On January 1, 2021, FNINR welcomed Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP as the new President of FNINR. Cathleen is the President of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and has also served as Wake Forest Baptist Health’s System Chief Nurse Executive. Cathleen began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018 and will serve as FNINR President from 2021-2022.




FNINR also welcomed 8 new Board of Directors to serve their first term from 2021-2022, increasing the Board to 19 members. 

  • Christina Dempsey - Chief Nursing Officer Emerita, Press Ganey
  • Ronald Hickman, Jr. - Nurse Practitioner and Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • Shela Kaneshiro - Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO, MemorialCare - Orange Coast Medical Center
  • Colleen Leners - Director of Policy, AACN
  • Teri Murray - Professor and Dean Emerita, Saint Louis University, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing 
  • Adey Nyamathi - Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Nursing
  • Joyce Sensmeier - Senior Advisor, Informatics, HIMSS
  • Laura Wood - Senior Vice President, Patient Care Operations, Chief Nursing Officer, Sporing Carpenter Chair for Nursing, Boston Children’s Hospital

To see FNINR's full Board of Directors, please visit the FNINR website