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Missouri HOSA

I  Pursue Your Passion

MEET YOUR STATE OFFICERS

State President

Maddie Merrill is ecstatic to be serving on your 2019-2020 state officer team. Ever since she was little, she loved helping others, and turned this focus to the health field. As soon as she entered high school, Maddie decided to join HOSA to make a difference in the health care community. One day, she hopes to continue this passion through pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Currently, she attends Orchard Farm High School in St. Charles where she serves on her chapter's officer team. She is also a part of National Honor Society, vice president of TREND, a varsity cheerleader, and runs track and field. 

One of Maddie's favorite quotes is by Ruby Bridges. It says, "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength, and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you." She plans on applying the same three aspects (courage, strength, and conviction) into serving HOSA. Maddie truly believes in listening to others, and knows that excellent leaders do just that. 

Some of her goals for HOSA include improving communication between state and local levels through social media and chapter visits, hosting service projects for all chapters to participate in, and allowing members to have more of a voice by continuing to send out monthly memos. Maddie is so excited for what this year's HOSA team has in store for its members, and can't wait to meet them at the ILC and state conference this year! If you should have any questions, please contact her at maddiejmerrill5@gmail.com
State Vice President 

Marie Bolton is currently a junior and attends Kearney High School where she is an active member of her local chapter. While this is only her second year in HOSA, Marie has fully immersed herself in the wonderful and challenging environment that is HOSA. She has fallen in love, in this short time, with an organization that has given her the opportunity to meet amazing people and the circumstances for her to determine what her future in healthcare looks like.


As an officer, Marie would like to give back to an organization that has her given so much, one that challenges her and everyone involved to better themselves today to create a better future tomorrow. Marie’s goals for this upcoming year is to better communicate activities that are going on at the state and local levels so members have more opportunities to stay involved. Marie would also like to create local and regional competitions before SLC so members, especially new members, would be better prepared before such a large competition. This would also have the potential to attract more new members, and grow membership within Missouri HOSA, which is another one of her goals.


One of Marie’s favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill, “A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” This quote has driven her to see opportunities in everything she does and to make the most out of every opportunity in life. Whether that be in volunteering more with her church or putting in long hours dedicated to cross-country, swim, or track- she has learned to make the most of her time, and the most of opportunities presented to her.


Outside of HOSA Marie is involved in cross-country, track, swim, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Kearney Inclusion N Diversity, and she is a member of her church’s youth group who she volunteers regularly with. She also enjoys reading, painting, and being outdoors as much as possible, whether that be in Colorado hiking or skiing, or on a beach, you can find her outdoors whenever she has the chance.


Marie is thrilled to be on the 2019-2020 Missouri State HOSA officer team and absolutely cannot wait to meet, serve, and work with members of Missouri HOSA. Marie loves interacting with and meeting members so feel free to contact her at meboltkc@gmail.com. Marie is looking forward to helping Missouri HOSA be the best it can be!

Hallie Holst

State Secretary

Hallie Holst is beyond excited to serve on the 2019-2020 Missouri HOSA State Officer Team. She is currently a junior at Kearney High School, located just outside of Kansas City. She has been a member of HOSA for two years and serves as her local chapter’s Vice President and President-Elect. Ever since accidently taking her first health science class her freshman year, she has fallen in love with the healthcare field and all of its aspects. Outside of HOSA, she is involved in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Science Club. Hallie is also a part-time nanny of two children, where she assists with their physical and occupational therapy, volunteers at many events with her church, and helps coordinate activities at a local assisted living facility. Hallie enjoys taking pictures, consuming copious amounts of coffee, re-watching “The Office” for the one-hundredth time, and spending time with her dog.


A few years ago, Hallie read a quote by Maya Angelou that has since driven her hopes and ambitions. Angelou states: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Hallie has grown to understand that kindness and compassion are the most important things to share with others and because of this belief, plans to continue her education in nursing after high school. She also intends to bring her undying passion for HOSA, healthcare, and her true kindness to the Missouri HOSA State Officer Team.


As a State Officer, Hallie would like to increase communication between the State Office and local chapters by making more chapter visits and organizing additional Missouri HOSA events. She would also like to increase participation across the state in all aspects of HOSA including service events, state competitions, and conferences. Hallie wants to keep Missouri HOSA members involved and excited about our great organization throughout the entire school year. In addition, she wants to work with the rest of the State Officer team to offer students throughout the entire state the extraordinary support system and leadership opportunities she has experienced as part of such an outstanding organization. HOSA has offered a sense of belonging that has become one of the most important things in Hallie’s life. She is thrilled to be able to extend that to others.


Hallie is honored to have the privilege of being a part of the Missouri HOSA State Officer Team and is eager to see how much Missouri HOSA grows and strengthens this upcoming year. She absolutely loves chatting with and getting to know Missouri HOSA members, taking suggestions and ideas, answering questions, and resolving concerns so please feel free to contact her at holsth34@ksdr1.net.


Kate Mallery

State Historian

Kate Mallery is thrilled to be serving Missouri HOSA as a State Officer for the 2019-2020 year. A seventh-generation farm girl from Rolla, Missouri, Kate is currently a junior and Vice President of her local HOSA chapter. In addition, Kate holds various other leadership positions within her school, including Kindness Committee Chair of Student Council, Link Crew Leader, a member of National Honors Society, and a weekly leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kate also enjoys participating in Latin Club, Octagon Club, and Varsity soccer. 


Since being introduced to HOSA in her freshman year, Kate has jumped at every opportunity to be involved within her chapter. HOSA has truly helped Kate to define her purpose of one day becoming a medical doctor, and she hopes to bring the transformative power of HOSA to more people across the state as an officer. Further, Kate would like to help make everything HOSA offers more accessible to current members in order to increase involvement. Kate believes in the power of a smile and a handshake, and would love to make numerous chapter visits, increase Missouri HOSA’s social media presence, and possibly even organize new events involving multiple chapters. 


Another one of Kate’s goals as an officer is to help each HOSA member confidently hone their interpersonal skills. Communicating effectively and developing connections with others are important abilities in any field, but especially in healthcare. Kate would love for every member of HOSA- Future Health Professionals to truly stand out as leaders in the healthcare field by their communication and leadership capabilities. 


Kate couldn’t be more pumped to be a part of Missouri HOSA’s State Officer team, and looks forward to seeing the organization soar to new heights! If you have suggestions, inquiries, or any other reason to contact Kate, she would love to hear from you at mallerykate@gmail.com

Edward Toderescu-Stavila

Collegiate Representative

Edward Toderescu-Stavila is excited to serve as your Missouri HOSA Postsecondary/Collegiate Representative, and he will attend Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Medical Anthropology and Arts in Music starting with the 2019 school year. Aside from co-founding his own chapter at Smith-Cotton High School and serving as their President, Edward has previously served Missouri HOSA as the 2018-19 State President.

Outside of HOSA though, he is involved in numerous other activities, including procrastinating while watching either "The Office" or "Grey's Anatomy," playing competitive tennis, performing in instrumental ensembles, (he primarily plays oboe and English horn, though he has also performed on clarinet, percussion, and piano), job shadowing at the hospital, competing in Speech and Debate and Quizbowl, or participating in community service as a member of the National Honor Society and the Recycling Club. However, his true passion is healthcare and our very own Career and Technical Student Organization dedicated to it.

As the first in his family born in the United States, Edward’s parents hail from Eastern Europe, specifically Romania and Moldova, and he has dedicated his life to paying it forward through healthcare and service. He is inspired by a quote from John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech in 1961- “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

With Missouri HOSA-Future Health Professionals, some of Edward’s goals for 2019-20 as Postsecondary/Collegiate Representative include growing HOSA’s postsecondary and middle school divisions, increasing effective communication between the state officers, advisors, and members, expanding involvement in the National Service Project (especially with the #KnockOutPediatricCancer initiative), and increasing Missouri’s positive representation at the International Leadership Conference.

Edward can be reached at toderescuedward21@gmail.com for any questions and/or concerns. He is looking forward to Missouri HOSA’s most exciting year yet!