Missouri Nursing Students Association Board of Directors 



Shay Starz

Mineral Area College - Park Hills, Missouri

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 Hospital 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. I am very excited to be the MONSA president and look forward to serving Missouri this year. I will do my best to be a great president.


Vice President / Convention Director

Dashawn Smith Washington

St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley


Hello, my name is DaShawn Smith Washington, and I serve as the Convention Director and Vice President 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. I have recently accepted a position in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital that I will start in June. I plan to work 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, 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 these roles to the best standards and of my ability.


Veronica Franklin
Central Methodist University - Fayette, Missouri

Hi everyone! My name is Veronica Franklin and I’m the MONSA Secretary/Treasurer.  I will be graduating from Central Methodist University’s ABSN program this Summer 2020.  My Dad was career Army, so I’ve lived all over the place, from Germany to California and more in between. I have always been interested in working in the healthcare field, but only chose nursing after working as a CNA for two years. I can really respect the nurses that I worked with and found that nursing was a rewarding career that fit with what I wanted to do with my life. I chose to run for this office with MONSA in order to help other nursing students on their path to becoming nurses. I believe that it is important for people to support and help each other, which is especially true for nurses who work in a team oriented environment. I hope that my time on the MONSA board is successful and inspires others to work together for our shared goals. I am looking forward to the upcoming year and hope to see you all at this year’s convention.

PR Director

Alexandra Ette

Central Methodist University - Columbia, Missouri



My  name is Alex Ette and I am serving as the PR director for MONSA 2019 through 2020. I am currently in an accelerated BSN program at Central Methodist University in Columbia, Missouri. I will be graduating July 2020 and moving to St. Louis to work. I have always been interested in healthcare since I was young and finally found my calling in nursing after graduating from Mizzou with my Bachelors in Health Sciences in 2017. I’ve worked in different healthcare settings over the years as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department and an Ophthalmology department, and I was able to observe all the different roles in health care. In these settings, I was able to clearly see all the roles nurses take on and the amount of care and patient advocacy I saw really resonated with me. Aside from my educational and job history, I am a cat mom to one lovely gray kitty, Gerald. I also have an affinity for social media and an eye for design (that I especially love to express through makeup), which is why I believe I am fit to serve as your PR director this term. Keep an eye out for occasional newsletters and a new website coming this year!

Kansas City Director

Corissa Giseburt
Missouri Western State University - Saint Joseph, Missouri


Hello! My name is Corissa Giseburt and I am the 2019-2020 Kansas City Director. I am originally from Connecticut and have been in Missouri now going on 10 years. I am currently attending Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph and I am in my 3rd semester of the nursing program and graduate in May 2020. I am very excited to be a part of the MONSA board and get to know some of the members within my region, the state, and the nation. I have been very determined along this nursing path at achieving the best outcomes possible and am always working towards new goals and opportunities. I believe that my future in nursing will bring me down the road of furthering my education at becoming a CRNA, but really, I am just taking it one step at a time and I look forward to what the future brings. Please feel free to reach out and contact me. I am always looking forward to hearing new and innovating ideas and or concerns.

Northern Director

Emilie Harris

Moberly Area Community College - Moberly, Missouri



My name is Emilie Harris & I am the Northern Director! I am a 4th semester ADN student at Moberly Area Community College. I have been a part of my local SNA for the last two years and have had the wonderful opportunity to attend our state conference both years! I was originally going to school to become a large animal veterinarian and my mother, who is also a nurse, was the one that moved my heart towards nursing instead! In the future I plan to work in Intensive Care and gain experience before pursuing my CRNA. I graduate this May and am SO excited to join the #1 most trusted profession. Nursing is so rewarding but can also be pretty challenging. I am extremely blessed to hold this position and to be available to be a leader for other students during some of the hardest schooling we go through!

St. Louis Director

Erica McBride

University of Missouri - St Louis, Missouri


My name is Erica Mcbride and I am a Fall 2019 nursing graduate from St Louis Community College at Forest Park. I am also dual enrolled at University of Missouri St Louis to earn my BSN, and plan to graduate Fall 2020. I have served as an active member and officer in my local SNA with Forest Park and have now earned the title of SNA President. I have worked for the VA Healthcare system for 8 years and will also begin my nursing career servicing our veterans. Being involved with an organization has made me realize how important it is for me to stay invested in the community and show my leadership capabilities. As the newly elected St Louis Regional Director, I am excited to provide and continue the necessary links from my local colleges of nursing to MONSA. As I begin to build a nursing career, I know this chapter of my journey will only contribute to making me a better nurse.

Southern Director

Stacy Morgan

Crowder College - Neosho, Missouri


I am currently in my third semester at Crowder College in Neosho and will graduate in December 2020. Although I grew up on a dairy farm in a small country town, my heart was drawn to healthcare from a very young age. I love helping people! I have worked at a local hospital for nearly fifteen years, and their mission focuses on the healing ministry of Jesus. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a smile on a patient’s face after providing care for them during their stay. It’s an honor to be trusted to care for their lives. I decided to run for the position of Southern Regional Director because I want to be a part of inspiring other nursing students to make the world a better place. May you always remember what drove you to this profession!

Nominations &

Elections Chair

Tanisha Chambers

University of Missouri - St. Louis, Missouri


Hello my name is Tanisha Chambers.  I am a Nursing Student at St Louis Community College at Forest Park. I am also in the dual enrollment program at University of Missouri-St. Louis to obtain my BSN. I am honored to hold the current position as the Vice President of the Student Nursing Association at Forest Park. I was elected as the Nomination and Elections Chairperson of the Missouri Nursing Student Association. I will graduate from Forest Park May 2020 with my ADN. I will complete my degree from UMSL in May 2021. It brings me great joy to give back to my community, and help others. I enjoy being their voice!  I have wanted to be a Registered Nurse since 2008. I am happy to have come this far in accomplishing this goal. I’m excited to have this opportunity to be a board member in this amazing organization!

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.