Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA)

Contact List

Note: All nursing students are members of the GNSA

GSNA Contact List
Executive Board Positions Name
President

Sandra Pope, R.N.

Sandra is a final year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student in the family nurse practitioner track. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at California State University, San Marcos in 2012. Sandra works at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Her DNP project is focused on increasing the percentage of pregnant women who meet the Institute of Medicine’s criteria for healthy gestational weight gain. She became involved with GNSA executive board during the 2018/2019 academic year when she served as vice president and chairperson of the Philanthropy Committee. Sandra looks forward to opportunities to engage with graduate nursing students from all programs during the 2019/2020 academic year.

sandrapope@sandiego.edu

Sandra Pope, R.N.
Vice President

Allison Bryden. R.N.

Allison Bryden is a third-year DNP student in the FNP/PNP track at the University of San Diego. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at San Diego State University in 2013. She continues to work at UCSD in the NICU where she has enjoyed serving some of San Diego’s smallest patients for the past five years. Allie is passionate about caring for under-served pediatric patients and community engagement. When not focusing on school, Allison enjoys running, yoga, backpacking, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

allisonbryden@sandiego.edu

Allison Bryden. R.N.
Secretary

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. 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 as your GNSA Secretary and I am excited for the upcoming school year. I look forward to working with you all and creating new and lasting memories!

hmorales@sandiego.edu

Harmoni Morales
Treasurer

Cynthia Ramirez

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a second-year MEPN student. I grew up in the Bay Area, California. I worked as a barista at Starbucks where I received an academic scholarship and attained my B.S in Health Science, Healthy Lifestyles Coaching, through ASU’s online program. My desire to become a nurse initiated early in my childhood, visiting my favorite place, a public health clinic, where my mom worked. I wanted to be just like her, a person who has a passion for caring and serving those in our community. And, now more than ever I feel like nursing is what I need to be doing. The MEPN program has brought me to beautiful San Diego, and I feel incredibly grateful for this journey. I am really excited to be your GNSA treasurer, please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas, or funding requests!

cynthiaramirez@sandiego.edu

Cynthia Ramirez
GNSA ADVISOR
Faculty Advisor
  1. Peggy Mata, MSN
  2. Kelvin Maxwell, DNP

Pmata@sandiego.edu

kmaxwell-11@sandiego.edu

LIAISON POSITIONS
PhD Representative:

Jenna Scarafone

Jenna Scarafone

I earned my BSN at UCLA in 1991 as well as my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) / MN in 1995. I have worked in a variety of roles for almost 30 years in both the inpatient and outpatient pediatric setting, management, pediatric residency training, and am now in academia full-time. I am currently a second year PhD student and have worked as adjunct faculty in the USD MEPN program since 2006 and in the NP program since 2016, lecturing and teaching pediatric clinical. I was the Faculty Advisor for the student nurse association (SNA) for 2.5 years at my previous job. Being involved with the GNSA is a tremendous opportunity to be engaged with and to get to know other nursing graduate students.

 
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!