Executive Council

 

Jake Kelley
President

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” -Gail Sheehy

 

Fueled by a constant passion for seeing others succeed, Jake is honored to continue serving HOSA-Future Health Professionals as President. A junior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Jake is studying Microbiology on a pre-medicine track with a minor in Public Health. He plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon and hopes to continue supporting HOSA on the professional side. Jake is passionate about advancing access to healthcare in rural communities and hopes to use the skills he has learned in HOSA to provide heart-health education to communities in need. He is a Tennessee native and loves to live up to his state’s nickname of being a volunteer. In his free time, Jake can be found volunteering at his local hospital, at a local tourism company, or with the American Red Cross. He is also a tireless advocate for Career and Technical Education and understands the importance of such a curriculum in schools across the country. He wants to ensure every HOSA member is exposed to opportunities allowing them to learn, lead, serve, and innovate. Besides HOSA, Jake loves reading, lifeguarding, cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, and being outside. Jake looks forward to the year ahead and can’t wait to help members Unlock their Potential. 

Sricharan Pusala
President-Elect

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle
 
Excited to work on a team of diverse, innovative, and passionate leaders, Sricharan is honored to serve as the President-Elect of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. A sophomore at the University of South Florida, Sricharan is dual majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Business Analytics. He plans to pursue a career in dentistry by combining his experiences from school and HOSA to apply what it takes to progress dentistry as a physician leader. Sricharan has been invested in HOSA for the past five years and values the impact career technical education can have on students of all ages. Sricharan's main mission this year is to serve the members of the organization by helping others to unlock HOSA's full potential. Sricharan is a firm believer in the idea of "putting in what you want to receive." He hopes to motivate all HOSA members to give it 100% so HOSA can give 100% to them. Sricharan encourages all HOSA members to step out of their comfort zone to try something new, take the extra step to build a new connection, and take advantage of all opportunities HOSA has to offer. Outside of HOSA, Sricharan loves to dance, garden, and keep up to date with rising technologies. Sricharan is ecstatic for the unprecedented future ahead and ready to help you find the keys to unlock your full potential. 

LJ Pasion
Eastern Region Vice President

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt 

Inspired by the dedication and drive of her fellow HOSA members, LJ was able to dive headfirst into what challenged her and take steps out of her comfort zone. At her first International Leadership Conference, she was in awe of both the opportunities  HOSA offered and the kind, welcoming spirit of the people she met. As an Executive Council member, she aspires to serve members by helping them step out of their comfort zones and promote growth within herself and others. An incoming freshman at the University of San Diego, LJ is planning to study Behavioral Neuroscience on a pre-med track and minor in Changemaking, an area of study that equips students with the tools to understand and tackle systemic roots of many social issues. In the future, she hopes to become the first doctor in her family. As an Emergency Medicine doctor, she plans to utilize what she’s learned from her years in HOSA to advocate for patients and provide the best standard of care. She hopes to one day start a private foundation to fund research for a variety of incurable illnesses and diseases, as well as promoting innovation in the healthcare field. LJ helps her community by being a volunteer EMT at Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad and working as a receptionist at a local nursing home. In her free time, LJ likes to play field hockey, go on runs, and practice Tik Tok dances. LJ is incredibly excited to serve as your Eastern Region Vice President and cannot wait to help members unlock their potential! 

 

Addison Soerensen
Central Region Vice President

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Micheal Jordan. 
 
Dedicated to serving others with a smile on her face, Addison is excited to serve on your HOSA Executive Council! Attending the University of Central Oklahoma, Addison will be a freshman on the path of nursing. Her career goal is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, as well as a leader in the health community. Addison enjoys supporting her Oklahoma community by volunteering for the local homeless population and at her church. She enjoys spending time with her family, running for fun, dancing to express, and leading others to success. She wants to expand Career and Technical Education by shining a light on the accomplishments of others while also making HOSA a world-known organization. She hopes to always keep HOSA members at the forefront of her decisions and guarantee they are always heard, supported, and led with a selfless and positive attitude. Addison wants to lead HOSA-Future Health Professionals to be positive and determined in order to unlock their potential as future health professionals and leaders! 

Shreya Shrestha
Western Region Vice President

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” -Mark Twain.
 
Shreya, much like Mark Twain, believes in the power of finding purpose in life. HOSA has given her purpose since her freshman year of high school. Now, an incoming college freshman on a pre-med track at the University of Colorado Boulder, Shreya maintains the same passion for the organization that made her the person she is today. Her involvement at the local and state level have helped her find her voice and confidence as a leader, and now, she is beyond excited to bring her ideas to the international platform as a member of the Executive Council! As an officer, Shreya intends to strengthen the HOSA community online and in-person, with the hopes of helping others discover the same sense of belonging and inclusion she found through her experiences in HOSA. A natural introvert, Shreya understands the struggle of putting yourself out there and finding your people. She wants to assure fellow members if she can do it, anyone can! She encourages members to take risks and be open to every opportunity in their HOSA journeys for that is the only way to truly unlock your potential. Though she is still exploring her career options in healthcare (the field is vast, commitment is scary), she knows for certain the skills and experiences she has gained through HOSA will help her wherever she may land. Beyond making HOSA a personality trait, Shreya is an avid environmentalist, Grey’s Anatomy binge-watcher, and snack enthusiast. She can also be found volunteering at her local hospital, sipping cold brews at cute cafes, hiking, and obsessing over the beautiful Colorado sunsets. Shreya is thrilled for the opportunity to serve the organization that has given her so much and she cannot wait to work with members to create a year of laughter, leadership, and lifelong HOSA memories!

Emily Hathcock
Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President

Only in the darkness can you see the stars”- Martin Luther King Jr. 
 
Ever since she can remember, Emily has always wanted to be in service to others in any way she possibly can. When she walked into her first CERT competition 4 years ago, aside from being nervous about triaging for the first time, she knew right away HOSA would give her a chance to make a difference in someone’s life. From serving her community through her local Emergency Management Department throughout the last several years, Emily witnessed the greater impact that HOSA could have on this world and how HOSA truly is the bridge between health science in the classroom and the working field of medicine. Emily is currently a sophomore at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, majoring in Biology and Government with the plan to attend medical school. One day, she also hopes to work on Capitol Hill advocating for public health. Emily plans on being an advocate for HOSA beyond her postsecondary/collegiate education, ensuring future members have the chance to call this organization home. She encourages every HOSA member to take advantage of every single opportunity while remembering to be their very best, even if the journey gets tough at times. Aside from HOSA and cheering on the Wofford Terriers, Emily loves to paddleboard in the Charleston Harbor, spend lots of time with her dogs, lives on caffeine, and go for hour-long drives listening to music. Emily cannot wait to watch HOSA members reach for the stars and more in all that they take on, as they unlock their potential in the upcoming year!

Jennifer Okolo
Secondary Board Representative

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” -Michelle Obama
 
Ever since her first exposure to HOSA, Jennifer has been mesmerized by the drive HOSA members have for their competitive events, friendships, and communities. From her first state conference, she knew HOSA was the home for her and she is honored to lead such an outstanding organization as the 2020-2021 Secondary Board Representative. In this position, she wishes to encourage members to take full advantage of the opportunities HOSA has to offer as they seek to unlock their potential. HOSA has become an integral part of Jennifer’s identity and it fuels her desire to make an impact while serving others. A freshman at Yale University, Jennifer is studying Cognitive Science on a Pre-Medical track. From researching diabetes in a science lab to volunteering actively in nursing homes to competing avidly in events such as medical law and ethics, Jennifer actively seeks different ways to immerse herself in the extraordinary healthcare field. Outside of HOSA, Jennifer can be found perfecting the craft of latte art as a barista, playing sports, making memories with friends and family, or practicing calligraphy. Jennifer cannot wait for the year ahead and wants to encourage members to never let their fears limit their opportunities as they strive to learn, lead, and innovate! 

Aaron Castillo
Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative

“Always believe the impossible is possible.” -Selena Quintanilla 
 
When Aaron began his HOSA journey, he never imagined he would one day give back to the organization that shaped his future and encourages members to achieve the impossible. A sophomore at Brown University, Aaron is studying Food and Identity as a part of Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). He plans to pursue pastry school and eventually become a fetal surgeon while continuing to work with HOSA. He is a Texas native, who now lives full-time in Rhode Island exploring all the smallest state has to offer. When not doing schoolwork, Aaron works as a research assistant at Brown’s School of Public Health and serves as a coordinator for Brown Market Shares, an organization that aims to provide affordable produce to members of the Providence community. Aaron is also passionate about addressing food insecurity and sovereignty in local communities. He seeks to explore the connection between nutrition education and mental health within different cultures. In the future, he wants to address the food injustices faced in communities in the United States such as the prevalence of food deserts and inadequate nutrition programs. Aaron plans to expand HOSA’s postsecondary/collegiate division and encourage members to make connections in places they never thought possible. Outside of HOSA, Aaron loves baking, swimming, drinking coffee, and exploring restaurants in new cities. Aaron can’t wait for the year ahead to see the ways members achieve their goals and unlock their potential!

 

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