Student Ambassador Program


Student Ambassadors represent the School of Nursing among a variety of audiences, including prospective students, alumni and school guests, while demonstrating a high level of School pride and exceptional service at all times.

Ambassador Responsibilities
  • Represent the School at recruitment and alumni events such as Information Sessions, Reunion Weekend, ABSN Family Day, Nursing Alumni Council and Dean’s Board of Advisors meetings, Graduation Recognition Ceremony, Lectures, Interview Days, etc.
  • Provide School/campus tours
  • Participate in the admissions/alumni telecounseling programs
  • Assist in providing customer service to Office of Admissions and Student Services visitors
  • Provide operational support for School recruitment and alumni activities
Eligibility Criteria
  • Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the School of Nursing
  • Must have a minimum 3.25 Grade Point Average
  • Must have at least two semesters or more remaining to complete their program
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must conduct oneself professionally according to the Duke University School of Nursing Personal Integrity policy and Duke University Code of Conduct.
  • Must attend training sessions and meetings called for Student Ambassadors

Selection of Student Ambassadors will occur each year (January - February).

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

​Mumta Hannan
Hi! My name is Mumtahena, but I got by Mumta. I am from Long Island, NY. I graduated from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY with a degree in Integrative Neuroscience, but my passion has always been nursing. I love to work with babies and as of right now, I would love to be a nurse on a Labor and Birth unit. During my free time, I love to cook, exercise and spend time with friends and family. I am also a huge Duke basketball fan and love cheering my team on! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about my experience as a Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) student. I would love to chat!

Heather Kelly 
I am an ABSN student in the Spring 2017 cohort. I am looking forward to graduating in May and beginning my nursing career with the Duke Emergency Department. I'm originally from Columbus, OH (go Buckeyes!) and I received my undergraduate degree as a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Athletic Training. I have worked as a licensed USA Triathlon coach for 15 years. I chose Duke because I love a challenge (nothing completing your BSN in 16 months!). Also, because of the incredible reputation of the Duke medical programs and the first hand top-notch medical care I've personally experienced at Duke the past 10 years that I've lived in the Raleigh-Durham area. For fun, I love to do just about anything outdoors, hang out with my husband and four children, and train for Ironman triathlon events.

Tina Merrill 
I studied economics in college and later received an MBA. Before joining the Spring 2018 ABSN cohort, I was the COO of a fitness software company. I love hiking with my dogs, solving puzzles with my husband and son, and exploring new places.

Sedona Jamerson 
Hi everyone! My name is Sedona and I am in the Fall 2017 cohort. I attended Duke as an undergraduate student and obtained my degree in Cultural Anthropology in May 2017. I discovered nursing a couple years before I graduated, and I loved Duke and Durham so much that I decided to stay after graduation and pursue my BSN in the accelerated program. For fun, I enjoy cooking new recipes and going to the beach.

Keri Christianson 
I am a proud member of the Spring 2018 cohort, and I am excited to be a Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Ambassador. I am a North Carolina native. I obtained my undergraduate degree from UNC at Chapel Hill with majors in Psychology and Interpersonal Communications. After undergrad, I worked in health-based nonprofit fundraising and development in Washington, DC, as well as Duke Children's Hospital in Durham. After meeting the Duke Children's patients, families and nurses through my role as a fundraiser, I decided I wanted kto be a direct part of patient care by working as a nurse. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, being outside and exploring downtown Durham.

Whitney Nash 
I'm in the Fall 2017 ABSN cohort. My previous degrees are a BA in Psychology and French and then an MS in International Public Service with a focus on public health. I chose Duke because it is an excellent program and I loved the idea of the study abroad component. I love to travel, run and cook.

Jessica Swartz 
I am in the MSN-ACNP program, graduating in the Fall of 2020. I received my BSN from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC in 2015. Currently I'm in the Intensive Care Unit at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. I chose Duke University School of Nursing because I loved the flexibility of the program and all the different options, especially the specialties. I also think Duke is truly a distinguished university, and I wanted the best education possible! For fun, I love to stay active outdoors. Hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, riding bikes and taking the door off the jeep to go hang out at the beach are just a few of the things I love to do when I'm not working or studying.

Lindsay Flanagan 
I was originally a member of the ABSN Fall 2015 class, began my PNP-PC in Fall 2017. I have a previous degree in Public Health and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. Currently, I work at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in their pediatric stroke clinic. I love to spend time with my husband and our new puppy in my spare time!

Madeline Porter 
Hey! I'm Madeline Porter and I am in the Fall 2017 ABSN cohort. I graduated from the University of Mississippi in Spring 2017 where I received a BAS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. I've always been extremely passionate about this field and knew that nursing school was something I wanted to pursue. After touring various nursing programs across the country, Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) was the last school I visited before I made my big decision. Walking into the nursing building, I automatically felt a way that the other schools had not provided. The experience was more personal in that I felt Duke really knew who I was and accepted me for all of that. I noticed the faculty encouraging and collaborating with students. Students were not only learning in the classroom, but they were experiencing hands-on interactions in the lab and hospital. I was also drawn to Duke through the global immersion opportunity, which I found to be different than other programs. This opportunity allows students to dive into diverse health care settings while also learning about and experiencing different cultures. In April 2018, I went to Tanzania on a global trip with DUSON! During my free time, I love to be with friends and family. I enjoy coffee dates, running, watching Jimmy Fallon, and traveling. I have also recently become an avid basketball fan - go Blue Devils!

Tiara Little 
Hello, my name is Tiara Little and I am a Spring 2018 ABSN student. I attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University for my undergraduate years, and received a BA in Psychology. I am an NC native, and a born and raised Blue Devil. Duke has been the center of my heart from the moment I was born. Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is equipped with endless opportunities for academic engagement, and collaborative expansion. I enjoy binge watching Criminal Minds and Law & Order SVU in my free time.

Withnnie Joseph 
My name is Withnnie Joseph and I am a student in the Fall 2017 cohort of the accelerated nursing program here at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). I chose to attend DUSON for several reasons, one being it is one of the best nursing programs in the nation. I admire DUSON's endless efforts to promote diversity and their constant drive to breed leaders in the nursing profession. Upon visiting DUSON at Duke Days, I knew this was the school for me when I was welcomed by the compassionate and dedicated faculty, staff and students. My favorite activities that I do for fun are travel and spend time with family and friends.

Jason Dictson 
My name is Jason Dictson and I came to Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) from Portland, OR. I'm in the Fall 2017 cohort and set to graduate in December 2018. I have a degree in vocal performance from PSU and my focus was on opera studies. I love to spend as much time near the water as possible in the summer, being outside, and singing! I've been involved with the student group Spectrum and vocal group The Nightingales since I started here. I chose Duke because of the quality of the program and their generous scholarships and loan repayment options. I hope to one day work as a nurse practitioner with the LGBTQIA community and HIV. DUSON has always had an amazing message of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and they practice it! It's been a great experience and I want to share that with others.

Cindy Swan 
I am currently in the Fall 2017 cohort. My previous degrees are in Business Marketing and Paramedicine. When I first transitioned from business to health care in the pre-hospital setting, I knew I wanted to continue my education into nursing, with a goal to continue on into advance practice in an emergency and/or global setting. I chose Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) for three reasons: the School's emphasis on evidence-based practice, the focus on global health, and I was touched by the humble and caring demeanor of the faculty. for fun, I love to run, hike, mountain bike and travel to new places with my husband.

Ashley Justice 
Hello, my name is Ashley and prior to coming to Duke University School of Nursing, I obtained a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. I chose Duke because I want to be where the leaders in my field are. For fun, I enjoy hot yoga, hiking, camping, reading, and coaching gymnastics.

Lukas Warren 
I'm Lukas! I'm in the Fall 2017 cohort. I graduated in May 2017 from Appalachian State with a degree in Psychology. I chose Duke because of the endless amount of resources to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. I also appreciated the relationships that faculty have with their students. For fun, I like to run and spend as much time outside that I can.

Abigail Buechner 
I am an Acute Care - Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner student working on my MSN. I finish my degree in August 2018. I previously received a BSN at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. I chose Duke because the values of the school align with my personal values. I love that the school has a major emphasis on integrity and expecting the students to be examples of true excellence. I think that these are highly important qualities for a nurse to have but not every school chooses to focus on these aspects. For fun, I love to bake and I also love to take my dog for a walks.

Lauren DeLuca 
I am in the Spring 2018 cohort. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology from Seton Hall University and a Master's in Education from the University of Florida. I chose Duke because of the reputation and the clinical experiences I would gain throughout the Duke Health System. For fun, I like to be outside and travel.

Chris Urie 
My name is Chris Urie and I'm from Whispering Pines, NC. I received my bachelors degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Education from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. I was a high school science teacher for five years before deciding I wanted a career change. I decided on Duke because of the amazing opportunities available to the students, from the CND to the interactions with professors, as well as the global clinical options to study abroad. In my spare time, I love to travel and explore new places, whether that is internationally or locally.

Sahalie Clapp 
I am in the Spring 2018 ABSN cohort here at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). I'm originally from Portland, OR, and attended the University of Puget Sound, where I graduated with a degree in International Political Economy and Spanish. I chose Duke for its incredible learning opportunities and invested faculty. In my free time I enjoy travel, reading, and hiking. I also love discovering all the nature North Carolina has to offer!

Lindsey Knapp 
Hello!! My name is Lindsey Knapp and I am a member of the Spring 2018 cohort. I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Physiology. I chose to attend the Duke ABSN program due to the excellent teaching staff, diverse clinical opportunities, and the infinite resources available to not only allow success within the program, but also prepare us to become leaders in the field upon graduation. In my free time, you can find me hiking the Eno, running the East Campus or hanging by a pool!

Bryan Lewis 
Hi everyone, my name is Bryan Lewis and I am originally from Fairmont, NC. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Spring 2016. After a short break, I joined Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) as an ABSN student in the Spring 2018 cohort. Duke University is an exceptional place to study and prepare for a career. Specifically, at the School of Nursing, the faculty are motivated, inspired, genuine and above all compassionate. I am honored to represent this extraordinary program and University.

Lauren Heaslip 
I am in the Spring 2019 cohort. My previous degree is in health sciences. I chose Duke because it has always been my dream school, and they offer tremendous opportunities to get involved and to grow to become the best nurse that you can be. For fun, I like to do anything outside, especially go to the beach with friends.

Mollie Speight 
Welcome to Duke! My name is Mollie Speight. I am originally from Salisbury, NC. I attended Winston Salem State University (WSSU) receiving a Bachelors in Art with a major in Gerontology. While attending WSSU, I discovered my passion for serving and caring for others. This passion led me to Duke! I am currently a first semester ABSN student. Duke has been a blast and the amazing faculty and students really make Duke feel like home. I am excited for my future with Duke and all the opportunities to come. Although the program does keep me pretty entertained, I also enjoy cooking for my family, swimming and eating yummy food.

Laurel Holland 
Hi! My name is Laurel Holland. I grew up in the small town of Blairsville, GA. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Interior Design and then worked for a medical interior design firm in Atlanta. I quickly realized how fascinating the medial field is and knew nursing was for me. I want to do more to help people every single day. This led me to Duke University! I'm currently enrolled in the ABSN Program - 2018 Spring cohort. I chose Duke because it's one of the best nursing programs in the nation! The support, encouragement and inclusivity DUSON provides is beyond exceptional. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family and being outside exploring and hiking!

Alicia Branda 
My name is Alicia Branda and I am in the Spring 2018 cohort! I am originally from New Jersey, but completed my bachelors degree in Human Biology at North Carolina State University. I chose Duke because I have lived in the Durham area since 2012 and I want to hopefully work in the area after graduation. The professors here at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have so much combined nursing experience and it really shows in their teaching. In my free time, I enjoy going hiking and camping in either Boone or Asheville, NC, fishing on Hatteras Island or just spending the night watching Netflix with my cats.

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