Meet our Ambassadors

Shanna Utterback

Shanna came to nursing later in life, with a prior Bachelors of Liberal Arts and a career as a bookstore manager. Shanna says: "I was drawn to the diversity of the nursing career and the opportunity to be a lifelong learner". Shanna will graduate May 2022 after completing the accelerated CARE program and hopes to begin her career in Labor & Delivery (L&D) or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Colin Nipper-Stevenson

Colin is a 44-year-old New Orleans native and a single parent to a 17-year-old son. Colin is a Junior II in the Traditional BSN program and expects to graduate in December 2022. He is an active member in his class cohort and is one of the Community Service Coordinators for the Student Nurses Association. Colin is an outspoken advocate for Men’s Health Awareness and promotes Men in Nursing. When Colin is not focused on his classes and clinical, he can be found completing obstacles and running on the pavement at Obstacle Course Races and Marathons. Colin can also be heard cheering his son on at local high school cross country meets. Prior to starting nursing school, he was a police officer (multiple agencies) for 20 years and an Emergency Medical Technician. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) in the summer of 2005 (right before Hurricane Katrina- Whew!!!!). Colin’s personal moto is "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday". Taken from the Navy Seals meaning: "Every day you will need to work harder than the last. But when you work hard every day and see what you’re now capable of - yesterday seems easy."

Kaitlyn McAuliffe

Kaitlyn is a Senior II Traditional BSN student from Mandeville, Louisiana. Kaitlyn completed her pre-nursing coursework at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge where she was involved in the Delta Gamma sorority. Kaitlyn is currently the Social Vice President of the Senior II class and is actively involved in the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) where she serves as one of the Community Service Coordinators. In her free time, she enjoys going to LSU football games, traveling, and exploring restaurants in New Orleans. Kaitlyn has an open personality, loves to try new things, and meet new people. After graduation, Kaitlyn plans to work with children in pediatrics.

Megan Oliva

Megan is a Junior I Traditional BSN student at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing (LSUHNO SON). She was born and raised in New Orleans and attended the University of New Orleans (UNO) where she realized she wanted to fulfill a career in nursing. Megan is now a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) and the Student Ambassador Program (SAP). While Megan is unsure of which nursing specialty she would like to pursue, she is sure that nursing is her calling, and she wants to share that passion with prospective applicants. In her free time, Megan enjoys snuggling up with her girlfriend, their puppy, trying every restaurant in town, and her newest interest– yoga

Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels is a 20-year-old, and Senior I (SR I) Traditional BSN student from Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Luke completed the majority of the pre-nursing coursework at Southeastern Louisiana University and the rest at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He currently serves Vice President of his SR I class, Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) Coordinator for the Student Nurses Association (SNA), and Historian for the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN). He is a father to two dachshunds, Blue and Zoey, who take up most of his time when not at school! Luke hopes to recruit and encourage the new generation of future nurses to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at LSUHNO SON, get involved, and be active in the community! Areas of interest in nursing include Trauma/ICU.

Megan Walters

Megan Walters is a 22-year old, born and raised in New Orleans. She Graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in 2017 and spent 2 years at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During her time in Baton Rouge, Megan was an active member of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as Dance Marathon, where she helped raise money for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Megan is currently a Junior II and aspires to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) after graduation. She is involved in the Student Nurses Association (SNA) as well as the Student Ambassador Program (SAP). Megan enjoys meeting new people and cheering on the LSU Tigers!

Lendelle Cannon

Lendelle is a 24-year old New Orleans native, is currently in the Junior II cohort of the Traditional BSN program at LSUHNO SON. He is involved in extracurricular activities including serving as Parliamentarian for the Student Government Association and the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Student Association, a School of Nursing student representative for Team Up, and an undergraduate student representative for the SON Quality Enhancement Committee. Prior to attending LSUHNO SON, Lendelle was a Student Support Services (SSS) member and a pre-nursing student mentor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He loves to share study techniques and course materials and resources that help new nursing students at LSUHNO SON. Lendelle is dedicated to assisting new students with easing the transition into a rigorous nursing school.