The SNAP Board of Directors
THE 2021-2022 BOARD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT CONVENTION AT KALAHARI RESORTS!
ALYSSA TYGH, BSN, RN, PRESIDENT
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 graduated from Penn State, University Park, with my B.S.N. and minored in Healthcare Policy and Administration. In the coming months, I will be starting my career in the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Health in New York City. This November, I cannot wait to see everyone at convention and share all the experiences and opportunities that being a nursing student in Pennsylvania has to offer. It is time to see how the past and present have shaped the nursing field and how we are going to mold the future of it!
JOHN PALMER, VICE PRESIDENT & CONVENTION CHAIR
Hello everyone! My name is John Palmer, and I am your vice president this year. It’s hard to believe I’m now a senior BSN student at the University of Pennsylvania! I also serve as the President of Penn’s SNAP Chapter, and I had the honor of being appointed a member of the 2020-2021 NSNA Resolutions Committee. Since being elected SNAP VP last November, I have been busy recruiting speakers and planning other aspects of this year’s 70th Annual Convention. My hope with this Convention is to honor SNAP’s rich history while also looking to the future of nursing, which we all represent. I hope you all are as excited for Convention as I am! I cannot wait to reconnect with so many of you whom I met at the LEAD Workshop and in Salt Lake City at the NSNA Annual Convention this past spring. I also look forward to getting to know many new faces at Kalahari!
CHARLOTTE CECARELLI, BSN, RN, SECRETARY/TREASURER
Hi there! My name is Charlotte Cecarelli, and I currently serve as the SNAP Secretary/Treasurer. I graduated this May from the University of Pennsylvania with my BSN and a minor in Nutrition Science. In September I will begin working as a Neonatal ICU Nurse at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. I really enjoy being on the SNAP Board of Directors and meeting nursing students all over the state! Last year I was the Central Philadelphia Regional Coordinator and while at Penn, I also served on my school chapter board as the Legislative Coordinator and Peer Advising Program Chair. Outside of nursing, I enjoy playing music (I play the flute, piccolo, and drums!) 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, promote the SNAP annual scholarships, help gather submissions for the monthly INSIGHT newsletters, and present the finances at the convention in November 2022. I hope to see you and meet you at Kalahari! If you have any questions for me please don’t hesitate to reach out.
KAITLYN EASTBURN, LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR
Hi, everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Eastburn, and I am so grateful to serve as your Legislative Coordinator for the remainder of this year. I am currently a senior BSN student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. I am extremely passionate about nursing and hope to become a 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 two years prior to joining the board, I am prepared to take my experience with resolutions and legislation and implement it to help us all grow as future nurses. I look forward to aiding you all in advocating for legislative issues and health policy 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!
KATHERINE (KATE) O’MEARA, NORTH WEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello! My name is Kate O’Meara and I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a BSN with a certificate in Global Health. I am also earning a Bachelor’s of Philosophy by completing my own independent research. I eventually want to become a nurse anesthetist. Upon graduation in December, I am going to be a graduate nurse in the Surgical Trauma ICU at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital!
I currently serve as the SNAP Northwest Regional Coordinator. I have served on Pitt’s NSA Board as the Social Chair, Vice President and am currently the Academic Chair. I am excited about continuing to grow the connections of nursing students in the Pittsburgh area. I also am excited about hosting events to foster the network of SNAP throughout the state.
Outside of nursing, I enjoy horseback riding, musical theatre, traveling, and playing with my dog (Addie). Please reach out if you have any questions!
VACANT, SOUTH WEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
This position is currently vacant. The SNAP House of Delegates will be electing a new South West Coordinator at the 70th Anniversary Convention in Kalahari. If you are a member in the South West region and would like to run for this position, please email any member of the SNAP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) or the SNAP office at firstname.lastname@example.org
HANNAH LOCHAN, SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hey everyone! My name is Hannah Lochan and I am excited and honored to be your Southcentral Regional Coordinator. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and am currently completing my fourth year in the BSN program at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park while minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. I am an active member in my local chapter at Penn State, and love being able to incorporate our local chapter’s programs with other chapters in our region. I am passionate in our school’s THON and hope to continue my love and advocacy for pediatric cancer by becoming a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse after graduating.
Being a nursing student myself, I know that it can be overwhelming and difficult navigating how to get involved in organizations. I hope that I can help ease some of that stress by introducing y’all and getting you involved in SNAP and NSNA. We are the future nurses and working together is vital in our fields. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Lastly, don’t forget to grab your bathing suits and business casual and I hope to see you all at Kalahari this November for State Convention!
INDIA MILLER, GREATER PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi everyone! My name is India Miller, and I am from New Orleans, LA. I’m a junior nursing student pursuing a global health minor at Villanova University. 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 volunteer in the emergency department of a hospital. One of my biggest interests is nutrition. I am currently completing a systematic review of the literature entitled, “Parents’ Influence on Adolescents’ Relationship With Food: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Outside of nursing, I love baking, running, going to Target, hanging out with friends, and traveling! I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities SNAP has provided for us all. I have been involved with SNAP since my freshman year, and I have met some of the most amazing people ever along the way. I love serving as your Greater Philadelphia Regional Coordinator and cannot wait to see everyone at the convention soon!
EMMA HOVESTADT, CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
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 second-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 only joined SNAP last year, I can already see the importance of the valuable connections and opportunities this organization offers to nursing students, and I am excited to see this in action at convention in the fall! 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!
VACANT, NORTH EAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
This position is currently vacant. The SNAP House of Delegates will be electing a new North East Coordinator at the 70th Anniversary Convention in Kalahari. If you are a member in the North East region and would like to run for this position, please email any member of the SNAP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) or the SNAP office at email@example.com
MICHAELEEN FARLEY, SOUTH EAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello! My name is Michaeleen Farley, and I am excited to serve as your South East 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 South East 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.