|Board of Directors|
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 Community (Board Members Only)
Suzanne "Suze"Ketchem, MSN, RNC
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Barbara S. Tewell, MSN, RNC-OB
Home: San Diego, CA
Karen T. Harris, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
immediate past president