FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
2023 Board of Directors

 

President

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
(January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

  Immediate
Past President

Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN
(January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023)
President
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC

Secretary 

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

 Treasurer

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

Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Board of Directors 

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
National Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
UnitedHealthcare | UnitedHealth Group
Minnetonka, MN

  Board of Directors 

Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Professor, School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

  Board of Directors

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Professor, School of Nursing
The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Board of Directors 

Christy Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Chief Executive Officer
Christina Dempsey Enterprises, LLC
Springfield, MO

Board of Directors 

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

  Board of Directors 

Eileen D. Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Board of Directors

Ronald Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

  Board of Directors 

Bethsheba Johnson, DNP, MSN, APRN, CNS, GNP-BC, AAHIVE
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Executive Medical Scientist
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Pearland, TX

  Board of Directors

Sandy C. Leake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
The University of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville, TN

  Board of Directors

Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Dean and Distinguished University Health Professor
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health
University of South Florida College of Nursing
Tampa, FL

Board of Directors 

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, CGNC, FFNMRCSI, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
Chief Talent and Global Strategy Officer

The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, OH

Board of Directors

Teri A. Murray, PhD, PHNA-BC, RN, ANEF, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Professor, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Dean Emerita
Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

Board of Directors

Adey M. Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN
(2nd term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Distinguished Professor and Founding Dean Emerita
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA

  Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

Kelli Saucerman-Howard, DNP, RN
(1st term: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
Vice President of Patient Care Services
Chief Nursing Officer

Creighton University Medical Center
Elkhorn, NE

  Board of Directors 

Vicky L. Tiase, PhD, RN-BC, FAMIA, FAAN, FNAP
(1st term: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024)
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Strategic Director, Digital Health Initiative
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Board Liaison 

Michelle Mitchell, MSW
Legislative Affairs Officer
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

  Interim Executive Director Tracy Tucker
Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Lexington, KY

 

Emeritus Board of Directors

  • Faye Glenn Abdellah, EdD, ScD, RN, RAAN
  • Roger Bulger, 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 

  • Cathleen Wheatley
  • Connie Delaney
  • Karen Drenkard
  • Michael Bleich
  • Janet Larson
  • Nilda 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
  • Louise Woerner