College of Nursing

Meet the Candidates



Jessica Small

Hey guys! My name is Jessica and I was born in raised in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I love playing tennis, watching BYU sports, just about anything outdoors, and I will take a rainstorm over snow any day! The words y’all and fabulous are used way too often in my vocabulary and I can quote just about every line of the movie Draft Day. If you want to discuss the latest Fantasy Football rankings or the many reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the greatest sports team in history, I’m your girl! I’ve also been known to belt out one too many country songs in my car, and Scotty McCreery is my future husband, he just doesn’t know it yet. Most of all, I love nursing! I think it is so amazing that we get to incorporate the Gospel as we learn “The Healer’s Art” here at BYU. Though my plans change on practically a daily basis, I hope to end up either in pediatrics or labor and delivery, and I might even mix it up with grad school somewhere along the road.

1st VP


Chelsy Foulk

I am from San Diego, CA. I am married to Corey, who is also studying at BYU. I like long boarding the canyon in the summertime and hiding from the snow in the wintertime. I currently work as a research assistant and as an aide for a suicide-watch case. I chose nursing because I want my life to be about making the lives of others better. SNA is a great opportunity to see and fill needs, serve, and gain experience. I am confident that I can be what SNA needs in the Vice President position :). I also would like to redeem myself for losing the elections in elementary school for recess committee chair member. ;)

John Ellis

Hey everyone, I am 26 years old and born and raised in SLC, UT. I am married to a stunning woman who is very much out of my league (shhh, don't tell her, she hasn't found out yet). I love skiing, sports, and reading books. I want to run for SNA Vice President because I love power... but really I just want to be more involved with nursing. I feel I can make a difference because of my varied leadership experience, ranging from head coach of a high school water polo team to a mentor for at-risk youth. I want to serve my fellow student nurses in any way that I can and help make your time here both fun and meaningful. And just remember: IF YOU VOTE FOR ME, I WILL HAVE MORE VOTES...IT'S JUST SCIENCE

2nd VP


Michael Scott

IMPORTANT! I want you to associate the following words or phrases with voting for me: cute baby, vacation, one million dollars, A+, your mother's cookies, sunset, puppy, Christmas, love, new car, snow day, best friend, all of your wildest dreams. Thank you. I grew up in New Hampshire where I worked as an EMT/firefighter for five years. I served among the beautiful people of Peru for three years as a representative of Jesus Christ. My wife Amy and I dated in high school, she got baptized, we went on missions and now we have a happy baby boy named Preston (he’ll be one in June). I’ve already met some incredible people within the nursing program and I want to make as many connections as I can before I go. I hope to actively serve as part of an organization that strengthens connections between some of the most brilliant individuals in healthcare.

Madelyn Bell

I'm Maddy Bell and in 3rd semester. I'm from Gilbert, Arizona and I love the sun! My vacations always consist of the beach and a good tan. I love music, especially the 1975 and Chvrches. I play viola in the BYU symphony and help teach orchestra at Dixon Middle school each week. My guilty pleasure is Grey's Anatomy (who's isn't) and a Chick-Fil-A cookies & cream milkshake. I'm so excited to be a nurse because I get to help people all day long! As VP I want to bring all the semesters closer together and get everyone to SNA activities.

Ashley Dyer

Hi guys! I’m Ashley Dyer! I’m a 3rd semester nursing student originally from Ann Arbor, MI but I grew up in Shanghai, China. I love service in any form. I served my mission in the Brazil Natal Mission speaking Portuguese. I have worked as the SNA Publicity Director for the last year, so if you’ve seen the nursing posters and fliers all over the SWKT, that’s my fault! SNA is an amazing organization and I have loved being involved in it. I hope to continue to share my talents as an SNA Vice President to help all BYU SNs embrace professionalism and have opportunities to serve as well as destress every once in a while.



Sarah Sears

I am from Spanish Fork, UT, but have also lived in Alabama, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. I served a mission in the real New York City (in Brooklyn and Queens) so I know how to survive on the streets. This last August I married my amazing husband, Alec, who loves Batman almost as much as I love Harry Potter. My hobbies include hiking, eating, note taking, cat-petting, and cooking (see earlier hobby of eating). I would say I am a proficient note-taker, making me ideal for the job of secretary. I have a typing speed of 100+ wpm, and have a working knowledge of spell check. I am excited to be a nurse one day, and have a strong desire for SNA to be an asset to us as student nurses. If elected as your SNA secretary, I pledge to be organized, use proper grammar, and only do things that are legal.

Kapri Beus

Oh hey! I'm Kapri, like CapriSun. To get to know me, I'm going to describe myself in three words: Amiable, happy, and food- lover. Amiable: I love people. Man, they are just awesome. Isn't everyone's life just so intriguing? Happy: I love to be happy, it just feels good. We have so many reasons to be happy! And last but not least, I love food; it’s what makes my world go round... and me quite literally. As for my life, I served in Brazil and love , love all sports- most recently pickle-ball, I quite like the smell of skunks, and I am fulfilling my lifelong dreams of becoming a nurse! As a secretary, I want to help more students get involved in SNA and learn what they can do to make a difference in the world. We all have ambition, we just need to learn where to channel that ambition and I want to help you know how you can make a difference.

Chelsea Van Wagenen

My name is Chelsea Van Wagenen. I was born and raised in Grayslake, Illinois and have been at BYU since January 2015. Some of my hobbies include dancing, running, spending time with friends and family, and babysitting my adorable 5 nieces and nephew. I got married to my best friend in the Nauvoo temple this past August. I have been involved in two Humanitarian Trips, one to Ecuador and one to Peru. In Ecuador, I helped to build onto an orphanage and volunteered in the orphanage working with children with disabilities. In Peru, I helped to build onto a medical facility. I have wanted to become a nurse since I was about ten years old. As I was in the hospital a couple times growing up, I saw how loving and kind all of my nurses were and wanted to be just like them. I also have a deep desire to love and serve those around me and I know nursing can help me do that!



McKenna Elise Warren

My name is McKenna Frodsham and I want to be a SNA officer. I am from Flower Mound, TX. This is my first semester as a nursing student and am excited to be a part of the BYU nursing program and SNA! I have always had a passion for the medical world, ever since I was 5 years old and was fascinated by my own blood draw. I play the violin and love to run, even if I’m not very fast. I have recently discovered how important it is to live a balanced life and hope I can encourage all members of SNA to focus on both succeeding in nursing and all aspects of life.

Saul Villalobos Escorza

Membership Director (Membership)


Paytyn Laker

Hello! My name is Paytyn Laker, I’m currently in my 4th semester of BYU’s nursing school, and I love cats. Growing up in Southern California, I always thought I was going to be a professional singer. Then I came to the heart of Mormon Land and realized that my voice was probably not as appealing as everyone else’s. Luckily, I’m pretty decent with needles and can now help people through nursing. Being in nursing school has helped me open up to so many people and learn that it’s through the small things that lives are changed. I want to be the Membership Director of BYU's Student Nurses' Association because I understand how hard going to college is and I want to help bring people into an organization that can be a family away from family.

Julie Palmer

I was born in California and grew up in Arizona. I’m the oldest of 4 children in my family. I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my friends and family, running, and listening to music. I recently served a mission in Reynosa, Mexico. I'm a first semester BYU nursing student. I decided I wanted to be a nurse after volunteering at a Muscular Dystrophy Camp for several summers because I loved being able to make a small change in the child’s life by just simply helping him and want to have that experience throughout my whole life. I desire to help all nursing students be more involved in SNA and have an even more meaningful experience in the BYU nursing program!

Campus Publicity Director


Brooke Hyde

My name is Brooke Hyde. I am from Lehi, Ut and I grew up dancing ballet and was elected the president of a ballet company here in Utah Valley, where I learned the importance of unity in an association. Serving a full time mission in the Philippines taught me that in leadership, everyone’s perspectives and views are essential to making the best decision. I learned that everyone has different strengths and weakness and that we all need each other and can learn so much from each other. Throughout my life, I have developed a love of serving and in the past few years, I have served as a tutor in the Seeds of Success program at BYU as well as a tutor for students at BYU. I also participate in the Vineyard program here at BYU. I have learned it feels so wonderful to make a difference in someone else’s life and that is something that I want to continue to do throughout my life. I want to run for SNA because I want to help make a difference in someone else’s life and spread my influence a little bit further. Through SNA, I feel like I can reach out to more people and am in a better position to help. I can assist in unifying SNA here at BYU and make it an experience that will be remembered and treasured for life. I would also like to gain more professional experience to be prepared for my future career as a nurse and want to help others do the same.

Service Director


Janie Jensen

Born and raised in Provo, UT I have been a Cougar fan since the beginning! Nursing has also always been a part of my life, having looked up to my mother who is a Pediatric Nurse. I absolutely love all things outdoors. When it’s snowing, you’ll find me on the ski slopes, and in the summer, I’ll either be in the mountains or on the water. I love hiking, swimming, boating, tennis, and especially dancing. I grew up training in jazz, contemporary, and ballet dance, but I especially love the living room/kitchen dance parties singing at the top of my lungs. I served a mission in Orlando, FL for 18 months and gained a greater love for deep fried /southern foods and sunshine more than ever before! As service coordinator, it is definitely my plan to bring in great food and fun activities to help us reach out to others in need!

Ashlen Cluff

Hey everyone! My name is Ashlen Pruitt and I’m from Queen Creek, Arizona. Yes, I actually love 100+ degree weather believe it or not. I just got married over Christmas break to my high school sweetheart, Statler, and together we spend more money at Café Rio than I care to admit. I love the outdoors, movies, biscuits and gravy, Sees chocolate, my six darling nephews, and my journey in nursing thus far. One thing I love about the BYU nursing program is the opportunity it has given me to serve in a capacity I have never experienced before. As service coordinator, I want to continue to provide BYU nursing students with memorable service opportunities outside of the clinical setting, and of course, with bomb food too :)

Rachel Trujillo

Hey everyone! I am a first semester student from St. Louis, MO. I have wanted to be a nurse for a long time and am happy to be part of the program! I just got back from my mission in Paraguay, which helped me decide that I want to work with low income and refugee populations when I finish nursing school. I love to learn but I also love to be outdoors, hike and laugh (also watch The Office.) I want to be the service coordinator to be able to get to know other students in the nursing program while organizing worthwhile (and FUN) activities for everyone.

Maggie Gunn

Hey guys! My name is Maggie and I'm an east coast native learning to love the desert. I'm a second semester nursing student and I want to be your service director! But, let me be honest with you up front. I'm a far cry from perfect. I trip up the stairs on a regular basis, sometimes I don't realize my shirt is on backwards, and one time I dropped a whole pizza on the floor (true story). However, just like you all, I'm trying my best so that one day as a nurse I'll be able to make somebody's worst day a little bit better. I believe that great happiness can be found in serving our fellow men. As your service director I hope to give you as many opportunities as possible to be involved in service activities because we could all use a little extra happiness in our lives.

Camry Shawcroft

My name is Camry Shawcroft and I am from Casa Grande, AZ and am currently in the second semester of the nursing program. I returned one year ago from serving a Spanish speaking mission in Sacramento, CA. I love people and the idea of learning about their unique life experiences and struggles. I am excited about life and am a firm believer that laughing and BBQ sauce make everything better :) As a nursing student we are given so much, and I hope to be able to give back during my time here at BYU.



Aimee Erickson

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME: I can hold my breath for 3 minutes underwater as well as perfectly produce the vocals of Abu from Aladdin. Also capable of putting my leg behind my head and tying a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue. I can squat more weight than my husband (please don’t tell him I said that). Past anatomy TA who spent free time hanging out with cadavers. I set both of my siblings up with their eternal companion (vote for me and I’ll lend you my services!). First concert was One Direction, and let me tell you: NO REGRETS. Amateur watercolorist. Gryffindor. Left-handed. Love languages include party planning, Halo Top ice cream, and guac. Life goals include: being a pediatric ED nurse/NP + adjunct faculty at BYU, swimming the English channel, and visiting all 7 continents.

McKenzie Phillips

Hey Guys! Quick little bio about myself, I come from Logan, Utah (the really cold, snowy, northern part) My husband and I both play soccer, he plays here at BYU and I just stick with the intramural stuff. I was born in Portland, Oregon, so I absolutely love going to the Oregon coast and playing in the rain. (AND I am a HUGE Oregon Duck football fan…I practically bleed yellow and green) I am addicted to flaming hot Cheetos and BYU Cookies and Cream Chocolate Milk. My husband and I love to go on vacations, have random dance parties in our basement apartment, watch Criminal Minds on Netflix, and spend time with our family and friends. Finally, I would just ADORE being your SNA Activities Director because I know how stressful the nursing program can be. I believe the best way to lower stress is engage in fun activities with friends, and just give studying a break. That will be my goal for all you guys if you vote for me! Thanks!!

Lael Anderson

I have wanted to help people to heal physically, mentally, and socially ever since middle school, and I constantly am endeavoring to improve myself—both in skills and in knowledge. I love to learn about science, and I constantly marvel at the miracle of life. I love to play classical music on the piano and on the viola, and have done so for more than 10 years. I worked as a CNA the summer before I came to BYU, and I will forever treasure the experiences I had as I worked with the residents of that nursing home. We all have incredible experiences in our clinicals, but I want to help us have incredible social experiences, too! (I know, cheesy :D ) So "don't fail to vote for Lael!" if you are excited about getting to know more people in the nursing program!

Cassidy Nelson

My name is Cassidy Nelson and I’m from a small town called Middleton, Idaho. And yes, my dad actually sells potatoes and french fries for a living so I am a true, stereotypical Idahoan. Ever since I was about 6 years old, I’ve told my parents that I want to make a difference in the world and I believe that nursing is the perfect way for me to live the service-oriented life that I’ve continuously sought after. I love being active which specifically involves soccer, hiking, running, and maintaining a death grip while tubing behind a boat. I lived in Germany for three years and thought the diversity (and the chocolate croissants) were incredible! I absolutely love to have fun and so SNA activities director would be something that I would enjoy and contribute to immensely. I think it’s very important to have a little fun while we are in such a rigorous program and I intend to make that happen for all of us!

Newsletter Editor


Sara Weeks

Instead of a bio, here’s a list of people I identify with and why: Leslie Knope – weirdly determined, thinks her husband is the best, easily excited. Kristen Bell – lover of sloths. Donald Trump – avid user of Twitter. Daniel Radcliff – Harry Potter fan, only child. Alexander Hamilton – writes day and night, there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.



Elise Millward

I am from Boise, Idaho and in the fourth semester. I served a Spanish speaking mission in New Jersey, where I spent time as a patient in the hospital and decided I wanted to pursue nursing. Nursing school has been an amazing experience for me and I have loved interacting with my fellow nursing students. I enjoy volunteering with Special Olympics, running, ice cream, and alarming nonmedical personnel with anatomy facts in my spare time.