Ambassador Profiles

DNP Diversity Ambassador Profiles

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Cordelia R. Cochran, MS, LMHC, RN

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track | DNP Class of 2023

I was drawn to Seattle University's program due to their reputation and after hearing about the positive experience one of the nurse practitioners at my old job had when she got her degree at SU. I chose nursing because I have seen the gaps in access to care those with severe mental illnesses face, and I wanted to support closing that gap by being part of the solution. Prior to SU, I was a supervisor at a Community Mental Health Agency and I continue to work part time as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist at a group practice.

I have found that having a holistic approach is important when working with others in my practice, and nursing does just that! I have such a passion for building community and that is what I have been focused on since becoming part of the College of Nursing. After I graduate, I plan on working with populations who are underserved and one day open a Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Clinic.

What I like to do for fun is plan events, connect with others and pre-covid I loved volunteering for my Goddaughter's Cheer Team. I also love to cosplay during Comic-Con and talk your ear off about Star Trek!

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Shannon Mack

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track | DNP Class of 2024

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy spending time with family, friends, and hiking. My passion is to help people and give back. 

I chose to pursue my nursing degree at Seattle University, because I was dawn to Seattle U's deep commitment to social justice, the quality of education, and the investment in students and involvement with the community. 

After I graduate, I plan to work in primary care focusing on women and children’s health in underserved communities. My goal is to meet people where they are and collaborate with them to provide the best care. My long-term goal is to focus on executive leadership and management to help bring positive that will reduce barriers to accessing health care. 

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Serena Martinez-Parry

Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) | DNP Class of 2023

I am from an immigrant family. Despite lack of opportunities for a formal education, many of my ancestors were self-educated and sacrificed for their children to have better educational opportunities. This legacy of valuing education has been passed down to each generation. In all I do, I am grateful and do my best to honor the sacrifices made by family before me.

As you can tell, I love family history! When I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with my husband, experimental cooking, reading biographies, and traveling (before COVID-19 of course).

When I applied to schools, I wanted to pick a program that had similar values to my own. The DNP program at Seattle University stood out. I could tell they were serious about being true to their values: educating the whole person, promoting faith and diversity, and seeking social justice through service. I aspired to develop these same values.

Russel M. Nelson was a pioneer in cardiothoracic surgery, and he described my mindset perfectly: “Don’t be afraid to pursue your goals—even your dreams! There is no shortcut to excellence and competence. Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them.”

All my career plans and goals focus on enabling me to be a better clinician and to increase my capacity to serve others. As I advance in my career, I hope to complete short medical missions abroad and to continue to volunteer at free clinics. Later in my career, I’d like to be involved in the development of health policy. For this goal, I would consider pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree.

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Edil Yousuf

Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) track | DNP Class of 2024

I was born in raised in the Bay Area, California. I received a bachelor's in Public Health-Health Equity with a concentration in Health Sciences from Mills College, a women's college in Oakland, CA. Upon graduating, I received a certification as a Post-Partum Doula because of my interest in black maternal health and reproductive justice. I, however, found myself working at Stanford Health Care as a Training Coordinator for the Epic Education Team. I volunteered as a sexual assault counselor when I wasn't working, yet I still felt like there was more for me to do.

When I discovered Seattle University's APNI-Midwifery program I knew it would be a perfect fit for me. As a Black, Muslim, first-generation college student, I knew a school rooted in social justice and equity was where I needed to be. After graduating, I hope to serve underserved communities that are disenfranchised by the health care system in the United States and take my knowledge to my families' home country of Somalia.

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Yizhi Zhao

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track | DNP Class of 2024

I was born and raised in northern China. I moved to the states after college for further education. Prior to attending Seattle U, I received an MS in Chemistry from Sun Yat-Sen University and an MS in Environmental Science with a minor in Applied Statistics from New Mexico State University. I chose to pursue nursing because of my passion for helping vulnerable populations and it allows me to combine my love of science with nursing practice.

I was drawn to the Jesuit culture as well as the mission of SU with it's emphasis on social justice. Also, the APNI-DNP program offers an accelerated curriculum to prepare students with non-nursing backgrounds for advanced nursing practice. I chose the FNP track because it provides the maximum flexibility to work in different settings and the possibility to expand my practice into a variety of sub-fields.

As an international student, I've witnessed how the health disparities impact the immigrant populations significantly. I hope to serve these vulnerable populations and advocate for them after graduation.