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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

  • Nikki Bentley

    Executive Director
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    Mrs. Nikki Bentley is excited to join Georgia HOSA as the Executive Director in May. Mrs. Bentley joined HOSA in 2013 when she became a teacher & HOSA advisor for her alma mater Cass High School, in White, Georgia. She transitioned to the classroom after 17 years in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse, specializing in Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby care.

    Mrs. Bentley’s education includes an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Georgia Highlands College, in Rome Georgia. She later returned to college and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on Leadership & Management from Walden University.

    In 2018, Mrs. Bentley became the Region 1 representative for Georgia HOSA’s Board of Directors, acting as the Secretary. She has enjoyed participating in Georgia HOSA activities at every level and looks forward to a bright future with Georgia HOSA.

    Mrs. Bentley loves all things family! She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Shannon, for 26 years & they have 3 children, Abby (22), Grace (19), & MaryPaige (12). In her free time she loves spending time with her family, serving with her church small group, & reading.

  • Daphne Dale

    Deputy Executive Director
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    Daphne Dale is thrilled to join the Georgia HOSA Staff as Deputy Executive Director. Daphne began working with HOSA in 2016 as a healthcare science teacher and HOSA advisor in the Colquitt County school system, in Moultrie, GA. Before moving to education, Daphne worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, and Public Health.

    Daphne received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Bainbridge State College, in Bainbridge, GA. She then received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University.

    Daphne has enjoyed working with Georgia HOSA Competitive Events and loves all things data, tabulations, and graphic design. She is thrilled to see what is in store for the future of Georgia HOSA!

    Daphne loves all things DIY and makes her home in Moultrie, GA with her husband, Joshua and two spirited boys, Ezekiel and Ezra. When she’s not working or chauffeuring her children, you’ll find her enjoying a true crime documentary or cheering on the Dawgs (University of Georgia)!

  • 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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  • Candice Dykes

    Region 3 Advisor
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  • Diann Bennett-Magwood

    Region 5 Advisor
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  • Julie Wolf

    Region 2 Advisor
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  • June Woods

    Region 4 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.

  • Sharon Pye

    Region 6 Advisor
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  • 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

  • Faith Ediae-Holly

    President
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    Faith Ediae-Holly is proud to be serving as your state president for 2019-2020! She is currently a junior at Etowah High School where she participates in countless clubs and organizations such as NEHS, The East Wing Tutoring Center, Beta Club, and of course HOSA! Her involvement in HOSA truly began in her sophomore year when she decided to become more involved with her chapter and all of the events they participated in. Through blood drives and countless community outreach activities, she quickly became more invested in her local chapter and Georgia HOSA. HOSA has given her the drive and determination to pursue a career in medicine as a neurosurgeon, and she knows that because of HOSA she will be prepared to be a compassionate and capable future health professional. She cannot wait to help lead some of the best future health professionals that she hopes to one day work alongside, and inspire them now by helping them become the better candidate.

  • Vaidehi Patel

    Vice President
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    My name is Vaidehi Patel and I am a Junior at Colquitt County High School. In the future, I aspire to become a neurosurgeon. I play the flute, enjoy organizing things, and love pets. I desire to serve as a state officer to make a positive impact on the organization that has helped me to develop myself into not only a better future healthcare professional, but a better individual. I want to help HOSA members recognize the opportunities and potential they have in HOSA that can help them become the better candidate. In the upcoming year, I wish to connect with more HOSA members to help them become active, participating members in this organization and take on new opportunities.

  • Joyabhishek Charles

    Secretary
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    From the moment Joyabhishek (Joy) Charles joined his HOSA chapter at Americus-Sumter High School, he fell in love with the community of like-minded students who shared his passion for healthcare. Joy wanted to take his admiration further by serving his chapter as an officer; however, he knew that he could still do more for his state’s HOSA organization. For this reason, he decided to apply to be an officer on the 2019-2020 Georgia HOSA State Executive Council. Through living each of HOSA’s core values of learning, leading, serving, and innovating, Joy knew he could use his HOSA leadership experience to serve as a valuable member of the team.

    Now, as a state officer, he hopes to inspire Georgia HOSA’s members to take their leadership and passion for healthcare to the next level. Joy will work towards creating an even stronger relationship between the State Executive Council and each of our chapters, especially through innovating new ideas for motivating HOSA members to attend our leadership conferences, participate in competitive events, and most
    importantly, to better serve their state and local communities. As a future health professional himself, Joy is working towards a career as a pediatric cardiologist, and knows that his new role at Georgia HOSA, with the support of each of its members and advisors, will continue to steer him in that direction.

  • Krishna Patel

    Reporter
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    Krishna Patel is a Junior at Union Grove High School. She joined HOSA her freshman year and now serves as her chapter’s President. She loves how HOSA gives members the opportunity to help out in the community while getting experience in the healthcare field. As a state Officer, she would love to help guide all of you in your passions and help you experience all of what HOSA has to offer. She is looking forward to meet and conversate with you all. Besides HOSA, she is closely involved in BAPS’s Youth Organization and Student Council where she has learned tremendous leadership skills. 

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