FNINR Ambassadors

Role of FNINR Ambassadors: Ambassadors focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders as to the high-impact, cost-effective interventions and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. The goal of FNINR’s ambassador program is to increase research funding for continued scientific breakthroughs and training of scientists made possible by the NINR.

“FNINR Ambassadors are key players for our organization,” says Victoria Niederhauser, President of FNINR, “These nurse leaders share the excellent outcomes resulting from nursing science that is supported by NINR and advocate for continued funding to conduct cutting edge research that improves health and healthcare.”

FY 2024 Funding Request for the
National Institute of Nursing Research

Ambassador Locations


2023 FNINR Ambassador Cohort

Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Lexington, KY

Brenda J. Baker, PhD, RNC, FAAN
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
Washington, DC

Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
Minneapolis, MN

Felesia Bowen, PhD, DNP, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Nursing
Birmingham, AL

Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health
Miami, FL 

Denise Cote-Arsenault, PhD, RN, CPLC, FNAP, FAAN
Saint Louis University School of Nursing
St. Louis, MO 

Sharon J. Crowder, PhD, RN, ATSF
Indiana University School of Nursing
Indianapolis, IN

Jean E. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 

Joy P. Deupree, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Nursing

Birmingham, AL

Anne Ersig, PhD, RN
University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Nursing
Madison, WI 

Judith M. Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-

Creating Health through Healing Practices, LLC
Rochester, MI 

Gloria Giarratano, PhD, MSN
Louisiana State University
Health Science Center
Kenner, LA

Hurdis M. Griffith, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Nursing
Newark, NJ

Phyllis S. Hansell, EdD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Seton Hall University
Nutley, NJ 

Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
Boulder, CO 

Youjeong Kang, PhD, MPH, CCRN
University of Utah College of Nursing
Salt Lake City, UT

Deborah J. Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
Monument, CO

Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, FAAN
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN
Columbia University
New York, NY 

Lee Ann Matura, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA

Mulubrhan Mogos, PhD, MSc
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, TN 

Ann-Margaret Navarra, PhD, CPNP-PC, FAAN
New York University
Rory Meyers College of Nursing
New York, NY

Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID

Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Duke University School of Nursing
Durham, NC 

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS, RN, CPNP, CPON,
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Ossining, NY

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
George Washington University
Rockville, MD

Seattle University College of Nursing
Bellevue, WA

Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN,

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Beth A. Taylor, DHA, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Oro Valley, AZ

Diane M. Twedell, MCHS, DNP, RN, CENP, CNML
Mayo Clinic Health System
Rochester, MN 

Natalia Villegas, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, FAASM
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
Chicago, IL

Linda S. Weglicki, PhD, RN
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Donna M. Zucker, PhD
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Northport, NY


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