Graduate Student Nursing Association

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

Executive Board Positions Name

Hezekiah O'Neal

Hello, my name is Hezekiah O'Neal. I was born in Ohio, and spent the majority of my teens in Phoenix, Arizona where I received my bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. It was in my undergraduate career where I become involved and took on various leadership roles both on campus and in my community. Serving as the senior class president allowed me to grow as a leader and encourage others on campus to get involved and build a strong community. Now I attend the University of San Diego, and I am extremely blessed to have this opportunity to work with you all as the GNSA President. I enjoy hiking, eating, sky diving, eating, bungee jumping, eating, shopping, eating, traveling to various places, oh, did I mention eating? We are super excited to build a strong community within GNSA and the School of Nursing overall.

Hezekiah O'Neal
Vice President

Kaylyn LaValle

My name is Kaylyn LaValle and I am the Vice president of the Graduate Nursing Student Association. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at CSU San Marcos in 2014. I have worked in healthcare for the past three years as an emergency room tech at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. In addition to currently working in healthcare, I have worked as a high school soccer coach and have also done years of volunteer work for the San Diego Police Officers Association and Historical Association. One of my favorite things to do when not in the hospital, is work as a floral designer creating flower arrangements for weddings and other special events. I have one puppy named Mia and spend my free time playing with her, taking her on hikes and trips to the beach. I look forward to this year working as a member of the GNSA Executive Board.

Kaylyn LaValle

Bessie Coronado

Hello, my name is Bessie Coronado. I grew up in Torrance, California. I received my bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. Before starting the MEPN program, I worked at a law firm in the busy metropolis of Downtown Los Angeles for five years. I wanted to be a lawyer. However, when I fast tracked my way towards a new career path, I started working a variety of jobs including being a restaurant server, caregiver for the elderly and individuals with disabilities and being a volunteer in the ED all while still working at that same law firm. I have an incredible support system of family and friends. I enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking, horseback riding, and travelling wherever the airlines have the best deals! I am immensely humbled and honored to serve our School of Nursing and the GNSA Executive Board as Secretary. Send me an email anytime if you’d like to chat!

Bessie Coronado

Daniel Roderick

My name is Daniel Roderick.  I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated with a B.S. in Sports Medicine from Merrimack College.  After undergrad, I came to San Diego with the Augustinian Volunteer Program and ended up staying to become the general director of a group home for children in Tijuana, Mexico. I served as CEO of the US board of directors responsible for fund raising, though most of my time was spent living and working down in Tijuana for seven years. My interests in nursing include pediatrics, emergency medicine, and global health. I am excited to be helping this year to coordinate our clinic visits and health fairs in Tijuana with University Ministry. Please feel free to contact me about participating in these amazing experiences or anything else involving the GNSA!

Daniel Roderick
Faculty Advisor Susie Hutchins,
Program Committee Chairperson: Nicole Hall
Graduate Student Council Liaisons: Jenna McKnight
Doctoral Liaisons:

3rd Year PhD: Jodi O'Brien

2nd Year PhD: Noel Lipkin Leveque

Curriculum Committee Representative: Jian Hua Liu
Master's Representative:

George Lane

Student Affairs Liaison: Aimee Giron
NP Representative: Lillian Simon
2nd Year MEPN Representative: Kalista Caudana
1st Year MEPN Representative: Nicole Galicia
IT Liaison: Jonathan Goldstone
Diversity in Nursing Liaison: Monica Cornacchia

Contact Information

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4548