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AWHONN’s 2018 Board Elects
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We are pleased to announce and welcome AWHONN’s newest members to the 2018 Board of Directors. Their term officially begins on January 1, 2018.


Cheryl Roth, PhD, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, RNFA

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. As Coordinator of the CCC (Coordinated Care Program for Complex Moms and Babies), she manages an innovative program to support patients with high risk diagnoses during pregnancy, delivery, and throughout the postpartum stay.

She has recently completed a term on the AWHONN National 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.

Cheryl is an AWHONN Fetal Monitoring Instructor Trainer and was instrumental in bringing AWHONN Fetal Monitoring courses to Arizona when she moved there from Texas in 2007.She has presented nationally on many topics, including fetal monitoring and high risk pregnancy. She received her PhD in Global Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler in2014, and her dissertation was titled “Human Factors Contributing to Nursing Errors”. She has published in Nursing for Women’s Health, JOGNN, JONA, Nursing Forum, and MCN. Her commitment to the care of women, newborns, and nurses is encompassed in her personal mission statement, which begins “My life shall be about birth.”


Raquel “Kelly” Walker, DNP, MSN, BSN, BA

Kelly Walker, DNP, RN-BC, RNC-MNN 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 served as Chapter/Section leader for SC, Board of Directors, and a member of the first Emerging Leader Program. She also volunteers with Save the Children advocating for global maternal and newborn issues. She earned her BSN and MSN from Medical University of South Carolina, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Walden University. She is certified in Maternal Newborn Nursing from NCC and Professional Development from ANCC. Kelly is married to Stephen and has two children, Ashley (15yo) and Zachary (14yo).



Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Research at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Dr. Alhusen earned her BSN from Villanova University, MSN/FNP from Duke University, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology, focused on perinatal women, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has practiced as a nurse and family nurse practitioner for more than twenty years, largely focused on caring for women, and children living in poverty. Her research has been funded by NIH, HRSA, and multiple organizations, including March of Dimes and AWHONN. The broad theme guiding her research is improving the health of women and children, particularly those living in poverty. Current funded grants include illuminating the role of partner violence on adverse neonatal outcomes, mental health during pregnancy and its impact on mothers and children, mindful eating to reduce excessive gestational weight gain, and unintended pregnancy among women living with disability. 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 a board member of several other organizations focused on improving maternal health. In recognition of her research contributions, she received Villanova University’s Award for Outstanding Scholar (2014), the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Early Science Investigator Award (2015) as well as AWHONN’s Award of Excellence in Research (2016).


Kristine Rimbos, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Kris Rimbos, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, 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 received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Science in Parent Child Nursing from the University of Minnesota. 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 starting in January of 2017. Kris’ previous AWHONN involvement includes education and newsletter Coordinator positions in MN and WI, conference planning committees in WI and CO, and she was a member of AWHONN’s Section Advisory Panel in2015 and AWHONN’s Leadership Conference Planning Committee in 2016. Kris has been very involved with the March of Dimes, serving seven years as a Walk Team Captain and five years as a Signature Chef’s fundraiser committee member.

She served as a nurse leader representative on two state task forces for the Colorado Hospital Association and the Department of Health. Kris is passionate about the care of women and infants, nursing, and professional practice and is a certified Caritas Coach through Jean Watson’s Caring Science Institute.

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