2016 - 2017 State Officers
Paradise Valley CREST
Kyle Kline is serving Arizona for the second year as the eleventh State President of Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals. A current junior at Paradise Valley CREST (Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology) Bioscience program, Kyle has the privilege of leading the sixth largest HOSA state delegation in the world with over 9,500 members in over 350 chapters. For three years, Kyle has been dedicated to helping HOSA members reach their goals and overcome obstacles to become amazing health professionals and outstanding leaders!
Kyle is extremely excited to continue growing alongside such an amazing organization. Serving as both a chapter officer and a state officer, Kyle has witnessed first hand the effect HOSA can have on the lives of its members. A top ten finalist at NLC 2015, SLC event champion, platinum member and gold chapter member, Kyle wishes to share the endless opportunities that HOSA provides to all members to help them find their next step in their career pathway.
CREST has fostered an interest in bioscience for Kyle and prepared him to one day major in microbiology in college and work towards getting his MD/PhD to both research and practice medicine. With interests in bioscience, dermatology and otolaryngology, his upcoming internships will help him decide what field of health to work in. He is excited to not only help the patients of today in practicing but also those of the future with research.
In addition to HOSA, Kyle enjoys participating in varsity swim, the National Speech and Debate Association in interpretive competition and high school theatre productions. From racing in a swim meet to shining on the stage, Kyle enjoys athletics, the arts and the sciences as creative outlets for expression.
Kyle believes in the famous words of President John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more, you are a leader.” This is just the kind of leadership Arizona HOSA has been producing for over a decade. Kyle encourages members to focus not on themselves but others and to pay it forward in all respects. By focusing on daily service, Kyle continues to learn each and every day and encourages others to do the same and to spread their message the world over.
Region 1 Vice President
River Valley High School
Marissa Bower is Arizona HOSA’s Region 1 Vice President for the 2016-2017 term. She has been a part of HOSA for two years and was her chapter's president for the 2015-2016 year.
Marissa first became involved with HOSA when she was a sophomore in high school. Her older sister was the president of her school's chapter at the time and encouraged Marissa to join the organization. During Marissa’s first State Leadership Conference, she participated in the event of Health Career Display and placed fifth in the state. The following year Marissa participated in that same event and placed fourth in the state. She is very excited to be a part of the first International Leadership Conference this summer and is ready to help lead the members of Arizona HOSA.
Marissa is a senior at River Valley High School and participates in HOSA, National Honors Society, varsity soccer and cross country. During Marissa’s freshman year of high school, her soccer team got second in state. The following two years, they placed third in the state. Her junior year, she was the varsity soccer team captain. This year, she hopes to finish high school as a state champion.
Although Marissa is still in high school, she also attends Mohave Community College taking college classes and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. After high school, Marissa plans on becoming a registered nurse (RN) and working in a hospital for two years. Subsequently, she wants to return to a university and become a specialty doctor such as an anesthesiologist, cardiovascular surgeon or neurosurgeon.
In the words of Walt Disney, "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." This quote inspires Marissa to always give the tasks at hand her utmost dedication because she knows that through courage, hard work and commitment, she can conquer any goal that she sets. While serving this term for Arizona HOSA, Marissa wants to network with as many members as possible and help them succeed with the goals that they are trying to achieve.
Region 2 Vice President
Paradise Valley CREST
Elizabeth Church is honored to be serving Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals as its 2016-2017 Region 2 Vice President representing over 3,500 health careers students in over 150 chapters in the West Valley area.
Elizabeth is a senior at Paradise Valley High School CREST (Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) and is continuing her studies in the Bioscience program. With an extreme passion for science and healthcare, Elizabeth found this program and HOSA to be a perfect fit in her life, and it gave her hope that she could be a health professional.
She fell in love with HOSA her freshman year thanks to Bioscience and HOSA advisor, Mrs. Landry. As a sophomore, Elizabeth served as the Community Service Chair for her chapter and later served as the Sergeant-at-Arms during her junior year. Elizabeth loves HOSA competitions and was a top three state finalist and international top 10 finalist in Biomedical Debate while also receiving the Platinum Membership Recognition Award at the 2016 Spring Leadership Conference.
In addition to HOSA, Elizabeth is also an intern at Barrow Neurological Institute, lettered in dive on her high school’s swim and dive team and an active participant in Paradise Valley’s Drama Department. She is also very serious about her grades and is currently ranked in the top 2% of her class. Through all of these activities Elizabeth is able to combine her passions for healthcare, science, sports and the arts in her everyday life.
As a state officer, Elizabeth hopes to meet as many current and potential members as she possibly can through chapter visits and conferences. Her goal is to spark a passion within members and see more student leaders grow their active HOSA involvement and attendance at Arizona events
Region 3 Vice President
Arizona State University
Glendale Union HCE
J.K. Rowling said that “it’s our choices… that show who we truly are.” In considering every aspect of school and all of the choices that make up high school years, she was absolutely right - our choices shape our futures in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.
Without a doubt, HOSA has been a life-shaping choice in Abigail’s life. Through HOSA - Future Health Professionals, Abigail has been able to become a certified nursing assistant and has risen from a regular member to being the Region 3 Vice President for Arizona HOSA. By participating in FLEX Conference, competing in the Emergency Medical Technician event at the Spring Leadership Conference, walking at the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and by earning a Silver Member Award, Abigail has seen the best of what HOSA has to offer. Her favorite part of HOSA is meeting the members and hearing about everyone’s aspirations and goals for the future. With an intense passion for helping others, she knows that HOSA is the place where she fits in the best.
The Glendale Union HCE Program taught Abby what it means to manage time and care for a patient with the utmost respect. Between juggling HOSA and other activities in her life, she knows what it is like to be busy - but as long as she is helping others, she is determined to make it work. She will attend ASU in the fall as she starts her education to become a neonatologist.
Abigail’s passion to become a healthcare professional comes from a deeply personal source. When doctors went above and beyond to save her brother’s life and to also take the time to care for her family, she knew that she wanted to be able to help others the same way those doctors helped her. HOSA’s mission is to enhance quality, compassionate care to all patients and this is a statement that she takes to heart. Because of these personal experiences, she is determined to achieve her goal of becoming a neonatologist and serve as a mentor for others along the way.
In her free time, Abigail-Abby enjoys playing violin and reading. She has played violin for the past nine years. She enjoys fantasy and classic novels but is open to almost any book to read. Her favorite novel is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and she enjoys series such as Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. When she is not studying, Abby enjoys movies and television shows and is an avid fan of Supernatural and (yes) Grey’s Anatomy.
Abby is incredibly excited to serve her term as the 2016-2017 Region 3 Vice President for Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals. She can’t wait to take the next step in her own HOSA journey hand in hand with the Arizona HOSA members!
Region 4 Vice President
University or Arizona
Willow Canyon High School
Izabela Ucinek is honored and excited to serve Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals as the 2016-2017 Region 4 Vice President, representing the members of Southern Arizona.
Izabela joined HOSA her sophomore year of high school. She took on a leadership role her junior year, serving as Willow Canyon High School’s Chapter Historian Reporter, where her passion for serving members and expanding her knowledge of the medical field ignited. During her senior year, she served as her chapter’s President, where she built on those leadership experiences and shared the knowledge she gained from HOSA with her members. Through HOSA, Izabela had the opportunity to attend FLEX and SLC, where she validated her decision to become a healthcare professional. She also got to connect with individuals who shared the same interests in the medical field which inspired her to become more involved as a member and a leader.
Izabela is a freshman at The University of Arizona, majoring in Biology with an emphasis on Pre - Medicine. She aspires to continue her education to pursue her dream career of becoming a neurosurgeon. Izabela is passionate about providing quality healthcare to individuals all over the world. In addition to becoming a neurosurgeon, she plans to do volunteer work as a missionary doctor over the summer, where she can care for individuals who are of low income and those who have no direct access to the care they need.
Outside of HOSA, Izabela has volunteered over 200 hours at a local hospital, where she observed surgeries and supported the healthcare team. She interned as an athletic trainer aide through the sports medicine program at her school, she assisted the Anthony Bates Foundation with their heart screenings and she recently became a Certified Phlebotomy Technician through her CTE program. In addition to that, she was involved in a youth group and taught 8th graders in the middle school youth group. Izabela has also been involved in choir since 2nd grade, both in school and at her church.
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain” is a quote that inspires Izabela because it teaches her to seize every opportunity that presents itself and allows her to take risks and enjoy everything life has to offer. Becoming a State Officer is one of those opportunities and it's the most rewarding experience she has ever had in life so far. Izabela challenges the members of HOSA to do the same; to go out of their comfort zone, take risks and seize all opportunities because they'll never know the outcome of that opportunity if they don't choose to take it.
Glendale Community College
Glendale Union HCE
For the 2016-2017 term, Tawny Lopez is the Secretary of Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals. Tawny graduated in the top 7% of her class with an honors diploma from Greenway High School. She was an involved member in the National Honor Society, where she spent time volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul’s, tutoring youth groups and cleaning up neighborhoods in her home area. In addition, she is a Certified Nursing Assistant, which she earned through the CNA course at Glendale Union's HCE program.
This is Tawny’s first year in HOSA and has qualified for nationals in the Healthcare Issues Exam and Job Seeking Skills. After getting involved in the HOSA community through the FLEX Conference and chapter meetings, Tawny knew that her life would change for the better being involved in HOSA. She quickly became a chapter officer and decided to run for state office soon after, hoping to inspire and lead other young members of the HOSA community.
Tawny will be attending Glendale Community College as she pursues her Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She currently works as a hostess at Texas Roadhouse and has been working there for over two years.
For Tawny, HOSA allows other members to find their true calling in life and change their lives and the lives around them. She believes the famous quotes by Mahatma Gandhi best expresses these notions: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” and “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
University or Arizona
For the 2016-2017 term, Shreya Gupta is the Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President. She is a junior at The University of Arizona Honors College and is a pre-physiology and molecular and cellular biology double major. She aspires to one day go to John Hopkins Medical School and become a neurosurgeon.
Shreya was introduced to HOSA in her freshmen year of high school and has been a dedicated HOSA member for six years. She has competed in three state conferences and two national conferences and placed second in extemporaneous writing and first place in creative problem solving at the state level. She was the HOSA chapter Vice President of Human Resource at The University of Arizona (UofA) her freshmen year of college as well as the Vice President of the UofA HOSA chapter her sophomore year of college.
Shreya is part of a research project at Banner UMC with Dr. Shahid Habib. The research aims to determine the prevalence of insulin resistance in patients with liver disease in a tertiary level center over a span of four years. She volunteers at the Diamond Children's Hospital and Agape Hospice and Palliative Care in Tucson. She has been nominated as the UofA Honors College ‘Outstanding Sophomore of the Year’ and has been on the Dean’s list with a 3.5 and higher GPA for the past two years.
Shreya’s interests apart from HOSA include: playing tennis, swimming, Bollywood dancing and going to the gym. HOSA has helped her see that her dreams can become a reality and she wishes the same for the members. She believes in Walt Disney’s quote , “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’’ She finds this quote applicable to the HOSA members as the members should have the courage to take steps towards their dreams and in no time they’ll see them turning into a reality.
Shreya looks forward to this upcoming year and is excited to be serving you!
Northern Arizona University
Paradise Valley CNA
Janae Yantzer is proud to be serving as Arizona HOSA's 2016-2017 Historian/Reporter.
Janae is a graduate from Shadow Mountain High School and earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification from Paradise Valley High School. Janae is a two-year HOSA gold member and helped her chapter earn gold level recognition from Arizona HOSA. Janae was Arizona's state champion in the Home Health Aide health careers competition and was an National competitor at the 39th annual HOSA National Leadership Conference.
Janae is a freshman at Northern Arizona University pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Outside of HOSA, Janae loves to sing and cheer. She is a soprano and has been active in multiple choirs since second grade. Janae's enthusiasm is contagious having served as a captain and leader on the cheer team at Shadow Mountain High School for four years and competing at the state level.
When thinking of HOSA, Janae is inspired by the words of William Shakespeare, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." She believes that if you want to achieve greatness for patients or to be prepared for the curve balls that life in healthcare can throw your way, being a member of HOSA is absolutely the best way to prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of a fast-changing world.
Paradise Valley CREST
Gregory Carnesi is honored to be serving Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals as Parliamentarian. He is entering his junior year at Paradise Valley High School in the Bioscience Program - CREST (Center for Research Engineering Science and Technology). In the coming year he looks forward to meeting and helping many new HOSA members.
HOSA was one of the first organizations Gregory joined in his freshman year. As a member, he participated in many chapter events and got to attend the Fall Extravaganza. It was there that his interest in HOSA was piqued, and he decided he wanted to get more involved. Following this, he decided to attend the 2015 State Leadership Conference, where he competed and won fifth in Researched Persuasive Speaking. It was there that he also realized just how much HOSA could do for him. From there he only got further involved in HOSA, deciding to run for and being elected into his chapter office. With his team he worked to make sure that their chapter was worthy of Gold Status, the highest in the State. He attended the 2015 National Leadership Conference as a workshop ambassador and was the only Courtesy Corp member from Arizona. Most recently, he became a gold member in addition to competing and winning sixth in Prepared Speaking at the 2016 State Leadership Conference.
Outside of HOSA, Gregory is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including NHS, choir and theatre. He is also a member of both the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians. After high school he is interested in pursuing a career in either Biomedical Law and Ethics or Social Psychology.
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” This quote from Thomas Jefferson has become important to Gregory due to its relevance in his life. “There are times where the only thing that can help you is a miracle; however, instead of hoping for a miracle to occur, I find that you have to go out and make your own miracles. It’s through this belief that I feel I’ve gotten as far as I have.”
Gregory looks forward to serving the entirety of Arizona HOSA in the coming year!