Meet the amazing people behind Operation Happy Nurse!

We’re always looking for more people to lend a hand! If you would like to join the movement to improve mental health in nursing, send us a note at [email protected].

Shannon McPeek BSN, RN

CEO and Founder
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Shannon graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She started her career at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in the Neonatal ICU, but then sought out a career in travel nursing. Shannon experienced serious anxiety associated with the nursing profession, which inspired her to create Operation Happy Nurse. She's thankful for all the amazing people who've helped her create this stress-relief haven, as well as those who've supported her along the way.

Mallori Walker MSN, RN, CPNP


Mallori Walker is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette, IN. She is also an instructor in the Purdue University School of Nursing. She leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work at both IU Health Arnett and the Purdue University School of Nursing. Outside of work, Mallori coaches the Purdue University Dance Team and teaches group fitness classes.

Kiley McPeek

Kiley McPeek graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a degree in Applied Economics and Management before taking her professional skills into a career in finance. When she's not talking about the economy, she loves playing volleyball, traveling, and baking. She is so excited to be a part of the OHN family.

Samantha Reene BSN, RN, CPAN

Samantha graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She started her career in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. After two years she started travel nursing. She has worked in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Sydney, and is now located in San Diego. She loves the coastal life, but hopes to eventually live in her happy place: the mountains.

Dr. Pamela Karagory DNP, MBA, MSB, RN, CNE

Board Member

Dr. Karagory is the interim Head of the Purdue School of Nursing. Her focus area is nursing leadership, innovations in quality improvement, patient safety and health care systems. She is committed to creating opportunities and experiences for student learning to occur in contextual clinical environments is key in developing knowledge and skills that are relevant to today's authentic health care environment. She received her DNP from Rush University, MBA from Husson University, MSN from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, MSB from Husson University, BSN from University of Maine at Fort Kent, and RN Diploma from Saint John School of Nursing.

Dr. Ann H. White, PhD, RN

Board Member

Ann White has served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) since 2012. Prior to this position she has held multiple administrative positions within the USI nursing programs. She received her BSN from the University of Iowa, an MSN from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a PhD in nursing education from Georgia State University. Her background is in nursing leadership and management. She is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in Nursing Administration. Her research interests include resiliency in practicing nurses and nursing students. She has received grant funding from HRSA, Indiana State Department of Health, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Nurses Foundation. Dr. White is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Julia Kivistik

Board Member

Julia has a diverse background in nonprofit leadership, strategy, fundraising, cause branding, cause marketing, shopper marketing, and consumer behavior and insights. Her career has been a 25+ year journey to develop mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with companies with a specific focus on retailers, consumer brands and nonprofit organizations. Her integrated approach synergizes multi-level business objectives to drive sustainable partnerships. The result is all stakeholders grow their business while making an impact on people's lives and communities. Julia has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits, including the Executive Board of America's Charities and the Harvard Women's Leadership Board.

Christopher Thomas

Board Member

As a senior executive at Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay and Alberto Culver among others, Chris brought a drive for excellence to his work, earning recognition and industry awards including Salesperson of the Year and Supplier of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as Touched By Suicide (TBS) board member, AFSP Project 2025 board member, and College of Wooster Ad Hoc Alumni Trustee. He and his wife Martha and son Solomon were recipients of the 2019 AFSP Lifesaver Award. Chris is also the Co-Founder and CEO of The Defensive Line, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to "end the epidemic of youth suicide, especially for young people of color, by transforming the way we communicate and connect about mental health".

Julie McPeek

Board Member
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A master innovator with 33+ years of experience in sales and marketing, Julie gets a thrill from crafting unique brand business models from nothing but a blank sheet of paper. She's a big-picture thinker who thrives in a challenge and excels at bringing companies together to make every opportunity win/win. Julie is a graduate of Cornell University, and owns her own marketing company Provisor Marketing.

Brenna McPeek, MFA

Copywriter, Book Club Moderator
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Brenna is a writer, editor, and content creator based in New York City. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and a BA in English and Film from Cornell University. She has a particular passion for literature and culture—evident by the fact that she spends most of her free time and money at the bookstore. Brenna is the co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Fatal Flaw and is currently completing her first novel.

Carley Baker BSN, RN

Social Media Manager, Podcast Host
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Carley graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology. After being a personal trainer for a year, she decided to attend nursing school at Marian University, and graduated in 2017 with her BSN. After passing the NCLEX, Carley moved to Southern California to further her career and obtained her first nursing job working for Mission Hospital in their Medical-Surgical, Trauma, and Ortho unit. Currently, she also works for University of California-Irvine in their Trauma/Neuro unit.

Dr. Lauren Ashenbrener PT, DPT

Podcast Editor

Lauren is a Purdue University graduate, where she received her B.S. in Movement & Sports Sciences. In 2017, she graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has practiced Physical Therapy in multiple clinical settings and gained valuable clinical experience and insight into the healthcare industry at large. In early 2020, she started a business to put her knowledge of the healthcare industry and her creative passions to use. Lauren is the founder of Optimize Digital Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency aimed at enhancing small-businesses' online presence through their specializations in digital marketing and web design services for healthcare related businesses.

Joe DeNoon

Podcast Producer
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Joe is a digital media professional based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2017 graduate of Haverford College, leaving with a B.A. in English. Since graduating, Joe has worked primarily in the social media world as a community manager, copyeditor, and content creator. In college, he was a cast member of a sketch comedy group, and he continues to write and perform comedy in NY. Joe is also a trivia ace, so if you need to know a funky physics fact or the name of an obscure 80’s band, Joe is your guy. An obsessive podcast listener, he loves the medium because of the real, intimate, and just plain fun conversations that happen while on the mic, especially on Happy Hour!

Samantha Wall, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Samantha graduated from the University of Denver in 2018 with her Masters in Social Work. Sam has a passion for working with people who experience symptoms related to PTSD, anxiety and depression. She loves being able to support the community's mental health through therapeutic services, education and resources. She is excited to help support the nurses and provide information for their mental health journeys!

Claire Lang BSN, RN

Nurse Insights Editor and Writer, Meditation Instructor
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Claire graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in English, with a focus in Creative Writing, Language, Linguistics, and Literature. After living a snowboarders dream the mountains of Steamboat Springs, C.O., she returned to school a few years later to receive her BSN-RN. She is currently an RN at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in the Neonatal ICU. She received her RYT-200 from LifePower and completed her Meditation Teacher Training with Tracee Stanley in February, 2021. She continues to implement yoga and meditation to her daily life as stress management and mindfulness tools in the midst of a (sometimes) chaotic profession. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and pup, travel, read, cook, and practice yoga. She is so excited to be a part of the OHN team!

Gabrielle Facquet

Book Club Moderator

Gabrielle Facquet has both a M.S and B.S from Cornell University in Operations Research and Information Engineering and has spent her career in investment banking. When she’s not working she loves spending time with her French bulldog Brie, skiing, traveling, hosting parties and of course reading. She is so excited to be a part of the OHN family.

Emily Cutler MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian
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Emily is a Chicago-based Registered Dietitian and Health Writer, with 15 years of experience working in outpatient kidney disease clinics, long term acute care hospitals, as well as in fitness facilities. In her clinical experiences, she often worked closely with RNs in providing patient care, and so she understands what their days can be like and the tremendous amount of time and effort that they put into caring for each and every patient during their shifts. As a Registered Dietitian, Emily truly loves helping people and celebrating positive, small changes that can have a big impact on our health. She believes that every person is an individual; there is no one size fits all approach with her! Find out more about Emily at

JJ Beasley MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian 

JJ grew up in Denver, Colorado in an environment where he was always doing something active whether it was hiking, skiing, or playing a number of competitive sports. Currently, JJ is a sports dietitian at the University of Georgia in their Olympic Sports department and he also has his master’s in Nutrition from Boston University. He’s always had a love for science and food and as a result grew this passion for nutrition. When he’s not working with his collegiate athletes, he is also working with his own personal clients helping them achieve a sustainable, healthy & balanced lifestyle while still allowing them to enjoy themselves. On top of that, he is also a big advocate for mental health and how that can correlate with food and nutrition. You can find out more about JJ on his website at

Meg Allen RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Meg is a Registered Dietitian, practicing in the Midwest for the last 15 years. She received her degree and internship training through Michigan State University. While much of her experience has been in the renal field, Meg has also held leadership roles on a national level through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as locally. She is committed to helping people bridge the gap between translating science into food. Meg is passionate about how food contributes to and changes health outcomes!

Jennifer Patrick-Doig


Chef Jennifer (Jen) first started her culinary journey in her grandmother's kitchen. She attended the cooking and hospitality institute of Chicago. After many different gigs, Chef Jen found herself at Oprah's studios working for Work of Art Corp. In addition, Jennifer has been an Executive Chef at a hotel, RidgePointe Country Club, and Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center on Arkansas State University's Campus. In support of her husband, her family recently made another multiple state move to South Carolina. After nearly 20 years in the culinary industry Jenni is now returning to college to obtain a bachelor's degree to be able to teach her craft in the future.

Lu Sevier

Advisor, Jam Session

Lu Sevier is a consultant and data scientist. She attended William and Mary and graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Biology. Her passions included data science for social good, surfing, and making mental health resources accessible for all. She is excited to be part of the OHN family.

Natalie Jablonski, BSN

Brand Ambassador Program

Natalie Jablonski is a 2022 graduate from Purdue University’s Nursing Program. She is currently working on a Neuro Progressive Care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a new graduate, she feels passionate about protecting her mental health while providing the best patient care possible. She hopes to be able to provide valuable insight to nursing students and new graduates as they begin their amazing journey as a nurse during this chaotic time.

As a nursing student and nursing extern working at different hospitals throughout the pandemic, Natalie understands the importance of good mental health while caring for others’ physical health. As a new nurse, she can bring valuable insight and positive energy to the nursing field.

When researching ways to get involved, Natalie came across this wonderful organization and knew immediately she could help make a difference in the nursing world. Natalie looks forward to starting this journey, spreading happiness, and being a young leader in the profession. 

Emma Doherty BSN, RN

Public Outreach
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Emma is a BSN graduate of Chamberlain University who currently works in the Emergency Department in metro Atlanta, GA. After several years as an LPN working in various specialties including rehabilitation, acute care, and med-surg she returned to finish her RN-BSN. She has always had a passion for mental health and working in the Emergency Department highlights how critical the integration of mental and physical health are. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, she hopes to highlight, and provide inclusivity and outlets for others within healthcare and nursing who are also struggling. Her favorite stress-relief activities include hiking, road trips and gardening. She hopes to bring Operation Happy Nurse’s message to the forefront of discussions regarding mental health within healthcare and healthcare workers.

Allison Walls


Allison Walls is a junior studying for her BSN at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She is from Lagrange, IL, which is right outside of Chicago and would love to live there after she graduates! Her dream job is to care for children as a nurse in a Pediatric ICU like the one she currently works at as a Nursing Assistant. She is so excited to get started with OHN because she finds the mission inspiring!

Lucy Fallon

Jam Session

Lucy is a rising senior at Boston University studying Behavior and Health. After she graduates she plans to attend nursing school in hopes of eventually becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. Lucy is also incredibly passionate about mental health and is excited to take part in efforts to increase mental health support in the field of nursing!

Riley Johnson

Community Content

Riley is a nursing student at Purdue University working on her BSN with a minor in Human Development and Psychology. She is a practicing CNA in her hometown in Northern Illinois. Riley is excited to be a part of the OHN team and to be able to make a positive impact of mental health in the nursing profession.

Nolan Nguyen


Nolan is a nursing major at the University California of Irvine and his graduation year is 2025. Nolan went into nursing because of the way he has seen nurses take care of his elderly loved ones. With nurses and doctors aiding them and giving Nolan the opportunity to spend more precious moments with them, they have allowed him to appreciate the short-lived beauty of life, especially during this pandemic. Nolan joined Operation Happy Nurse because as he is studying to become a nurse in the near future, he has noticed the increasing struggle of maintaining a healthy mental state while working in the healthcare industry as a nurse and/or healthcare worker through listening to the many traumatic stories within the hospital from his relatives who are nurses.

Taylor Jablonski


Taylor is currently a nursing student at Purdue University. She went into nursing to help make a difference in the healthcare field and the lives of her patients. Taylor joined Operation Happy Nurse to help create a safe and uplifting environment for nurses. Upon graduation, she hopes to start her career in the Emergency Department. In Taylor's free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Sydney Haines

Happy Nurse Program

Sydney Haines is a third-year nursing student at Purdue University! She loves traveling, boating, listening to Harry Styles, and going on coffee dates with friends 🙂 Sydney decided to go into nursing because she wants to be able to make an impact on others. Some day she hopes to work as a nurse in pediatric hematology/oncology. Sydney joined Operation Happy Nurse because she loves the mission, wanted to start building a community of nurses around her, and be exposed to resources early on that will benefit her throughout her nursing career!

Rebecca Mahfouz

Happy Nurse Program

Rebecca has been very fortunate to work alongside nurses in Healthcare Administration for nearly a decade. Returning to school for nursing is her second degree, and she is currently enrolled in an accelerated program at Keiser University in beautiful Miami, Florida. Rebecca is so excited to be back to the hospital setting as a nurse, and has a desire to continue in leadership. Rebecca is so grateful to be a part of this supportive community.

Leah Kase

Happy Nurse Program

Leah is a junior studying nursing at Purdue University! She interned this past summer at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital on a surgical unit, and hopes to work in an ER once she graduates. Leah has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little kid because of how much they have made an impact on her family and herself. She is so excited to start at Operation Happy Nurse! Mental health is so important to her and she hopes to be able to help nurses work towards their goals to improve health and wellbeing within the profession.

Julia Falcone

Happy Nurse Program

Julia is a junior at Purdue in the School of Nursing. Her ultimate goal is to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She joined OHN because her biggest passion is mental health. She thinks it’s such an overlooked aspect of well-being and is so excited to be a part of the team.

Victoria Huff

Happy Nurse Program

Tori is a third-year nursing student at Purdue University. She loves to read books, watch tv, knit, and hang out with family and friends. She decided to go into nursing because she always knew she wanted to help people, especially in the healthcare setting. Nursing just clicked for her. Some day she hopes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Tori joined Operation Happy Nurse because she felt the need to help her fellow nurses as well as prepare herself for when she graduates.

Evie Cressy

Book Club Manager
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Evie is an upcoming senior at Purdue University in the School of Nursing. Currently, she is a CNA on an oncology unit, but her dream job is working in the NICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her hobbies include reading, going on walks, and hanging out with friends and family. She is thrilled to be a part of the Operation Happy Nurse Book Club!42

Hanna Hurm

Weekly Updates

Hanna is a senior at Purdue University studying nursing. She recently finished an internship at the Cleveland Clinic in the MICU and absolutely loved it! Her future plans are to hopefully move to California and become a nurse in the ICU or PICU. She is so excited to help Operation Happy Nurse in any way that she can.

Tara Wilkes BSN, RN

Brand Donations

Tara is a medical ICU nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She went into nursing with the hopes of becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to help more people like her brother who struggle with mental illness. She enjoys exploring Chicago, traveling, playing with her puppy, and working out in her free time.  She is so excited to help make an impact with Operation Happy Nurse!