Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA)

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

Executive Board Positions Name

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.

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!

Jennifer Zaldivar

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.

Kristi Armstrong

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!).

Kira Adsit
Faculty Advisor Susie Hutchins,
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