Board Certified Candidates

These members are ready to serve on a policy making board, committee or task force in Florida. Meet our Board Service Certified Nurses and learn how their knowledge, interests and specialties can benefit organizations in Florida:

These candidates were prepared for Board Service and mentored in the following board roles and responsibilities: Legal and Financial issues, Identification, Recruitment, & Orientation of Board Members, Board Staff Relations, Board Meetings and Use of Committees, Board Fundraising Roles, Board Member Motivation, Responsibilities, and Accountability, Competing Governance Models, and Governance Trends.

Board Service Graduates

  SPRING 2017

Allison Wiman, Director of Big Bend Area Education
Expertise: Policy, rural health, children's health, nursing workforce development
Interests/Membership: Rural health, children's health, telehealth
Board member: Second Circuit Guardian ad Litem Foundation

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Lisa Autrey-Hopkins, MSN, RN
Expertise : Community Nursing, testing , Education
Interests: Currently working on Doctorate of Nursing Practice and CCNE
Board member: Escambia County Disability Awareness Committee

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Anna K. Peterson, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN
Expertise: Advocacy, safe and engaging work environments, patient safety, and policy
Interests: Currently working on Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Jacksonville University

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Jose D. Castillo III, PhD, MS, CRNA, ARNP
Interests: Nurse Anesthesiology, Adult Education, Practice Leadership, and speaking about wellness
Expertise/Membership: Current Secretary/Treasurer of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Professional Development Committee member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Chair-Elect of the Quality and Unity in Nursing Council, and active Florida Nurses Association member
Member: Naples Community Hospital, Research and Evidence Based Council, American Association of Nurse Anesthesia, and the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

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Marline Whigham, EdD, MSN/Ed, ARNP-FNP, Ph.Dc
Expertise: Critical Care, Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Student Representative for NSA, certification in Simulation, BLS and ACLS instructor, Tobacco treatment Specialist on her campus
Interests/Membership: Appointed as Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Studies in Nursing, Member of Nursing Honor Society, FNA/ANA, Critical Care Association, NLN and International Society of Simulation

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Blondelle Ashe-Bazil, RN, DNP, CCRN
Expertise: critical care nursing, nursing education, and nursing research, and patient safety, nurse residency programs
Interests/Membership: Member of the American Association of Critical Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Florida Nursing Association. Boys and Girls club mentor.

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Anne Marie Cummings, RN, BSN, BA, Paralegal
Expertise: Law, lifestyle teaching and advocacy, wellness coaching
Interests/Membership: Parkstone HOA, Vice President; St. Stephen Catholic Chuch, Church Council; South Seminole Middle School, Student Advisory Council President, wellness of all Floridians.

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Sharon Rogers, RN, BSN, MSM, NEC, MSN Ed
Expertise: Academic/Clinical Professor, patient care services, women and children’s care, management, and leadership
Interests/Membership: 1st Vice President & Chair of Health Policy & Legislation: Black Nurses Association (BNA), Miami Chapter, National Health Policy & Legislation Committee. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) / South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHCEF), & American Nurses Association (ANA) / Florida Nurses Association (FNA), and music

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Gitana Ng, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, FNP-BC
Expertise: Family Nurse Practitioner, internal medicine, aesthetics, and geriatrics, cardiac, pre- and post- op patients, medical oncology, nurse educator. Began her own practice Patient’s Choice Primary Care, disease prevention, health promotion, and patient education.
Interests/Membership: Member of AANP, The Nurse Practitioner Network, The Nurse Practitioner council of Palm Beach, and a former member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society. Serves on the research council and as a DNP University Project Chairperson. St. Lucie County community outreach.

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Jake Silvola-Finch, MHA, BSN, RN
Expertise: Critical Care, Oncology, Healthcare Administration; Public Politics/Policy, Advocacy, and Leadership
Interests/Membership: Speak Out for Moffitt!; American College of Healthcare Executives; US Air Force, Health System boards; Philanthropic Boards; Citizen-elected positions; Government Agencies.

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Yatanell Dominique, BSN,RN
Expertise: Nursing Healthcare Policy, cardiac nursing, healthcare law, and advocacy.
Interests/Membership: Florida Nurse Association, Haitian American Nurse Association, Health Systems

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Melissa Durbin, RN,MSN,NEA-BC
Expertise: VP/Chief Nursing Officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive.
Interests/Membership: President of South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives and the President Elect on the Board of the South Florida Nursing Consortium.

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Valerie Halstead, PhD, BSN, RN
Expertise: College Health, Womens health, Dermatology, violence prevention, and health promotion especially pertaining to young adults and the college population. Valerie’s dissertation study focused on exploring the characteristics of sexual violence practices by student health centers located on institutions of higher education.
Interests/Membership: Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau, FL-AC Jonas Scholar, Working on FNP University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, President’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence and Prevention, the School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Association, and working in her community.

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June Tickle, PhD, ARNP-BC
Expertise: Family Nurse Practitioner, associate professor, nurse manager, rural health, primary care
Interests/Membership: Interested in board service for organizations providing healthcare to underinsured and underserved populations and organizations providing education and service for chronically ill populations

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Jeanne Siegel, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC
Expertise: Nursing Management/Long-term Care/Critical Care/Cardiac Care
Interest/Membership: UM School of Nursing Alumni Association Board Member and Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. Board Member. Interested in serving on legislature appointed advisory boards, task forces, and professional organizations' boards

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Jackie Fogle, MSN, MHA, BSB, RN
Expertise: Healthcare, finance, administration, education, policy, strategic planning
Interests/Membership: Sigma Theta Tau, AONE, Interested in serving on healthcare board

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Expertise: Professor of Nursing, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the Shepherd’s Hope Clinic.
Interests/Membership: Member of the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) at Valencia College, recognized as a leader for her work in Civility and the Integration of the PJI Principles of How We Treat Each Other into the Nursing Program. Researching the Impact of Mindfulness during the Simulation Prebrief period, Graduate of National League for Nursing Simulation Leadership Program, serves on Valencia College Alumni Advisory Board.

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Mary E. Ernst, PhD, ARNP
Expertise: Pediatrics, children, families, women's issues, med/surg, ICU, nurse educator, nursing director, nursing faculty, advocacy, and leadership
Interests: advocacy role, women and children, nursing research, member of: FNA, AACN, STTI

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Stacia M. Hays, DNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CCTC, Certificate in Public Health
Expertise: Nursing Quality and advocacy, pediatrics, nurse practitioner, community health, leadership, education, diversity, legislative work, high-risk populations of children and transplant recipients and international service learning.
Interests/Membership: advocacy, health of Floridians, served on university task forces and voting committees Interested in serving on health care legislative advisory board or health system board.

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LaToya Lewis-Pierre, Ed.D-CI, MSN, RN
Expertise: Critical care, telemetry, end-of-Life, workforce readiness, nursing education, curriculum instruction, building community partnerships, leadership.
Interests/Membership: Shared Governance Leadership award from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Interested in health care advocacy, healthcare policy, member of: STT, AACN, FNA

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Past Board Service Graduates

  SPRING 2016


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