Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA)

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

Executive Board Positions Name
President

Ann Lawani

Hello, my name is Ann Lawani. I was born and raised in Nigeria, West- Africa. I immigrated to the United-States a decade ago to the bay area. I received my bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University, Sacramento. My professional background has ranged from Human Resources, Software management, Tax/Accounting and Administrative Services over the years. In junior college, I served as Vice-President of the honors club; this helped me to grow as a leader and also explore and refine my leadership style. I feel very humbled to serve as the President of GNSA. My goal as a leader is first to serve and encourage others to find the leadership potentials within them.

I enjoy creating food recipes, cooking (I find it very therapeutic), hosting my friends, listening to ‘good’ music, playing dress up and putting outfits together.

I am very excited for the year ahead and look forward to the different ways we will impact our community together.

alawani@sandiego.edu

Ann Lawani
Vice President

Jennifer Zaldivar

Hello, my name is Jennifer “Yenny” Zaldivar and I am the Vice President for the Graduate Student Nursing Association at USD. I received my bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015. Before beginning my MEPN journey, I served as a hospital volunteer and worked as an ER registration representative. I enjoy making new friends over a good cup of coffee and going on new adventures with awesome company. As Vice President, my personal goal is to be an approachable and accessible GNSA board member who can advocate for nursing students from all programs so please feel free to reach out!

jzaldivar@sandiego.edu

Jennifer Zaldivar
Secretary

Kristi Armstrong

Hello, my name is Kristi Armstrong. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where I completed a bachelor of science in biology at the University of Washington. Before joining the USD MEPN Class of 2018, I discovered my passion for nursing by volunteering and working as medical scribe. My interests include oncology and women’s health. In the future, I plan to continue my graduate education and become an advanced practice nursing in one of these fields. I look forward to serving as Secretary of the GNSA Executive Board. Please feel free to contact me with questions regarding GNSA involvement.

karmstrong@sandiego.edu

Kristi Armstrong
Treasurer

Kira Adsit

My name is Kira Adsit. I was born and raised in San Diego and am thrilled to be back after finishing my B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA in 2016. In undergraduate, I played club lacrosse for four years, was a member of UCLA's Pediatric AIDS Coalition, and loved volunteering at Mattel Children's Hospital. I am very blessed to be in USD's MEPN program and especially thankful for the opportunities I've had to take part in our trips to Tijuana and our volunteering at Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation's heart screenings. I'm stoked to be your GNSA treasurer and look forward to this upcoming year! Feel free to contact me (especially if you have questions about funding requests!). 

kadsit@sandiego.edu

Kira Adsit
GNSA ADVISOR
Faculty Advisor Susie Hutchins,
DNP, APRN
nicolehall@sandiego.edu
LIAISON POSITIONS
Graduate Student Council Liaisons:

1. Gina Hernandez (ginahernandez@sandiego.edu)

Gina Hernandez

My name is Gina Hernandez and I am a second year candidate for a Master’s of Science Nursing with a focus in Health Informatics.  I am involved school and local events as well as work full time as a Registered Nurse in the telehealth setting. My personal time is spent amongst my family, my church and my community. I am very grateful to be your GSC Representative and will do my very best to represent the nursing community at USD.

2. Brooke Hollyfield (bhollyfield@sandiego.edu)

Brooke Hollyfield

My name is Brooke Hollyfield and I am a second year RN, MSN, CNL candidate for Master’s of Science in Nursing. I currently work as a nursing assistant at Sharp Grossmont hospital and as a server at Seasons 52 restaurant.  In my free time I enjoy volunteering in the community, school events, yoga, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family,.  I am honored and grateful to serve and represent the nursing community as one of your GSC representatives.

3. Diane Ward (dianew@sandiego.edu)

Diane Ward

My name is Diane Ward and I am a second year MEPN student in the School of Nursing. I previously worked as a customer service representative and project manager in the printing industry. Nursing had always crossed my mind and a few years ago I decided to shift careers and pursue this long-existing passion in healthcare. I enjoy being an active member of my community, be it as an employee or student, and look forward to representing the School of Nursing as part of the Graduate Student Council.

Doctoral Liaison:

Genesis Reyes

greyes@sandiego.edu

Clinical Nurse Specialist Representative:

Kathleene Puno (mpuno@sandiego.edu)

Kathleene Puno

My name is Ma.Kathleene Puno and I am excited to be part of the Graduate Nursing Student Association to promote a positive experience for all graduate students.  I am a first year Clinical Nurse Specialist student and a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Trinity University located on the Island of Palawan, Philippines.  I have worked at King Faisal Hospital, Saudi Arabia and Tri-City Hospital in various clinical settings such as medical-surgical, telemetry, ICU and orthopedic.  I have also worked as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Vista Knoll Specialized Care.  Currently, I am a fulltime Clinical RN at Palomar Pomerado Health.  When not at school or working, I enjoy spending time with my husband surfing, swimming, and cooking.  My interests include my two kittens, photography, guitar, gardening and Harry Potter.

 
Student Affairs Liaisons:

1. Mark Manning (mmanning@sandiego.edu)

2. Jennifer Saldivar (jzaldivar@sandiego.edu)

Jennifer Saldivar

Hola, my name is Jennifer (Yenny) Zaldivar. I received my bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015. Before the MEPN program, I served as a hospital volunteer and worked as an ER registration representative. I enjoy making new friends over a good cup of coffee and going on new adventures with great company. I look forward to serving as the MEPN Student Affairs Representative.

 
Healthcare Informatics Representative:

Gina Hernandez (ginahernandez@sandiego.edu)

Gina Hernandez

My name is Gina Hernandez and I am a second year candidate for a Master’s of Science Nursing with a focus in Health Informatics.  I am involved school and local events as well as work full time as a Registered Nurse in the telehealth setting. My personal time is spent amongst my family, my church and my community. I am very grateful to be your GSC Representative and will do my very best to represent the nursing community at USD.

 
2nd Year MEPN Representative:

Tina Chung (tchung@sandiego.edu)

Tina Chung

My name is Tina Chung, and I am the second year class representative at Hahn School of Nursing at USD. I graduated with my BS in Psychology from UC Davis, where I found my passion in nursing through volunteering at a student-run clinic for the underserved communities, as well as volunteering on a pediatric floor. My favorite thing about nursing are the relationships that I form with my patients, and being a small but meaningful part of their lives.

1st Year MEPN Representative: Sasha Gardner sgardner@sandiego.edu
Program Committee Chairperson:

Juhi Israni (jisrani@sandiego.edu)

Juhi Israni

Hi, my name is Juhi Israni. I grew up here in Sunny San Diego. I received my bachelor's degree in Public Health Science with a minor in Medical Informatics & Environmental Science from University of California, Irvine. Before starting the Masters in Healthcare Informatics program, I worked at Poway Unified School District as a nutrition & behavioral specialist at the elementary level. In addition, I had a variety of internships in wellness marketing, clinical research, and epidemiology. In my free time I am always on the dance floor, taking photographs, doodling in my sketchbook, event planning, or collecting stamps in my passport. I am honored to serve our School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the GNSA Executive Board as Program Chairperson. I look forward to bringing exciting new events and fundraiser opportunities to the program. Send me an email anytime if you'd like to chat. 

 
Program Committee Members:

1. Anne Uyen-an-Ho (utranho@sandiego.edu)

Anne Uyen-an-Ho

Hello, my name is Anne Uyen (You-Win) Tran-Ho and I recently completed my bachelor's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Child Family Development at San Diego State University. Prior to being part of the programming committee of GNSA, I was the VP of Programming of PPGA:SDSU where I had the opportunity to educate the university's community about health and rights, to increase awareness into pro-choice activism on campus as well as serving as a coalition to state and national reproductive right efforts. I am excited to assist the programming committee this year with various events throughout this year!

2. Ryan Brown (ryanbrown@sandiego.edu)

 
Diversity Club Co-Chairs:

1.  (osamokhvalova@sandiego.edu)

Olga Samokhvalova

Hello, my name is Olga Samokhvalova. I am currently a 2nd year MEPN (Masters Entry in Nursing Program) student. My previous degree was a teacher of Biology and Chemistry in Ukraine. I am a lifelong student and volunteer.  Also, I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honors nursing society. After graduation, I hope to obtain my RN license and pursue my new carrier in nursing. 

2. Annette Diaz-Santana (annetteds@sandiego.edu)

 

Diversity Club Facilitators:

1. Arianna Reisman (areisman@sandiego.edu)

Arianna Reisman

As an undergraduate, an interest in social justice and history led me to the study of Comparative Literature. After graduating, I searched for a career in which I could positively affect the lives of others. When I began volunteering in healthcare, I saw how helpful my academic background could be in incorporating cultural awareness into the treatment of patients. I am thrilled to be promoting a deeper understanding of diversity among my peers in my current leadership role within the Diversity Club of the GNSA and look forward to continuing this practice in my future career as a nurse.

2. Erin Zilka (ezilka@sandiego.edu)