Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Graduate Student Nursing Association

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

Positions Name
Executive Board   

Maurice Souza
Maurice Souza

My name is Maurice Souza and I am delighted to serve as your GNSA President for 2015-2016. I was born and raised here in San Diego, earned a B.S. in Neurology, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis, worked all kinds of jobs (most recently a medical equipment technician) before I started the MEPN program here at USD. My primary goal for my term is to increase awareness of the tremendous assets our classmates have to offer each other and the community at large. I am humbly grateful to be surrounded by such intelligent, hard-working, joyful people each day I come to the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science! In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, camping, and spending time with my family. Please contact me any time with your comments, needs, or just to say hello!

Vice President

Trevor Hanson

Trevor Hanson

My name is Trevor Hanson and I grew up in Washington state.  I got my BS in physiology in Seattle at the University of Washington.  I started working in the health care system in 2008 and I am currently working at the VA San Diego in La Jolla.  It is a great place to work, and I love serving our veterans; they are a great population to work with!  My wife and I have been married for 5 years, we were married at USD in the Immaculata church, and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter.  I enjoy playing soccer, cooking, and spending time with my family.  I wanted to be an active member of our GNSA because I felt that I could be a positive addition and I wanted to be a voice for our student body. I am very honored to be given the opportunity to be involved with GNSA.


Emily Dahl

Emily DahlMy name is Emily Dahl. I grew up in Newport Beach, California with my parents and three younger siblings. My whole family has grown up sailing together and being on the water is one of my favorite activities. I received my B.S. in Human Biology from University of Southern California. I have been interested in health care since freshman year of high school and began volunteering as a Candy Striper at Hoag Hospital. I have interned as a physical therapist aid, student athletic trainer, and critical care extender. I fully enjoyed all my internships and learned a great deal from my experiences. Prior to this program I worked as an EMT in Orange County. Other than water sports, I enjoy hiking, running, going to the beach, country music, and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to being a member of GNSA and providing a voice to all students of our school. 


Elizabeth Kalescky

Elizabeth KalesckyMy name is Elizabeth Kalescky. I was born in North County San Diego but moved to Dallas, Texas when I was 6. I did my undergrad at Rhodes College in Memphis graduating with a BA in French and Linguistics with a focus in childhood language acquisition from 0-5 in bilingual families. During school I lived in France for 6 months. Upon graduation I took a corporate retail buying job in Philadelphia, buying art and antiques, designing furniture fixtures, and managing art galleries. After four years, I realized medicine was truly my passion, and I moved back to North County to be near family and attend the MEPN program at USD.

Faculty Advisor Susie Hutchins,
Program Committee Chairperson: Nicole Hall cdo@sandiego.edu
Graduate Student Council Liaisons: Jenna McKnight jwmcknight@sandiego.edu
Doctoral Liaisons:

3rd Year PhD: Jodi O'Brien

2nd Year PhD: Noel Lipkin Leveque



Curriculum Committee Representative: Jian Hua Liu ljianhualiu@sandiego.edu
Master's Representative:

George Lane


Student Affairs Liaison: Aimee Giron acgiron@sandiego.edu
NP Representative: Lillian Simon plsimon@sandiego.edu
2nd Year MEPN Representative: Kalista Caudana kcaudana@sandiego.edu
1st Year MEPN Representative: Nicole Galicia ngalicia@sandiego.edu
IT Liaison: Jonathan Goldstone jgoldstone@sandiego.edu
Diversity in Nursing Liaison: Monica Cornacchia mcornacchia@sandiego.edu