Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA)

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

Executive Board Positions Name
President

Kaitlyn "Coco" Watase

Hey Everyone! I am a second year MEPN Student who was born and raised in California! I have B.S. in Food Science and a Minor in Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. One of my favorite things about this nursing program is the love and support from the faculty and students. I could not imagine trying to get through nursing school without them. I look forward to being apart of the GNSA executive board for the 2018-2019 school year! I hope we can make a difference in your experience at USD and nursing school!

kwatase@sandiego.edu

Kaitlyn "Coco" Watase
Vice President

Sandra Pope, R.N.

Sandra Pope is a first year Doctor of Nursing Practice Student at the University of San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at California State University, San Marcos California in 2012, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Cameron University, Lawton Oklahoma in 2006. Sandra started her Nursing career at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center as a New graduate resident five years ago. Sandra currently works per-diem as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for Sharp Healthcare. Prior to Nursing, she worked as a biomedical research associate at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Besides assisting the President and other board members to achieve their joint vision, Sandra's goal is to increase interest and participation of NP and PHD students in GNSA.

sandrapope@sandiego.edu

Sandra Pope, R.N.
Secretary

Terry Wu

Hello, my name is Terry and I am currently a second year MEPN student. I grew up in San Francisco and went to UC Riverside where I received my B.S in Biology. Prior to the program, I was with a non-profit organization working with low-income seniors and volunteered at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center. During my free time, I love to read and cook (or try to). I enjoy serving and helping out the community. I am excited for 2018-2019 and am looking forward to serving as your GNSA Secretary. Please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, etc. Cheers!

terrywu@sandiego.edu

Terry Wu
Treasurer

Natalie "Nellie" Marsh

Hello! My name is Natalie Marsh- but everyone calls me Nelly! I was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving down to Washington, D.C. to attend American University, where I graduated with a BS in Health Promotion and a minor in Psychology. While I was an undergraduate, I played Division 1 Field Hockey for four years, and was blessed to help my teammates achieve two Patriot League Championship titles. I was inspired to pursue nursing after spending two summers working at Jill's House- a respite center for children with special needs in Reston, VA. After graduation, I spent a little under a year working as a Medical Assistant in an Internal Medicine practice in D.C. while applying to nursing programs. Becoming a MEPN student brought me to San Diego last August and I am so grateful for the many new opportunities and the wonderful community it has provided. I am so excited to be your GNSA treasurer and I am very much looking forward to this upcoming year! Feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas for GNSA activities (especially philanthropy events), or funding requests!

nmarsh@sandiego.edu

Natalie "Nellie" Marsh
GNSA ADVISOR
Faculty Advisor Susie Hutchins,
DNP, APRN
nicolehall@sandiego.edu
LIAISON POSITIONS
PhD Representative:

Jenna Scarafone

Jenna Scarafone

I am a second year PhD student, married and have 3 children. I have worked as adjunct faculty in the USD MEPN program since 2006 and started lecturing in the NP program last academic year. I was the Faculty Advisor for the student nurse association (SNA) for the past 2.5 years at my previous job and think being involved with the student nurse association is a tremendous opportunity.

 
DNP Representative:

Joy Gao

Joy Gao

Hello everyone! I am the First year representative of BSN-DNP cohort! I am originally from Claremont, CA up in Los Angeles. I came down to San Diego for my undergraduate at San Diego State University for my bachelor’s in nursing. I volunteered as the Pharmacy Coordinator for Flying Samaritans club during my time in undergraduate. I currently work Per-Diem in the Emergency room and also moonlight as a per diem School Nurse. I am very excited to be the Cohort representative this year for GNSA! Feel free to email me talk to me at school! I also keep a small section of the breakroom stocked with emergency snacks and popcorn. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you! Or if you have ideas you would like to recommend to GNSA but cannot make the meetings let me know! I usually get around campus with a razor scooter so I’m hard to miss!

 
HCI Representative:

Shayne Lucena

 
Masters/CNS Representative:

Julianne Hudson

Julianne Hudson

 
2nd Year MEPN Representative:

Kelsey Marckstadt

Kelsey Marckstadt

Hello Everyone! My name is Kelsey Marckstadt and I am a second year MEPN serving as the representative for my class. I graduated in 2015 with my bachelors in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, but I quickly discovered that my passion lies with serving others. I always try to find a way where I can be a part of something bigger than myself so you can find me volunteering at various events on and off campus. I love meeting new people so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or see me around campus!

 
1st Year MEPN Representative:

Jessica Stout

Jessica Stout

Jessica Stout is a first year MEPN student excited to be embarking on a new career in healthcare. She was born in New York, NY, spent many formative years in New Hampshire and moved to California in 2014. Jessica graduated from Siena College in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. She spent many of her post-graduate years living abroad in India, Costa Rica and Nicaragua working with youth development organizations further understanding equity, unequal access to resources and poverty. Jessica is excited to be moving into a career in nursing where she can leverage her skills in relationship building and compassionate care to serve her local community. She is thrilled to be the first year MEPN representative where she hopes to increase the collective student voice in decision making at the Hahn School is Nursing.

 
Program Committee Members:

1. Lauren Dyer

Lauren Dyer

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am currently a second year MEPN student. I’m originally from North Carolina but moved to San Diego when my husband got stationed here. That is when I transferred to USD where I received my B.A. in Biology in 2017. I currently work as a caregiver with a company called Not to Worry where I get to spend my time with newborns, infants, and toddlers. I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve as a member of the Program Committee, and I look forward to planning fun events for our nursing school community!

2. Harmoni Morales

Harmoni Morales

Hello, my name is Harmoni Morales and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I received my bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Policy and Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. During undergrad I served on student government all four years and I love getting to know my fellow peers and serving them in all ways possible. I feel so blessed to be a part of the USD MEPN Program and I cannot wait to get to know students from not only the MEPN Program, but from all other programs as well. I am honored to be serving on your Program Committee and I am excited for the school year. I look forward to working with you all and creating new and lasting memories!

 
GSC Rep:

Julianne Hudson

Julianne Hudson

My name is Julianne Hudson and I am a first-year Clinical Nurse Specialist student. I am a Navy Nurse and have been in the Navy for 5 years. I am originally from the Philippines and was raised in San Diego. A couple personal hobbies I love include basketball and hanging out with family and friends. I am excited to serve as one of the GNSA GSC Representatives and hope to advocate for the GNSA to build a strong graduate student nurse community. I am passionate about the overall program as a whole as we all are working hard to advance our professions, and I am very pleased to be able to supporting this community.

 
GSC Rep:

Maile Cabugao

Maile Cabugao

Aloha! My name is Maile Cabugao. I am a 2nd year MEPN student and one out of your three Graduate Student Council representatives. Thank you so much for this opportunity! A little about me: I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i. I moved to San Diego for college and graduated from USD in 2009 with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. Before this journey of nursing, I was a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working with children and families in north county San Diego. I am excited to represent the School of Nursing within other graduate schools on campus. Here's to a great school year ahead of us!

 
GSC Rep:

Taylor Spera

Taylor Spera

Hi Everyone! I'm a second year MEPN student, born and raised here in San Diego! I have a B.S. in Biology with Emphasis in Chemistry and minor in Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco. I'm glad to be living back in San Diego and enjoy the beach and other outdoor activities when I'm able to get away from school work/clinical. As one of the GSC representatives, I'm excited to network with other graduate programs and inform them of what the School of Nursing can offer to the USD community!

 
Student Affairs Representative:

Thalia Quezada

Thalia Quezada

Hello! My name is Thalia Quezada, and I am a 2nd year MEPN student. Before beginning my journey at USD, I interned at hospitals regionally and abroad and quickly fell in love with the nursing profession. While in the program, I developed a deep interest in wound care and critical care, but I continue to remain open to all other nursing specialties. Currently, I spend my extra time volunteering at health-related events hosted by USD and nursing organizations because of my passion for community outreach and health promotion. I also look forward to serving as the new Student Affairs Representative for GNSA this upcoming year. Thank you!