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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

    Marketing Director
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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.

  • Christen Shiflet

    Program Director of Advisor Development
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    Christen Shiflet served as the HOSA Advisor at Sandy Creek High School for 5 years while teaching Healthcare Science Technology.  Her first HOSA experience was as a spectator at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in 2002.  Christen began her medical career as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2005, working in an Internal Medicine office.  She began her teaching career as a Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy adjunct instructor at North Georgia Technical College.  In September 2014, Christen joined the Georgia HOSA staff as the Program Director of Advisor Development.

    As a HOSA Advisor, Christen advised a State Officer for two years, served on the Georgia HOSA Board of Directors, taught workshops at Advisor Success Day on “How To Incorporate HOSA Into Your Classroom”, peaked at 186 HOSA members and led her chapter in winning the Most Enthusiastic Award at the 2012 State Leadership Conference.  In December 2012, Sandy Creek HOSA was chosen as one of the CDC Photo Shoot sites, and as participants, for their Nonpharmaceutical Interventions campaign.

    Christen received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Physical Education from North Georgia College & State University, an Associates Degree from Truett-McConnell College, and a Medical Assistant Diploma from North Georgia Technical College.  She is certified as a Health & Physical Education teacher in Georgia and has National Certification as a Medical Assistant.

  • Brooke Vaughan

    Director of First Impressions
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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

  • Krista Lowe

    Chair
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    Krista Lowe is currently a Health Science Instructor/HOSA Advisor at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. Prior to teaching in Forsyth County she taught at the Houston County Career Academy, Sonoraville High School and the Floyd County College and Career Academy.

    Krista is originally from Centre, Alabama where she participated in HOSA as a high school student. She received many state awards and competed at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in ‘94, ‘95, and ‘96.  Krista received her BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2000 and began her career in nursing. She also completed a M. Ed. in School Guidance Counseling in 2009.

    Krista is passionate about her job in education and loves sharing the impact that HOSA has had on her life with her students. Krista has been the recipient of several awards such as the Houston County Career Academy Teacher of the Year, Healthcare Science Technology Educators Association New Teacher of the Year 2013, and Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education nominee for Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher. She was also selected as Georgia HOSA’s Advisor of the Year for 2013.  She is blessed with two daughters, Mary Beth and Anna Grace.

  • Kellie Seawright

    Chair-Elect, Region 7 Advisor
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    Kellie graduated from Athens Technical College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. She worked in the medical field for 10 years with a focus on Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Medicine.  Kellie began her teaching career in 2001 and is currently teaching Health Science Technology at East Jackson Comprehensive High School in Commerce, GA. Kellie believes the best part of her career is hearing from former students who have completed their post-secondary education and are working in healthcare. 

    “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!”

  • Phyllis Hoskins

    Immediate Past Chair
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    Phyllis Hoskins is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama. She achieved higher education with a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama in Nursing; Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia, and a Masters in Administration & Supervision from the University of West Georgia. She has worked a Registered Nurse since 1984 and as a public educator since 1999. She has served as a Lead Teacher, Adjunct Professor at Breneau University for Clinical Nursing and currently teaches Health Care Science Technology to high school students, serves as an Advisor to the student organization HOSA: Future Health Professionals; serves on the Board of Directors for the State of Georgia for HOSA and serving as Co-Director is now the Director for the State of Georgia’s HOSA Competitive Events.

    Phyllis is the recipient of many awards such as Teacher of the Year (Twice), Parent of the Year, Leadership, Academic and Community Achievements. She has been selected as Georgia HOSA’s Advisor of the Year for 2012. She is a member of several organizations and serves in various auxiliary roles professionally and in the community. She has served as the Georgia State Council Health Professional’s Program Coordinator, Vice President, and now President of the Georgia State Council Health Professionals of the P.A.W.  Her desire is to always seek the Lord, spread the Good News, evangelize healthcare, stay faithful, and forever keep God’s anointing on her life as she manifest His words and His works through her life.

  • Christina Branch

    Secretary, Advisor-at-Large
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    Christina Branch is a Healthcare Science teacher at Centennial High School. She has been working in healthcare since 1983, with a concentration in emergency medicine and pediatrics. Ms. Branch is grateful to have met, worked with, and learned from some of the best in the business. She began her healthcare education teaching in 1988 at the postsecondary level and has been involved in HOSA since 2004. She states that her greatest honor has been the opportunity to raise two beautiful daughters.

  • Barbara Peralta

    Treasurer, Region 4 Advisor
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  • Randa Smith

    Region 1 Advisor
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  • Leola McNeill

    Region 2 Advisor
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  • Lynne Clarke

    Region 6 Advisor
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    Lynn has been a Health Science teacher and HOSA advisor for 13 years. She is originally from South Carolina, but has strong family ties to the West Georgia area. She taught in South Carolina for 11 years before coming to AR Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in Augusta. Prior to teaching at the high school level, she taught at EMT and Allied Health courses at 2 technical colleges. She also has 10 years experience in EMS and over 20 years in Nursing. She currently works as an ER Nurse part time. Since she began teaching, she has completed her Masters in Education, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

    The highlights of her HOSA involvement include having a National Gold Medal EMT team, a National Bronze Medal Job Seeking Skill member, and a National Top Ten Administrative Medical Assistant member. She has also been honored to serve as a HOSA Intern in the Office of the US Surgeon General. When she works in the ED, she is alongside many of her former students who are now healthcare professionals!

    She has three wonderful sons and two precious grandchildren.

  • Whitney Rice

    Alumni-at-Large
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    Whitney Rice is currently a student at Gainesville State College and works in the ER as a technician at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a member of HOSA throughout high school and served as Georgia HOSA’s Region 7 Representative her Junior year. Her ultimate goal is to go to nursing school in a year and possibly become a nurse practitioner later on down the road.

  • Ayesha Ahuja

    President-Elect
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    At a very young age, 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.  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”.

    Ayesha aspires to specialize in transplant surgery and then , in the future, 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 National 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.

  • 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.

STATE OFFICERS

  • Priya Rathakrishnan

    President
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    As a 6 year old, Priya Rathakrishnan had decided that she would make a difference in the healthcare community. During her elementary and middle school years, Priya was fully motivated to do the best she could in school, knowing that it would help her achieve her goal of becoming a Future Health Professional, so she started taking up several opportunities to serve the community, such as volunteering at the public library as well as at various school functions. However, entering high school, Priya wanted the opportunity to not only become as involved as she could in the surrounding community, but also make a difference in the healthcare community; as she was searching for her chance to grow her passion for the medical field, HOSA opened its doors to her, and she immediately joined and became an active member. A freshman at Emory University, Priya aspires to become a pediatric neurosurgeon and she is truly inspired and encouraged by a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Her passion for HOSA and the healthcare field has allowed her to make a difference in the community through increasing healthcare awareness and constantly advocating for various healthcare causes. Now honored and privileged to serve as the 2015-2016 Georgia HOSA State President, Priya hopes to continue learning and making a difference in this manner, while further encouraging and motivating numerous other students to do the same!

  • Ayesha Ahuja

    President-Elect
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    At a very young age, 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.  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”.

    Ayesha aspires to specialize in transplant surgery and then , in the future, 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 National 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.

  • Hayley Fritch

    Vice President
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    Hayley joined HOSA as a freshman at Southeast Bulloch High School and instantly fell in love. HOSA allowed her to use her passion to help others and to serve the community. Hayley continued her story by becoming treasurer of her chapter sophomore year, president elect junior year, president senior year, and the current vice president of Georgia HOSA! She is very excited about being a state officer of Georgia HOSA and leading the over twelve-thousand members. Hayley hopes to use her leadership office to encourage the many members of HOSA to become leaders and to find a path for their future in the healthcare field. In the future, Hayley hopes to use her experience with HOSA to help her achieve her dream of becoming a pediatrician to save the lives of children not only in America, but also throughout the world through mission opportunities. 

  • Amelia Szabo

    Secretary
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    Amelia has wanted to work in the medical field since she was very young. Upon learning about HOSA and the amazing opportunities HOSA offers during her freshman year of high school, she knew exactly how to prepare for my career.  After gaining experience freshman year, Amelia became a local officer of HOSA her sophomore year. Even after gaining a leadership position, she still wanted to do more with HOSA. Amelia started completing the ACCESS program, and began to further experience HOSA. While attending the Fall Leadership Conference, Amelia challenged herself to submit an application for Georgia HOSA state office. Following her induction as Georgia HOSA State Secretary, I Amelia was congratulated by many of her teachers who said “Amelia, you are going to be an exceptional leader, because you have genuine compassion for others, hold yourself to a high standard, and are well mannered.” Throughout the course of her state officer term, Amelia plans to use these qualities listed by her teachers, along with many others, to grow HOSA’s numbers and increase membership involvement.

  • Brook Beasley

    Reporter
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    Brook Beasley is from McDonough, Georgia and is a senior at Ola High School; however she is dually enrolled as a freshman at Clayton State University. Brook joined HOSA her freshman year at Ola and has since served as their chapter President. Through countless community service projects, workshops, and conferences, her love and passion for HOSA has really grown. She has had incredible support from her advisor, family, and friends and now holds the position as your Georgia HOSA State Reporter. Brook hopes to attend Toccoa Falls College and major in biology, helping her to pursue her dream of being a medical professional in less developed countries. Brook is excited for the year ahead and can’t wait for members to experience HOSA and learn more about themselves and their capabilities, like HOSA has done for her!

Upcoming Events

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