Alumni State Officers

2014-2015 Oregon HOSA State Officer Team

 

State President

Tessa Ekstrom
Portland State University
president@oregonhosa.org

Tessa Ekstrom is currently a freshman at Portland State University. She is majoring in Biology on a pre-medical track, and is interested in a career in Radiation Oncology.

Tessa served as the Vice-President of Membership prior to being elected as Oregon HOSA State President this year, and gained valuable experience in that position. In her campaign speech at the 2014 State Leadership Conference, she said that she wants to “help HOSA make healthcare happen”.  She was a part of Sandy High School’s HOSA Chapter for two years, and received a varsity letter in HOSA both of those years at her chapter.  She believes communication is key in the development of a strong chapter and a strong State Association.

In high school, alongside HOSA, Tessa participated in Key Club and was treasurer for her school’s NHS chapter.  Outside of school, she enjoys regularly volunteering at a retirement home and a library in her community.

 

President-Elect

Evangeline Matley
Benson High School
pres-elect@oregonhosa.org

Evangeline Matley is excited to serve as Oregon HOSA’s President-Elect. She is currently a sophomore at Benson Polytechnic working towards her lifelong dream of becoming an Obstetrician. She strongly believes in what HOSA represents as well as what is offers.

Her goals for the future include studying at OHSU after completing her pre-medical studies and creating an impact in the healthcare community. She was born in California and grew up traveling from year to year all along the west coast. Evangeline is widely involved in her community and school and is the Bulletin Editor of Benson Key Club. She also enjoys volunteering at her local Salvation Army. She spends her weekends at the Portland Saturday Market as a sales associate for her family’s small business.

In her free time, Evangeline can be found playing ukulele, hiking, and practicing photography. Her favorite quote is “Whether you say you can’t or you can, you’re right.”-Walt Disney. She believes that everyone has the potential of becoming whatever they dream and is one of the reasons she decided to become a HOSA member and State Officer.


Vice President of
Membership

Kayla Kero
Sandy High School
vpmembership@oregonhosa.org

Kayla Kero is currently a senior at Sandy High School.  This is Kayla’s third year as a member in HOSA and first year serving as a State Officer.  Last year was Kayla’s first year at the State Leadership Conference and her team received second place in Creative Problem Solving.

Kayla has already started receiving college credits throughout high school by taking college credit and advanced classes and plans on attending Oregon State University following high school.  She plans on studying Pharmacy through the school’s 7 year program which is partnered with OHSU Campus.  For the time being, she is trying to experience as many opportunities as possible in the medical field.

Her major hobbies include reading and listening to music.  Her favorite genre of music is country.  She enjoys going camping with her family during the summer, and her favorite place to be is the beach.

Kayla is the type of person that enjoys being involved in everything and making new friends.  With her Sandy High School HOSA chapter she co-ran two blood drives.  Kayla stays motivated and is a very open person.

 


Vice President of
Communication

Gabbi Damrill
Sandy High School
vpcommunication@oregonhosa.org

Gabbi is a freshman at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She has been a member of HOSA for 3 years now, joining as a junior in high school. She served as a chapter officer for 2 years before running for State Office. This coming year she is excited to increase her involvement with HOSA as well as having the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in planning events throughout the year.

She joined HOSA because she hopes to attain a medical degree specializing in pediatric surgery. Her most inspirational quote is “Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?”-LeBron James. That quote represents to her, the most important factor of being a HOSA member. Therefore, she states that “HOSA will provide students with opportunities and experiences, all HOSA asks in return is commitment.”

 

2013-2014 Oregon HOSA State Officer Team

 

State President

William (Billy) James
Oregon State University
president@oregonhosa.org

William James is a freshman studying Biology at Oregon State University. William was born in Aguana Heights, Guam and has lived all around the United States. He loves to travel and has been all around the nation and Europe. He has been an active leader on his school’s speech and debate team, equestrian team, Youth Advisory Committee, National Honor Society, and an alumni member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. William has wanted to be a trauma surgeon for years now and hopes to make that dream possible with the opportunities available in HOSA.

William has been a part of many emergency preparedness operations throughout his life due to his father’s position as the regional hospital emergency manager for the Office of Veteran’s Affairs. He is also CPR/ First Aid certified and been through many emergency situations and injury experiences on his family’s ranch and other equine facilities.

HOSA has been a part of William’s life since his sophomore year of high school. Since he joined his school’s chapter, it has changed extensively. In his junior year, William helped get HOSA involved in his school’s blood drive and organized a health based research project in his district. Last year he and his peers organized a peer mentor program to help solve the problems that their research data displayed.

In every organization he gets involved with, William works to become a leader that gets things done. He is a character of integrity and a full believer that hard work with a plan can get anything accomplished.

 

Vice President of
Membership

Tessa Ekstrom
Sandy High School
vpmembership@oregonhosa.org

Tessa Ekstrom, Oregon HOSA’s Vice President of Membership, is a senior at Sandy High School. She has been in HOSA for one year, and received a varsity letter from her HOSA chapter. She plans to attend Portland State University or Oregon State University after she graduates for Pre-Med, and is still reviewing options for her career. She hopes to find an appealing career that deals with both medicine and chemistry.

Tessa participated in the blood drives her school held every year since she started high school, and noticed a great improvement in the organization and efficiency of the blood drives when her HOSA chapter took responsibility of them.

Alongside HOSA, she participates in Sandy High’s Key Club and National Honor Society chapters, and is the Treasurer for National Honor Society. Tessa enjoys volunteering in her community and has volunteered at the public library and a retirement home in her community, as well as at many Key Club community service events.

 

 

Vice President of
Communication

Brielle McKinney
Mazama High School
vpcommunication@oregonhosa.org

Brielle McKinney is a senior at Mazama High School. This is her second year in HOSA and first year as a state officer, as Vice President of Communication.
Brielle was born in Klamath Falls and has lived there all of her life. She has aspired to become a pharmacist since the third grade and knows that HOSA can help her achieve that goal. Brielle is also a member of three 4-H groups, is on the equestrian team at her school, and plays tennis. She enjoys traveling to new places and meeting new people, which is also her favorite part about HOSA. She is glad that she discovered HOSA in time to experience all its wonderful experiences and opportunities.

2012-2013 Oregon HOSA State Officer Team

 

President-Elect

William (Billy) James
Sandy High School
pres-elect@oregonhosa.org

William James is a senior at Sandy High School and is also the president of Sandy’s HOSA chapter. William was born in Aguana Heights, Guam and has lived all around the United States. He loves to travel and has been all around the nation and Europe. He has been an active leader on his school’s speech and debate team, equestrian team, Youth Advisory Committee, National Honor Society, and an alumni member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. William has wanted to be a trauma surgeon for years now and hopes to make that dream possible with the opportunities available in HOSA.

William has been a part of many emergency preparedness operations throughout his life due to his father’s position as the regional hospital emergency manager for the Office of Veteran’s Affairs. He is also CPR/ First Aid certified and been through many emergency situations and injury experiences on his family’s ranch and other equine facilities.

HOSA has been a part of William’s life since his sophomore year. Since he’s joined his school’s chapter, it has changed extensively. In his junior year, William helped get HOSA involved in his school’s blood drive and organized a health based research project in his district. This year he and his peers will organize a peer mentor program to help solve the problems that their research data displayed.

In every organization he gets involved with, William works to become a leader that gets things done. He is a character of integrity and a full believer that hard work with a plan can get anything accomplished.

 

Vice President of
Leadership

Tyler Cozy
Tigard High School
vpleadership@oregonhosa.org

Tyler is a fourth-year member of HOSA and moved to Oregon from Texas during August, 2011 and started a HOSA chapter at Tigard High School, of which he is the President. Tyler has participated in the 2011 area, state, and national HOSA conferences, placing second in the area and state “Health Education” event, and competed at the national level.

Other than being an avid HOSA member, he is a crazed tennis player. He played the number 1 singles position on the Varsity Tennis Team at Tigard High School during his 3rd year of playing tennis.

Tyler received the rank of Eagle Scout in November of 2009 and for his Eagle Project, his team of volunteers placed plaques that read “do not drain, leads to creek” on 109 storm drains in his neighborhood in order to raise awareness for pollution.

After graduating with honors from Tigard High School, he is planning on attending the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2012.

 

Vice President of
Communication

Vlada Wilson
Tigard High School
vpcommunication@oregonhosa.org

Vlada Wilson was Vice President of HOSA at Tigard High School during the 2011-12 year. Last year was her first year in HOSA.  This year she was appointed Vice President of Communications for the Oregon HOSA for the 2012-13 year.

Vlada moved to America when she was eight years old in 2003 without speaking any English but was able to accustom very quickly and pick up the language easily as well. She is also an Honors Students at Tigard High School, and on the Varsity Dance Team, achieving second place at both the Oregon State Competition, and Nationals in 2012.

She is very excited to be on the leadership team for HOSA this year, and looking forward to a great year!

 

 

If you are interested in being the voice of Oregon HOSA members and contributing to the growth and development of Oregon HOSA, then become an Oregon HOSA State Officer!  Get started at the local level as a chapter officer or a committee member. Take the extra step to become a state officer or even national officer!

As an officer you’ll receive premier training, plan incredible projects, meet with civic and corporate leaders, lead service projects, design public relations and communications efforts, and plan leadership conferences. If you enjoy training and traveling, networking and new friends, or simply want to be recognized as a leader of a national organization for future health professionals, then consider becoming an Oregon HOSA State Leader!

Questions?  Please contact:

Kayla Loomis, Assistant State Advisor | coach@oregonhosa.org | (520)-471-0444

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