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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 200,000 members across the nation, it is safe to say that HOSA has met our mission! Georgia HOSA created in 2000, now serves over 14,000 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

  • 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 Baker

    Director of Leadership Development
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    “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. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Randa Smith

    Chair
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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.

  • Barbara Baisden Mitchell

    Chair-Elect, 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. 

  • Barbara Peralta

    Immediate Past Chair
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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

  • MarciJohnson

    Region 5 Advisor
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    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.

  • TomekaFew

    Region 6 Advisor
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    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
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    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.

  • 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.

  • Kaylee Blount

    President
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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 serve as your 2017-2018 President! 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 17, and do amazing things for all of Georgia HOSA’s incredible members!

  • Callahan Thompson

    President-Elect
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    Callahan Thompson started her passion with HOSA 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 seek strong state to local chapter connections this year.

    When not participating in HOSA, she is a lacrosse player, as well as a referee, which gives her valuable experience with both teamwork and leadership-skills that will serve her well as our HOSA State Officer.  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.”

STATE OFFICERS

  • Kaylee Blount

    President
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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 serve as your 2017-2018 President! 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 17, and do amazing things for all of Georgia HOSA’s incredible members!

  • Callahan Thompson

    President-Elect
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    Callahan Thompson started her passion with HOSA 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 seek strong state to local chapter connections this year.

    When not participating in HOSA, she is a lacrosse player, as well as a referee, which gives her valuable experience with both teamwork and leadership-skills that will serve her well as our HOSA State Officer.  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.”

  • Smriti Suresh

    Vice President
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    Smriti Suresh is a junior at Parkview High School, an Indian classical dancer, and a Varsity tennis player. Smriti has been a part of Parkview HOSA since it began two years ago, and she has helped it flourish into what it is today. She has seen, firsthand, how beneficial HOSA is to students all over the nation in that it helps students to gain knowledge through competitive events, networking, and conferences.

    Smriti’s favorite part about HOSA has always been meeting many like-minded members at Fall, State, and International Leadership Conferences. Her immense passion for HOSA drove her to run for a position on the Georgia HOSA State Executive Council. As Vice President, she seeks to make HOSA more impactful than it already is and to lead members to be the best health professionals they can be. She is looking forward to this upcoming year with Team 17 and hopes to inspire others to always reach for their goals. This is truly embodied in a quote by Warren G. Bennis, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

  • MaKayla Wright

    Secretary
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    Currently a junior in the STEM institute at Newton College and Career Academy, MaKayla Wright is actively involved with the Associate Board of Directors. She is enthusiastic about HOSA and for the past two years has served as an officer for her local chapter. Through various community service projects and volunteering, MaKayla lives out her passion of helping others. An avid reader, she enjoys traveling, playing the flute and experiencing new cuisines.

    MaKayla is a firm believer in the T. E. A. M philosophy (together each achieves more). Harnessing the intellect, the passion, and the talents of her fellow HOSA members, we can make a difference and leave our fingerprint on the world.

Upcoming Events

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