Board Members

Name: Carrie Kilen
Position in LSNA: President
Hometown: Eldridge, IA

Activities outside of nursing: Women's basketball

Internship or summer job: Summer III externship at the Mayo Clinic on a hematology/oncology/BMT floor

Favorite thing about the nursing program: The opportunity to bond with the whole nursing class for a whole year up in Rochester and clinicals at Mayo

Plans after graduation: Pass my boards and find a job on a hem/BMT floor somewhere exciting!


Name: Kaymi Lang
Position in LSNA: Vice President
Hometown: New Hampton, IA

Activities outside of nursing: Member of the Luther Women's Cross Country team, volunteer within the community (SHOC- students helping our community, LASO- Luther athletes serving others), reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Internship or summer job: Summer 10 Internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Favorite thing about the nursing program: Getting the opportunity to have clinical at the Mayo Clinic (the #1 hospital in the nation as of 2014) in Rochester, MN during  junior year. So many great and unique experiences!

Plans after graduation: Work as an RN for a couple of years then go back to grad school for DNP


Name: Katherine Langston
Position in LSNA: Media Co-chair
Hometown: Northfield, MN

Activities outside of nursing: PALS, Dance Marathon Morale Captain, Alpha Beta Psi, SAC concerts

Internship or summer job: I have spent the last two summers in Florida working at Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for chronically ill children.

Favorite thing about the nursing program: My favorite thing about the nursing program is the nursing family I have gained through the program. Nursing friends are amazing! I also am thankful for the experiences we were able to have at Mayo junior year. It was a unique opportunity that most nursing students do not have!

Plans after graduation:: After graduating, I would love to work in pediatrics or at a sickle cell clinic.


Name: Jessica Mara
Position in LSNA: Volunteer Chair
Hometown: Prairie du Chien, WI

Internship or summer job
: I worked at Wisconsin Badger Camp over the summer. It is a camp for people with developmental disabilities. I really enjoyed my summer there because I learned a lot about how much I can make a difference in somebody's life, and I made a lot of friends along the way!

Favorite thing about the nursing program
: I'd have to say my favorite thing about the nursing program is the people I have known since freshman year and the new people/staff/students that I continue to meet this year. I also really enjoyed my clinical experiences up in Rochester. I have learned so much since being at Luther College, and I am so glad I got to experience the program alongside some of my best friends.

Plans after graduation
: I know this sounds like the last thing a senior would want to do, but I plan on going to graduate school. I love learning, and I know I'd miss school if I stopped now! My ultimate goal is to become a nurse practitioner. However, I hope to work full or part-time while I'm going to school so then I can have experience as an RN as well. I'll probably stay somewhere close to home in the Midwest. If the opportunity came, I would definitely be interested in an RN position on a pediatrics or cardiac unit, or even in the ER.


Name: Austyn Potterton
Position in LSNA: Newsletter/Media Co-chair
Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI

Activities outside of nursing
: I am a part of ABY, Outreach, PALS, SAC concerts and I love spending time with my friends and family, especially my co-chair, Katherine (aka Klang).

Internship or summer job
: Camp Counselor at Sugar Creek Bible Camp

Favorite thing about the nursing program
: All of the different opportunities that we have had in the clinical setting. It has opened my eyes to all of the places I could go with my nursing degree and I have learned so much.

Plans after graduation
: I plan to move somewhere warm and sunny and work on an OB floor in a big hospital. I also want three dogs and a cat.


Name: Mariana Corpus
Position in LSNA: Junior Liaison
Hometown: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Activities outside of nursing
: Dance Marathon Morale Captain, Stone Ridge Community Church

Internship or summer job
: Working with chronically ill children in Florida at Camp Boggy Creek

Favorite thing about the nursing program
: The amazing support system provided by faculty and students

Plans after graduation: Pediatric / OB nurse?? Who knows :)


Name: Mary Schmidt
Position in LSNA: Breakthrough to Nursing, Homecoming Committee
Hometown: Lake City, MN

Activities outside of nursing: Spending time with family and friends, knitting, and exercising

Internship or summer job: CNA at Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake Pepin Golf Course

Favorite thing about the nursing program: The friendships and working at Mayo

Plans after graduation: Find a job in a big hospital, travel


Name: Jennifer Schmidt
Position in LSNA: Fundraising Co-Chair
Hometown: Lake City, MN

Activities outside of nursing: Tau Delta Gamma Sorority and hanging out with friends and family.

Internship or summer job: Lifeguard at the Lake City Pool and bartending at my family's golf course.

Favorite thing about the nursing program: The great relationships you make with all the girls! We are one big family!!

Plans after graduation: Get a job! :) I would also love to travel!


Name: Melissa Lockwood
Position in LSNA: Fundraising Chair
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Activities outside of nursing: Outside of nursing, I take part in track and field, Hola-Enlaces, SAC concerts, FCA, and volunteer at Stone Ridge Ridge Church.

Internship or summer job: This summer, I worked as a summer 10 nursing assistant for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I also spent two weeks in Bemidji, MN as a health center assistant for a summer camp in Concordia Language Villages.

Favorite thing about the nursing program: My favorite thing about the nursing program is the Rochester experience and how much we learn.

Plans after graduation: After graduation, I hope to move to Denver to be a die hard Bronco fan.


Name: Shelby Pofahl
Position in LSNA: Secretary
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

Activities outside of nursing: LSNA, Band, ABY, SAC Concerts

Internship or summer job: High School Camp Counselor at Sugar Creek Bible Camp

Favorite thing about the nursing program: Getting to spend a year at Mayo and getting to know my other classmates!

Plans after graduation: I'm interested in oncology, and I would like stay in the Midwest or move to Colorado!


Name: Jessica O'Brien
Position in LSNA: Treasurer
Hometown: New Glarus, WI

Activities outside of nursing: Larsen RA and Cantorei choir

Internship or summer job: Luther's Summer Nottingham Program

Favorite thing about the nursing program: Clincials at Mayo

Plans after graduation: Hopefully be an Oncology Nurse