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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 140,000 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 165,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say that HOSA has met our mission! 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.

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State Staff

  • Allen Seigler

    Executive Director & State Advisor
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    Since its inception, Mr. Allen Seigler has found himself involved in HOSA. As a member at Evans High School, Mr. Seigler wound on the state stage serving as the first ever Georgia HOSA State Reporter! Serving as the second State President, Mr. Seigler developed his strong passion for HOSA and knew that leading this organization would be his ultimate career goal! By taking the first step past state officer service, Mr. Seigler volunteered his time to help officer teams after his, and was eventually hired as a State Officer Coach. When the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the position to serve as Georgia HOSA’s Executive Director/State Advisor.

    Outside of HOSA, Mr. Seigler is a 2nd degree black belt in the International TaeKwonDo Alliance with instructor certification, 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Association, and a licensed pilot! His past employment includes working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as one of two E-911 Training Coordinator’s, but his current career really is a dream come true! Throughout his years of involvement, Mr. Seigler has seen the exponential growth of Georgia HOSA, and is honored to continue to be a part of the organization.

  • Morgan Moore

    Event Coordinator
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    “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.

  • Brooke Vaughan

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

    Brooke Vaughan 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. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Barbara Peralta

    Chair, Region 4 Advisor
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    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

  • Kellie Seawright

    Immediate Past Chair, Business and Industry Representative
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    Kellie graduated from Athens Technical College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy and completed UGA’s New Teacher’s Institute.  Currently, Kellie works for Care Medical a PHM Company, in Medical Equipment Sales, specializing in ventilation therapy.  She has worked in the medical field for over 20 years, with a focus on Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Medicine.  Kellie taught Health Science Technology at East Jackson Comprehensive High School for five years and at Franklin County High School for ten years. Kellie believes the most rewarding part of her career is seeing her former students working in her own healthcare community in Athens, Georgia. “It’s an amazing feeling walking into ICU or the Neurology Unit and seeing one of my former students caring for critically ill patients.” 

    “HOSA, is such an integral part of the health science curriculum, it is a wonderful way for students to meet new friends, grow their leadership skills, and prepare for a career in healthcare…the two mesh perfectly!”

  • Randa Smith

    Chair-Elect, Region 1 Advisor
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    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.

  • Leola McNeill

    Region 2 Advisor
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  • Barbara Baisden Mitchell

    Region 3 Advisor
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    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. 

  • Phyllis Johnson

    Department of Education Program Specialist
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    Mrs. Johnson serves as the Program Specialist over Healthcare Science at the Georgia Department of Education. In this role she has the opportunity to work with Georgia HOSA as the HOSA, Inc. Board Representative. As a former classroom teacher of (seventeen years) and CTSO (Career Tech Student Organization) advisor, she has seen first hand what a powerful experience HOSA can be for a student.

    Having served as advisor for many State and even one National officer, Mrs. Johnson understands the importance of this leadership training, and the thrill of having your students be successful in their competitive events. She has great respect for the work of Georgia HOSA, our Executive Director, our teachers/advisors, and of course our students.

    Georgia HOSA is so very lucky to have such a supportive partner at the Georgia Department of Education!

  • Allen Seigler

    Executive Director & State Advisor
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    Since its inception, Mr. Allen Seigler has found himself involved in HOSA. As a member at Evans High School, Mr. Seigler wound on the state stage serving as the first ever Georgia HOSA State Reporter! Serving as the second State President, Mr. Seigler developed his strong passion for HOSA and knew that leading this organization would be his ultimate career goal! By taking the first step past state officer service, Mr. Seigler volunteered his time to help officer teams after his, and was eventually hired as a State Officer Coach. When the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the position to serve as Georgia HOSA’s Executive Director/State Advisor.

    Outside of HOSA, Mr. Seigler is a 2nd degree black belt in the International TaeKwonDo Alliance with instructor certification, 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Association, and a licensed pilot! His past employment includes working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as one of two E-911 Training Coordinator’s, but his current career really is a dream come true! Throughout his years of involvement, Mr. Seigler has seen the exponential growth of Georgia HOSA, and is honored to continue to be a part of the organization.

  • Whitney Rice

    Alumni-at-Large
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    Whitney Rice was a very active HOSA member all throughout high school. She competed in CERT for 3 years and served as the Region 7 Representative her Junior year. Whitney has a nursing degree from Augusta University and is now a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Athens Regional Medical Center. She enjoys serving on the Board and helping out with conferences throughout the year. Her ultimate goal is to become a flight nurse on an emergency transport helicopter. 
     
    “Georgia HOSA is the reason why I became a nurse. This organization taught me professionalism, perseverance and compassion. Loving healthcare is loving HOSA, and HOSA will always be near and dear to my heart.” -Whitney Rice

  • Ayesha Ahuja

    President
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    At a very young age, Lambert High School alumni, Ayesha Ahuja decided that she wanted to make a positive impact on the world. In her middle school and high school years, she got involved with leadership programs such as People to People World Ambassadors, as well as programs from universities such as Brown, Yale, Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania. She was enlightened by her experiences and knew that becoming a leader took not only hard work and dedication, but also a passion to help others.

    Ayesha was eager to learn about how she could incorporate her passion into her future career and began to seek out ways she could get involved in her community. When HOSA opened its doors to her, she immediately felt welcomed, and soon became a very active member. During her first year in HOSA she took the initiative to become a part of the officer team and served as the Historian for the 2014-2015 year. Ayesha enjoyed becoming a leader and motivating members to reach their goals, so she created a new aim for herself, to become a State Officer. Because of the continuous support from her family, friends, advisors, and Georgia HOSA she was able to reach her goals and become Georgia HOSA’s President-Elect, followed by the current State President.  To Ayesha, leadership is represented by the following quote by John Quincy Adams: “ If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader”.

    Now a freshman at Georgia Tech, Ayesha aspires to specialize in transplant surgery and become a traveling doctor so she can have the opportunity to save lives around the world. Her favorite part about HOSA has always been meeting many like-minded members at Fall, State, and International Leadership Conferences. She challenges you as members to get more involved, dream bigger, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.

  • Kaylee Blount

    President-Elect
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    Ever since she was a young girl, Kaylee has strived to be a leader. Any position that came her way, she welcomed with open arms. This eagerness to lead stayed with her all the way to High School. Kaylee loved being involved in her school, and joined many clubs that sparked her interest. Little did she know that one of those organizations, HOSA, would make such an enormous impact on her life.

        HOSA allowed Kaylee to make a difference in her community while meeting like­-minded
    members that shared her passion for helping others. By her freshman year she had become one of the most involved members in chapter, and had found her passion for HOSA. Kaylee knew she wanted to inspire enthusiastic and ambitious members just like herself. She became a part of her 2015­-2016 chapter officer team as Fundraiser Coordinator. This position gave her the experiences and opportunities to realize her dream of becoming a state officer.

        After countless hours of studying and preparation with her advisor and friends, she is so thrilled to have been elected as your 2016­-2017 President­-Elect! She thanks her amazing support system for getting her here and motivating her to chase this dream. Kaylee wants to inspire and motivate all members to make a difference in their community and pursue their dreams for the future. One quote that really reflects her idea of leadership comes from John C. Maxwell, an American author, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.” Kaylee has found that there is no part too big and no part too small. This mindset is constantly shown in HOSA, and is one of the reasons she fell in love with it. She can’t wait to lead this organization with Team 16, and do amazing things for all of Georgia HOSA’s incredible members!

STATE OFFICERS

  • Ayesha Ahuja

    President
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    At a very young age, Lambert High School alumni, Ayesha Ahuja decided that she wanted to make a positive impact on the world. In her middle school and high school years, she got involved with leadership programs such as People to People World Ambassadors, as well as programs from universities such as Brown, Yale, Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania. She was enlightened by her experiences and knew that becoming a leader took not only hard work and dedication, but also a passion to help others.

    Ayesha was eager to learn about how she could incorporate her passion into her future career and began to seek out ways she could get involved in her community. When HOSA opened its doors to her, she immediately felt welcomed, and soon became a very active member. During her first year in HOSA she took the initiative to become a part of the officer team and served as the Historian for the 2014-2015 year. Ayesha enjoyed becoming a leader and motivating members to reach their goals, so she created a new aim for herself, to become a State Officer. Because of the continuous support from her family, friends, advisors, and Georgia HOSA she was able to reach her goals and become Georgia HOSA’s President-Elect, followed by the current State President.  To Ayesha, leadership is represented by the following quote by John Quincy Adams: “ If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader”.

    Now a freshman at Georgia Tech, Ayesha aspires to specialize in transplant surgery and become a traveling doctor so she can have the opportunity to save lives around the world. Her favorite part about HOSA has always been meeting many like-minded members at Fall, State, and International Leadership Conferences. She challenges you as members to get more involved, dream bigger, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.

  • Kaylee Blount

    President-Elect
    Read Bio

    Ever since she was a young girl, Kaylee has strived to be a leader. Any position that came her way, she welcomed with open arms. This eagerness to lead stayed with her all the way to High School. Kaylee loved being involved in her school, and joined many clubs that sparked her interest. Little did she know that one of those organizations, HOSA, would make such an enormous impact on her life.

        HOSA allowed Kaylee to make a difference in her community while meeting like­-minded
    members that shared her passion for helping others. By her freshman year she had become one of the most involved members in chapter, and had found her passion for HOSA. Kaylee knew she wanted to inspire enthusiastic and ambitious members just like herself. She became a part of her 2015­-2016 chapter officer team as Fundraiser Coordinator. This position gave her the experiences and opportunities to realize her dream of becoming a state officer.

        After countless hours of studying and preparation with her advisor and friends, she is so thrilled to have been elected as your 2016­-2017 President­-Elect! She thanks her amazing support system for getting her here and motivating her to chase this dream. Kaylee wants to inspire and motivate all members to make a difference in their community and pursue their dreams for the future. One quote that really reflects her idea of leadership comes from John C. Maxwell, an American author, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.” Kaylee has found that there is no part too big and no part too small. This mindset is constantly shown in HOSA, and is one of the reasons she fell in love with it. She can’t wait to lead this organization with Team 16, and do amazing things for all of Georgia HOSA’s incredible members!

  • Olivia Datta

    Vice President
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    Dreams are your life’s purpose, so don’t give up. Since Olivia Datta was nine years old, 
    she dreamed that her goal was to become a pediatrician. Not because of wealth or fame, but 
    the thought of making a difference, the purpose of giving back. She always had this perspective 
    that the greatest response one can get from someone is a genuine smile. Hence, Olivia 
    perceived that to become a doctor, one has be able to communicate, connect, and lead the 
    people. Her healthcare teacher, Ms. Branch said, “You have to become an expert at 
    communication skills in the medical field amongst your patients and fellow workers.” 
    Therefore, Olivia wanted to get as involved as possible within her community and school 
    to improve her communication and leadership skills. Dance is one of her passions, so she 
    started teaching dance at her dance school, tutored students in math and had the opportunity to 
    teach two math classes in India, and she volunteers at local Senior Citizen Centers. Being 
    introduced to HOSA, Olivia became very involved within this organization and became 
    President Elect  freshmen year, and current President of her chapter. Every time she attended a 
    HOSA conference or event, the state officers consistently caught her attention. Hence, Oliva 
    wanted to take her leadership skills further by becoming a State Officer. It was a lengthy and 
    nerve wracking process going up against students who are equally as passionate and dedicated 
    as she was, but she did not give up. The moment Olivia stood on stage and waved to the 
    audience knowing she has become Vice President, she knew she became a leader, achieved a 
    purpose, and is one step closer in reaching her goal. Taking up this commitment, Olivia knew 
    that not only will this give her the traits she wants to gain in becoming a doctor, but it is a perfectway to get that genuine smile on HOSA members.  

  • Sydney Francis

    Secretary
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    Sydney Francis, currently a senior at Locust Grove High School, has always aspired to serve others. When she entered her first Introduction to Healthcare class and heard her advisor talk about the wonderful opportunities that HOSA offers, she knew she had to be a part of it. After attending her first State Leadership Conference and seeing how exceptional and positive HOSA is, she was inspired to be a leader in her local HOSA chapter. Her sophomore year Sydney served as an officer and her junior year she served as the president of her chapter. Through these positions Sydney’s passion for HOSA increased even more and she sought out to take her leadership skills to the next level and become a state officer.

    Serving as your 2016-2017 Georgia HOSA State Secretary, Sydney believes that this position will assist her in becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She also wishes to inspire members to Be the Better Candidate and reach their goal in being the future of healthcare. Sydney challenges you to put your best foot forward and never give up on your dreams. As stated in the movie Kung Fu Panda, “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”

  • Logan Hartzell

    Reporter
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    From a young age, Logan became interested in the health professionals of his family and their ability to make a difference in the lives of their patients. Through middle school, Logan became involved with leadership classes and his community to truly strive to make a difference. When Logan moved to Georgia from Washington during his freshman year of high school, HOSA: Future Health Professionals opened its’ doors to him. After attending his first conference, Logan was able to strive to become the future health professional he always wanted to be by taking advantage of the knowledge, skill, and leadership development offered by HOSA. Logan became the Vice-President of his local chapter his sophomore year and enjoyed his newfound ability to motivate members to become who they wanted to be.

    As a passionate officer and HOSA member, Logan decided to apply for the Georgia HOSA State Executive Council and now serves as the State Reporter. Logan’s pinnacle goal for his year as a state officer is to truly inspire members to become leaders so they can create the future of healthcare for generations to come.

Upcoming Events

  • Washington Leadership Academy

    Washington Leadership Academy is open to all local chapter members. WLA features...

  • Fall Leadership Rally

    The Georgia HOSA Fall Leadership Rally is an event for prospective and current...

  • Fall Leadership Conference

    HOSA Week celebrates the involvement of members across the state, and there...

  • State Qualification Testing

    HOSA makes getting started with the National Competitive Events Program simple...

  • State Leadership Conference

    Seven months to pick the perfect competition, prepare the skill, and hone your...

  • International Leadership Conference

    The pinnacle of summer for anyone involved in HOSA is attending the...

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