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AWHONN’s 2018 Board of Director’s Candidates
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The AWHONN Board of Directors has approved the slate of candidates, presented by the Nominating Committee, for the 2018 Board of Directors. Elections will be held in September 2017 and the new Board of Director members will officially take office January 1, 2018. Members will be electing a President Elect, Secretary Treasurer and 2 Directors. The slate is as follows:


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.”

Geraldine Tamborelli, BSN, MS, RN

My name is Geri Tamborelli. I completed my BSN in 1986 and since then I have been working as a registered nurse in maternal child health. In 1996, after working as a staff nurse in the labor & delivery, fetal evaluation and high risk antenatal units at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence RI, I accepted my first leadership opportunity.

In 2003 I graduated with my MS in health services administration from Salve Regina University. Since then, I have been in various nurse leader roles including manager, director and senior director. During my career, I have also been afforded multiple opportunities to serve as a committee leader, member and board member for the March of Dimes, and our national AWHONN board and state chapters. Some of the roles I held in the past include two terms as RI chapter secretary-treasurer, chairing the planning committee for AWHONN's leadership conference, member of the national finance committee and national board of director's secretary-treasurer.

Over the past few years, I have also been honored to speak at our national convention and volunteered to help pilot several projects. I currently serve on the conference planning committee for the Colorado section and the national AWHONN development committee. I have most recently been promoted to associate chief nursing officer at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital.


Linda Bennington, BS, MS, BSN, MSN, PhD

Linda K. Bennington, PhD, RN is a Senior Lecturer at Old Dominion University's School of Nursing, where she has worked for the past 16 years teaching maternity nursing as well as community health nursing in teen pregnancy and prenatal care. Her research was concerned with "The Relationship among Spirituality, Perceived Birth Experience and Maternal Infant Bonding," at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She is currently the Chair of the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee for the state of Virginia, of which she has been a member since 2008. This led to her involvement with the Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative which is striving to increase the rate of breastfeeding in Virginia's birthing hospitals. Her cultural experience with nursing ranges from a 3 week trip to China with AWHONN nurses for educational information exchanges to a trip with Physician's for Peace to the Dominican Republic to work in the barrios and an educational exchange in Kitakyshu, Japan on the evolution of women's healthcare and rights in the US.

She has several publications ranging from a holistic approach to infertility; womb outsourcing; breastfeeding multiples; development of an instrument to measure spirituality, which she presented at the STTI conference in Capetown, South Africa; and two chapters in a publication on Genetics in Nursing that includes: "Mosiaicism and Immunogentics." She has also presented topics for the Tidewater AWHONN association on Lupus and the AWHONN trip to China. Prior to becoming a nurse her educational background included degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and performed research in nutrition in the area of protein calorie malnutrition focusing on the maternal infant dyad. During this time she taught Chemistry for the Health Sciences for prelicensure RN's, which prompted her interest in nursing.

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.

Marianne Sevcik, RN, MSN

Marianne Sevcik is an energetic healthcare leader who is passionate about utilizing AWHONN standards to promote women and children’s health. She currently works for The Joint Commission as a Perinatal Reviewer and Pediatric Surveyor. Her national exposure has been the platform for influencing healthcare leaders to utilize AWHONN resources as a standard for clinical quality.

As a nurse with over 25 years of experience in labor & delivery and NICU she has also served as the director of multiple perinatal departments in diverse healthcare settings. Throughout her career, she has looked to AWHONN standards as a foundation for quality. Using AWHONN initiatives, she led the team that was first in Florida and tenth in the nation to receive The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Certification. As a regional leader of Perinatal Directors, Marianne successfully helped to develop a regional orientation program using AWHONN curriculum, providing quality training for nurses throughout South Florida. She served as the state representative on a national council for women and infant’s health (WISC) and was recognized by the Florida Department of Health for improving regional compliance through a robust infant immunization program.

She was nominated for a National Innovation in Healthcare Award for work on exclusive breastfeeding and is the recipient of the Spirit of Plane tree award for contributions in volunteerism and leadership. Her career is a consistent testimony that AWHONN standards are a powerful voice for influencing quality locally, regionally and nationally.

Dixie Weber, MS, RN

Dixie Weber is the Administrator for Women's and Urological Services at the St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho. She is a frequent speaker at healthcare leadership and AWHONN conferences. Dixie currently serves as the Idaho AWHONN Section Leader. For the past 15 years, Dixie has specialized in Maternal-Child Healthcare and has held numerous leadership and programmatic positions within the specialty.She also taught hands-on clinical care at the university level. Dixie completed her undergraduate degree at the Washington State Intercollegiate College of Nursing.

She holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership, and a post-master’s graduate certificate in Adult Learning Theory, from Regis University. She is a natural educator who loves to share her passion and knowledge around nursing leadership, management and quality improvement with others. Dixie has developed numerous innovative programs and has spoken across the country on topics including Generational Workforce Management, Adoption and Surrogacy Sensitive Care, Medical Bio-Ethics and Leadership Development. Her current focus is on the development of a substance abuse during pregnancy program, utilization of integrative therapies in the in-patient setting for women, outreach and perinatal education programs for the female prisoner population, and the development of a perinatal patient education smart phone app.

Dixie resides in Boise, Idaho with her husband of 18 years and their two amazing sons. Her personal hobbies include golf, spending time with friends and family, and coaching her son’s soccer team.

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