The SNAP Board of Directors – Here To Serve You!
JOHN PALMER, PRESIDENT
Hello everyone! My name is John Palmer, and I am honored to serve as your President this year. I am in my final semester in the BSN program at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am also pursuing a minor in Global Health. I have been involved in my SNAP chapter since my freshman year, serving on the state board as legislative coordinator, vice president, and most recently, president. I am also currently serving as Chair of the NSNA Council of State Presidents. I am excited to use this year to increase opportunities for collaboration and professional development among our many SNAP chapters across the Commonwealth. One of SNAP’s greatest features is its strong networks of students, faculty, alumni, and professionals. Thus, I encourage you to take advantage of the many offerings that SNAP and NSNA have to offer in 2023 and to get involved in every way you can. We are truly lucky to go to nursing school in Pennsylvania, where SNAP has a 70+ year history of investing in the development of the next generation of nursing leaders. If you have any questions or any ideas regarding how SNAP can better serve its members please feel free to reach out.
KAITLYN EASTBURN, VICE PRESIDENT & CONVENTION CHAIR
Hi Everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Eastburn, and I am so excited to serve as your SNAP Vice President for this coming year! This past year, I had the privilege of serving as your Legislative Coordinator, so I am honored to be able to continue on with my dedication to SNAP and its constituents. I am currently a senior traditional BSN student at the University of Pittsburgh where I am heavily involved with our Nursing Student Association chapter and also assist in research on head and neck cancer survivorship. I also work as a PCT at the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and serve as a member of the 2023 NSNA Resolutions Committee. After graduation, I plan to work in pediatrics before returning to graduate school to obtain my PhD and DNP in psych/mental health. I am passionate about research and mental health among children and adolescents and their families! In my free time, I love to read, shop, exercise, and hang out with my dogs!
As Vice President of SNAP, I am so excited to plan our 71st Annual Convention at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos! I am passionate about providing you all with opportunities to grow and develop as future nurses. We are the future of healthcare, so it is so important that we take these opportunities to expand our knowledge and experience as nurse leaders. I am so glad that you all have decided to get involved in SNAP, and I cannot wait to get to know many of you throughout this year. If you ever have any questions or want to talk, feel free to contact me at VicePresident@snap-online.org!
LAUREN McCARTHY, SECRETARY/TREASURER
Hi Everyone! My name is Lauren McCarthy, and I am excited to currently serve as SNAP Secretary/Treasurer. I am a sophomore BSN student at Widener University with a minor in Allied Health. I am active in the Widener Student Nursing Association (WUSNA) and currently serve as the Fundraising chair. I’ve really enjoyed handling our events and bringing new ideas to our chapter while raising money to support activities for our members. At Widener, I am also a mentor for the Honors Program of General Education, a chemistry and anatomy tutor and a University Ambassador. I am a pizza lover so my at-home job as a server at a local pizza place works out great! I am also a Day Camp Nurse during the summers. I am very passionate about nursing and one day I hope to become a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner.
JIA LI STEHLIK, LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR
Hi everyone! My name is Jia Li Puma Stehlik, I am so honored and thrilled to serve as your Legislative Coordinator this year. I am a Sophomore Nursing B.S.N student with a minor in Epidemiology at Drexel University. The 70th Annual SNAP convention was my first convention I have ever attended. I absolutely loved it and am already looking forward to next year’s convention! I am very excited to help amplify the voices of other Nursing students. I am passionate about legislation and hope that this position acts as a springboard for me to stay involved and updated on the current climate of Nursing legislation in PA. I am beyond excited to get to meet and work with all of you on your goals and passions for the Nursing Profession! In the words of John Lewis, “I am not afraid to make some noise, and get into good, necessary trouble”.
MARIA SANTANA, NORTH WEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello everyone! My name is Maria Santana, and I am thrilled to be representing the North West region on the SNAP Board of Directors! I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. In our local chapter at Pitt, I serve as the professional development chair and a member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Since joining SNAP my freshman year, I have attended two SNAP conventions and had the honor of representing Pennsylvania at national convention! I have done my best to take advantage of every opportunity SNAP has offered to me and I hope to help others do the same. I look forward to getting to know my fellow SNAP members and please feel free to reach out to me at any time!
FAITH FANNIE, SOUTH WEST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello everyone! My name is Faith Fannie, and I am proud to be the South West Regional Coordinator. I am currently a First-Year student at West Penn Hospital School of Nursing. I am a class representative for Student Government. I joined NSNA/SNAP at the beginning of the year. This allowed me to attend the SNAP Convention where I decided to run for this position. A little about me, outside of nursing school I enjoy baking, cooking, and crafting. I also enjoy spending time with my family and dog. I am excited for this opportunity and hope that the students in my region will reach out to me with any questions throughout the year.
VACANT, SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL COORDINATOR
This position is currently vacant. If you are a member in the South Central 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
INDIA MILLER, GREATER PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi everyone! My name is India Miller, and I am from New Orleans, LA. I am a junior nursing student pursuing a global health minor at Villanova University. I am honored to serve as your 2022-2023 Greater Philadelphia Regional Coordinator. I also held this position last year, and I am even more excited about what is in store for this year! I have grown with the SNAP chapter both at my school and at the state level. At Villanova, I am also secretary of the Multicultural Student Nurses Organization (MSNO), a member of Nursing Without Borders, and I am a tour guide. I love pediatric nursing, and I am most interested in the NICU. Outside of nursing, my favorite things to do are bake desserts for friends and family, go on long walks, and watch Gilmore Girls. I hope you are all as excited about this year as I am!
ANDREW KIM, CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Kim, and I am from Berwyn, PA. I am currently a second-year BSN student at the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Economics and Healthcare Management/Policy at The Wharton School. At Penn, I am a nursing research assistant and a member of the curling team. Outside of nursing, I like to bike, cook, read, and go out for Korean barbecue. I am grateful for the phenomenal level of mentorship and support that SNAP provides us nursing students. I hope take this further by utilizing SNAP’s resources to provide additional support and form a tight-knit nursing community in the Central Philadelphia region. Please feel free to reach out with questions, requests, or concerns. I look forward to seeing everyone again at convention in the fall. This year, don’t forget to pack for the waterpark!
ASHLEY DeFELICE, NORTH EAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
My name is Ashley Defelice. I am excited to represent the Northeast Region of SNAP as its coordinator. I am currently a first-year student at Lackawanna College Nursing program with a graduation date of May 2024. I currently hold a position as our chapter’s president. During my time at the convention, I was surrounded by great nursing students and nurses. As a new program, I am proud to present Lackawanna College on the SNAP board. Our program is only 3 years old and has climbed to the top through a pandemic start.
Once I am as RN, I plan to go into the ICU or critical care area. I have a love for OB and I wish to connect the two, working as a NICU nurse. As a NICU mom, I hope to shed the sense of comfort and care that was given to me when my daughter was in the NICU.
I am excited to see you all at the next convention at Kalahari. I hope we can work together in molding a future for us nursing students in the northeast region.
KIELE HAYES, SOUTH EAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Hello Everyone! My name is Kiele Hayes, and I am honored to serve as your South East Regional Coordinator. I am an active member of my local SNAP chapter, serving initially as Vice President and now Communications Secretary. I am a second-degree student pursuing a BSN at Gwynedd Mercy University in the weekend program. I obtained my initial degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. I plan to pursue further education and use my unique experience as an adult learner and over 20 years in medical device training to change the face of nursing education through teaching. My passion is promoting student success through self-advocacy, and you will often hear me say, “we must meet each person where they live” or “be the change you want to see.” I look forward to hosting engaging events in the South East to connect nursing students from regional schools with each other and grow our network of SNAP Chapters; thus, allowing members to learn from one another, lean on each other and celebrate our successes.