Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA)

NSGA officers

About Us

The purpose of the Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA) is to encourage fellowship among students, faculty, and staff by creating an atmosphere of collaboration and understanding at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). NSGA inspires professional growth by providing programs representative of fundamental and emerging trends in the field of nursing and promotes a dynamic and diverse student body dedicated to the highest quality of health care.


  1. Advocate for all students, encourage good fellowship among students, and create a sense of unity and facilitate communication between faculty, staff, and students
  2. Instill an appreciation for the necessity of continuous professional growth
  3. Develop and maintain a functional government, which addresses diversity within and among the members of the student body


All undergraduate students of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) are members of the NSGA and have the right to vote in general elections. The monies received by UMSON from the Student Activities Fee are paid by each student at the time of registration for each semester. The University of Maryland allocates these funds to the NSGA according to established financial policies and procedures.


Stephen Rietschel ‌

Stephen Rietschel, President

Hello, my name is Stephen Rietschel and I am from Annapolis, Md. I moved to Baltimore in 2001 to attend Towson University, graduating with a double major in business administration and computer information systems. After college, I owned my own home renovation business and was the operations manager at The Wine Source for 10 years but always wanted to do more to help and care for people. In 2012, I began nursing school prerequisite classes at BCCC. I am currently in my third semester at UMSON and have been active in the NSGA since my first week of school. I work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit as a clinical nurse extern. I am interested in working in cardiac intensive care and ultimately earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Jill Archibald

Jill Archibald, Vice President

My name is Jill Archibald. I am originally from Aberdeen, Scotland but I have been living in Maryland for the past 15 years. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and in the future want to work on a multi-trauma IMC, hopefully at UMMC. My goals include enjoying life as much as possible and also being the best nurse possible.

‌‌ Amanda Threiller, Treasurer

Noelle Kearney, Secretary

Hello everyone! My name is Noelle and I currently reside in Harford County, Md. I decided to pursue a career in nursing after working as an esthetician for the last few years. I started at HCC for my prerequisites and transferred to UMSON for the BSN program. Going into my third semester, I work in Labor and Delivery at UMMC as a student nurse while continuing my esthetics work at Spa on the Avenue in Whitemarsh. I'm still undecided in where I want to focus, but it will probably be in the realm of women's and children's health. Eventually, I plan to further my education, but first I have to graduate, get married, and enjoy family life!


Cecilia Kim, Community Service Co-Chair

Hello, my name is Cecilia, and I am community service co-chair. I am a third semester, traditional BSN student at UMSON, having done my prerequisites at the Ohio State University, under a NROTC scholarship, and Howard Community College. I also commute from Glenelg, Md. and work as a student nurse in the SICU at UMMC. Though I am open to the vast opportunities that a nursing career provides, my long term goals currently include becoming a critical care nurse, possibly a travel nurse, and providing humanitarian work. I very much enjoy giving back to the community and being reminded of why I chose nursing and look forward to working with you to do the same.


Ashley Sowers, Community Service Co-Chair

Hello, my name is Ashley Sowers, and I am a community service co-chair of the NSGA. I am from Carroll County, Md., but currently I live in Baltimore City! Before attending UMSON, I went to Washington College where I received a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology. I currently work at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a clinical nurse extern on the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit. From my clinical and work experiences, I would like to pursue a career in the intensive or emergency care fields of nursing. Ultimately I would like to return to school after getting my BSN to become a nurse practitioner or receive my DNP in adult care. 

Katherine Cohn 

Katie Cohn, NSNA Co-Representative

Katie comes to University of Maryland School of Nursing from Annapolis, Md. She has served on a previous NSGA executive board as the primary aenator to the UMB USGA and held the position of legislative xhair for the Maryland Association of Nursing Students. She is a clinical nurse extern at Johns Hopkins in the Neuroscience Department. Katie looks forward to serving as your NSNA co-chair this year.


Zach Nottingham, NSNA Co-Representative

My name is Zach Nottingham. I am from Calvert County, Md. I graduated high school in 2011 and began taking classes at the College of Southern Maryland.  I am interested in working in the emergency department. Currently, I work for my family’s landscaping company and a number of other companies in the winter. After graduating in 2016 and passing the NCLEX, I will commission in the Navy Nurse Corps. I am eager to begin my career in the Navy and see where it takes me.

Diana Owen 

Diana Owen, Primary USGA Senator 

My name is Diana Owen, and I am originally from New York but have been a Marylander now for almost seven years. I am a third semester student in the BSN program. I spent this past summer competing the student nurse residency at UMMC, working on the Cardiac Surgery ICU. I am currently working on the same unit this semester as a student nurse and really enjoy cardiac!


Francesca DiPaula, USGA Senator

I am a third semster BSN nursing student from Westminster, Md. I have a previous BS in biology from Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Currently, I work at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a clinical nurse extern in surgical oncology and as a research assistant on a JHH team for pediatric asthma. I am not sure of the exact field that I want to go into yet, but I am leaning towards a job in the department of surgery. Eventually after experience in the field, I would like to move on to become a CRNP or CRNA.


Samantha Cody, USGA Senator

I am a 2+2 student that did my prerequisites at UMBC. I am now a third semester BSN student. I am interested in cardiac and trauma nursing, I currently work as a student nurse at UMMC on the CCU and love it! My hope is to start as a CCU nurse and then eventually transfer to trauma. I look forward to serving as one of the USGA senators.

 Henry Inegbenosun

Henry Inegbenosun, Mentor Chair

Hello my name is Henry E. Inegbenosun and I am a fourth semester BSN student who will be graduating fall 2015. I am from Houston, Texas. During my free time I enjoy being of service, reading, shopping, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. I currently work with the academic services on campus as a guided study leader and Clinical Simulation Lab peer tutor. After graduation I will be working as a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at University of Maryland Medical Center. In the future, I look forward to obtaining my Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a family nurse practitioner to meet the health care needs of vulnerable and multi-cultural populations in a family context from childhood through adulthood. Ultimately I hope open a community-based intervention program in Baltimore, Md; a program that will identify and correct prominent health concerns like the lack of health education and early detection of acute and chronic diseases. I am looking forward to a successful semester with NSGA!


Lauren Phelps, Communications Chair


Kelci Schexnayder, Student Newsletter Chair

Hi, I'm Kelci. I enjoy walking, dancing, ice cream, making stained glass, and animals, among other pleasant things. I love learning about and practicing empathic listening and supportive dialogue, which is one of the main reasons I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I don't know yet what type of nursing I want to go into upon graduation.


Toni Coley, Bylaws Chair


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