Board Members

Erin Niles
Email: nileer01@luther.edu

Erin Niles is the president of LSNA for the 2013-2014 school year. This past summer, she was a nurse intern at the University of Iowa on the burn/trauma floor and in the burn/wound clinic. In addition to her involvement with LSNA, Erin is a lab assistant for Bio 115 and signed up for Freya, Luther’s ultimate Frisbee team! In terms of career interests, Erin wants to travel the world to help the less fortunate. While she has no specific plans yet, she is thinking about traveling to Alaska, Seattle, Denver, or Africa!

Sara Nikolai
Email: nikosa01@luther.edu

Sara is the vice president of LSNA. This past summer, she worked as a Red Cross certified water safety instructor teaching swimming lessons to children and adults. She found it extremely rewarding to work with children that have been diagnosed with a wide range of special needs. In addition to LSNA, Sara is also involved with the Friends Organization and intramural sports on campus. Sara would like to pursue a career in pediatric nursing after graduation, as well as get involved with international medical mission trips. 

Kali Montgomery
Email: montka02@luther.edu

Kali is the secretary of LSNA. This summer, she studied in Nottingham, England to complete her community nursing course. She also traveled to Ireland and Belgium. While Kali hasn’t quite narrowed down her future plans yet, she would like to work as a pediatric nurse in a big city.

Erin Schmidt
Email: schmer04@luther.edu

Erin is LSNA's treasurer for 2013-2014! She participated in the Nottingham summer program and also traveled to Stockholm, London, and Dublin before the program started in July. She spent the rest of her summer camping, going to weddings, and spending time with friends. In addition to her responsibilities with LSNA, she is a co-chair of the MDA committee in APO, and works in the alumni office. After graduation, she hopes to find a nurse residency program to attend at a children's hospital. Erin is unsure of what specialty within pediatrics she'd like, but is currently leaning towards the PACU.

Roya Conocchioli
Email: conoro01@luther.edu

Roya is a senior nursing student who is a volunteer chair for LSNA this year. This past summer she spent most of her days working in a laboratory at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul as well as a nurse’s aid at an assisted living facility in her hometown of Eagan, MN. On days off, Roya took weekend trips to visit friends and do other summer activities. At Luther, Roya is involved with Freya, the ultimate Frisbee team, SAC concerts, and Enlaces! Upon graduation, Roya would like to find a job and travel as much as she can. She also hopes to do nursing in another country. This J-term, Roya is taking a class in Tanzania, which will be quite the adventure!

Kate Schroeder
Email:  schrka05@luther.edu

Kate is a senior nursing student from St. Paul, Minnesota and one of the volunteer chairs for LSNA. She is really looking forward to getting LSNA more involved in the community. This past summer she interned at Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare. She really liked working with the neurology unit. Here at Luther, Kate is on the ultimate team (go Freya!). In the future, Kate says that she would definitely like to do travel/international nursing.

Sami Bechtel
Email: bechsa01@luther.edu

Sami holds the "Breakthrough to Nursing" position on the board for the fall 2013 term. This past summer she studied Community Nursing in Nottingham, England with 7 fellow classmates. She also worked as a nanny in Rochester and took a family vacation to Europe. On campus, Sami is involved in LSNA and Tau Delta Gamma. Off campus, she volunteers through the YMCA and the Susan G. Komen foundation. Sami is a December grad and hopes to move out of the midwest shortly after graduation. She also plans on pursuing a career in midwifery someday. 

Ginny Morrell
Email: morrvi02@luther.edu

Ginny is a St. Louis, MO native who helps create the LSNA newsletter and updates the website. Along with a few other classmates, Ginny went to Nottingham, England this past summer for the Community Nursing Course. At Luther, she is involved with LSNA, Sigma Tau Delta, and enjoys attending FOCUS. She also loves kayaking on the Upper Iowa River with Outdoor Rec! Ginny is a December graduate who is hoping to land a job in the Wisconsin area, and is interested in pursuing hospice nursing.

Maria Streyle
Email: strema02@luther.edu

Maria is a senior nursing student from Rochester, MN, and is collaborating with Ginny for the creation of the LSNA newsletter/website. This past summer, she worked as a RN intern at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA on a cardiothoracic surgery floor. On campus, Maria is involved in orchestra and tutoring. She also enjoys hiking in the Decorah area and doing field work for the biology department. Maria hopes to work as pediatric/NICU nurse in the future.

Brooke Johnson
Email: johnbr12@luther.edu

Brooke is LSNA’s fundraising co-chair this year. This past summer, she worked (for her 5th summer) as a CNA in Spring Grove at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center. She also spent time helping her siblings with the 4-H/FFA Animals. Brooke has been involved with the PALS and Friends organizations at Luther in the past. She also worked for the Women’s Basketball team as their manager for two years! After college, Brooke plans to look for a job in the Midwest, preferably in Rochester or La Crosse. She does not have a specific area of nursing she is hoping to work in, but has an interest in oncology. Brooke is looking forward to her last year at Luther and all the fun adventures she hopes to have with her friends here!

Mariah Mierau
Email: mierma01@luther.edu

Mariah holds the Junior Liaison position for LSNA. This past summer, she participated in the Summer III Student Nurse Extern program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on the colorectal medical/surgical unit. On campus, Mariah is involved with the Friends organization and the Box Office, in addition to LSNA. Mariah’s initial career goals include obtaining a position as a registered nurse on any type of unit, and then possibly furthering her education by obtaining a doctorate of nursing practice. She is looking forward to enjoying her final year together as a nursing family.

Alex Bandy
Email: bandal01@luther.edu