The SNAP Board of Directors
THE 2020-2021 BOARD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A FANTASTIC YEAR! WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU!
(Please give us a few days until the board members’ emails have been transferred from last year’s board to the current board)
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 junior BSN student at Penn State minoring in Healthcare Policy and Administration. At my chapter, I’m the Vice President of the Hershey 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at any time!
AUSTIN LIN, SECRETARY/TREASURER
My name is Austin Lin from Philadelphia, PA and I am a senior nursing student at Villanova University, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing gradating in May 2021. My history with SNAP is that I have served on my local chapter since freshmen year in various positions such as Athletic Liaison, Treasurer, and Freshmen Mentor. I have been to multiple state and national conventions and events as well.
The vision during my time as Secretary-Treasurer is be a resource to local chapter Secretary and Treasurer to make sure they feel confident in their role. By the end of my tenure, I hope to have made steps into making a Foundation for SNAP, increased scholarship amounts and recipients, and make sure the association’s budget is transparent for the nursing students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
JOHN PALMER, LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR
John is a sophomore BSN student at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is honored to be serving on the SNAP Board this year. In addition to being the legislative coordinator for SNAP, he is the Vice President of his local chapter, Student Nurses at Penn, and is the Assistant Chair ofthe 2020-2021 NSNA Resolutions Committee. Although he is not sure what nursing specialty he wants to pursue upon graduation, John is interested in health policy and advocacy in nursing. He is looking forward to working with SNAP members to increase awareness of legislative issues among nursing students across Pennsylvania.
ASHLEY BLEILER, NORTHWEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello! My name is Ashley Bleiler, and I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. I am originally from Kutztown, PA, but I am happy to now call Pittsburgh home, and especially to be a Steelers fan this year! In my free time I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, crocheting, trying new recipes I find online, and, before the pandemic, trying new restaurants around the city. I am passionate about nursing and have found that my interests lie most heavily in cardiology and critical care, and I am looking forward to starting my career as a cardiology graduate nurse with UPMC in August.
I am so excited to be the Northwest Regional Coordinator this year, and I cannot wait to meet everyone and hear all about what all the school chapters are up to! In the meantime, have a happy and healthy winter break, and take some much-needed rest after this difficult semester!
TAYLOR VINCENT, SOUTHWEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
My name is Taylor Vincent. I am student at Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing. This will be my second year involved in SNAP, and I am very excited to be serving on the board again this year. Throughout this year I would like to continue connecting with schools throughout the Southwest region. Since, I attend a smaller school and there are things that we have implemented to increase involvement in our local chapter and I would like to share that through my region. During this time, I would l want to place great emphasis on the benefits of being apart of SNAP and give students an outlet to network during this unpredictable time. Lastly, I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve as your Southwest Regional Coordinator.
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 currently enrolled in the Second-Degree BSN Express program at Villanova University. 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
Charlotte Cecarelli is a junior at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) pursuing a major in nursing with a minor in Nutrition Science. Charlotte serves on her school chapter board as the Legislative Coordinator. Outside of nursing, Charlotte enjoys playing the flute and piccolo in the Penn Band, baking, reading, and traveling. Charlotte is looking forward to the next year and working with the other schools in the Central Philadelphia region! She is also looking forward to being a member on the Community Health Committee and working on community health topics she is passionate about.
JESSICA TURNITZA, NORTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi everyone! My name is Jess Turniza and I am a junior nursing student at Wilkes University. I am grateful to come from a small school with vast opportunities (such as this one) and hope to deliver similar experiences with the students in this region. Aside from SNAP, I have been grateful to serve on many diverse teams– from serving as Wilkes student organization president, writing and typing away for NSNA’s Imprint magazine, and organizing my school’s blood drive as the Red Cross Coordinator, I have come to cherish all the goodness that this field offers. Upon graduation, I would love to work alongside an enthusiastic health care team as a pediatric or women’s health nurse. Whether it’s in the virtual world, in-person, or even somewhere down the lines sharing the same hospital halls together– I look forward to meeting and making a difference with you all.
MIRANDA CORTES, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello! My name is, Miranda Cortes, and I am your elected Southeast Regional Coordinator. I am very excited to have this leadership opportunity and to represent such a large portion of Pennsylvania.
I graduated Louis E. Dieruff High School in 2019 and I currently attend Lehigh Carbon Community College. Aside from my busy study schedule I enjoy spending time with my family, sewing, and volunteering. I am a first-year nursing student with a passion for community health and traveling. I will be graduating with my associate degree in May 2022 and I plan to continue my education following that.
I can only imagine how taxing this year has been on many of you, myself included. You have all done your best, so congratulations on making it this far! Continue to remind yourself of your strength and resilience. We will graduate and we will become nurses but until then take it easy on yourself!