Meet Your Executive Board
The Student Senate Executive Board are elected representatives who are responsible for the overall coordination and direction setting for Senate initiatives. Lead by the president, we work together to ensure our projects and initiatives are in line with the student body’s feedback. We collaborate with the elected senators to represent the student body in making lasting, positive change for the School of Nursing.
NIARAH RUSSELL - PRESIDENT
Niarah Russell is a nursing student in the MSN: Entry to Nursing program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She graduated from Spelman College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Women’s Studies with a concentration in Maternal Health. Prior to her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, Niarah worked as a Research Intern for Platform Women where she lobbied on Capitol Hill for Black Maternal Health rights. She also served as the Vice President for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Spelman College Section where she held numerous events educating the surrounding West End community about Reproductive and Sexual Health. Her interests are in health disparities, maternal health, and social justice. After matriculation, Niarah plans to pursue a career in Nurse Midwifery and open a birth center. Outside of the Nursing Student Senate, Niarah currently serves on the National Committee for Health Equity and as the committee chair for the Maternal Health sub-committee for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). As the President of the Nursing Student Senate, she looks forward to ensuring a safe space for all students that cultivates learning and assist in developing culturally competent nurses.
VALERIE LAM - VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATION
Valerie Lam is a student in the MSN: Entry to Nursing program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a minor in Human Physiology. Prior to her matriculation at Johns Hopkins, she worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and served as the President of Nursing Club at UC Davis. In Baltimore, Valerie has enjoyed doing research in the Johns Hopkins Emergency Department as a part of The Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety and Quality and serving as a Child Life volunteer for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Valerie has a passion for pediatrics, leadership, and creating a community of inclusion. She hopes to join the PICU or Pediatric Emergency Department post-graduation and ultimately pursue a career as a DNP Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Outside of class, Valerie enjoys creating YouTube videos, playing volleyball, and traveling to new places. As the Vice President of Communication, Valerie’s goal is to facilitate relationships between the nursing student senate, the student body, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
MARCUS CHARLES DYSON - VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Marcus Charles Dyson is a student in the MSN: Entry to Nursing program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in English. Prior to his matriculation into the program, Marcus served four years in the United States Air Force as a logistics manager. Despite multiple deployments, his passion for servant leadership encouraged him to become a base-wide leader in each of his assigned locations. While Marcus has an interest in trauma and critical care, his main objective is to reinvigorate patient-centered culture within the VA Health Care System. In addition to the Nursing Student Senate, Marcus is Treasurer of the Black Student Nurses Association, research assistant, and a fellow for the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for Advancement of Patient Safety & Quality. Outside of his studies, Marcus loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Kaprice, travel annually to a new country, and throw the ball around with his dogs Zeus and Layla. As Vice President of Finance, Marcus hopes to advance the relationships within the SON community.
SOPHIA PLATCOW - VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERSCHOOL RELATIONS
Sophia Platcow is an MSN-Entry student at JHUSON. She is originally from the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for undergrad. Before coming to JHU, she began working on her MPH through the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. She’s passionate about the intersection between public health and nursing, especially as it regards health policy. Sophia hopes to work in Labor and Delivery post-graduation and ultimately pursue a DNP in Midwifery/Women's Health. In her free time, she loves attending live music events, strength training in the gym, and exploring Baltimore! She is very excited to serve on the Executive Board of the Nursing Senate.