President Mary Vitullo

My name is Mary Vitullo and I attend Capital University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Upon graduating in May 2017 I would be honored to be accepted into a Critical Care Fellowship in order to achieve my dream of becoming a critical care nurse with a surgical specialty. My long-term goals are to become a nurse anesthetist and to continue my leadership journey by serving on a board and executive office of a major nursing organization.

Throughout my life I have always been drawn to leadership experiences and caring for the health and well-being of all individuals. I dream of using my passion for altruism and nursing to inspire nursing students to use the power of their voice to enact positive change in our evolving profession. Becoming a leader in my local and state nursing organizations was the perfect way to make this dream a reality. I am proud to serve the office of the President for the Ohio Student Nurses Association Board of Directors and the Chair of the Image of Nursing Committee at Capital University.

In addition to these roles, I am honored to be the Up-Close Reporter for the Imprint journal for the National Student Nurses Association. In this role, I highlight outstanding NSNA members and their stewardship to the profession. These stories are published quarterly in the journal. Their stories are testament to the power of the nursing student’s voice in our evolving profession.

I currently am employed in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Surgical/ Trauma Stepdown as a Patient Support Assistant. Every day I go to work I feel further invigorated to pursue my dream of becoming a critical care nurse. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy watching soccer and being a role model for my niece and nephew.

An interesting fact about me is that I attended Denison University where I majored in English Literature. During my tenure at Denison I was able to participate in two mission trips that ignited my passion for humanitarianism. A life goal of mine would be to work with the International Council of Nurses to promote nursing on a world-wide level and to provide medical resources to individuals in underserved areas of the world. It would be a dream come true for me to use my English degree to write a book about my world-wide experiences as a nurse to encourage other students to have a career filled with stewardship to the nursing profession.

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Vice President Yolanda Marrow

Welcome nursing students! My name is Yolanda Morrow, and I am your 2016-2017 Vice President of OhSNA. Currently, I am entering my third year at Chamberlain College of Nursing (Cleveland Campus) perusing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I am honored to represent nursing students across Ohio during my second year on the Board of Directors. Last year, I was elected to be the Convention Planner, and with the help of nursing students from all over Ohio, the 2016 Annual Convention was a success. Thank you for such a successful convention. I am looking forward to working with Ohio Nurses’ Association to gain knowledge and to help bridge the gap between nursing students and professional nurses. I believe that OhSNA will help build leadership skills and connections that will lead me to success in nursing school and will also guide me as I embark on the journey to becoming a professional nurse.

Treasurer Emily Klusty

My name is Emily Klusty and I am from New Franklin, Ohio. I currently attend Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and am set to graduate this December 2016. My goal in the nursing field is to eventually become a critical care Nurse Practitioner. My heart has been in critical care since I began the nursing program. After graduation, I plan to continue my education at The Ohio State University. My husband Robert and I got married in 2014. We have a 2 year old son, Ryker; he keeps us busy and constantly laughing. When I’m not studying I enjoy running, crafting, and movie nights with my family. I currently hold the positions of Secretary of Aultman College Student Senate and Secretary of Aultman College Student Nurse Association. I am honored to be on the board and can’t wait to do great things together!

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Secretary Taylor Longenette

Hello Everyone. My name is Taylor Longenette, I am a Junior at Mount Carmel College of Nursing-Fairfield Medical Center Campus. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio and work at the OSUWMC-James hospital as a PCA on the ICU floor. I am currently the president of my Student Nurses Association chapter at Mount Carmel and a former secretary. I am very passionate about nursing and strive to accomplish my goals in the nursing field.

I chose to join OhSNA because I love being involved in anything that can help my nursing career and education. Being active is great and I really enjoy being a leader. My goal after graduation is to become a Critical Care nurse, then go to graduate school to get my DNP in Adult Acute Care. After I obtain that degree, I would like to work with the cancer patients in the ICU in my current unit at OSUWMC-James. I have always been around critical care patients due to my job and my father being a Columbus firefighter/Paramedic. It is my passion to help the most critical patients.

As your secretary, my goal is to be a great resource for other student nurses and help people learn more about OhSNA. Being a role model to others has always been a goal for me. I want to be a leader that others look up to and admire for their hard work and passion for nursing. A fun fact about me is I am currently a 2 year thyroid cancer survivor and I am very active in helping young people learn about this. Cancer prevention is key in the healthcare world!

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Breakthrough to Nursing Director Breona Church

Breona Church is currently a senior at Chamberlain College of Nursing (Cleveland). She is honored to serve as the Breakthrough to Nursing Director on the OhSNA Board of for 2016-2017. She is currently working as a Clinical Technician at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) . Breonahopes to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the future. Breona has been involved with community service since high school and is an active volunteer with multiple organizations including Society for Non-Violent Change, Community Health Center, and the Cleveland Food Bank. As BTN director, Breona strives to outreach to pre-nursing students and advocate for current nursing students through out the entire Ohio State. With her past leadership and teamwork experience, she is looking forward to working along side with the rest of the board member in this organization to create stronger community for nursing students.

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Convention Planner Tiffany Wylie

My name is Tiffany Wylie and I am a nontraditional student enrolled in the Baccalaureate Nursing program at Lourdes University. Previously, I attended The University of Toledo and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration coinciding with a Minor in Business Administration. In addition, I am employed at Promedica Flower Hospital as a unit secretary/ nursing assistant in the Emergency Department.

Last school year, I was the Student Nurses Association Treasurer. For the 2016-2017 school year, I currently hold the position of Membership Director. Furthermore, I am helping to develop a mentorship program throughout the Lourdes Nursing Program. Currently, I participate in the REACH scholarship program, which includes participation in nursing workshops and campus projects. Recently, I received the invitation and became a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

In the spring, I will apply for Promedica’s Residency program, which is scheduled to begin August 2017. I maintain a desire to pursue and further advance my skills and knowledge in Pediatric Oncology and Neonatal Intensive Care.

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Council of School Presidents Layne Sullivan

I am so honored to have been elected and to serve as your Council of School Presidents Director for OhSNA this year. I am currently attending Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. I am a sophomore student who is on my way to obtaining my BSN and RN licensure after graduating in 2019. I have lived in Grove City, just a few miles from Columbus, my whole life. At Mount Carmel I am Membership Director of our Student Nurse’s Association and President of our school’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. I volunteer with many different service activities such as Book First, various health fairs, food pantries, and at local elementary schools and assisted living facilities. I currently work at Mount Carmel West in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Unit Coordinator and hope to work there as a nurse upon graduation. Seeing babies born so small and fragile who then grow and thrive, with the goal of going home strong, inspires me daily and gives me hope for our future advances in medicine.

This year as your Council of School Presidents Director, I plan on easing communication between schools across Ohio and the OhSNA. I want to welcome more schools and get more schools involved with our organization to be able to educate them on all that nursing has to offer. I want to be available to all around Ohio who want to start a local Student Nurses Association at their college or for already established SNAs to be able to obtain all they need to flourish and succeed. I would love to hear from our members on how we can best serve you and provide you with all you need during your time in the OhSNA and NSNA.
The Board of Directors elected this year consist of many talented and hardworking individuals. I look forward to working with all of them and together serving nursing students around Ohio. I wish you all a magnificent school year full of academic achievement!
Legislative Director Christine Smothers

Christine Smothers is currently in the BSN program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She’s excited to help the Cleveland community this year in OhSNA and in her clinical work as a nursing student.

One of the best ways to succeed in life is by helping other people. Certainly, nursing provides many opportunities to help others. However, there is a critical shortage of nurses in America. To help address this need, Christine’s goal is to serve someday as a nursing professor, helping others by contributing to the body of nursing healthcare research and training the next generation of nurses.

As OhSNA Legislative Director, Christine looks forward to sharing her love of nursing with the Ohio community. Christine is excited to contribute her experiences to the OhSNA Board and hopes to create opportunities for members and chapters to reach out to each other and to the community locally and statewide.

In her free time, she loves to play clarinet and explore the bizarre psychology of her adorable pet cat, Gerard.

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Membership Director Alexandria Taylor

Hi, student nurses! My name is Alexandria Taylor. I was raised in Ashville, a small town just about 30 minutes south of Columbus. I graduated from Teays Valley High School and now attend Mount Carmel College of Nursing as a sophomore. I enjoy spending my spare time with my family and friends and volunteering around my school and community. I have always taken on many leadership roles in high school and have continued that trend in college. I am the Vice President of Mount Carmel’s Alpha Lambda Delta(ALD) National Honor Society chapter and the Breakthrough to Nursing Director of Mount Carmel’s Student Nurses Association. I work as a Patient Care Technician on the Mother-Infant unit, which I absolutely love. When I am not at school or working I am helping with events hosted by ALD, closely collaborating and working with Mount Carmel Alumni Association and visiting with the residents at Isabelle Ridgway Care Center. Following graduation in May 2019, I hope to pursue my dreams of becoming an Obstetric travel nurse. I am excited to serve you on the OhSNA Board of Directors this year! Best of luck in school this year, you can do it!!

Nominations and Elections Chair Wesley Osler

My name is Wesley Osler, and I’m honored to serve on Ohio’s board! I study at The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences, where I serve as President of my school’s chapter. Once I graduate with my BSN, I hope to join the Air Force and work in critical care.

Nursing requires advocacy, it requires standing up for the rights and safety of patients. It’s something we practice every day in classrooms and clinicals. Organizations like OhSNA give us the chance to stand up and advocate for our own interests, as nursing students.

I believe that the work of the NEC is fundamentally focused on democracy. I believe that when nursing students engage in policy, we have the power to affect change. And I believe we should foster nursing leadership, which is why I encourage anyone interested in running for office to contact me with questions or clarifications.

Outside of school, my hobbies include music, news and the culinary arts.

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