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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 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.

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STATE STAFF

  • Lynda Durant

    Executive Director
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  • Lauri Clark

    Administrative Assistant
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    Lauri Clark is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Georgia HOSA - Future Health Professionals, Inc.


    Lauri has many years of experience in the administrative field in both the for profit and not-for-profit profit industries. Having worked in positions such as an office manager and administrative program assistant, she has a broad knowledge of administrative tasks, such as human resources, accounting, payroll, event planning and customer relations.  Additionally, she brings her experience serving as an advisor and county wide program coordinator for an after-school program to her position at HOSA. She has a passion for helping and serving others and enjoys working with adults and teens alike.


    Lauri remains actively involved in her community, volunteering with her church and working with the youth group. She also serves as an advocate against domestic violence, serving on the Domestic Violence Task Force and facilitating family violence intervention groups. Lauri enjoys music, movies and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Hayley Fritch

    State Officer Coach
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    Hayley has been involved with Georgia HOSA since 2012 when she joined as a Secondary member. Since then, she served as an officer for her local chapter for three years, served as the Georgia HOSA Vice-President 2015-2016, and has volunteered at numerous HOSA events. She currently attends Georgia Southern University where she has a major in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Psychology. Hayley is involved in her campus and community by serving as the President of her campus’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, serving as a teaching assistant in leadership classes, having membership to the Society of Human Resource Management, and volunteering at her church’s youth weekly. Her passion is to help students discover their leadership ability and turn it into action.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Heidi Bartlett

    Chair
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  • Alicia McCracken

    Chair-Elect, Region 7 Advisor
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  • Nikki Bentley

    Secretary, Region 1 Advisor
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  • Julie Wolf

    Region 2 Advisor
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  • Candice Dykes

    Region 3 Advisor
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  • June Woods

    Region 4 Advisor
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  • Diann Bennett-Magwood

    Region 5 Advisor
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  • Sharon Pye

    Region 6 Advisor
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  • Makayla Winters

    Alumni-at-Large
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    Makayla has been a Georgia HOSA alumnus since 2014. As a Georgia HOSA student, she served as her local chapter president for two years, competed in several competitive events, and even won State Leadership in Medical Photography. After graduation, she continued to stay involved with Georgia HOSA as an alumnus serving as a judge at leadership conferences. She currently attends the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy as a second-year pharmacy student, where she serves in various capacities. She currently is a member of American Pharmacist Association (APhA), serving as a Programming Coordinator, Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI), serving as the President-Elect, and lastly Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS). She also serves as a College of Pharmacy ambassador to help acquaint new students to the College. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, spending time outdoors, and volunteering to help others.

  • Tiffany Barney

    Department of Education: Program Specialist
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    Maya Angelou once said, “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” Dr. Barney has spent her entire life learning in preparation to teach and give back. Her passion is to prepare educators to create an environment in which students can thrive and reach their desired career goals. Her background as an athletic trainer and an EMT lay the healthcare content foundation; while, her seven degrees have provided her with the tools to teach and motivate those around her in the academic arena.
    Dr. Barney has taught middle school students, high school students, and even been an adjunct collegiate professor. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the top 20% of teachers in Henry County. In 2017, she was named the New Healthcare Science Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia. She has even been nominated for the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 Recognition and was a member of the selective statewide leadership development program – LEAD CTAE. Dr. Barney strives for excellence in everything that she does. She has experience in the classroom as a teacher, outside the classroom as an instructional coach, and currently serves as the CTAE Program Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education.
    Her educational background includes an A.S. in General Studies, a B.S.Ed. in Exercise and Sport Science, a M.S. in Kinesiology, a M.A.T. in Workforce Education, a M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia.

STATE OFFICERS

  • Callahan Thompson

    President
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    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
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    “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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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