time as an event coordinator for Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. After graduation she hopes to work in a fast-paced environment like the ER or a trauma floor. In her spare time, Erica enjoys running and working out, spending time with her husband and friends, traveling, baking, reading and trying new food. Her goals for this year’s convention are to make it enjoyable, fun, and educational for nursing students.
Christopher Sobecki, Council of School Presidents Director
Chris Sobecki, a senior from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, is OhSNA’s current Council of Student Presidents Director. This is his first year serving on the OhSNA’s Board of Directors. In addition to his responsibilities, he is also President of his school chapter. He currently works as a PCA in the float pool at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as a peer tutor at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He recently returned from a trip to India, in which he was one of 19 Chamberlain students serving in Leper colonies as part of his Community Nursing class. In his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Maggie King, Nominations and Elections Committee Director
Meet our NEC, Maggie King. She is a junior, nursing major at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio. Maggie is also a member of the honors scholar program, the women’s basketball team, the community service coordinator for her team, her school’s chapter of SAAC, and the President’s team at Notre Dame College. For the NDC chapter of SNA, she is the treasurer. Maggie wants to be a nurse because she has a strong passion for helping others and has always felt that being a nurse would be the best profession to holistically help people in all walks of their life. Also, she had the most compassionate and understanding nurse when she had knee surgery for the first time and hopes she can make someone else feel the same way. Down the road, Maggie wants to be a midwife and hopefully open her own practice.
Kathy Fernandez, Ohio Nurse’s Association Liaison
Dr. Fernandez has published articles in several professional journals and presented at industry conferences. She has received numerous awards for her contributions, including receiving five Excellence in Nursing Awards from Mount Carmel College of Nursing, the 2013 National League for Nursing Hearst Foundation Award for Excellence in Geriatric Education and several teaching awards from Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University (graduate teaching). Committed to community service, Fernandez has donated her time to several causes, including the Isabelle Ridgway Care Center, the Out of the Dark Suicide Awareness Walk, The American Heart Association, and United Methodist Church Camps.
Christine Smothers, Mentor to Legislative Director
Christine Smothers is a BSN student in the class of 2020 at Case Western Reserve University. Her experiences as a nursing student and researcher have informed her mission to amplify nurses’ voice at the decision-making tables. To this end, she served on the OhSNA Board as Legislative Director for two years, on the NSNA Board as Director for one year, and currently serves as a mentor to the OhSNA board. Christine is excited to be part of OhSNA!
Taylor Longenette, Graduate Student Consultant
Taylor Longenette is a graduate advisor for OhSNA. She served on the board for 2 years as secretary and Vice President. Taylor graduated in May from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and is now a Staff Nurse in the operating room at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is currently a graduate student at Capital University where she is studying her Master’s in Science in Nursing with a concentration in legal studies and will be pursuing a MSN/JD dual degree with hopes of becoming a nurse attorney. Taylor loves being a part of this board and I can’t wait for another great year !