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Rachael Viale – President

Rachael Viale – PresidentPrior to starting the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program in January 2017, Rachael volunteered an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Health Justice Project, a medical-legal partnership (MLP) in Chicago. During her time at the Health Justice Project, Rachael worked directly with patient-clients and it was there that she recognized the impact nurses can have on patients and policy through having the most direct patient contact. Along with patient care, Rachael is interested in palliative care, health policy and public health.


Alex Kent – Vice PresidentAlex Kent – Vice President

After moving to Seattle from Northern California, Alex attended the University of Washington to study Public Health and Nutrition. However, her heart was always in nursing and healthcare, as she spent her time volunteering in children’s hospitals, special needs organizations, the Seattle Catholic Community Center, and other community organizations. Professionally, Alex worked as a medication manager and administrative assistant in retirement communities, and as a medical assistant in both inpatient and ambulatory med-surg settings. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing at the JHU SON, where her personal mission is to empower and support the holistic health of individuals, especially those who are underserved or otherwise neglected from quality care and access to our healthcare system. Alex hopes to integrate her passion for public health, wellness, and nursing education into volunteer opportunities for SNA members. She is also excited to help facilitate professional events for her colleagues in conjunction with the Class Directors, and to provide support to all fellow board members.


Chelsea Howland – Secretary

Chelsea Howland – SecretaryChelsea was born and raised in Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, she moved to Florida to escape the cold. Her interest in healthcare led her to a job at the UF Health Cancer Center as a nursing assistant on a medical oncology floor. She carried this passion with her to Johns Hopkins, where she became a Fuld Fellow, working on a quality improvement project in oncology. Chelsea is also on the leadership board for the Palliative Care Student Interest Group. After graduation, her plan is to work in critical care before pursuing further education. She enjoys running, promoting health and wellness, and volunteering. Chelsea is the Secretary for SNA, please feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have.


Duyen Nguyen – Treasure 

Duyen Nguyen – Treasure My name is Duyen Nguyen and I grew up in the awesome and sunny California. West coast is indeed the best coast. For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of California, Irvine studying Chemistry and Biological Sciences before coming to Hopkins. I have always had an interest in healthcare and research and hope that I can do both in the future. I am currently in the Research Honors Program focusing specifically on Pediatrics Oncology. I love working with children and hope to become a nurse in the PICU after graduating. I eventually would like to become an acute pediatric nurse practitioner working in an underserved community.  


Erin Meyer - Communications Director; Historian

Erin Meyer,  Communications Director; HistorianErin is originally from Wisconsin and has lived in Maryland for the past 10 years. Prior to starting the MEN program in January 2017, she worked as a global marketing manager. She specializes in cross-cultural communications and was excited to be able to use these skills while supporting research in Uganda this past fall as part of the Global Established Multidisciplinary Site program.  Erin is also a Daniels Interdisciplinary Professional Scholar and hopes to be able to bring insights learned from all the medical professions to her practice in providing safe holistic patient care. She is most interested in critical care patients with a focus on those with cardiovascular issues. She hopes to become a nurse in the Cardiovascular ICU eventually moving onwards to an advanced practice with a focus on pain management.


Whitney Hoover - Community Outreach Director

Whitney Hoover - Community Outreach Director

Whitney is a member of the MSN: Entry Cohort 4 program. She grew up in Piedmont, California, and attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate degree in Communication. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, Whitney spent eight years developing sustainability programming for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the Dorchester Collection, based in London, followed by two years in corporate governance with CamberView Partners in San Francisco. In her free time, Whitney enjoys daily gratitude journaling, cooking, photography, writing, meditation, traveling, reading and hiking.



Elena Huang - Community Outreach DirectorElena Huang - Community Outreach Director

Elena Huang is an East Coast transplant from Bay Area, California. As she completes her master’s in nursing at Johns Hopkins University, she is exploring her interests in emergency care, research, and advocacy for underserved populations. When she is not studying or volunteering, you can probably find her with an instrument, paintbrush, or camera in her hand. She has an unhealthy love for coffee and flashcards.


Yasmine Sahil - Breakthrough to Nursing

Yasmine Sahil - Breakthrough to Nursing



Shelby Newman - MEN 4 Class Director

Shelby Newman - MEN 4 Class DirectorShelby grew up in Carroll County, Maryland, where she graduated from Manchester Valley High School in 2012. She then traded in cows and corn for kayaks and paddleboards when she attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland. There, she became an All-Conference lacrosse player and earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology, but she made sure to squeeze in time to dress up as the school’s mascot (Soloman the Seahawk) on occasion. After graduation, she worked as an Early Learning Center Aide at Four Seasons Sports Complex where she cared for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old. She is currently the Cohort 4 Class Director for the JHUSNA, and she looks forward to having many more volunteer opportunities in her final two semesters at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. After graduation, Shelby hopes to work as a pediatric nurse in Baltimore, Maryland.


Mary Swanson - MEN 5 Class Director

Mary Swanson - MEN 5 Class DirectorMary is from Plymouth, Minnesota. While studying Psychology and Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, she developed a passion for nursing through an internship program with the UCLA Medical Center and serving in medical missions overseas. After graduating, Mary plans to gain experience in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before deciding her next career step. She is excited to serve as the Class Director for Cohort 5. 

Hilary Woods - MEN 6 Class Director


Michael Sanchez – Faculty Advisor

Michael Sanchez, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, AAHIVSMichael Sanchez is a family nurse practitioner with expertise in HIV, men’s and adult health, and sexual behaviors. He attained his experience in adult health at the internal medicine and infectious disease practice Garcia & Giron and has trained in many major health care institutions across Florida, including the University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the Miami Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Miami. Through practice at the Camillus Health Concern in Miami, Sanchez has played an active role in providing care to uninsured and homeless populations. He has co-authored a number of research articles and recently completed a post-master's program at the University of Pennsylvania in adult-gerontology acute care.  

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