My name is Rachel Overkamp and I’m the president of SNA. I was a delegate for my first 2 semesters of nursing school. I will graduate in December of 2014! I am very excited to graduate but am also excited that I still have awhile to be a part of SNA. I have been a Certified Nurse Aide for 3 years now and have worked in a nursing home, in a hospital on all of the floors, and currently I work in an emergency room and absolutely love it! I definitely think that the ER is my calling and can’t wait to move to a big city and work in a busy ER! New York is my dream place to move to so we will see how that works out! In my spare time I love playing with my dog, Oliver and going to the dog park. I love spending time with my family and having a good time with my 8 nieces and nephews. I am looking forward to my time as President and am hoping to help students build up their passion for volunteering and nursing. SNA is a big part of my life and I hope that I can help make it a big part of your lives too!
My name is Jenna La Peer. I am a Nursing 416 student, graduating in December 2014. I work in the Emergency Center right now as a tech (which I love!) and would love to continue working there as an RN, however my dream job is in the NICU. I plan on furthering my education and specializing so I can go to work and love my job every single day! Outside of nursing school and work I enjoy reading and finding new trails to ride on my bike. I am very excited to be a part of SNA’s Board of Directors to show my leadership skills and be part of such a great organization that represents my program.
Hi! My name is Janine Sulavik. I am secretary of the Student Nurses Association. I am a senior and a fourth semester nursing student. I work as a CNA at a nursing home and a nurse tech at U of M. I love playing on the Grand Valley State Women’s Club Soccer team, watching The Office, doing new things, and french toast. I hope to graduate and work as a nurse and then further my education through NP or PA school. Nursing school has introduced me to amazing people and experiences and being on the board has introduced me to a great professional world I didn’t know I would like so much. I am so excited for my last semesters in KCON and my professional career that follows!
”Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward”
My name is Lauren DeYoung and I am currently in NUR 416. I am very excited to be actively involved in Grand Valley’s SNA and grateful to be serving as the Treasurer. I was a delegate for my first two semesters (266 and 316) and found SNA is an amazing organization to build relationships and step out into the community. If I’m not working, planning a wedding, or studying I enjoy cooking, baking, and spending as much time as I can with my friends. After graduation I plan on moving to Madison, WI with my to-be-husband and enjoying whatever Wisconsin has to offer. I am not sure what type of nursing I want to do but I think something in the acute care setting. I am excited to see what the future brings!
My name is Kendall Murphy and I’m currently in NUR 366. After changing majors and universities multiple times, I believe I have found the profession for me, nursing!! After graduation, I aspire to work in the ICU and eventually I plan to further my education by becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, going to the beach, snowboarding, running, watching movies, and socializing with my girlfriend, friends, and family. I am so excited to be part of SNA as the Communications Director. After completing the transfer from STUEY to Orgsync last semester, I plan to continue to update the website and manage all forms of communication. I am also excited to be the head of the Resolutions Committee and work on developing the professional image of GVSU SNA. If you have any questions about OrgSync or the Resolutions Committee, I will be happy to help!
Community Wellness Director
My name is Andy Deschaine and I am in NUR 316. As of right now, I am not quite sure exactly what I want to do as a nurse. I know that I will advance my degree, most likely as a Nurse Practitioner! Teaching is also a big goal of mine for the future. I am interested in working in the ER or another acute setting. More recently, I have become more interested in pain management and flight nursing. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hunting, fishing, and any activity the outdoors can throw at me. Sports are also a big part of my life and you will probably find me either watching on TV or in a stadium somewhere! Family is the most important part of my life and I am grateful for my awesome friends as well. SNA is a great organization and as the Community Wellness Director, I cannot wait to continue the extensive involvement that GV student nurses have had in the community!
My name is Jamie Knapp. Having begun the pursuit of higher education after the age of forty, I am considered a non-traditional student. I have two fabulous children. My son is twenty-three. He is a flight attendant currently living in Los Angeles. My daughter is eighteen and is a senior at Rockford High School. My children are the reason I breathe, love, and desire to make the world a better place. At the present time, I am down to just one dog. His name is Patrick Stanley Parker, and he is a feisty miniature wire-haired dachshund. I don’t find much time for hobbies these days (I am a nursing student) but I used to enjoy reading, gardening, and painting. I managed a salon for twenty years, and I was once a licensed nail tech. I also designed and built houses for fourteen years (I love manual labor). I have been a volunteer at Mary Free Bed for the past three years, and began working there last spring. I also picked up a job doing landscaping for a couple of condo associations over the summer. I am excited about the opportunities to assist my fellow students as Curriculum Director for the SNA.
Image and Breakthrough to Nursing Director
My name is Nicole Teitsma and I am currently in NUR 416, so I will be graduating in December 2014. I have always had a passion for pediatric nursing because I grew up with two cousins with Hunter syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and fiancé, and I also love being outdoors, reading, and playing card games. I am excited to be the Image and Breakthrough to Nursing Director because I believe that illuminating the role that nurses play in our community is essential for nursing as a profession. I cannot wait to see what this semester has in store for SNA!
My name’s Lisa Wilson, this is my third year at Grand Valley and I am currently a NUR 366 student. At this point, I am interested in surgical nursing. I am excited to serve as the Membership Director because I will be able to talk to all the incoming nursing students about the benefits that SNA has to offer. I look forward to all the great experiences that I will get through SNA this year. When I’m not in school, I travel whenever I can! When I’m done with one trip, you will find me planning another. Looking forward to another successful year!
My name is Erin Craft-Otterbacher and this is my fourth semester in the nursing program. Last semester I loved being on the board! I am proud to have created a new Student Health Coordinator position which will work under me to create holistic student health events. This semester I look forward to chairing the Community Health Project committee again and working with community organizations to help students make a positive difference in our Grand Rapids neighborhood. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids and love this community. I cannot wait to give back to the city that has given me so much and I look forward to meeting lots of amazing peers in the process! When I am not at school or working with SNA, I love to read, do art, be active outside, or hang out with friends and family. My favorite way to relax is walking on the shores of Lake Michigan or in the woods by my parents’ house. I am not totally decided on what type of nursing I want to do when I graduate but I am leaning towards public health nursing. Right now I just want to focus on having an open mind to all types of nursing and learning the most that I can.
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.
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.