FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
2022 Board of Directors

 
President

Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN
(January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022)
President
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Winston-Salem, NC

President-Elect

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
(January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022)
Dean & Professor, College of Nursing
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

Secretary 

Colleen Leners, DNP, APRN, FAAN, FAANP
(January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023)
Director of Policy
AACN
Arlington, VA

 Treasurer

Laura Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
(January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023)
EVP Patient Care Operations & System CNO
Sporing Carpenter Chair for Nursing

Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Board of Directors 

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023)
Vice President, Policy and Clinical Solutions
United Healthcare
Minnetonka, MN

Board of Directors 

Jean E. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022)
PhD Program Director and Professor
University of South Carolina College of Nursing 
Columbia, SC

Board of Directors 

Christina Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
South Bend, IN

Board of Directors 

LCDR Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN, RN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023)
Program Manager
Defense Health Agency
Vienna, VA

Board of Directors 

Janie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, FNAP, FAANP
(2nd term: January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022)
Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing
University of Kentucky
College of Nursing
Lexington, KY

Board of Directors

Ronald Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
Nurse Practitioner and Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Board of Directors 

Shela Kaneshiro, MBA, RN, BSN, FACHE, NEA-BC
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
MemorialCare Shared Services
Fountain Valley, CA

Board of Directors 

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023)
Centennial Professor of Nursing;
Chief Talent & Global Strategy Officer

The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, OH

Board of Directors

Teri Murray, PhD, PHNA-BC, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
Professor, Dean Emerita
Saint Louis University
Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

St. Louis, MO

Board of Directors

Adey Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
Distinguished Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus
School of Nursing University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Board of Directors 

Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022)
Chief Nursing Officer
Senior Vice President, Nursing Practice
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Board of Directors

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023)
Dean and Associate Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston Cizik School of Nursing

Houston, TX

Board of Directors

Kelli Saucerman-Howard, DNP, RN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023)
Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO
Creighton University Medical Center
Elkhorn, NE

Board of Directors 

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022)
President
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA
San Marcos, CA

Board of Directors 

Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, FACMI
(2nd term: January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022)
Clinical Professor, Assistant Dean,
Information 
Technology Management
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Board Liaison 

Yvonne Bryan, PhD
Senior Advisor to the NINR Director 
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Executive Director Laura Singler, CAE
Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Lexington, KY

 

Emeritus Board of Directors

  • Faye Glenn Abdellah, EdD, ScD, RN, RAAN
  • Roger Bulder, MD
  • Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CMN, RN, FAAN
  • Gregory Eastwood, MD
  • Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN
  • Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN
  • Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI
  • Nancy Valentine, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN 

FNINR Founding Members

  • Faye Glenn Abdellah, EdD, ScD, RN, FAAN
  • Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CMN, RN, FAAN
  • Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN
  • Diane K. Kjervik, JD, RN, FAA
  • Ora Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Nell Watts, MS, RN, FAAN
  • Ruby I. Wilson, EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Louise Woerner, MBA
  • Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN

FNINR Past Presidents 

  • Connie Delaney
  • Karen Drenkard
  • Michael Bleich
  • Janet Larson
  • Nene Peragallo
  • Jackie Dunbar-Jacob
  • Franklin A. Shaffer
  • May Wykle
  • Mary Jane England
  • Karen Miller
  • Maryann F. Fralic
  • Ed Benz
  • Gregory Eastwood
  • Nancy Valentine
  • Ada Sue Hinshaw
  • Roger Bulger
  • Faye Glenn Abdellah
  • Colleen Conway-Welch
  • Diane McGivern
  • Joyce Fitzpatrick