The Johns Hopkins Nurses’ Alumni Association has welcomed Fernando Mena-Carrasco, MSW, MSN ’18, BSN ’15 as its president and Korrina Lau, MSN ’08, BSN ’05 as vice president.
“My education and ongoing leadership with the Hopkins School of Nursing has informed my evolution as a nurse and social worker who advances social justice through evidence-based activism,” says Mena-Carrasco, chief of the Center for HIV/STI Integration and Capacity at the Maryland Department of Health. “It was during my training when I met fellow students and mentors who strengthened my resolve to integrate clinical practice with social justice advocacy. I learned that nurses not only provide clinical care but have a critical role in policy design and leading systems of care.” Becoming JHNAA president “enables me to elevate our professional obligation to address health inequities through our spheres of influence.”
Korrina Lau worked as a bone marrow transplant nurse for eight years at Johns Hopkins Hospital while earning her MSN. Lau worked as a community based medical oncology nurse practitioner and a radiation oncology NP at University of Maryland Medical Center, before moving home to California. Lau is an oncology therapeutic area field trainer for the biotech firm Genentech, currently on rotation as a breast oncology marketer.
“For me, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing was integral in the discovery of my passion for oncology, bringing care to patients in underserved communities, and educating on new treatments for various disease states,” Lau says. “My career was founded on these passions, and so when I heard the JHNAA was expanding its representation across the nation, I wanted to join to give back to the institution and community that had shaped me.”