2019 International Leadership Conference in Review

HOSA-Future Health Professionals enjoyed our largest ever ILC with 11,520 members, advisors and guests attend the 42nd International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 19-22, 2019.  HOSA was represented by 54 chartered associations including Canada, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and 32 members from China!

Special congratulations to everyone who made it to the stage at the ILC - an outstanding achievement!  2018-2019 was an amazing year and, together, all HOSA members represent the future of health -- it will be exciting as we move Towards Tomorrow!


The week was filled with excitement and opportunities for its members to come together to compete, learn and share their HOSA experiences.  Conference highlights included China receiving their charter, 71 health-related competitive events; 110 educational workshops; 74 exhibitors; the nation’s #1 doctor – The Surgeon General, VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.; and a keynote address from Steve L. Robbins, – his message on diversity, inclusion and the power of caring was very impactful for future health professionals.

Link to the Surgeon General’s Remarks.
Link to Dr. Steve L. Robbins  Presentation.


ILC Led by Outstanding Executive Council (2018-2019)

--- Passion, Empathy, Genuine, Service, Vision, Excite, Magnetic, Earnest --- words that were used to honor the 2018-2019 Executive Council.  Other words that could be used to describe the 2018-2019 Executive Council are:  outstanding, exceptional, dynamic, and great.  Yes, the Executive Council led the 42nd Annual International Leadership Conference with passion, style and excellence.  Congratulations on a great year.  
View Officer Tribute   


Board Chair Janet Villarreal can be proud of the 2019 ILC as the largest and one of the best yet.  She did an outstanding job leading all the meetings – most skillfully, efficiently and triumphantly run.


HOSA’s Scholarship Program awarded $82,500 to 71 HOSA members in scholarships at the international level. Additionally, the U.S. Army presented 27 scholarships in the amount of 3,274,883 totalling 98 HOSA members receiving $3,357,383.  When these dollars are combined with the $846,475 awarded by chartered associations, HOSA awarded $4,203,858 in scholarships. Special thanks to the U.S. Army for their continued sponsorship of HOSA’s scholarship program.

2019 ILC Scholarship Photos

Video of Scholarship Recipients and Sponsors  (coming soon)

Hall of Fame

As a part of HOSA's Opening Session, five outstanding individuals were inducted in the HOSA Hall of Fame. The HOSA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and companies who have rendered outstanding service to HOSA, health and biomedical science education and the health industry.

This year’s Hall of Fame members included:

  • State Advisor – Dana Stringer, Alabama
  • Local Chapter Advisor – Margaurite Bagwell, Texas
  • HOSA Alumnus – Tahlia Gousse, Washingtom, DC
  • HOSA Partner – Rebecca McGrath, Cardinal Health

2019-2020 Executive Council

During the annual Business Session, the voting delegates elected eight knowledgable and eager HOSA leaders to serve on the Executive Council. 

  • President – Vivian Do, (CA)
  • President-Elect – Jake Kelley (TN) 
  • Western Region Vice President – Hebah Tasnveer (TX)
  • Central Region Vice President – Fanny Emeterio Ontiveros (AL)
  • Eastern Region Vice President – Dev Patel (NJ)
  • Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President – Colin Kaster (WA)
  • Secondary Board Representative – Amanda Gao (CA)
  • Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative – Kasey Canteli (FL)

Read more about the 2019-2020 Executive Council. (coming soon)

HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors

The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors elected nine new members to the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors who will meet on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Dallas, Texas: 

  • Central Region – State Advisor: Dana Stringer (AL)
  • Central Region – Local Advisor: Susan Readnower (KY)
  • HOSA Health Industry Board Representative: Sarah Sexton Walters (TN)  
  • HOSA Health Industry Board Representative-HOSA 100 National Advisory Council: Michael J. Manyak, MD (MD)
  • HOSA Health Industry Board Representative-United States Public Health Service: Captain David Lau (CA)
  • HOSA Health Industry Board Representative-Medicine, Nursing or Allied Health: Marcus Henderson (PA)
  • HOSA Alumni Representative-Medical, Dental, Nursing, Public Health or Pharmacy Health Professional: Kelly Roe (CA)
  • HOSA Alumni Representative-Allied Health Professional: Heath Treadway (NC)
  • HOSA Alumni Representative-Enrolled in a health science post-graduate or fellowship program: William-Bernard Reid-Varley, MD, MPH (MA)

2019-2020 HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors

Honorary Life Membership

The 2019 Honorary Life memberships were awarded to Peg Enslen, DE State Advisor and 2018 HOSA, Inc. Board Chairman and Captain Thomas Pryor, United States Public Health Service and HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors Industry Representative.  Congratulations!

Competitive Events

This year 9,847 competitors competed in 71 competitive events demonstrating competencies developed through Health Science and Biomedical Science class instruction, technical training and HOSA activities. HOSA congratulates all middle school, secondary and postsecondary/ collegiate winners in this year's competitive events program. 

View the complete list of competitive event winners and top ten.
View photo gallery of 2019 winners.

HOSA Service Project

HOSA’s service project is with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  Go to www.nationalpcf.org to learn more and get your HOSA chapter started.

2019-2020 Theme

HOSA-Future Health Professionals is looking forward to a great 2019-2020 membership year.

Theme:  Towards Tomorrow