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 Liaisons:

1. Nichole Martinez 

Nichole Martinez

Nicole Martinez is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Master’s in Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is licensed in the state of California and has over 10 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in emergency health at a Level I Trauma Center in San Diego, CA. Her primary patient population reflects Nicole’s passion for serving those who are underprivileged and underserved. Nicole is currently Adjunct Faculty and a Clinical Faculty Coordinator at Georgetown University School of Nursing
and Health Sciences, and she also serves as Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is an active member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, currently serving as the Western Regional Director.

2. Jenna Scarafone

Jenna Scarafone

I am a first 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.

 
RN, BSN. DNP Liaison:

Leslie Rangle

Leslie Rangle

I am a fulltime DNP student at the University of San Diego. In 2014, I graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing. As a certified registered nurse, I began to embark on my new journey as a registered nurse. My experience started with convalescent homes, and continued onto the Visiting Nurses Association as a community health nurse focusing on
promoting health and preventing illnesses. Even as I moved on to work in oncology I held onto this passion as a per diem nurse with VNA. Oncology was my next full time position where I gained more expertise as a registered
infusion nurse. I then continued to pursue acute care experience at the Natividad Medical Center/level II trauma center in the medical surgical unit and a step down intermediate care unit. I am now honored to represent my DNP cohort at USD.

 
2nd Year Rep:

Evan Gum

Evan Gum

Hello! My name is Evan Gum and I am a current 2nd year MEPN student honored to serve as the Cohort representative for my class! I am a recent graduate of UCLA where I received my B.S. in Psychobiology and spent most of my time working with healthcare outreach programs such as the Pediatric AIDS
Coalition and TEACH, a health and tutoring program for underserved youth in the Venice region of LA. I love meeting and being with new people, which drives my long term passion for travel nursing and international relief. Everyone's opinions are important to me so please say hi if I'm around!

 
Program Committee Members:

1. Kendall Resnick

Kendall Resnick

My name is Kendall Resnick and I am currently a second year MEPN student. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from USD in 2016, and began the MEPN program three months later. I love being involved in community service and have been volunteering at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House for three
years. I have also participated in many opportunities presented in the Hahn School of Nursing such as Camp Wana Kura, Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation, and the La Morita Health Fair. As a member of the program committee I hope to foster a supportive and fun community within the school of nursing through social events that contribute to the community as well.

2. Saya Nodera

Saya Nodera

Hello friends! My name is Saya I was born and raised in San Diego. When I am not buried in the books, you can find me at the beach surfing. I love to be active both physically and within the community! I currently work part-time for a non-profit organization called Urban Surf 4 Kids, helping to empower local foster youth in San Diego county (check us out!). I feel very blessed for this opportunity to be part of the Program Committee, and look forward to serving you all the best that I can!

3. Vincent Ng

Vincent Ng

Hi there, my name is Vincent Ng and I am a 1st Year MEPN. I received my Bachelor's of Biological Sciences at UC Riverside in 2014. I have worked in an assisted living facility and a pharmacy. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and archery. I look forward to planning fantastic events on the Program Committee for all of you and hope to see you there!

 
Program Committee Chairperson:

Chelsea Ovanek

Chelsea Ovanek

Hello, my name is Chelsea Ovanek. I was born and raised in southern Indiana, where I earned my BSN from Indiana University. Before joining
the USD Doctor of Nursing Practice class, I focused my nursing career in adult trauma and intensive care settings. In my free time, I love listening to country music, watching the Hoosiers play basketball, and spending time with my
husband and our German Shepherd. I am excited and honored to serve our School of Nursing and Health Sciences as the GNSA Program Chairperson.

 
First Year MEPN Rep:

Kaitlyn Watase

Kaitlyn Watase

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn ‘Coco’ Watase. I grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA and went California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where I received my B.S. in Food Science and a Minor in Business. Before coming to USD, I
worked for a pediatric ophthalmologist and volunteered at Providence St. John's Health Center Santa Monica and UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica. Along with nursing class/lab/clinicals, I am currently taking a Stand-Up Paddleboard class and I am on the MEPN Co-Ed Volleyball team (Go Navy Ceils!) I hope to represent my class to the best of my ability and look forward to my next two years at USD.

 
GSC Rep:

Cara Fratianne-Laubhan

Cara Fratianne-Laubhan

My name is Cara Fratianne-Laubhan MSN, RN, PHN. I have my Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University in Ohio and my Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from University of San Diego (MEPN program). I returned to USD for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program (FNP/PNP) because I had such a great experience at this institution. I have worked as an RN on a Medical Surgical/Oncology Unit as well as Neuro/Surgical/Ortho/Trauma and Progressive Care Unit. My biggest passion in life is volunteering for the feeding program I co-founded in Gonaives, Haiti called The Rosemila Project which serves over 200 school-age children and 30 orphans. Please let me know how I can make your experience at USD the best it can be and I am honored to serve as your Graduate Student Counsel
Representative.

 
GSC Rep:

Carrie Stellpflug

Carrie Stellpflug

My name is Carrie Stellpflug. I am a student in the 2018 MEPN cohort. I originally hail from Madison, Wisconsin, a place near and dear to me. I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from The Evergreen State College in 2006. I have worked in healthcare since 2009 as a Community Resource Specialist and then as a Certified Spanish Interpreter. My professional areas of interest include oncology, palliative care, integrative health and global health. When I’m not hitting the books, you can usually find me on a hike or urban walkabout with my wife and dog followed by some joyous dancing and cooking at home with our friends. I am truly honored to serve as one of your Graduate Student Council representatives for GNSA. Please contact me if you have any ideas for initiatives to foster community across USD graduate programs.

 
GSC Rep:

Kelsey MarckStadt

Kelsey MarckStadt

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Marckstadt and I am honored to be one of the GSC representatives for the 2017-2018 school year. I graduated in 2015 with my bachelors in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. I quickly discovered that my passion lies with serving others. Since graduating I have spent my time volunteering in the emergency department at Loma Linda University Medical Center and have had the privilege of going on a medical mission to Ukraine. I always try to find ways where I can be a part of something bigger than myself and I look forward to what this school year has to offer. You will most likely find me studying in coffee shops or volunteering at the various USD nursing events, so feel free to reach out to me and let's serve together!