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.
Tamsin Gray - TBSN, Cohort 14
Tamsin Gray is entering her final year of the nursing program at CSUSM. Nursing is a second career for Tamsin, who was a small business owner for 15+ years in the skydiving industry. While skydiving was her passion for a number of years, she is excited for her new career path as an RN, and her affinity for fast-paced and high-acuity environments has drawn her toward becoming a critical care nurse. Tamsin is excited for the upcoming year as President of the SNA and hopes to work with the board to implement programs that will provide value for all students at the SON. Outside of school, Tamsin enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys doing outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, and riding motorcycles.
Mike Lee- ABSN 36
Mike Lee is a nursing student in the ABSN 36 cohort. He graduated from UC Los Angeles with a B.A. in sociology. While learning about society and public policy intrigued him, he found his true passion wanting to help people. He found his passion in the COPE Health Scholar Internship from working side by side with other nurses. Outside of academics, Mike loves the outdoors, rock climbing, basketball, and coffee.
Alexandra (Alex) Kershaw- ABSN 36
Alex is a first year nursing student in ABSN 36 interested in pursuing a career as a NICU nurse! She received my first degree at UC Davis earning a B.S in Psychology. At Davis Alex discovered her true passion for nursing while interning at the UC Davis Medical Center on the PICU floor. After finishing that internship, she became a CNA and has worked at a skilled nursing facility for two years, as well as an adult day healthcare center for almost a year. She loves getting involved in the community and the programs she's a part of and has always enjoyed taking on leadership roles. Alex is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be on this board, and she can't wait to see what this year holds!
Miranda Achard - TBSN 15
Miranda Achard is a TBSN 15 nursing student who hopes to pursue a career in either postpartum or trauma nursing. She works at Scripps Mercy San Diego as a CNA and is currently enrolled in a phlebotomy program in hopes to work concurrently at a blood bank. Miranda was a transfer to CSUSM SON from MiraCosta and finished with an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Emphasis in Mathematics and Science. She also received the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education with highest honors and maintained a position on the President’s list with good standing. Miranda is excited to be a part of the SNA board as treasurer and hopes to make sure purchased merchandise is distributed in a timely manner. She looks forward to being a part of a great team and hopes to create long-lasting friendships within the program.
Andrea Dunning - ABSN 36
Andrea Dunning is a nursing student in ABSN 36 and has always had a passion for biology and service. Having taken a circuitous route to the field of nursing, she’s an alumni of both UCSD and CSUSM, with bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology and master’s degrees in education and biology. Andrea aims to keep her fellow nursing students up to date on the legislation that will affect their schooling, graduation, and future careers. Recent events have highlighted how nursing is influenced by policies at many different levels, including institutional, regional, state-wide, and national. Now, more than ever, nursing students need to be aware of legislation and make their voices heard.
Michael Armstrong- ABSN 36
Student Affairs Director
Andrew Carlos- ABSN 36
Andrew is a first-year nursing student in the Accelerated BSN program. He will graduate in May 2022 with a second bachelor’s degree; his first is an Economics degree from the University of Southern California. Andrew is intent on prospering at the position of Student Affairs Director and is ready for any challenge the position presents despite it being one of his earliest involvements in a student-run organization. He wishes to grow the chapter, team up with other board members, be informative to and advocate for his peers. Andrew will use his past experiences as a 2020 Diaper Drive committee member and Health Scholar/Clinical Care Extender to reach these objectives. Andrew’s interests include travel and intensive care nursing, philosophy, boxing and soccer.
Shelby Zeiter- ABSN 37
Angie Ruiz Camacho - ABSN 33
Angie Ruiz Camacho is a part of ABSN 33 and hopes to be able to work in areas that serve the underserved. She was a science teacher for five years prior to enrolling in nursing school and is a firm believer that one of the biggest roles of a nurse is to be an educator. In her free time she likes to hike and be outdoors.
Breakthrough to Nursing Director
Gia Gonzalez - ABSN 36
Gia is a first-year ABSN 36 nursing student and hopes to explore a career in pediatrics or palliative care. The position of Breakthrough to Nursing Director intrigued her because she enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about guiding others to discover the joys of nursing. Gia understands the struggles in finding a passionate and meaningful career as she explored many avenues after being a four-year collegiate soccer player. After years of dismissing her obvious calling for nursing, she broke free of the corporate ladder and applied to CSUSM’s SoN. She is excited about recruiting all types of people to join CSUSM’s SoN because all types of patients require all types of nurses! Outside of school, Gia still plays arena soccer with her hubby (formally a goalie on the US National Team), enjoys making flower arrangements, hiking with her pup, and cooking up big meals for friends and family. Her favorite saying is “An ounce of heart beats a pound of muscle”. If you are passionate enough about something, you will find a way to make it happen. Gia is proud to be on the 2020/2021 SoN Board of Directors and welcomes any questions or opportunities that may arise.
Community Health Director
Aurora Devalon- ABSN 36
Aurora is an enthusiastic nursing student in ABSN cohort 36. She graduated with honors from CSUSM with a degree in Kinesiology focusing on Health Science in 2018. She has previously worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, a bartender, and held an internship with Palomar Pathmakers at Palomar Hospital. She was further exposed to the more personal side of healthcare while spending time with her father’s healthcare team during his battle with cancer. These experiences led her to continue to pursue a career in the medical field. She is leaning towards a career in Psych, but is keeping her options open throughout the course of the program. In her free time, Aurora loves to bake, explore Southern California with her friends, and hang out with her two huskies; Luna and Jupiter. She is thrilled to be on the SNA Board as the Community Health Director and is excited coordinate events that will help our community, as well as help students practice nursing skills in various environments.
Lily Ly - ABSN 34
Lily is an ABSN 34 student entering her final year of nursing school. She has a B.S in General Biology from CSULB; she wants to further her appreciation for the human body and incorporate a holistic approach in her care for others. She weaved her way into the world of nursing through various experiences in underserved communities where she gained a greater sense of diversity and compassion. Lily has a strong interest in Women’s Health and aims to empower marginalized groups in the community. She strives to heal others holistically by providing compassionate care. Lily is grateful and excited to serve as SNA’s Communication Director and hopes to strengthen the nursing family here at CSUSM.
Dr. JoAnn Daugherty, PhD, RN, CNL
Dr. JoAnn Daugherty began her nursing career as a trauma ICU nurse. She found she loved teaching when she would precept new hires, especially new grads in the ICU. She has spent most of her staff nurse career working in teaching medical centers. She obtained her MSN as a Critical Care CNS with a minor in Nursing Administration at UCSF and has taught in both the practice setting and nursing school setting. She returned to UCSF to complete her PhD in Nursing. She has continued to teach in both the academic nursing and hospital practice settings. She was one of the founding faculty at CSUSM School of Nursing in 2006 where she has taught continuously since then. She is also employed part time at UC San Diego Health as a PACU educator.
Professor Michelle Fawcett, BSN, RN
Professor Michelle Fawcett has been an RN working in Kansas, Colorado, and now California. She has worked in many different fields within the hospital and has found her true passion in education. She started teaching nursing clinicals for the University of Colorado School of Nursing while working as an ICU nurse in Denver, Colorado. After moving to California, Michelle fell in love with the program offered at CSUSM and was honored to join the team in 2015. She is currently working on her Master’s in Family Nurse Practioner (FNP) through the University of Texas, Arlington (UTA), online. She recently completed her graduate certificate, Nurse Educator Role, through UTA. Michelle is a member of CSUSM’s Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Theta Chapter) and is excited to be working alongside Dr. JoAnn Daugherty as faculty co-advisor for SNA.
Cohort Representatives for TBSN & ABSN are the go to for questions and concerns for your cohort. They help all students in the SoN not just SNA members.
TBSN 14 Kailey Buchheim & Tamsin Gray
TBSN 15 Silvia Gil & Abigail Peralta
ABSN 33 Di Pham & Angie Camacho
ABSN 34 Nikko Cabrera & Polina Burkart
ABSN 35 Nadhirah Jamaludin
ABSN 36 Allison Hilton & Andrew Carlos