Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA)

NSGA officers

About Us

The purpose of the Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA) is to encourage fellowship among students, faculty, and staff by creating an atmosphere of collaboration and understanding at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). NSGA inspires professional growth by providing programs representative of fundamental and emerging trends in the field of nursing and promotes a dynamic and diverse student body dedicated to the highest quality of health care.


  1. Advocate for all students, encourage good fellowship among students, and create a sense of unity and facilitate communication between faculty, staff, and students
  2. Instill an appreciation for the necessity of continuous professional growth
  3. Develop and maintain a functional government, which addresses diversity within and among the members of the student body


All undergraduate students of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) are members of the NSGA and have the right to vote in general elections. The monies received by UMSON from the Student Activities Fee are paid by each student at the time of registration for each semester. The University of Maryland allocates these funds to the NSGA according to established financial policies and procedures.



Amanda Theiller, President and NSNA Representative

Hello all! My name is Amanda Theiller and I am the current president for NSGA! I am going into my third semester here at nursing school. Originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, I came to the University of Maryland, College Park for the 2+2 program to accomplish all of my prerequisites. I work on the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit at Johns Hopkins as a Clinical Nurse Extern. I love working on a cardiac floor and hope to do so upon graduation! For the future, I plan on becoming a CRNA and continually working in the Maryland area!


Meghan Levis, Vice President and NSNA Representative

My name is Meghan Levis and I am a 3rd semester BSN student. I was born and raised in Bel Air, MD. I attended UMD College Park for my first two years of college before attending UMSON. I have dreamed of becoming a nurse for as long as I can remember! I currently work in the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit at John's Hopkins Hospital. Being able to help people in a physical, mental, and emotional way throughout their toughest moments has been such a humbling experience for me. I couldn't imagine a better career for my energy and dedication to putting a smile on everyone's face each day!


Natalie Scriboni, Treasurer

Hello, my name is Natalie Scriboni. I am currently a second semester BSN nursing student. I am originally from South Jersey, but I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland. After pursuing a degree at Towson University, I realized I needed more out of my career. So, I went and took my prerequisites at HCC and ended up here at Maryland! I am still undecided about the path I plan to follow but as long as I am able to save a life, give a smile, and better someone’s care, I’ll be happy where ever my path takes me.


Julia Nolan, Secretary

My name is Julia. I am a third semester BSN student. I grew up just outside of Washington D.C., in a little hippie town called Takoma Park. I want to be a nurse because I love helping people and I love learning about the body and its a job where you are constantly learning. A fun fact about me is that I have traveled to 4 continents (bonus points if you can guess which) and my favorite movie is Finding Nemo!


Dolly Bindon, Community Service Co-Chair

Hi, my name is Dolly, and I am the community service chair. I am a third semester, traditional BSN student at UMSON. Before I started nursing school I got my bachelor’s degrees from University of Maryland College Park in Microbiology and Spanish. I work as a student nurse in the Medical IMC at UMMC, and as an open lab tutor at UMSON. I hope that in the future I can work in the field of community health with the population of Spanish-speaking families. I come from a family of nurses, and look forward to beginning my career as a nurse after graduation.


Kelly Gregory, Primary USGA Senator 

My name is Kelly Gregory, and I am a 3rd semester BSN student. I have always been passionate about helping and caring for people, which inspired me to go into a career in healthcare. I chose nursing because of the holistic model of caring it follows- I love how nurses consider the physical health of their patients, but also the emotional, social, and other factors that shape their health. I currently work in Labor & Delivery at UMMC, so my fun fact is that I was a 10 pound baby! 


Catherine Keniston, USGA Senator

My name is Catherine Keniston. I am a 3rd semester BSN from Annapolis, MD. After entertaining the idea of several roles within the healthcare profession, I chose nursing because of my desire to be directly involved with patients. I am currently working as a Student Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UMMC and am very excited to see the kind of difference I can make in patients lives on an every day basis as a RN. I love that nursing is a profession of continuous learning, and hope to continue on to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In my free time, I enjoy running and painting. A fun fact about me - I once kept a gold fish alive for about three years.


Adele Shannon, USGA Senator

My name is Adele Shannon and I'm a third semester student in the BSN program. I was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa but also lived in England for almost 6 years before I moved to MD in 2003. I'm married with 2 daughters (9yrs and almost 2 yrs). I have always had a passion for helping people and after having a personal experience with hospice some years ago, I decided that is where I would like to end up. I currently work as a student nurse on the MICU at UMMC but I'm looking forward to moving around and learning from other units in the future. I'm excited to serve as one of the USGA Senators and look forward to working for and with you all over the coming year!


Michael Drobina, USGA Senator

My name is Joshua Drobina, and I'm in my second semester at UMSON. I grew up in Athens, Ohio. I want to be a nurse so I can help provide culturally aware and sensitive care to underrepresented populations like the LGBT community. In my off time, I enjoy testing new games before they are released with my friends.


Robert Hopkins, USGA Senator and Student Newsletter Chair

My name is Robert Hopkins and I am originally from Bel Air, Maryland. I am a fourth semester student in the BSN program at UMSON. Before attending the school of nursing I completed my prerequisites in two years at Towson University. I currently work at UMMC as a Student Nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Outside of school I spend my free time either snowboarding on the West Coast or playing lacrosse in various summer leagues. After graduation I plan to start my nursing career in the Multi-Trauma IMC at Shock Trauma, or the UMMC Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In the future I hope to continue working toward an advanced practice degree as a CRNA or CRNP while still considering the possibility of law school after graduation.


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