President - Katherine Sistrunk
Katherine is originally from Springfield, Missouri, but most recently lived in Oxford, Mississippi, where she attended the University of Mississippi for her undergraduate studies. She graduated in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Public Policy Leadership before moving to Baltimore to begin nursing school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Katherine’s interests include health policy, public health, and healthcare leadership and advocacy, and she hopes to combine these interests with her career in nursing. Although she is unsure which direction she will take in nursing, Katherine knows that she wants to pursue either an advanced practice degree, doctoral degree in nursing, or public health degree down the road. Katherine is excited to serve as the SNA President for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and is honored to be a part of the diverse community of student nurses within SNA. When she is not studying, Katherine enjoys trying new foods (Thai being her favorite), exploring what Baltimore has to offer, and hanging out with friends.
Vice President - Ritika Jain
Ritika was born in India, spent her younger years in her native country before her family shifted to Bay Area, California. She received her undergraduate in Neuroscience at University of California, Riverside. After graduation, she worked in the national parks land and helped create a pollination program that brought 4th graders to their national parks after President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative. From non profit, she moved into the corporate world and worked in quality control- in the back end of discovering and making medication for life threatening diseases. Nursing was always in the back of her mind but she could not push herself to do the prerequisites until she became complacent working in the lab and talking about the same mundane things with her co-workers. She is interested in gerontological and psych nursing but is keeping her options open as she learns more about nursing and it’s various fields. Ritika is honored to serve as the SNA Vice- President for the 2020-2021 Academic Year as well as the larger nursing community. Along with attending her classes, Ritika enjoys reading on self- growth, facetiming her family and friends to catch up on a regular basis, and making gluten-free baked goodies.
Secretary - Edwina Lim
Edwina was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Edwina studied Biology at UC Davis, where she also discovered her passion for patient advocacy and direct patient care while working at a student-run homeless clinic. She then worked as a medical assistant before moving to Baltimore to start her nursing career. Edwina is undecided about what specialty of nursing to pursue, but is open to any opportunities and experiences that may come her way. Edwina is honored to be a part of the SNA board as well the larger Hopkins community. In her free time, she enjoys working out at the gym and satisfying her sweet tooth at Bmore Licks.
Treasurer - Mikaela Miller
Mikaela is from Los Angeles, California and studied International Relations and Political Science at the University of California, Davis. After a couple of years of working in finance and moving across the country to the East Coast, she decided it was time for a career change. Mikaela then spent a year working as a patient care tech for a post cardiothoracic surgical unit. Through this experience, she realized she loved interacting with patients and seeing them recover over their stay, which helped to strengthen her desire to become a nurse. Mikaela loved to work with cardiac care patients and hopes to continue working on a cardiac unit after graduation. In her free time, Mikaela loves to go for runs in Patterson Park, walk down to the harbor with her husband and dog, and try the food at Broadway market with her friends. Mikaela is loving putting her finance skills to work as SNA’s treasurer this year!
Historian - Nina Mathur
Nina was born and raised in California’s Bay Area, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, she worked as a medical assistant for an orthopedic spine surgeon while applying to nursing school. She also loves children, and nannied a 1 year-old baby girl during this time. Nina is interested in pediatric and neonatal nursing, and plans to become a nurse practitioner in this field. In her free time, Nina enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing ballet, and hiking with her Siberian Husky, Atlas. She is excited to serve on the SNA board for this upcoming year!
Resolutions Committee Director - Kaylee Nussbaum
Kaylee Nussbaum is a proud member of the MEN Cohort 10. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and stayed close to home for college. She earned her Bachelors in Biology from Pepperdine University. After graduation, she made the move across the country to join the Hopkins community. She is working towards a career in Intensive Care Nursing and is hoping to become a Nurse Anesthetist. She is serving as the Resolutions Committee Director where she will develop a resolution to present at the National SNA yearly conference. As a hard of hearing individual herself, she is passionate about hearing education for all nurses to help them care for their patients better. In her free time she can be found taking a yoga class, making a visit to Patterson Park with her dog Rory and falling in love with the City of Baltimore. She is eager to see what is ahead for SNA this year.
Community Outreach Co-Director - Bea Goldberg
Bea was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but has lived all over the west coast. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for her undergraduate studies and received both a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History. After college she lived and worked abroad on a research team for the university, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued to work in photography and gallery curation in Hollywood, before eventually shifting to the nonprofit field for the last several years. Since moving to Baltimore to pursue her master’s degree in nursing, she aims to include harm reduction, public health, and health equity in her career endeavors. Bea’s goal is to ultimately become a nurse practitioner and develop new ways to support healthcare access in medically underserved communities. She is proud to be the SNA’s Community Outreach Co-Director for the 2020-2021 school year with Lindsey DiRienzo. Together, they will be working with local organizations to facilitate a connection between JHUSON and the people of Baltimore. When she isn’t working or in class, she can be found juggling, baking, hiking, or gardening.
Community Outreach Co-Director - Lindsey DiRienzo
Lindsey is originally from Alexandria, VA. She went to undergrad at James Madison University where she studied Hospitality Management and Business. After completing her degree she worked for a medical association for 2 years before deciding to go back to school for nursing. She is excited to get more involved through SNA and help other members get involved in community outreach in the Baltimore region. When Lindsey is not studying she enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, traveling, and red wine.
Breakthrough to Nursing - Farah Sheikh
Like many students at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHUSON) Farah was drawn to the MSN program because it is uniquely designed to offer career change opportunities for individuals from diverse educational backgrounds. Farah is from Sacramento, CA, and graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.S. in Physiology & Neuroscience. She has an extensive background in medical research and has worked in pediatrics and neurology. She enjoys making connections with new people and exploring new cities while traveling abroad. Before moving to Baltimore, she completed two years of medical school where she discovered the many rewards of working in healthcare. Farah was inspired to switch careers after discovering the myriad of opportunities and position flexibility nurses have in healthcare settings. The support JHUSON provides students who make career pivots allows them to transition into successful, fulfilling careers. As an SNA board member, she is excited to step into the Breakthrough to Nursing role and share her experience navigating career changes between interdisciplinary healthcare fields. She hopes to raise awareness of the different career options nursing has to offer and help find innovative ways to get JHUSON students involved in advancing the nursing profession.
Cohort 10 Class Director - Audrey Lewis
Audrey is from Kaneohe, HI. She earned her B.S. in Health Science with a focus on public health at University of West Florida in 2015. Audrey volunteered with the American Lung Association and taught Open Airways, an asthma management class to the elementary schools in Hawaii. She was a stay at home mom for 6 years (to three boys ages 2, 4, & 6) before returning to school for the MSN program at Hopkins. Audrey is interested in pediatrics and maternal health. When she is not studying, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, and hiking.
Cohort 8 Class Director - Miranda Zeng
Miranda was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. She studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she developed a passion for mental health, service, and nursing. After graduating, Miranda plans to gain experience in psychiatric nursing. She is excited to serve as the Class Director for Cohort 8. When Miranda is not studying she enjoys hiking, baking, and painting!