Missouri Nursing Students Association Board of Directors 



Liz Kimsey

Sinclair School of Nursing- University  of Missouri, Columbia

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Kimsey and I Am currently severing at the Missouri Nursing Student Association President! I am originally from Kansas City and I am currently attending the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, where I am also serving as the President if the Student Nursing Associaton Mizzou Chapter(2018-2019). I have been very active within my Student Nursing organizations because I feel like we should always use our voice to advocate for the betterment of health care for our patients and fellow nurses. I am very excited about becoming a nurse and can not wait to serve those who are in need of my services. I am planning on graduating in the December of 2019 from Mizzou with the hopes of having a career within the area of pediatrics, I am not picky, I just love working with children and their families! I also have a goal of going back to school to obtain a Nurse Practitioners in Pediatrics. I found my passion in nursing from being able to apart of a persons life in the moments they need it most. I find this especially rewarding in the times when working with the pediatric population. When working with the pediatric population you really have the take into consideration the families needs and concerns. So not only are you serving them as a nurse but you’re a friend to celebrate with, a shoulder to cry on, and an education provider when times become confusing or stressful. I have been very blessed with the opportunity to serve as your State President and I’m always available for contact!


Vice President

Makenzy Mathis

Moberly Area Community College




 I attended Moberly Area Community College, Moberly campus, and graduated in May of 2019. I have also passed NCLEX and am a Registered Nurse.  I chose nursing for selfish reasons. To me, there nothing better than watching one improve (mentally, physically, emotionally, etc). To be apart of that is the ultimate gift. I've dreamt of the medical field since I was a kid. Nursing is the best way to make my lifelong dreams come true. My goals for office are simple: build connections. As nurses, it is vital that we communicate and network beyond ourselves and immediate circles to provide the best possible care for outpatients. My personal goal while I hold this position is to see a  an overall increase in membership from across the state.  Together we are better.


Megan Scott
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park


Hello! My name is Megan Scott.  I graduated in May of 2019 and was successful in passing NCLEX.  I am originally from a little town in Illinois called Williamsville! I am six of seven children. I come from several generations of nurses and I want to pass on that tradition. But more importantly, I feel that nursing is a very important and rewarding career. I have worked as a CNA for almost 16 years and to see the difference that one person can make in another’s life is a feeling like no other. I chose to run for MONSA office to continue to push for awareness. I think that it is important for nursing students to stand together to accomplish the goal of becoming great nurses. I hope that during this time on the board, the members and myself can be great role models for the other future nurses of America.

Kansas City Director

Shelby Reddick

William Jewel College

Hello! My name is Shelby Reddick and I am the Kansas City Area Director for MONSA. I recently graduated from William Jewell College and began my dream job at Children's Mercy in the PICU. MONSA has a special place in my heart and has tremendously helped me further my growth in nursing school and beyond. My goal is to to help other nursing schools and students better understand all the opportunities and resources that MONSA can provide and has provided to me!

St. Louis Director

Dashawn Smith Washington
St. Louis Community College-Flo Valley


Hello, my name is DaShawn Smith Washington, and I serve as the St. Louis Regional Director for MONSA, as well as President for my school St. Louis Community College- Florissant Valley. Currently, I work as the House Clinical Partner at SSM Health St. Mary’s hospital where I work in nursing administration to keep patient safety and patient satisfaction a priority, as well as maintaining hospital productivity running correctly. After graduation, I plan to work on the Transitional Care Unit at St. Mary’s while working towards a dual Master’s degree, in Health Systems and Population Health Leadership as well as Nursing Education. I take pride in my everyday work life, being an advocate for our patients and spending as much time with them that I can. I also make myself available as much as possible to assist my colleagues both at work and at school, with a task and teaching safe practices and upholding hospital policies and standards. Through my experiences, I have learned a lot about coordinating and communicating in group settings. Being involved in MOSNA has been a significant opportunity which has helped me break away from my comfort zone. MONSA has taught me better networking and work ethics. I look forward to continuing fulfilling the role to the best standards and of my ability.

Northern Director

Emma Scroggins

Sinclair School of Nursing- University  of Missouri, Columbia



Hi, my name is Emma Scroggins and I attend the University of Missouri. I have been involved with my campuses student nurses association since I was a freshman and have completely fallen in love in the last two years. I am originally from California and decided to come to Missouri for my education because I absolutely fell in love with Mizzou's campus. Some of my biggest supporters back home are in the healthcare field and I have always looked up to them. My plans for the future are to be a pediatric oncology nurse. I want to one day be not only an advocate for my patients and their families but also other nurses. I hope that while on the state board I can grow as a leader while also encouraging others to be stronger advocates. 

Southern Director

Shay Starz

Mineral Area Community College

Hello! My name is Shay Starz and I am in my second year of nursing school at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri. I grew up in St. Louis and had my aunt, who is also a nurse, as a role model from a very young age. I knew that I wanted to be a nurse since I was little because I love helping people. I currently work at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. I plan to work at St. Louis Children's after graduation. I joined MONSA because I want to help other aspiring nurses reach their goals just like so many others have helped me on my journey.

Nominations and Elections Committee Director

Julie Landwehr

St. Louis Community College- Meramec


I am currently in my second semester at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley and will graduate in May 2019. I was born and raised in Florissant, Mo and currently live in Ferguson, Mo. I decided to pursue a career in nursing because I wanted to be there to provide strength and support for people through all the stages of life. I want to celebrate with them through the good times and be an advocate for them through the difficult times. I decided to run for the position of Convention Director because I want to be a part of inspiring other nursing students to continue to strive for the dreams they have for themselves. I hope to be able to make the upcoming convention an experience that will encourage, teach, and be a source of motivation for all who attend.

Convention Director

Emily Berry

William Jewel College


Hello! My name is Emily Berry and I am the Director of Convention for the MONSA organization. I graduated from William Jewell College in May of 2019 and have since started my nursing career in the Saint Luke’s Health System as a Registered Nurse on a Medical Surgical Unit. I have loved attending the various MONSA events over the past year in my role as Convention Director. MONSA has given me great opportunity to travel, grow as an individual, and advance my skills as a leader. My goal is to gather nursing individuals in a space that is conducive for learning, leading, and growing.  

State Consultant

Desma R. Reno, Ph.D(c), MSN, APRN, GCNS-BC 
Southeast Missouri State University

desrn5651@gmail.com,  dreno@semo.edu 

Desma Reno graduated from Three Rivers Community College in 1974.While in Poplar Bluff she worked at the Poplar Bluff Hospital as staff nurse, charge nurse and as evening shift supervisor. She moved to the Cape Girardeau area in the late 70’s where she continued her career at St. Francis Medical Center. She worked in a variety of nursing roles, which

include staff nurse in medical, surgical, cardiac and orthopedics. She also worked in nursing management as a house supervisor, area coordinator and as nurse manager for the Skilled Nursing Facility. Her most recent position was as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology. Ms. Reno completed her BSN from Southeast Missouri in 1976. She continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas graduating in 1986 with a MSN with an emphasis in Medical/Surgical nursing and teaching. She currently is a student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a PhD student in Workforce Education.


Ms. Reno is also certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology and as a Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Missouri. In 1981 Ms. Reno joined the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University where she is an Assistant Professor in Nursing. In the faculty role she teaches in both the baccalaureate and graduate program. In addition, she serves as the Director of the Institute of Gerontology. She also serves as a Nurse Consultant in Gerontology in acute and long-term care facilities. Ms. Reno is a member of a variety of professional nursing organizations. She has served two terms as President of the Missouri Nurses’ Association (1997-2001). She has served as a delegate to the American Nurses Association since 1988. In addition, she has served on a variety of committees, task forces and coalitions at both the state and national level. Ms. Reno is very active in a variety of other organizations and community base initiatives. She has received numerous awards and honors for her tireless work for the nursing department, university, community and for the nursing profession. I am available to faculty and students regarding questions you may have about SNA Chapter development and how to get involved at the local, state and national level.  I encourage you to get involved and make a difference.