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The AWHONN Board of Directors assures effective leadership and sound management; establishes strategic direction; oversees business required to carry out the mission and goals of the association; sets core program and fiscal functions; and appoints panels and committees. 

Board Point of Contact: LaRhonda Usher 

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Suzanne "Suze"Ketchem, MSN, RNC

President

Ms. Suzanne Ketchem, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS is the regional Director of Women’s, Infant’s and Pediatric Services for Northern Colorado at Banner Health. In her current position she oversees the 24/7 operations of three hospitals in Northern Colorado. She received her BSN from Slipper Rock University of PA and her MSN from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing. After graduation she accepted a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh and served as the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Perinatal Program for 8 years. During her tenure at the University, she received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Education and was honored to have been nominated by her students.

 

Ms. Ketchem has been an OB nurse for over 30 years in various roles and settings. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Rick who is an ER nurse in the Denver area. She has been involved with the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative and the Denver chapter of the March of Dimes for the past 15 years. She has a passion for the development of nursing leaders in all areas of Women’s Services. As a part of her work, she has focused on the importance of mentorship in this development and designed a 12-week nursing internship program to ensure there is enough competently educated and trained nurse leaders for today and in the future. Ms. Ketchem has been an active member of AWHONN since 1989, serving in a variety of roles within the organization. She is honored to be serving as the 2016 AWHONN President. While she makes Colorado her home, her love for her favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers remains strong. 

   

Emily Drake, PhD, RN, FAAN

President-elect

Emily Drake PhD, RN, FAAN is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Drake focuses her teaching, practice, and research on issues of Maternal-Child Health, Breastfeeding, and Post-Partum Depression and its impact on families and children. She has more than 25 years of experience that includes practice as a staff nurse, a clinical specialist, educator, and administrator.

 

She is the author of several book chapters and publications in journals such as the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, JOGNN, Journal of Perinatal Education, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Network. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and special events. She has held leadership positions in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) at the Chapter, State, and National level. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society (STTI). 

 

Carol Burke, MSN, APRN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Secretary Treasurer

Carol Burke is a post-masters Advanced Practice Professional Registered Nurse specializing in women and newborn health. She holds a certificate in nurse midwifery and nursing administration. With over 40 years of extensive clinical, administrative and educational experiences, her borad background spans both low-risk and high-risk culturallly diverse perinatal populations.

Carol is a published author in both peer- reviewed nursing and medical publications. She has presented at national conferences and is a locally well-known speaker on numerous perinatal topics. An expert in fetal monitoring, Carol led a steering committee to achieve multidisciplinary fetal monitoring education with in the Advocate Healthcare System.

A dynamic educator, Carol has mentored over 400 nurses through the process of inpatient obstetric, maternal newborn and fetal monitoring certification. With over 27 years as a member of AWHONN, she served as Illinois Secretary-Treasurer and a member of the 2012-2014 Board of Directors. She is also a peer reviewer for AWHONN publications including webinars, POEP and evidence based publications.

  


Directors

Susan Dendrinos, MSN, RNC-MNN 

Susan Dendrinos, MSN, RNC-MNN is a Director of Clinical Operations for Specialty Services at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She received her BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She has worked in various positions within Henry Ford Health System for more nearly 40 years and has primarily focused on the care of women, children and newborns. She has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles, most recently using her knowledge and expertise to assist with the creation of a state-of-the-art hospital, birthing center, and special care nursery.

The hospital, a recent Baldrige Award Winner is renowned for its focus on community, health and wellness and patient focused care. Susan has been an AWHONN member for more than 25 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the Michigan Section, serving as both Section Chair and Section Secretary Treasurer. She also participated on the National Nominating Committee, the National Finance Committee, and the National Development Committee. Ever the advocate for the health and wellbeing of women and children, Susan has also served as a representative for AWHONN at the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing, the Michigan Advisory Committee on Immunization, the Michigan BioTrust for Health - Community Values Advisory Board, and on the Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health. Susan lives in Northville, Michigan with her husband George and enjoys travel and spending as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.

Jennifer L. Doyle, MSN, WHNP-BC 

Mrs. Jennifer Doyle, MSN, WHNP-BC, is a Perinatal Outreach Educator at the Women’s Health Services, Summa Health System Akron City Hospital. She is a former AWHONN Chapter Leader and spent a total of eight years as an elected AWHONN Ohio Section leader, Section Secretary-Treasurer and Chair. 

 

Mrs. Doyle is currently serving in her final year of a second term as an AWHONN member of the Board of Directors.  During her tenure, she has been honored to be a member and Chair of the Public Policy Committee.  As part of the committee, Mrs. Doyle advocated for and assisted in writing two of AWHONN’s position statements: ‘Criminalization of Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders’ and the ‘Infertility Treatment as a Covered Health Insurance Benefit.  Mrs. Doyle is currently advocating for development of an AWHONN position statement regarding Human Trafficking and participated as a member of the AWHONN Writing Team for a new EBG: Diabetes and Pregnancy, which is currently Pending Publication. 

 

Through participation in the AWHONN Emerging Leader Selection Committee from 2014 to 2015, the AWHONN Awards Task Force Member from 2014 to 2016, and as the AWHONN Board of Directors Representative to the Section Initiatives Advisory Panel from 2015 to 2016, Mrs. Doyle is continually inspired and amazed by works of fellow AWHONN members.

 

Mrs. Doyle’s role is not limited to AWHONN nationally, as she remains heavily involved in quality and evidence-based clinical projects at the hospital in which she practices.  Mrs. Doyle was the recipient of AWHONN’s Celeste Phillips/Hill Rom Research Award in 2015 for her project “A Standardized Postpartum Oxytocin Protocol to Prevent PPH”. She is actively involved in state projects and committees across Ohio, including the Maternal Mortality Review Committee, Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative Executive Planning Committee, the newly formed State of Ohio Safe Outcomes for Obstetric and Neonatal Steering Committee. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the state of Ohio’s Maternal-Newborn Advisory Council.

 

Not all of Mrs. Doyle’s life is nursing!  She is active in dog agility and dog obedience with her 2 “fur-babies.” She is a proud wife to Timothy Doyle and a Mom to her 15 year old daughter Claire Doyle, who is involved in drama, show choir, church youth group and 4H, where she shows her horse, Mocha!    

  

 

Robert Durkee, RN, MHA, FACHE

Robert Durkee is a Surveyor in the hospital accreditation program at The Joint Commission. He resides with his wife and two children in San Antonio, TX. Rob began his career in Women’s Health in 1990 with the U.S. Army after graduating with his BSN from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His clinical experience is primarily in Labor & Delivery nursing, where he served as a staff nurse and nurse manager. Later, he held various positions in the quality improvement arena. He was instrumental in securing a $1.5M grant from the Department of Defense to provide standardized fetal monitoring and perinatal education to military nurses. 

Rob’s work at The Joint Commission provides a unique perspective of how care is delivered across a broad spectrum of organizations; both large and small, academic and non-academic. Mr. Durkee enjoys building teams, standardizing and improving care delivery, and engaging in robust process improvement. Rob is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Cyndy Krening, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNS 

Cyndy Krening is a masters prepared perinatal clinical nurse specialist who holds certifications in inpatient and critical care obstetrics, as well as electronic fetal monitoring.  Cyndy has worked in the inpatient obstetric setting for 33 years as a labor and delivery staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, outreach coordinator, high-risk OB flight nurse and perinatal clinical nurse specialist.  Her experience includes care of low risk, high risk and critically ill perinatal patients in both urban and community settings. 

 

Cyndy has a number of publications and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. She has served on the test committees for NCC’s Inpatient OB and EFM certification exams, and is the nursing representative on the Colorado Maternal Mortality committee.  Cyndy loves to teach, and has provided thousands of hours of perinatal education to nursing audiences locally, regionally and nationally.  Her areas of special interest include high risk obstetrics, fetal monitoring, and perinatal safety.  In 2010, Cyndy won the coveted Nightingale Award –the highest honor given to a Colorado nurse.

 

Cyndy has been an active AWHONN member for many years.  She has been a speaker at AWHONN state conferences as well as annual convention.  She has served as the section chair for Colorado, as well as on a number of national committees.  She is currently serving her second term on the AWHONN board of directors, and is excited to join the public policy committee.

 

Lisa A Miller, CNM, JD

As a nurse-midwife and an attorney, Lisa A. Miller, CNM, JD brings a unique perspective to educational programs in obstetrics. Currently the founder of Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services, Lisa has practiced as a nurse and nurse-midwife for over 30 years, in a variety of clinical settings including academic centers and community hospitals. An active member of AWHONN, Lisa provides continuing education at national, regional and state AWHONN programs, and encourages and supports AWHONN membership.

 

Lisa authors two ongoing editorial columns for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, and has co-authored three textbooks on fetal monitoring as well as a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. At her conferences, Lisa frequently donates AWHONN memberships and helps recruit new members by stressing the valuable professional and personal gains membership provides. 

 

Susan A Peck, RNC, MSN-APN

Susan A. Peck, RNC, MSN, APN is a practicing Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. For 19 years, Ms. Peck's career has focused on women's health care, first as a labor and delivery staff nurse and for the last 15 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She currently works in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology within Summit Medical Group, a large multi-specialty practice group in Northern New Jersey.

Ms. Peck's areas of expertise include contraception, osteoporosis, general gynecology and prenatal care. She has spoken at several national and state conferences including the AWHONN National Convention.

 

 

Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, APRN, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC

Sarah J. Rhoads, DNP, PhD has a passion for improving maternal and neonatal care in rural areas by promoting evidence-based practice, interprofessional practice, and utilization of technology.

Dr. Rhoads is a researcher and educator, emphasizing the human impact of technologies on nursing roles and patient reactions. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the UAMS College of Nursing. Dr. Rhoads is also the Education Director for the University’s ANGELS obstetrical telemedicine program and the UAMS Center for Distance Health which are programs which focus on improving health outcomes in Arkansas and the region.

Dr. Rhoads has over 20 years of obstetrical experience beginning as a labor and delivery nurse, then as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and educator. She has been a member of AWHONN since 2003 and has held multiple positions at the state level including Arkansas Section Chair and Education Coordinator. From 2003 to 2015 she was a fetal heart monitoring instructor and instructor trainer. In addition to her service to AWHONN, she is also a board member of the Arkansas March of Dimes Program Services Committee and has been the primary investigator on multiple grants related to maternal/child health and/or telehealth. She completed her BSN, MNSc and PhD from UAMS and her DNP for University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

  

 

Barbara S. Tewell, MSN, RNC-OB

Home: San Diego, CA
Work/Employer: Staff Nurse Maternal Infant Unit Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA and Clinical faculty at San Diego State University and University of San Diego 
Highest Education: MSN in Nursing Education, Certified Inpatient OB
Specialty Area/Interest: Education both patient, staff and students, advancing nursing practice through evidence based practice, improved outcomes for Mothers and Infants

  

 

Volunteer Experience:

  • Member of CA Preconception Health Committee
  • NRP instructor

 

 

Ex-Officio Directors

Karen T. Harris, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

immediate past president 

Karen Harris is currently the Chief Nursing and Operations Executive at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan and is the Immediate Past President of AWHONN.  Karen earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wayne State University.  Karen has been a consultant for AWHONN Consulting Group, and Dynamics Research Corporation, where she performed site assessments, perinatal risk assessments, lectures, and training on teamwork behaviors.  In her previous role of clinical nurse specialist for intrapartum, antepartum, and women’s health for an organization that had over 6600 births, Karen developed policies, collaborated with staff, and implemented practice changes that ensured high quality care.  She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and served as a regional perinatal coordinator.  With 28 years experience in health care, Karen has held various leadership positions within AWHONN including: Michigan Section Chair; Education Coordinator; Metro-Detroit Chapter Coordinator; and 2008 AWHONN Convention Co-chair.  Karen has been in leadership roles for Maternal Newborn Nurse Professionals of Southeastern Michigan as well.  Karen is a published author in peer-reviewed nursing journals and has lectured throughout the nation.

 

Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Lynn is responsible for the overall strategic direction, leadership, and day-to-day operations of the association to include staff, the Executive Office, and section and chapter component activities.  She is also responsible for facilitating relationships with related groups and representing the association with a variety of external organizations, health care entities, for-profit companies and corporations and the media.  Lynn joined AWHONN in 2014 with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors.  She is a highly skilled national leader in the field of nursing and previously held key national leadership positions with three global health organizations: the American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters.  Lynn has also served in top leadership positions with several hospitals and healthcare systems.


Geraldine Tamborelli, MS, BSN, RN

SECRETARY TREASURER

Home: Grand Junction, Colorado
Work/Employer: St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Nurse Director, Women's & Children's Services
Highest Level of Education: MS
Specialty Area/Focus of Interest: Women's, newborn, and pediatric health; Patient and family Centered care

 

 

Volunteer Experience

  • Board of Directors, Program services committee and chair, March of Dimes (Maine Chapter X 5 years and Western Slope chapter, Colorado since March 2013)
  • AWHONN state (RI, Maine, Colorado)and national

Geraldine Tamborelli, MS, BSN, RN

SECRETARY TREASURER

Home: Grand Junction, Colorado
Work/Employer: St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Nurse Director, Women's & Children's Services
Highest Level of Education: MS
Specialty Area/Focus of Interest: Women's, newborn, and pediatric health; Patient and family Centered care

 

 

Volunteer Experience

  • Board of Directors, Program services committee and chair, March of Dimes (Maine Chapter X 5 years and Western Slope chapter, Colorado since March 2013)
  • AWHONN state (RI, Maine, Colorado)and national

Cheryl K. Roth, MSN, RNC, WHNP-BC, RNFA 

Home: Mesa, AZ
Work/Employer: Nurse Practitioner, Labor and Delivery, Shea Campus, Scottsdale John C. Lincoln Network, Scottsdale, AZ
Highest Level of Education: MSN, current PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Tyler
Specialty Area/Focus of Interest: Obstetrics, High Risk Obstetrics, Fetal Monitoring, Human Factors Research

 

   

 

 

Volunteer Experience:  

  • March of Dimes Nurse Education Committee (Texas) 
  • Susan G. Komen and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • AWHONN Program Committee 2007
  • Mission Trip to Honduras with Salem Lutheran Church

Cheryl K. Roth, MSN, RNC, WHNP-BC, RNFA 

Home: Mesa, AZ
Work/Employer: Nurse Practitioner, Labor and Delivery, Shea Campus, Scottsdale John C. Lincoln Network, Scottsdale, AZ
Highest Level of Education: MSN, current PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Tyler
Specialty Area/Focus of Interest: Obstetrics, High Risk Obstetrics, Fetal Monitoring, Human Factors Research

 

   

 

 

Volunteer Experience:  

  • March of Dimes Nurse Education Committee (Texas) 
  • Susan G. Komen and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • AWHONN Program Committee 2007
  • Mission Trip to Honduras with Salem Lutheran Church
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