University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS)

UMANS Officers 2016

About Us

The University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS) is the University of Maryland's chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). UMANS members must be NSNA members and participate in UMANS events and fundraising to attend the NSNA annual convention.


Elysha Kaplan-Singer, President

I was born in Worcester, MA and grew up in the DC area. I will be graduating in December 2016 and am looking forward to pursuing a career in a neonatal ICU. I fell in love with the NICU as I worked full-time this summer at SGMC. I am passionate about, living a sustainable lifestyle, eating local, deepening compassion, and living with integrity. I have learned so much from serving as President of this organization and love being surrounded by classmates that are equally passionate about helping others!

Kimether Redmon, Co-President

Hello! I spent half of my childhood in Brooklyn, NY and the other half in Willingboro, NJ. Before attending UMSON, I earned my Bachelor's of Science and Master's in Public Health from Temple University and Emory University respectively and have ten years of experience as a Research Analyst and Project Manager. I always knew I wanted to one day learn about the clinical side of healthcare delivery so that I could combine my research background with hands-on care. I finally took the leap and enrolled in nursing school and I absolutely love it! I am in my third semester of the BSN program. I plan to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and devote my life to empowering people to embrace research and use it as a tool for improving their health and healthcare delivery.  In addition to serving on the UMANS board, I am also working on becoming a certified Childbirth Educator. Participating in UMANS has been a great way to connect with other nursing students while also helping to provide events and services that helps each student have the most enriching academic experience possible.

Ashley Ayu, Vice President

I am a Fall 2016 BSN candidate. I am a sen inf degree student and currently hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I work as a student nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center, as well as a part-time office manager at a physical therapy office. My goal in nursing is to become a Nurse Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Some of my other passions include refinishing furniture, work working, and singing. Lastly, it has been my privilege to serve on UMANS as Vice President, as an opportunity to give back to future nurses here at UMSO. 

Cristina DeLucien, Treasurer

I am fourth semester BSN student graduating in December 2016. I’m originally from Arnold, Maryland and lived in San Diego, California for a few years when I decided to leave my previous career to pursue a degree in healthcare. My life experiences led me to nursing and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always had a strong passion for working with kids and hope to pursue a career in pediatric critical care upon graduation. I’m grateful to serve as Treasurer for UMANS, as it allows for personal and professional growth along with leadership opportunities in the nursing field.

Adam Kirby, Co-Treasurer

I am a second career student graduating in December 2016. I am from Northern California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double BA in Psychology and Black Studies. I have lived on five continents in the last 10 years. I love to cook, travel, hike, camp, and I am a huge sports fan. After graduation I will pursue a career in the critical care field.
UMANS, supports our members and our student body with the goal of academic success and growth as future professionals. We advocate for our soon to be profession, and aim to better graduating nurses in a way that the nursing profession will thrive.

Jane Velugu, Secretary

Hi! I'm originally from Arlington, VA with roots from South India. I'll be receiving my BSN in December 2016, which will be my first degree. I plan on going back to school in the future as my greatest fascination in the healthcare field is anesthesia. Outside of school, I serve as the Image of Nursing Chair for Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS). I enjoy playing with my dog, reading, spending quality time with family and friends, and volunteering for the kids ministry at my church. I am excited to spend my last semester of nursing school with UMANS as this organization has shown me how passionate nursing students are to advance their field. It has also taught me how important it is to step up to the plate and take on leadership positions from now, to better the future of our career.

Kat McGinnis, Co-Secretary

I was raised in Germantown, MD, but I currently live in Frederick, MD with my husband, son and two dogs. I am a full-time, second career student, graduating in May 2017.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from High Point University in North Carolina where I studied Criminal Justice and Political Science.  In addition to being a UMANS member, I am also employed full-time with Montgomery County Public Safety Communications. Upon graduation, I hope to gain valuable nursing experience in a fast-paced critical care environment. I decided to join UMANS because I wanted to be an involved member of the nursing community at Shady Grove. Our UMANS chapter provides various valuable tools, and an important support system to help USG nursing students transition successfully from the student nurse to the professional nurse.

Cate DeSalvio, Secretary (elect)

I am originally from Glen Rock, NJ, a small town about 20 miles outside of New York City.  I am an avid runner and hiker, having recently become a member of the Catskill 3500 Club and currently training for a marathon.  After earning my B.S. in health and physical education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, I moved to Maryland to begin my career as a high school teacher.  After 4 years of teaching, I decided to go back to school for nursing.  Now, I live in Rockville and I am about to enter my third semester of the BSN program at USG.  It is important to me to be active and involved with various organizations in my community, which is why I wanted to join the UMANS board.  I am looking forward to a productive year!

Jo (Samantha) Smith, Recruitment/Retention Chair/BTN

I am Chair of Recruitment and Retention here at Shady Grove. I am all set to finally complete my first Bachelor's degree in just a few months. I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I wanted to study in college and bounced around a number of different healthcare fields. I stepped away from school for a few years and traveled through the states until I decided on nursing. I've worked in the Emergency Room at Suburban Hospital for almost a year now and found my passion in Emergency Medicine. I plan to continue my education and work towards a Doctorate in Nursing. UMANS has been a great opportunity to build connections and develop relationships with nursing students or nurses at all different stages in life and their careers. I look forward to continuing to expand our UMANS membership and involvement in the community surrounding our school.

Marlon Toruno, Co-Recruitment/Retention Chair/BTN

I am from the Washington D.C. area, and I will be graduating with a BSN December 2017.  After receiving my first degree, a BFA in Digital Media Production, I worked in producing training content for MedStar Health Hospitals.  I currently work part time as a PCT at Holy Cross Hospital and volunteer at Montgomery General Medical Center.  I am excited and looking forward to the day I can finally care for patients as a registered nurse in the emergency or critical care area.  I will ultimately continue my education and pursue a doctorate in nursing.

Jackie McMahon, Community Chair

I am a second degree student graduating in May 2017.  I am happy to have returned to Rockville, where I was raised, to join the University of Maryland and Shady Grove communities.  I graduated from University of Richmond with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Chinese in 2009, after which I became a teacher of Mandarin in Guam. I serve as the Community Co-chair for UMANS because I am passionate about promoting diverse educational opportunities and the ways in which connecting with our neighbors enriches interpersonal health and understanding.  I came to nursing through my experiences serving families as a birth doula and following graduation plan to continue my work in women's health serving medically underserved populations and regions.

Judy Li, Co-Community Chair

I am from Ellicott City, MD. I am an upcoming third semester BSN student and I am expected to graduate in Spring 2017. Before attending UMSON, I received a Bachelor's of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, I hope to work in an ICU setting and eventually earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Lauren Ratino, Fundraising Chair

I am a third semester student at University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing at the Shady Grove campus. I will be graduating in May of 2017 and I am from Olney, Maryland. I am the Fundraiser for UMANS and love raising funds for our awesome student organization! I am very passionate about nursing and I will pursue Emergency Room Nursing. 

Tasneem Sharaf, Co-Fundraising Chair

Hello! I am a fourth semester student in the BSN program. From early on I always knew I wanted to enter the health field. After completing two years of core classes at Montgomery College, I applied to the nursing program at the University of Maryland. After graduating I hope to pursue a career in emergency nursing and further my education throughout the years. As the Co-Fundraiser Chair for UMANS, I hope to coordinate events that will have a positive impact on the community, raise awareness about the nursing field, and provide a way for nursing students to express their passion for nursing.


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