Please enable javascript, or click here to visit my ecommerce web site powered by Shopify.

What is HOSA?

Serving future health professionals since 1976, HOSA was created with the idea of providing students opportunities to develop as a leader and a future employee. With over 200,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say t

Serving future health professionals since 1976, HOSA was created with the idea of providing students opportunities to develop as a leader and a future employee. With over 235,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say that HOSA has met our mission! Georgia HOSA created in 2000, now serves over 15,000 members. HOSA creates driven, determined student leaders that are excited about healthcare and all that HOSA has to offer. Above all, HOSA is a tool-a tool vital to the success of students, teachers, and health professionals. HOSA is 100% healthcare and connects all hubs of the healthcare field. One experience ignites another creating a chain reaction between those who teach, learn, and do.

HOSA operates as an integral component of the health science education curriculum. Through its network of state and local chapters, HOSA provides powerful instructional tools, recognition, leadership, networking, scholarships, and connections to the healthcare industry to thousands of members across the United States.

Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program, members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. HOSA integrates into the Health Science Technology Education curriculum to develop and recognize smart, dedicated, and passionate future health professionals.

Mission of HOSA:
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.

More

STATE STAFF

  • Deborah Woodward

    Executive Director
    Read Bio
  • Brooke Baker

    Event Coordinator
    Read Bio

    “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” –Rumi

    Brooke Baker started her journey with HOSA as a member at the local level before becoming a state officer serving as President-Elect and President 2012-2014. She is now with us as the Director of First Impressions where she gets to continue to serve the organization she fell in love with as a high school student and the organization to which she owes all of her success. Brooke is currently a junior at Columbus State majoring in Communications with a Civic Leadership emphasis.

    Brooke couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Georgia HOSA team once again. She is honored to be able to serve such passionate Future Health Professionals. Being a student at the local level, a State Officer, and a Board Member, Brooke has been able to see the organization from many aspects and believes this will only enhance her ability to continually aid in the progressive success of our beloved, state organization. 

  • Audrey Goode

    Director of Member Services
    Read Bio

    Audrey Goode joined the Georgia HOSA team in October 2017 as the Director of Member Services. She has a Business Management degree with an emphasis in Hospitality Management from Georgia Southern University. Audrey got her start with CTSO organizations as a Future Farmers of America - FFA member and health occupations student at Dawson County High School.

    Audrey is very excited to be a part of the Georgia HOSA team. She can’t wait to see the impact this organization has in the success of each Future Health Professional.

    “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

  • Morgan Moore

    Support Staff
    Read Bio

    “Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Childs

    Morgan Moore joined the Georgia HOSA team in July 2012 as Executive Assistant. She has a Business Marketing degree from Georgia Southern University. Morgan got her start and discovered her passion for CTSO organizations as a SkillsUSA member and health occupations student at Harris County High School. As a four-year member, Morgan served as a competitor, chapter officer, and state officer. After graduating, she continued her evolvement with SkillsUSA Georgia as state officer trainer. She has also worked with organizations such as Georgia TSA in the capacity of officer training and event staging.

    Morgan is very passionate about the mission of CTSOs and is excited to come onto the Georgia HOSA team. She looks forward to having the opportunity to continue her involvement in the professional and leadership development of students through Georgia HOSA.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Randa Smith

    Chair
    Read Bio

    At age 15, Randa Smith woke up in the hospital after being a pedestrian struck by an automobile. When told of her injuries, she was determined to defy the odds, and she’s been working to do so ever since. While learning to walk again and recover from a brain injury, Mrs. Smith decided that a career in nursing was her calling. She graduated from the University of West Georgia in 1999 with an Associate Degree in Nursing and in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. While working in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Surgery, Mrs. Smith recognized her love of precepting and teaching students. She once again returned to the UWG and completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing Education in the fall of 2003.
    Personal nursing expertise and experience includes emergency and medical surgical nursing. As a nurse educator, Randa Smith assisted in the development, curriculum approval, and implementation of the ADN program at West Georgia Technical College 2003-2006; served as Lecturer and an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia Tanner Health Systems School of Nursing 2006-2008; Healthcare Science Instructor and HOSA Advisor at Rome High School 2008-2010. Since 2010, Mrs. Smith has been the Healthcare Science Instructor, School Nurse, and HOSA Advisor at Bremen High School in Bremen City Schools located in West Georgia. She also remains an adjunct nursing instructor at two colleges.
    Mrs. Smith says she was immediately hooked on HOSA when she first encountered it in 2009. Since that time, she has served as Region 1 Advisor of the Board of Directors, currently serves as Chair-Elect, and was honored with the Advisor of the Year award in 2016. HOSA is an advantage that Mrs. Smith believes every student is blessed with experiencing, and she is overwhelmed by watching her students succeed. She feels it is an incredible honor to be part of such an amazing organization!
    Outside of HOSA, Mrs. Smith is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and they have one son, Jackson. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening, and crafting.

  • Barbara Baisden Mitchell

    Chair-Elect, Region 3 Advisor
    Read Bio

    As a young girl, Mrs. Barbara Baisden-Mitchell dreamed, played nurse, teacher and house. She discovered she was a born healthcare provider when her grandmother became ill and moved into their home when she was in the eighth grade. She eventually became her mother’s caregiver before she passed away from breast cancer.  Look at her now! 

    Nineteen years into the profession of nursing, Barbara began her career as a Patient Care Assistant with Southern Home Care. Barbara has an extensive background in Long-Term Care. She loves the Senior Citizens Community.  She later completed the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse at South Georgia Technical School in Americus, Georgia and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Darton College in Albany Georgia. After accepting a teaching job in her hometown, at Americus-Sumter High School, she went on to complete her teaching certificate at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

    Barbara is currently teaching high school and most of her peers in the health profession has asked her “Why and how can you teach high school students”? How can you teach them the skill of measuring Blood Pressure? What made you want to teach? Her response, when she was approached and asked to take the job, she realized she had been teaching her entire career as she trained new employees every day, at the same time recognizing teaching is what you make of it. Her biggest joy; students return and say “Thanks Mrs. Mitchell for what you did for me. Your talks and guidance really help me to decide my career path”. 
    She is presently resides in Americus, Georgia teaching the Patient Care Fundamentals and the Pharmacy Pathway in her hometown high school. 

  • Barbara Peralta

    Immediate Past Chair
    Read Bio

    Barbara Peralta is a Registered Nurse who completed Valdosta State University’s New Teacher Institute.  She has been working at Thomasville High School for last ten years. She is active in their Leadership Team, is the school’s PBIS Coach,  and runs the CTAE Department’s School store, The Dog Pen.  She started as the School Nurse and when an opportunity to teach Healthcare Science became available she asked to teach the class.  She did both for seven years until a School Nurse was hired and she now concentrates on teaching and HOSA.  She always knew she wanted to teach Nursing in some capacity, she thought college but when she began at THS she knew that was where she belonged.  She is most proud of her relationships with her students those present and past, especially when they come back to let her know of their accomplishments.  Nothing makes her as happy as seeing her student’s successes.

    She has been involved with HOSA for 9 years.  She started as a classroom Advisor. Has served as an Advisor at Large for Region 4 for the Board of Directors and Treasurer and now serves as the Chair.  She is proud of her involvement with HOSA and all the advances they have made throughout the years and looks forward to more growth for Georgia HOSA.

    Barbara has been married to Jose a Pediatrician for 25 years. They have four children, 3 boys and 1 girl.  She has a son who graduated from Georgia Southern University in Electrical Engineering, a daughter who will graduate this December from there with a Biology major and will pursue Nursing.  Her second son just entered West Point and will be playing soccer for them.  Her youngest is a freshman in high school. She loves soccer, animals and spending time with family

  • Marci Johnson

    Region 5 Advisor
    Read Bio

    Since she was a senior in high school years ago, Marci Johnson knew she wanted to be nurse. She looked up to her mother her entire life, and learned a great deal about nursing from her mother who was a nurse for more than 30 years.  A strong driving force for Marci’s decision to become a nurse was that she wanted to be as good a nurse as her mother one day; however, the final decision was made after her brother was involved in a life-threatening boating accident. Marci recalls watching the detailed care and compassion his nurses provided during his hospitalization, and says this reaffirmed her decision to pursue a lifelong career in healthcare.

    Marci Johnson is a Registered Nurse.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbus State University, and her Master’s in Education from Valdosta State University.  Marci brings to the classroom healthcare 12+ years of experience from the areas of emergency medicine and cardiac care. Marci is in her eighth year of teaching the Healthcare Science program at Ware County High School.  She teaches the Patient Care Pathway, certifying more than 50 students each year as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Marci is passionate about teaching.  She believes that building positive relationships with her students is vital to their success.  She believes that there is a place for everyone in healthcare, and goes the extra mile to see her students succeed.

    Upon entering the classroom her first year, she fell in love with HOSA! To Marci, HOSA exemplifies and reinforces all things healthcare that students need to be successful in their future endeavors. She incorporates HOSA into her every day teachings and classroom environment, and loves the challenging competitions that HOSA offers to students. Marci has been amazed at the lasting and positive impact HOSA has been on many of her students. She believes that HOSA gives students the opportunity to excel in their chosen healthcare field of choice, all while having fun, competing and networking with other students across the state as well as internationally.

    Marci has been married to her best friend and soul mate, Andy Johnson, for 18 years. They have two children, both boys. Both of their sons are in high school and in the medical pathways. Both of them are highly competitive athletes, and excel academically. Marci loves her family, and enjoys spending time with them. She also enjoys shopping, spending time with friends and going to church. Marci’s favorite places are the beach in the spring and summer, and the mountains in the fall and winter.

  • Tomeka Few

    Secretary, Region 6 Advisor
    Read Bio

    As a freshman in high school, Tomeka Few knew she wanted to be in the healthcare arena. She thought that nursing would be her passion until her health occupations teacher sent her on a clinical rotation at the local nursing home. She didn’t fall in love with her experience there and asked to try something else out. Her teacher then sent her to a dentist office to shadow/rotate through. Tomeka was in love immediately. She discovered that dentistry was the field for her. Tomeka love the interaction with patients and the education that the hygienist provided.

    After completing core class work at Augusta State University, Tomeka then applied the Medical College Of Georgia Dental Hygiene program (now known as Augusta University).  Upon completion of hygiene school she was eager to get started working as a hygienist. While working, Tomeka’s patient load became so large, her dentist told her that she could hire an assistant to help with productivity. During the interviewing and hiring process, Tomeka learned that basic application and interview skills were lacking with the applicants. She then decided that maybe she could teach part time and work hygiene part time, but God had another plan.

    Tomeka went to an interview at Burke County High School and was hired as a full time health care science teacher. After a year of teaching, she then went to Valdosta State for their New Teacher Institute and gained her teacher certification there. Tomeka was involved with HOSA her first year teaching and was the co-advisor immediately. Tomeka’s coworker, Alquita showed her all the ropes as it related to HOSA, teaching, and CTAE. Tomeka worked at Burke County High School for 5 years before she was offered a position to start a dental program at A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in Augusta , GA in August of 2014. Again, Tomeka began immediately working with the HOSA chapter there. Tomeka’s first year there with the dental program, she had two students who advanced to Nationals in Anaheim, CA, one for dental terminology and one for dental science.

    Tomeka has thoroughly enjoyed her journey thus far with education and HOSA combined. “It is an awesome feeling to plant a seed and watch that seed grow and flourish into something great and that’s what I get from being an educator and a HOSA advisor.” Tomeka is the CTAE department chair, HOSA Advisor, and dental science Instructor at A. R. Johnson. 

    She currently live in Evans, GA and is married to James and they have two daughters, Inkeria, their 20 year old who is in college, and Chandler their 5 year old who is entering kindergarten this year. Tomeka loves spending time with family and friends as well as traveling. 



  • Amber Gilleland

    Region 7 Advisor
    Read Bio

    Amber Gilleland is a Registered Nurse who graduated from Clayton College & State University in 1999.  She decided to go to nursing school after a nurse provided CPR to a friend (Scott Lowe) that was involved in a MVA.  Today, Scott is a quadriplegic living a very active life.  Mrs. Gilleland has been working at Lumpkin County High School for the past eight years.  She is involved in their school Governance Board, Special Education committee, HOSA, and the CTAE Department’s school store.  She was chosen as the Lumpkin County School System’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

    Prior to coming to LCHS she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit for nearly 10 years.  There she became a charge nurse and was a preceptor to new nurses.

    Mrs. Gilleland’s passion for teaching healthcare started eight years ago.  Teaching is easy for her.  She is most proud of her relationships with her students both present and past, especially when they come back to let her know of their accomplishments. Community service is a high priority in her classroom and HOSA.  She teaches her students that helping others in the community shows compassion and promotes positive outcomes.  Mrs. Gilleland practices what she teaches, providing a good example of caring, leadership and volunteerism for her students.  She is active in two local organizations NOA, Lumpkin’s domestic violence shelter program and Rainbow Children’s Home, a residential program for young girls.  She is looking forward to serving on the Georgia HOSA board of Directors to represent Region 7.

    Mrs. Gilleland has been married to Ben Gilleland for 20 years.  They have two children Olivia and Nate.  Olivia is a freshman in high school and is a HOSA member.  Nate is in the 5th grade and loves sports.

  • Chris Breault

    Industry Representative, Breault Law Firm
    Read Bio
  • Trent Wilson

    Alumni At-Large
    Read Bio

      “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou

    Trent’s path with Georgia HOSA began in 2012 during his freshmen year of high school via his healthcare science instructor. Since his enrollment in the organization, Trent has worked his way through all levels of membership from chapter member to alumni. 

    Trent was elected into office as the 2014-2015 State Reporter. Trent is an active member of the Georgia HOSA Presentation Team helping to spread the message and mission of Georgia HOSA to all that will listen while also volunteering his time anytime he can, whether it be in between events or helping with behind the scenes logistics at the world’s largest HOSA SLC.

    Trent is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University working on his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Trent has known for quite a while that he wants to enter the healthcare industry and has a current career goal of becoming a physician assistant with a focus on emergency medicine. This all being said, he is extremely excited to take his membership with Georgia HOSA to the next level by joining the Board of Directors for the next three years and is looking forward to further growth of the organization.

  • Deborah Woodward

    Executive Director
    Read Bio
  • Callahan Thompson

    President
    Read Bio

    Callahan Thompson’s passion for HOSA began in 8th grade as South Forsyth Middle School’s first HOSA President.  At Lambert High School, she continues to explore all HOSA has to offer and considers the opportunity to serve as your representative and servant leader a great honor. One of her goals is to help all members be able to grow within the organization.

    When not participating in HOSA, she is a US Lacrosse Official and a Compass Ambassador, which gives her valuable experience with both teamwork and leadership-skills that will serve her well as President of Georgia HOSA.  Leadership speaker Robin Sharma shared a quote that she hopes to keep in mind this year: “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

  • Scot Cohran

    President-Elect
    Read Bio

    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa.
    These are words Scot lives by as he constantly strives to create change and he believes everyone has the ability to create a better world through their actions.

    Scot is a junior at Ola High School and is an officer within his HOSA chapter. He enjoys playing tennis, missionary work, being involved with his youth group, and performing with his theatre troupe where he currently serves as the troupe’s Secretary. He has been involved with HOSA since his sophomore year when he fell in love with the organization due to the community service events and the service opportunities he was able to be involved with. HOSA has helped Scot realize his passion for healthcare and serving others which prompted him to run for a position on the State Executive Council. Now he is excited to serve Georgia HOSA as the 2018-2019 President- Elect!

STATE OFFICERS

  • Callahan Thompson

    President
    Read Bio

    Callahan Thompson’s passion for HOSA began in 8th grade as South Forsyth Middle School’s first HOSA President.  At Lambert High School, she continues to explore all HOSA has to offer and considers the opportunity to serve as your representative and servant leader a great honor. One of her goals is to help all members be able to grow within the organization.

    When not participating in HOSA, she is a US Lacrosse Official and a Compass Ambassador, which gives her valuable experience with both teamwork and leadership-skills that will serve her well as President of Georgia HOSA.  Leadership speaker Robin Sharma shared a quote that she hopes to keep in mind this year: “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

  • Scot Cohran

    President-Elect
    Read Bio

    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa.
    These are words Scot lives by as he constantly strives to create change and he believes everyone has the ability to create a better world through their actions.

    Scot is a junior at Ola High School and is an officer within his HOSA chapter. He enjoys playing tennis, missionary work, being involved with his youth group, and performing with his theatre troupe where he currently serves as the troupe’s Secretary. He has been involved with HOSA since his sophomore year when he fell in love with the organization due to the community service events and the service opportunities he was able to be involved with. HOSA has helped Scot realize his passion for healthcare and serving others which prompted him to run for a position on the State Executive Council. Now he is excited to serve Georgia HOSA as the 2018-2019 President- Elect!

  • Esha Dhawan

    Vice President
    Read Bio

    Esha Dhawan first joined HOSA when she moved to Georgia her freshman year, and it’s healthcare-based premise and focus on leadership and community service immediately stood out to her. She fell in love with HOSA and became an active member at Lambert High School. After two years of serving her chapter as an officer, she is extremely excited for the opportunity to serve Georgia HOSA on a larger scale as Vice President. She is eager to enable other members to experience all that HOSA has to offer, from gaining leadership skills to discovering their own identity.

    Esha is looking forward to the opportunity to inspire Georgia HOSA members to pursue their passion and make a difference in their communities. She seeks to increase communication between smaller and larger chapters to encourage membership activity across the state. Her mission for the upcoming year is reflected in a quote by John Quincy Adams – “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Esha cannot wait to serve HOSA’s next generation of future leaders and future healthcare professionals alongside Team 18!

  • Pratham Adajania

    Secretary
    Read Bio

    From the Academy of Medical Sciences at West Hall High School, Pratham Adajania is a Junior who is elated to serve as the secretary on the State Executive Council. His HOSA journey began as a freshman in high school and he quickly ascended to an officer position at his local chapter. Now, as a state officer, he hopes to establish even more opportunities for HOSA members which will resemble what a career in the healthcare field is like. Outside of HOSA he enjoys playing tennis and traveling to new places.

    Pratham hopes to share his passion for HOSA with everyone by showing how unique HOSA truly is and how much there is to gain from being a member. Through HOSA, he wants to help people by providing them with opportunities to be the most successful future health professionals of the next generation, as well as inspire people to become the best they can be. By doing so, he believes that everyone can give back to their community as well as have a lasting impact on their peers.

  • Chase Reece

    Reporter
    Read Bio

    Since he was four, Chase has had a strong interest in healthcare. As soon as he got to high school, he was introduced to HOSA and immediately knew that it was the perfect way for him to showcase his passion for the medical field while also having the opportunity to give back to his community. Once Chase became involved in his local chapter, he quickly fell in love with the organization and decided he wanted to give back to HOSA by becoming an officer so that he could encourage others and spread the message of HOSA throughout Georgia.

    After serving as an officer for his chapter, he decided to run for a position on the State Executive Council. Through his position, he hopes to encourage all HOSA members to realize that together they have the ability to make a difference not just in the healthcare community, but also in their own local communities. Chase is looking forward to seeing everything that Georgia HOSA accomplishes in the upcoming year, and he hopes to continue to ignite all HOSA members’ passion for healthcare so that they can become better leaders by serving others.

Upcoming Events

Conversation