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Top Nursing Association Announces 2018 President-Elect and Board of Directors

Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Board Terms Officially Start January 1, 2018

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is pleased to announce its 2018 President-Elect and Board of Directors. Their term officially begins on January 1, 2018.

New members of the 2018 AWHONN Board of Directors include 2018 President-Elect Cheryl Roth, PhD, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, RNFA, Secretary-Treasurer Raquel “Kelly” Walker, DNP, MSN, BSN, BA and Directors Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN and Kristine Rimbos, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM. “I want to wish a heartfelt congratulations to our new President-Elect and Board of Directors,” said AWHONN's President, Emily Drake, PhD, RN, FAAN, “I look forward to working with them to help continue to move AWHONN forward.”

Dr. Cheryl Roth has been a nurse for 38 years and has worked in all areas of women’s health. She is currently working as the Nurse Practitioner in a Level III High Risk Obstetrics unit is Scottsdale, AZ. Her duties include clinical oversight of the Antepartum High Risk Unit, responsibility for all nursing research projects on her units, and assistance with education. She had recently served on the AWHONN Board of Directors and was a member of the AWHONN Public Policy Committee. She currently is the District 3 Member of the Section Advisory Committee. She has served on many AWHONN Planning Committees in both Texas and Arizona.



Kelly Walker is from Charleston, SC and works at Roper St. Francis Healthcare as the Clinical Specialist for Women’s Services. She has 22 years of clinical experience as a staff nurse, educator, and Clinical Specialist in GYN/Medical-Surgical and Labor and Delivery. She has previously served on the AWHONN Board of Directors, as Chapter/Section leader for SC, and a member of the first Emerging Leader Program. She also volunteers with Save the Children advocating for global maternal and newborn issues.





Dr. Jeanne Alhusen is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Research at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She has practiced as a nurse and family nurse practitioner for more thantwenty years, largely focused on caring for women, and children living in poverty. The broad theme guiding her research is improving the health of women and children, particularly those living in poverty. She has been an active member in AWHONN for over 10 years and has served as an abstract reviewer, corresponding member of the research advisory panel, and is currently a panel member of the research advisory panel. She also serves on the editorial board of JOGNN and is the recipient of AWHONN’s Award of Excellence in Research (2016).  

Kris Rimbos is the Director for Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby, Lactation Services and Prenatal Education at AMITA Hinsdale and LaGrange Hospitals in the suburbs of Chicago. Kris has 28 years of nursing experience in women and infant care as a staff nurse, prenatal educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adjunct Faculty Member, Manager, and Director. She has worked in both community and Level III teaching hospitals in several states. Kris recently completed serving four years as the Colorado AWHONN Section Chair, having been re-elected after her first term. She was then selected to serve on AWHONN’s Development Committee in 2017.



For media interviews, contact: 
Mary Elizabeth Elkordy for AWHONN
(202) 261-2447



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