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Edson College Alumni Board


The mission of the Edson College Alumni Board is to increase alumni engagement with Edson College and to foster alumni connectedness to the college in support of its mission and goals. Being a member of the Alumni Board provides the opportunity to shape alumni relations and outreach by planning communications and making recommendations to the Dean and Alumni Relations Coordinator.  The Alumni Board provides a link between the community and Edson College for interaction and communication among stakeholders, community members, organizations, education and alumni.  These members give valuable insight on changes within the healthcare environment and information on the needs and views of employers and healthcare consumers. 

 Current Edson College Alumni Board Members


Michael Day

Michael Day began his career in Beaumont, TX as a graduate of Lamar University's AAS program in 1994.  After working several years in both hospitals and home care, Michael obtained a BS in Respiratory Care from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) from ASU.  Credentials earned along the way include Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS), Asthma Educator-Certified (AE-C), Six Sigma Champion, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
He started work at Mayo Clinic as the Clinical Respiratory Specialist in November 2020, and was immediately thrust into the second, most severe, COVID-19 surge.  When not working at Mayo Clinic, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, consisting of his wife Cassandra, two sons, three step-children, a Labrador named Sparky, and two cats.


Tiffani Hamstra

Tiffani Hamstra grew up in Simi Valley, and earned her BSN from Azusa Pacific University. After graduation, she worked at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, specializing in Adult Medicine, quadriplegic/paraplegic care and head trauma rehabilitation. Tiffani moved to Arizona and completed her MS in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner in 1994, with a focus on the underserved population. She is board certified in Family Practice through ANCC. Tiffani has 25 years of Family Nurse Practitioner experience in the following areas: family practice primary care; onsite health care; Medical Clinical Manager/FNP for a Behavioral Health Peer Support Program; Clinical Site Supervisor for Grand Canyon University FNP Program; Visiting Professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing.


Craig Laser

Craig is a registered nurse and healthcare leader who graduated from ASU in 1987 with his BSN. He has worked as a clinical nurse, nurse leader, executive, and independent consultant. Craig’s clinical background includes critical care nursing, emergency/trauma nursing, and critical care transport/flight nursing. Beginning this fall semester, Craig will be a full-time clinical associate professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation teaching in the health innovation program.

Craig believes mission and purpose drives individual and organizational success, and his philosophy on leadership and helping others build leadership competency is the foundation to innovation and change.



Brooke LaVelle

Brooke is a Spring 2019 Alumna of the BSN program. During her time at ASU, she was elected as the Student Nurses Association Senior Term 1 & 2 officer and represented ASU Edson CONHI in the Camden Coalition Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. As a new graduate, she accepted a position in a local Progressive Care Unit and is now transitioning into a new role as a Neuroscience Intensive Care Nurse at a Level 1 Trauma/ Comprehensive Stroke Center. During her time in the PCU she enjoyed precepting ASU students and hopes to do the same once she gains more experience in the ICU.


Kristin Payestewa

Kristin Payestewa received her Community Health BS from Edson College in 2019, as well as her Masters in Advanced Study in Health Informatics in 2021 from ASU’s College of Health Solutions. She is currently enrolled in the certification program at Edson College for clinical research management, and working towards her Ph.D. in biomedical research from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona.
Kristin is both Hopi and Diné. She was born in Tuba City, grew up in Flagstaff, AZ, and moved to Phoenix to pursue a medical degree in healthcare. She has three years of experience working directly with tribal communities in Arizona. Her Indigenous ancestry is a very important part of her life, and she is working to give back to the communities in various ways through community health and healthcare research. Her scholarly background is inspired by her Navajo grandfather to get an education, share her knowledge and give back to the community, especially the land.


Carrie Peterson

Carrie Peterson graduated from ASU with her DNP in Adult Geriatrics in 2016.  She spent her nursing career in the emergency department/trauma center. She now works as a nurse practitioner in a cancer center providing urgent care/symptom management to cancer patients. She enjoys caring for this complex, yet resilient patient population. In her spare time, she works at a local hospice agency caring for patients at end of life. Throughout her academic career and her professional practice she has focused much of her efforts on end-of-life care and advance directives.

During her time at ASU she served on the Graduate Nurses Organization (GNO) as secretary and is currently president of the local Phoenix chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society.  Carrie enjoys mentoring new nurses and providing education opportunities for oncology nurses in Phoenix.   



Rachele Peterson

 Rachele Peterson, MS, MBA, is Director of Clinical Research with Vibrent Health, leading digital health platforms and research solutions funded by the National Institutes of Health. She specializes in building digital research experiences for diverse participants across the country, managing participant engagement and advisory boards, and creating a values-based culture of respect and inclusivity in research and operations across large consortiums. Previously at the University of Arizona for 13 years, Rachele built and sustained a clinical research infrastructure of 130 research staff across 14 sites in Arizona and Colorado to engage and enroll 38,500 participants from diverse communities in the NIH All of Us Research Program. She has a BA in Public Policy, MS in Clinical Research Management, Executive MBA, and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional and Certified Research Administrator.


Anne Rosenblatt

Anne Rosenblatt (Myrtle) to Arizona friends graduated from ASU in 1969 with a BSN and from California state University Lo Angeles in 1971 with an MSN. Anne is retired and last year attended her 50th reunion from ASU.

She primarily practiced medical surgical nursing with an emphasis on Hemodialysis and Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant. She has taught BSN and MSN students from UCLA, Cal State and Mount St. Mary’s Nursing programs. For the last 20 years she was a nursing manager for bone marrow, oncology, AIDS and Dialysis at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Her interest in ASU has never waivered with focus on ethics and diversity.


Therese M. Speer

Therese serves as the senior director of undergraduate nursing and health programs at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She has been with the college for almost 23 years, and she graduated from ASU in 2016 with her DNP.  Her research focuses on first year students and their feelings of belonging, specifically while at ASU and Edson College. Therese considers herself a servant leader, meaning she leads from behind, assisting students to develop the leadership skills in themselves. She serves as faculty advisor to our first year students and has the joy of meeting our students as they begin their first year journey.