The SNAP Board of Directors
THE 2020-2021 BOARD IS LOOKING FORWARD SEEING YOU AT THE CONVENTION IN NOVEMBER!
ALYSSA TYGH, 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’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 Resolution’s 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, school they attend, or part of the state they reside in. 2020 was designated the year of the nurse, but it is next year and the following ones we will show the resilience and bravery of what it means to be a nursing student and future nurse once we graduate.
JILLIAN SCHMELL, VICE PRESIDENT & CONVENTION CHAIR
Hello SNAP members! I am so grateful and thrilled to serve as Vice President over this next year. I am in my final year at Lehigh Carbon Community College, and very excited to graduate May 2021. Beginning nursing school was stressful to say the least. Navigating through it during a pandemic was unprecedented. This past year has shed light on both positives and negatives, and strengthened our community as we prepare to join many others on the front-lines.
At the beginning of my nursing journey, I had no idea what these next few years would entail. Without the support and encouragement from my cohort and SNAP peers, I would not be where I am today. Serving at my local chapter, as Regional Coordinator, and now Vice President, I have met so many wonderful students whose hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. I truly am so passionate about SNAP, passionate about nursing, and passionate about all of you. Thank you all for choosing to be nurses, powering through school, and engaging in this association. We would not be who we are today without you!
As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, it is my goal to strengthen the success, confidence, and leadership in our community. With a little more experience and knowledge gained throughout 2020, it is my hope to continue engaging with our members and finding new ways we can all be involved. I am very excited to plan our 69th annual convention and cannot wait to interact with all our members until then! I hope you all have a wonderful year, good luck in school, and continue to push one step further. Feel free to reach out to email@example.com at any time!
AUSTIN LIN, SECRETARY/TREASURER
Hi everyone – my name is Austin Lin, your Secretary-Treasurer! I graduated in May 2021 from Villanova University and just recently passed my NCLEX-RN. I am from Philadelphia and blessed to be able to serve the community that I grew up around by starting my nursing career in the Emergency Department at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania through their Nurse Residency Program. As the new school semester is starting, I am looking forward to seeing article submissions from local chapters for our monthly INSIGHT newsletter. I am excited to meet everyone at the annual state convention in November to present the finances of the association throughout this year and what our finances goal are for the future. If you have any questions or need assistance with the role of Secretary and or Treasurer at your local chapter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
JOHN PALMER, LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR
Hello everyone! My name is John Palmer, and I am your legislative coordinator this year! I’m a junior nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, where I serve as the Vice President of the SNAP chapter there. I also had the honor of serving as a member of the NSNA Resolutions Committee this past year. I’m looking forward to bringing resolutions back to the SNAP Convention this fall, along with accepting poster submissions for a second year. Being involved with SNAP/NSNA and attending annual convention each November has been one of the highlights of my time in nursing school thus far, and I’m excited for another great fall semester! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions about resolutions, poster submissions, or anything else.
ASHLEY BLEILER, NORTHWEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi there! My name is Ashley Bleiler, and I’m the Northwest Regional Coordinator. I recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, passed the NCLEX, and am beginning my nursing career at UPMC Presbyterian in their Graduate Nurse Rotational Program on the cardiology track. I love living in Pittsburgh, and I’m so happy to be representing the amazing schools of nursing out here. I’m looking forward to hopefully a more normal school year for everyone and meeting as many of you as I can at your meetings and the annual convention in November. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions anytime!
TAYLOR VINCENT, SOUTHWEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
I am a senior at Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing. This is my second year serving on the SNAP Board as Regional Coordinator. It has been a rewarding experience to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace this opportunity to evolve my leadership skills. However, my time on the board is being spent connecting with schools, nursing students, and faculty to promote the benefits of SNAP, to promote inclusivity and diversity within the regions and speak to the value of this organization can have on your growth as a leader and as future nurses.
HANNAH LOCHAN, SOUTHCENTRAL REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hannah Lochan is a sophomore nursing student at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She was born and raised on Long Island, New York and is bias in thinking that their pizza and bagels are superior to any other region. She joined SNAP her freshman year and remains an active member. She is honored to be on the board serving as the South-Central Regional Coordinator. After graduating from Penn State and passing her NCLEX, Hannah hopes to specialize in pediatric oncology. Hannah 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, she views this opportunity as a beneficial one. She hopes to take advantage of Zoom meetings and the ability for multiple people to gather virtually from all different universities in the region. She looks forward to getting to know all the incoming members as well as the current ones!
SARAH FINNOCCHIARO, GREATER PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello, my name is Sarah Finocchiaro, and I am your Greater Philadelphia Regional Coordinator and chairperson of the SNAP Membership Committee. I am a recent graduate of the Second-Degree BSN Express program at Villanova University, and I will be starting my nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the fall of 2021! I have spent the last twenty years in healthcare working as a nationally certified pharmacy technician for CVS Health. During my time at Villanova, I have been an active member of my local SNAP chapter and am the current 2020-2021 BSN Express class representative. As a volunteer I have worked with Team Latina, Philly Fight and I have been on the steering committee of the Greater Philadelphia Human Rights Campaign for the last 5 years. My desire to serve the community I love drives my passion for nursing. I am excited to share my experience in healthcare, my excitement for nursing and my commitment to our field with all of you.
CHARLOTTE CECARELLI, CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
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 currently serve as the Regional Coordinator for schools in the Central Philadelphia Region. I also serve on my school chapter board as the Legislative Coordinator and most recently 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 semester to be working with the other schools in the Central Philadelphia region and to see everyone for convention! I am also looking forward to being a member on the Community Health Committee and working on community health topics about which I am passionate.
JESSICA TURNITZA, NORTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi future nurses! My name is Jess Turnitza and I am grateful to be your North East Regional Coordinator for this year! 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. As North East Regional Coordinator, my vision is to build on our region’s network, by collaborating on personal development/community service opportunities! I look forward to learning and growing with you all. I wish you all the best of luck as you begin the fall semester. Keep up the hard work as you navigate the many challenges as a student nurse amid Zoomified classes and virtual clinicals!!
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR, VACANT
A new South East Regional Coordinator will be elected at the upcoming SNAP Convention in November!