Maryland Association of Nursing Students
Board of Directors 2016-2017

 

President


Karissa Van Wyck-Dungy

Howard Community College/ Frostburg State University

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Karissa Dungy is a BSN student at Frostburg State University and attends classes at Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland. She completed her pre-requisites while stationed in at Fort Gordon, GA, prior to moving to Maryland. Karissa represents HCC as president of her school chapter, the Howard Community College Student Nurse Association. Karissa is also a member of the Phi Theta Sigma honor society and the Student Veterans Organization at HCC. During her term, Karissa hopes to increase MANS and the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) membership and involvement among her fellow nursing students, and encourage the youth of today to become the nurses of tomorrow.


Vice President


Courtney Chang

Howard Community College

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Courtney is a nursing student at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland and will graduate in May of 2017. She earned a B.A. in English/Pre-Law from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and during her undergrad, served a two-year term as Vice President on the BMore Proud Board, a state-wide leadership committee for student LGBTQ+ organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area. In conjunction with being Vice President on the MANS Board, Courtney is the SNA Representative for the Student Government Association of Howard Community College and also a student nurse ambassador to the ANA. She attended the 64th Annual NSNA Convention in Orlando, the NSNA Summer Leadership Conference in New York, and the NSNA MidYear Conference in Kansas City. Currently, she works as a PCT at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and runs health promotion workshops for My Sister’s Place Women’s Center in Baltimore. She plans to specialize in public health nursing with a focus on transgender healthcare policy.

Secretary


Allison Cohen

Howard Community College

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Allison Cohen is a first year Associate Degree in Nursing student at Howard Community College’s School of Nursing and will graduate in May 2018. She completed her prerequisites on the Dean’s Honor List at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. During her first semester at Howard Community College (HCC), she immediately became involved as HCC’s Student Government Association Representative for their Student Nurses Association. As Secretary of MANS, she plans to dedicate her time and diligence to ensure the internal flow of the MANS agendas are documented and distributed with ease. Upon graduation, Allison plans on specializing in Geriatric Psychiatry.


Treasurer

Tony Li
University of Maryland- Shady Grove

Tony Li is a BSN student at University of Maryland, Baltimore (Shady Grove campus), with an expected graduation date of December 2017. He serves as Co-Treasurer on his school board, University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS). Tony is currently working as a Medical Technologist in the Core Lab at Washington Hospital Center and hopes to increase quality improvement processes between the lab and nursing units to better serve patients. Tony’s goal while serving as Treasurer is to raise awareness for current and future nurses about the importance of advocating for our profession.

Newsletter Chair


Cristina DeLucien
University of Maryland- Shady Grove 

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Cristina DeLucien is a BSN student at University of Maryland, Baltimore (Shady Grove campus), with an expected graduation date of December 2016. She serves as Co-Treasurer on her school board, University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS), and is a Guided Study Session Leader for Pediatrics. Cristina is currently working in the Cardiac ICU at Children’s National Medical Center and hopes to continue working in a pediatric critical care unit upon graduation. Cristina’s goal while serving as Newsletter Chair is to continue raising awareness about MANS and increase involvement of Maryland   nursing students.


Public Relations Chair


Margaryta Suvorova

University of Maryland- Shady Grove

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Margaryta Suvorova is a nursing graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore, Shady Grove. After moving to the US from Ukraine, she finished her nursing pre-requisites at Montgomery College with honors, finishing on the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Margaryta currently works at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. After a few years of practicing nursing, she plans to continue her education by becoming a family nurse practitioner. As the PR Chair of MANS Board of Directors, Margaryta hopes to help her fellow Maryland Nursing Students connect both with each other and the larger community of nursing students in the greater Washington area.



Community Health Chair

Elizabeth Oyedele 
Towson University 
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Elizabeth Oyedele is a recent graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. She will be continuing her RN-BSN at Towson University. She was actively involved at her school’s chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) in which she was appointed as the Policy and Forms representative. She has a keen passion for OB/GYN and critical care nursing. She also volunteers at Johns Hopkins OB/GYN department. Elizabeth is honored to be the Community Health Chair for the Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS) and hopes to serve the community, expand and enrich MANS community health endeavors alongside other cooperate members of the board. 


Breakthrough to Nursing Chair


Mariah Perry

University of Maryland- Shady Grove

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Mariah Perry is currently a nursing student at University of Maryland School of Nursing, Shady Grove Campus. Mariah will graduate with her BSN in December of 2016. She previously earned a Bachelor of Art in Public Health and Spanish at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She currently holds a job at the University of Maryland Medical Center on the Transplant Unit. Mariah has a passion for pediatrics. She looks forward to teaching students of all grade levels about the nursing profession. 


Membership and Nominations Chair


Kelsie Galusha

Johns Hopkins University

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Kelsie Galusha is currently a Master’s Entry into Nursing student at Johns Hopkins University with an expected graduation date of May 2016. She has a previous Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biology. She currently is the President of her school’s Student Nurses Association chapter and is also on the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Resolutions Committee. Kelsie is working as a research assistant in a study aimed to explore the role of health literacy in cervical cancer screening in women living with HIV. Kelsie has a passion for maternal and child health and hopes to someday pursue a career in midwifery. 

Legislative Chair


Obianuju Chikwere

University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Obianuju Chikwere is currently a CNL student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore and will graduate in December 2016. Prior to nursing, she received a degree in Biology from Howard University. She has a keen interest for critical care and currently works as a Student Nurse in the Surgical ICU at University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition to serving on the MANS executive board, Obianuju is the President of Nurses for Global Health on the Baltimore campus. She hopes to use her position as the Legislative chair as a springboard to action to generate peer support in the legislative process as it affects the nursing profession.


Resolutions Chair


Christopher Mangels

Johns Hopkins University

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Chris Mangels is a Master’s student at Johns Hopkins University, with an expected graduation date of May 2017. He has a Bachelor’s in Biology and Gender Studies from New College of Florida. His love for research is evident as he studied cellular response to viral infection in COPD models and worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the physiology and neuroscience labs. He returned to school entering the first cohort of Hopkins Master’s Entry into Nursing (MEN) program. He currently serves as the class representative on his school chapter, JHU Student Nurses Association. His areas of interest include critical care, HIV, diabetes, GLBT+ health, nutrition, policy, and (of course) research. His goal as Resolutions Chair for MANS is to develop a better understanding of the policy process and contribute to the NSNA at the state level!

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Jane Velugu

University of Maryland- Shady Grove

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Jane Velugu is a senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore (Shady Grove campus), with an expected graduation date in December 2016. She loves to stay involved with groups that give students an early start in advancing their profession. Jane takes part in serving as Secretary for her school chapter (UMANS), Co-President for Nurses for Global Health, and a tutor for 3rd semester students. She is currently working in the ICU at Shady Grove Medical Center, and hopes to continue in critical care upon graduation. Her goal for her term with MANS is to spread a positive perspective on the field of nursing, which can be misrepresented much of the time.




RN Consultant


Sheila Pierre

University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Sheila is a nursing graduate from Montgomery College and University of Maryland Baltimore. While attending nursing school Sheila reintroduced a nursing club, held position as president, and initiated a NSNA chapter at her school. She currently works at a local hospital on an acute care unit where she commits her time to her patients and actively involved in unit councils to improve patient satisfaction and advocacy. Additionally, Sheila is serving her 3rd term with MANS as the New Graduate RN Consultant. In previous terms, Sheila held the position of MNA Liaison, Secretary, and temporary Public Relations Chair. Sheila plans to focus on her bedside experience, with hopes to return to school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Faculty Advisor


Dr. Marianne Eichenberger

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Dr. Marianne Eichenberger is a Professor of Nursing at the Community College of Baltimore County. Her area of specialization is psychiatric mental health nursing. She began her journey in nursing as an inpatient nurse unit working with adults struggling with all types of mental illness and she has had the opportunity to care for psychiatric patients in acute and community settings. She began teaching at the Community College of Baltimore County in 2001 and continues to enjoy teaching the Mental Health Nursing Concepts course and working with students as a faculty advisor to the Nursing Student Association. She is looking forward to working with the Maryland Association of Nursing Students as their faculty advisor.


MNA Student Liaison




MANS Student Consultant