SNAP Board of Directors

December 2, 2014

The SNAP Board of Directors



Greetings! My name is Alyssa Tygh, and I am beyond thrilled to be SNAP’s president as we go through this unprecedented time together. I’m a senior BSN student at Penn State minoring in Healthcare Policy and Administration. At my chapter, I’m the President of the University Park Campus and formerly was the Legislative Coordinator for SNAP and a member of the 2019-2020 NSNA Resolutions Committee. This year I look forward to growing our membership and demonstrate to students the benefits of our pre-professional organizations at a local, state, and national level. The best part about being a nursing student in Pennsylvania is being a part of the SNAP and NSNA family that is here to welcome everyone no matter what year they are, program they are enrolled in, the school they attend, or part of the state they reside in. It is time we turn the setbacks we faced in 2020 and 2021 and turn them into comebacks this coming year!


Hello everyone! My name is John Palmer, and I am your vice president this year! I’m a junior BSN student at the University of Pennsylvania, where I also serve as the President of Penn’s SNAP chapter. I also had the honor of serving as a member of the NSNA Resolutions Committee during the 2020-2021 school year. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 70th anniversary SNAP Convention in November 2022! My hope for it is to be a fun and empowering experience for nursing students across the state of Pennsylvania. If you have any ideas for speakers who you would like to hear from, do not hesitate to reach out! Being involved with SNAP has been one of the highlights of my time in nursing school thus far, especially amidst all of the uncertainty and instability that has clouded nursing education over the pandemic. I hope that you can find similar community and professional opportunities at your chapter and through this state organization. I’m very excited for another great year!


Hi there! My name is Charlotte Cecarelli and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) pursuing a major in nursing with a minor in Nutrition Science. I will be graduating in May and will hopefully start a career as a neonatal nurse! I currently serve as the SNAP Secretary/Treasurer. Last year I was the Central Philadelphia Regional Coordinator and I have also served on my school chapter board as the Legislative Coordinator and Peer Advising Program Chair. I currently serve on the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Resolutions Committee. Outside of nursing, I enjoy playing the flute, piccolo, and drums in the Penn Band, baking, reading, and traveling. I am extremely excited for this year to be contributing more for SNAP as the Secretary/Treasurer. I hope to maintain transparency with the budget, help gather submissions for the monthly INSIGHT newsletters, and present the finances at the convention in November 2022. I hope to see you there! If you have any questions for me please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Hi, everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Eastburn, and I am so excited and grateful to serve as your Legislative Coordinator for the next year. I am currently a junior BSN student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. I am extremely passionate about nursing and hope to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and eventually a Nurse Researcher, as well. 

Since attending my first SNAP Convention as a freshman in 2019, I have been eager to get more involved in this amazing organization. After serving on the Legislative Committee for the past two years, I am ready to take my experience with resolutions and legislation and implement it to help us all grow as future nurses. I look forward to keeping you all updated on pertinent health policy and aiding you all in advocating for legislative issues important to you.

Nursing school is stressful and hard, so I hope SNAP can be a source of motivation, passion, and enjoyment for you throughout this process. We may be students, but we can make a difference in the field of nursing. We are the future leaders and voices of our field. If learning how to be a nurse during these unprecedented times has taught us anything, it is how to be resilient!


I am excited to be your Northwest Regional Coordinator for this upcoming year. I am currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and I’m from Maryland but recently moved to Mars, PA. I am also the upcoming Academic Chair for the University of Pittsburgh Nursing Student Association. I also am sister of Kappa Delta, which conducts research at the School of Nursing, and I have my own horse, Owen!


This position is currently vacant.  The SNAP Board will be appointing a new South West Coordinator in the near future.  If you are a member in the South West region and would like to be consider for this position, please email the SNAP office at


I am a junior nursing student at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and am bias in thinking that their pizza and bagels are superior to any other region. I joined SNAP my freshman year and remain an active member. I am honored to be on the board for the second year, serving as the South-Central Regional Coordinator. After graduating from Penn State and passing NCLEX, I hope to specialize in pediatric oncology. She knows that building relations can be hard under “normal” circumstances, but even more difficult in the socially-distance, quarantining, COVID time that we are living in. However, I view this opportunity as a beneficial one. I hope to take advantage of Zoom meetings and the ability for multiple people to gather virtually from all different universities in the region. I look forward to getting to know all the incoming members as well as the current ones!


Hi everyone! My name is India Miller, and I am from New Orleans, LA. I am a sophomore nursing student pursuing a global health minor at Villanova University. I am honored to be your Greater Philadelphia Regional Coordinator this year. The pandemic resulted in a lot of limited interactions. I want to build and rebuild these relationships among the schools. At Villanova, I am secretary of the Multicultural Student Nurses Organization (MSNO), a member of Nursing Without Borders, and I am a tour guide. In New Orleans, I spend my time volunteering in a hospital emergency department and an animal shelter. I have grown with the SNAP chapter at my school, and I recently attended my very first in person State SNAP Convention as a delegate! This was such an exciting experience, and it made me want to become more involved with SNAP on the state level. Although I was nervous to run to this position, I am very glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I am so excited to be a member of the SNAP family and can’t wait to bring all of my ideas to life!


Hello everyone! My name is Emma Hovestadt, and I am so excited to be your Central Philadelphia Regional Coordinator this year! I am currently a first-year traditional BSN student with a minor in Global Health at the University of Pennsylvania. I also serve as Legislative Coordinator for my school’s SNAP chapter. Though I have just recently joined SNAP, I can already see the importance of the valuable connections and opportunities this organization offers to nursing students, and I cannot wait to see what the next four years will bring. This year, I hope to help foster an empowered student nurse community in Philadelphia and create positive change in the nursing profession through the legislative process! I look forward to meeting everyone at convention, please feel free to reach out anytime!


Hello future nurses! My name is Jess Turnitza, and I am your excited to serve another term as your North East Regional Coordinator! I am a senior nursing student at Wilkes University. At Wilkes, I additionally serve as SNAP President and formerly as a writer/reporter for the NSNA magazine, Imprint. Being a member of SNAP has opened up my eyes as to what we as nursing students can do today, to better contribute to our field for tomorrow. My vision for this year is to build on our region’s SNAP network, by collaborating on personal development/community service opportunities! I truly look forward to connecting with you all throughout the upcoming year. I wish you all the best of luck as you face what seems to be one-hundred quizzes, sims, and finals Keep up the hard work as you continue to trek on this challenging yet rewarding journey— aka nursing school. Feel free to say hi and connect with me. Stay happy and healthy, friends.    


Hello! My name is Michaeleen Farley, and I am excited to serve as your Southeast Regional Coordinator over the next year. I am a senior nursing student at Lehigh Carbon Community College where I serve as the Fundraising and Events Coordinator. I am an adult learner and finally went to nursing school after my three children were old enough to allow for it. I have been in healthcare for over twenty years in supporting, home health and prehospital positions. I joined SNAP upon entering nursing school to take advantage of the resources and benefits available. Nursing school in a pandemic made it very difficult to know fellow students personally and develop relationships due to Zoom and virtual clinicals. SNAP facilitated friendships and other relationships.  As Southeast Regional Coordinator, I hope to provide resources to school chapters that will increase the knowledge and awareness of SNAP’s benefits and activities.  I plan to use my diverse experience to promote networking and advocate for the success of fellow students. Students entering nursing school during COVID are in a unique position that also has presented challenges. I hope to also use my experiences to help others to succeed! Please contact me at any time