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Board of Directors

The 12 members of SNA’s Board of Directors are elected yearly by SNA members to provide strategic leadership in the fulfillment of SNA’s mission to support and encourage the growth of nursing students through increasing involvement, partnership, networking, and community service. 



Masha Leushina - ABSN 43              

Masha is part of ABSN 43. Her previous degree is a BS in Public Health from San Diego State University. She previously worked at a nonprofit and for the County of San Diego as a COVID-19 Outbreak Investigator. She’s still undecided on what her nursing specialty will be, but is interested in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and public health nursing. In her free time Masha likes reading, going to the beach, and petting random dogs.


Vice President

Danielle Duncan - ABSN 42                          


Danielle is part of the ABSN 42 cohort. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BS in Environmental Science and Ecology and has an MS in Water Management from Fresno State University. She has spent the last six years volunteering and working in pre-hospital and hospital positions and knows she wants to work in the Emergency Room or within trauma care. Outside class she can be found rock climbing, going to the gym, and taking her dog to the beach.



Anika Engracia - ABSN 43                

Anika is part of ABSN 43. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2021 with a BS in Public Health Science. She is interested in specializing in critical care: ER, ICU, NICU, but is also keeping an open mind towards other specialties. As for her hobbies, she enjoys watching movies, reading, going to the gym, playing video games, and spending time with family/friends. She is excited to serve on the SNA board as the secretary!



Sarina Brownlie - ABSN 43              


Sarina is part of ABSN 43 and graduated in 2016 from Emerson College in Boston with a BA in writing, literature, and publishing. She is most interested in women’s health, allergy and immunology, and emergency medicine as a specialty. Outside of school, Sarina trains in aerial arts and spends her free time with her dogs and cat, baking, sewing, and can often be seen crocheting during lectures

Legislative Director

Sofia Ahooja - ABSN 43


Sofia is a part of ABSN 43. She received a degree in biology and studio art from Grinnell College in 2022, where she also played basketball. She is interested in going into anesthesiology and becoming a CRNA. Outside of school, Sofia loves spending time at the beach and trying new food places. She is excited to serve in the Legislative Director position due to her interest in monitoring health care bills, coordinating with the opinions of the student body, and becoming a part of the SNA team.


Membership Director
Jessie Bettig- ABSN 43      


Jessie is part of ABSN 43 and got her BS in psychology with a concentration in mind, brain and behavior at Colorado State University. She loves working with kids as a nanny and substitute teacher, and is excited to begin a career in pediatric nursing. Outside of school, she loves going to the beach, on hikes and most importantly spending time with her family and dog. She is excited to be the membership director and help connect students through the mentorship program!


Student Affairs Director

Ashley Tade - ABSN 43             


Ashley is part of ABSN 43. She received her bachelors of Psychology degree in 2021 from the University of San Francisco. She is currently working as a certified nursing assistant on a cardiac floor and is interested in critical care nursing. Outside of school, she enjoys running, rock climbing, and being with friends and family. She is excited to serve as the SNA student affairs director and be a liaison between faculty and students.


Fundraising Coordinator

Asha Aker - TBSN 18            

Asha is part of TBSN 18. She is currently working on a Surgical Oncology PCU floor and is interested in going into critical care nursing. Outside of school she loves traveling, spending time outdoors, enjoying concerts, and attending SoulCycle. As the fundraising coordinator, Asha is excited to plan fundraisers and apparel merchandise for our nursing community.  



Activities Director

Angela Cayas - ABSN 44       

Angela is part of the ABSN 44 cohort. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2020 with a bachelor's in Human Biology. Before switching career paths, she was interested in working in Pediatrics, but after volunteering in a hospital has grown to love other units. As of right now, Angela is unsure what nursing specialty she would like to pursue, but is excited to explore other areas during her nursing school journey. During her free time, she enjoys to read, do pilates, and go to music festivals. As the Activities Director, Angela is excited to plan special events to help all nursing students form special friendships and to create a sense of community!


Breakthrough to Nursing Director

Analisa Amador - TBSN 17                          


Analisa is part of TBSN 17. She loves working with the community and is looking forward to begin a career in emergency nursing. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, doing escape rooms, getting dinner with friends, and spending time with her dogs Ross and Boba. As the breakthrough to nursing director, Analisa is excited to reach out to the incoming nursing students and provide financial resources for the CSUSM nursing program.


Community Health Director

Marina Alvarado  - ABSN 43

Marina is part of ABSN 43. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2021 with a degree in biotechnology and a minor in Chicanx and Latinx studies. She’s keeping an open mind during clinicals before settling on a specialty. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking, and going to concerts. As the community health project coordinator, she excited to connect everyone to different ways to help our community!


Communications Director

Ivy Yang - ABSN 43    

Ivy is part of ABSN 43. She graduated from University of California, San Diego, in 2022, with degrees in Human Biology and Psychology. She is currently interested in working with the pediatric population as a nurse, but still open to other opportunities that may come up. In her free time, she likes to read, watch movies with her roommates, or explore the area in search of new food places to try!

Cohort Representatives for TBSN & ABSN are the go to for questions and concerns for your cohort.

TBSN 17 Analisa Amador & Cielo Rodriguez
TBSN 18 Madeline So & Penelope Adams

ABSN 42 Sarah Hopkins & Danielle Duncan
ABSN 43 Masha Leushina & Ivy Yang

ABSN 44 Angela Lynn Cayas & Bella Lamonea  

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