Winter 2017 Board of Directors


 President: Jamie Platt 


My name is Jamie Platt and I am a NUR 416 student.  As your SNA President I hope to motivate other students to get involved in SNA!  I am the chair of our SNA’s Legislative Committee, which keeps students informed of nursing legislation.  I serve as the Community Health & BTN Director for the Michigan Nursing Students Association (MNSA), and last term I served as the MNSA Communications Director and Newsletter Editor.  I worked as a Medical Assistant for many years prior to entering the KCON program, and I currently work as a Birth Assistant for Midwifery Matters.  As a mother to three beautiful children, I hope to inspire and encourage other parents in the nursing program that anything is possible!  I am a passionate advocate for breastfeeding mothers and plan on becoming certified as an IBLCE lactation consultant after school.  I am looking forward to working with you all to make this a great semester!




Vice President: Shannon Thomas

My name is Shannon Thomas and I am currently in my 4th semester of nursing school at Grand Valley.  I am the current Vice President of SNA.  Originally, I am from the southeastern corner of the state: a town called Monroe.  Growing up, I never imagined I would leave everything I had ever known and relocate to a big city all by myself.  However, I could not be more blessed with the amazing people and opportunities that I have been afforded here.  Being a part of SNA has opened up an entire world of possibilities for me.  Attending the NSNA Mid-Year Convention in Atlanta, GA. reminded me of the multitude of reasons why I want to become a nurse.  The convention made me realize that nursing allows you to touch so many hearts all across the world.  I was always told to choose a career that I love – then I never have to work a day in my life.  I am incredibly confident that Nursing will provide that avenue for me.  As Vice President, I am responsible for working with Treasurer to plan convention trips for the Board of Directors and Members of SNA. In addition, it is my duty to work closely with the President and perform any additional tasks that she deems necessary.  As chair of the Global Initiatives Committee, I am able to provide resources and connect students to world-wide opportunities in Nursing.  My goal is to raise awareness in our local community about some of the global deficits in healthcare in order to provide a helping hand for those in need.  I would love to work with you on this committee and I can not wait to see what incredible things we can accomplish! 


Secretary: Jessica Taylor

My name is Jessica Taylor and I am a NUR 416 student! I’m from Fenton, MI but absolutely love the Grand Rapids area. I’m very close with my family, friends, and have wanted to be a nurse my entire life. When I was thirteen years old my youngest brother was diagnosed with Lymphoma and during his treatment at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, I really knew nursing would be a life-long passion of mine. I love running and traveling, as well as making people laugh. I’m looking forward to the amazing opportunities SNA has for me, as well as the opportunities it has for all nursing students. It’s going to be a great semester and am extremely excited to take on the role as secretary and get to know each of you!





Treasurer:  Nhi Doan

Hi! My name is Nhi Doan and I am in NUR 416! This will be my second semester being on the board as the treasurer. I have been a delegate the past two semesters, but decided I wanted to become more involved with SNA. My responsibility as a treasurer is to create a budget and allocate SNA’s funds so that our organization can continue to run successfully and give back to its members. I am also the chair for the financial committee, which as a committee we vote on clinical reimbursements and funding requests. In my valuable free time, I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and binge watch on Netflix. I currently work as a nurse technician in the ER and I absolutely love it! I hope to someday continue working in a fast-paced environment as a nurse. I’m excited to take on this new position as the treasurer and I look forward to working with you all!





Communications Director: Alyssa Wrubel

Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Wrubel and I am currently in 416. This will be my first semester on the Board of Directors and I could not be more excited! As the Communications Director, I am in charge of overseeing the SNA website, social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), managing Orgsync, and also organizing our yearly resolution and awards. I am also the chair of the Resolutions and Awards Committee. I became inspired to be on the Board of Directors because of all the incredible opportunities that SNA creates for their members. As a personal goal, I hope to inspire you to become more involved, not only in SNA, but in the greater community. This semester, I will also be attending the NSNA National Convention to assist in the presentation of our 2017 resolution.

I am originally from a small farm town on the east side of the state called Armada. Upon graduation, I aspire to become a flight nurse and later attend graduate school. I have a true passion for learning but also a passion for people. Which is one of the reasons why I chose nursing as my career. I am currently working as a nursing technician on an oncology unit, but I also enjoy dancing, photography, spending time family, and going for coffee with friends! I am extremely excited to begin working with all of you and exploring all the wonderful opportunities that SNA has to offer!


Volunteer Director: Hadley Knudsen

Hello all! My name is Hadley Knudsen and I am currently in NUR 416. This is my first semester as the volunteer director, but I’m super excited to provide new opportunities for volunteer work in the greater Grand Rapids community! My role as the volunteer director involves coordinating events for students to attend throughout West Michigan, and I also monitor students’ volunteer hours and LIC points.  
I’m originally from the East side of Michigan in a small farming town called Hartland. I have a passion for critical care nursing, and I would like to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist. Travel nursing is also an interest of mine since my study abroad trip to China in Summer 2016 and my upcoming trip to Ghana in March 2017 with the nursing program. I am also a proud member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. 
I cannot wait to work with our SNA members this year by giving back to our community in new, exciting ways. 



Curriculum Director: Kayleigh Kibbler

My name is Kayleigh Kibler and I am a NUR 416 student. I am originally from St. Joseph, MI which is a small town right on Lake Michigan and it is absolutely beautiful. With a passion for science, medicine, and people I decided I wanted to be a nurse and I needed to learn how to do it at Grand Valley. After attending the National Student Nurses’ Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando last March, I was inspired to take on the role of the Curriculum Director. As the curriculum director, I get to bridge the gap between students and faculty and work to provide a positive learning environment. I am also the chair of the student assist committee which holds relaxation rooms before exams, organizes a mentorship program, and helps spread the word about studying resources to students.  When I am not in the classroom I love to be active. I work for a fitness studio in my hometown and I love working out and staying active. I also love netflix, reading, and being a social butterfly! I can’t wait to meet and work with you!




Image and Breakthrough to Nursing Director: Alyssa Nielsen

My name is Alyssa Nielsen, and I am in NUR 416. This is my third semester on the board and fifth semester being a part of SNA. I am from a small town west of Chicago. I have had a passion for nursing ever since I started helping my five uncles with Muscular Dystrophy. Seeing how grateful they were every time I could help them do something simple like eating has really put a passion in my heart to help other people. I currently have a job at Spectrum Health as a Nurse Technician, which has helped me grow so much in my nursing skills and confidence. After I graduate, I hope to work as a travel nurse for a bit and then become a pediatric or labor and delivery nurse. I have a passion for working with children, which is why I am really excited to be director of this position. I am looking forward to coordinating various events with children that this committee puts on!




Membership Director: Alexandra Zambito

My name is Alexandra Zambito and I am the Membership Director for the Student Nurses’ Association.  I am currently in NUR 416 and I will graduate in December of 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  However, I would love to attend graduate school to obtain my DNP shortly after graduation. I love the opportunities that SNA creates for not only its members, but every life SNA comes in touch with which is why I decided to pursue being on the board. I am very excited to work with all of you to help continue to make SNA the success it is. Some of my duties include handling the BSN orientation, handing out SNA cords, scheduling SNA speakers, and chairing the Membership Committee (this committee’s focus is to reach out to both the Alumni and Pre-nursing students to continue to facilitate the relationship we have with them!)

In my spare time you can most likely find me either working out, kickboxing, spend time with my family and friends, and/or listen to G-Eazy (my favorite artist!) All in all, please consider me someone that you can always come to about any questions you may have. I truly look forward to working with all of you!



Community Health Director: Madeline Jones

My name is Madeline Jones and I am in NUR 366! This is my first semester being on the board as the Community Health Director.  I am from Rochester Hills, Michigan and coming to Grand Valley has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I knew I wanted to go into nursing when I joined PNA and was exposed to all the job opportunities nurses have. I love being able to decide what I want to do, and having ample options open to me. I love the nursing program here, and am very excited to be more involved. I have been a delegate the past two semesters and decided I wanted to be more active in SNA. I’m looking forward to meeting more people in the nursing community, and seeing how SNA can change not only my experience at Grand Valley but the other members of SNA. I am a food enthusiast, and love to travel (especially those two together). I love horseback riding, and my amazing friends and family. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you! 




Staff Advisor: Angela Caruso 

Angela Caruso
Angela Caruso

My name is Angela Caruso and I am an Academic Advisor for the Kirkhof College of Nursing, working with pre-nursing and nursing students in the BSN program. My graduate degree is a Master of Education with an emphasis in college student development which I earned in 2006 from GVSU. I come to work every day feeling very thankful that I get to mentor and guide college students because it’s my calling. I feel like an honorary nurse because I have learned so much about this essential profession! Though, I never claim to be a nurse, but rather a huge supporter of those who choose this profession 🙂 I love to travel! This summer I went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and to Israel. I also love movies and reading. I’d rather sit all day reading in Schuler’s than go shopping in a mall. One of my most rewarding moments with SNA was guiding students through a national convention! It’s thrilling and everyone always walks away feeling filled with knowledge and inspiration.


Faculty Advisor: Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson

My name is Nancy Carlson and I am an Affiliate Faculty for the KIrkhof College of Nursing.  I have a BSN from the University of Michigan, and my Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Critical Care/Trauma from the University of California, San Francisco, CA.  After graduate school my goal was to eventually pursue a career in nursing education!  Since 2006 I have been teaching in the clinical setting as a clinical instructor for KCON.  My experience in nursing education also includes teaching in the skills lab for NUR 317.  Prior to nursing education my career spanned over twenty  years of nursing practice in a variety of settings such as ED, critical care and oncology.  Traveling nursing was one of my most exciting career choices as I was able to combine my love of travel and nursing practice.  I have three teenage daughters whom I love and adore and spend most of my spare time with.   As faculty advisor I look forward to promoting the mission of GVSU’s SNA organization guiding and supporting these motivated nursing students.