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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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2018 Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

Jennifer L. Doyle, MSN, WHNP-BC

PRESIDENT

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! 

 

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

President-Elect

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

Secretary Treasurer

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).

 

 
Directors

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).

 

 

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. 

 

Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM

Cheryl Larry-Osman is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience in obstetrics with focus in the clinical areas of Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, High Risk Antepartum, Normal Newborn, and Women’s Health. Cheryl Trained as a certified nurse midwife and is regularly invited to present on a host of clinical topics related to the care of women and newborns. Cheryl is an active member of AWHONN. Since joining in 2003, she has been involved as a SE Michigan Chapter Leader; member of the Michigan Section Leadership Team; 2012 AWHONN Emerging Leader; 2015 Nurse in Washington Scholarship Recipient; Legislative Coordinator for MI; and, is also a member of the Public Policy Committee.

 

As a complement to clinical practice, Cheryl is trained as a healthcare Equity Ambassador through the Henry Ford Health System, serving as an expert in the areas of cultural competence and healthcare equity in the hospital system. As a researcher, she has been co-primary investigator for a cultural competence study, and is currently primary investigator for a “virtual nurse” digital education platform for postpartum moms. Cheryl is a passionate advocate for the optimal and equitable care of women and children and has involvement in policy and clinical strategies as the national, state, and local levels addressing preterm birth, infant mortality, and the reduction of maternal morbidity/mortality. Cheryl has also volunteered at perinatal loss and domestic violence prevention events.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Recently hired by the AWHONN Board of Directors as CEO, Berry comes to AWHONN with over 30 years in the nonprofit sector, primarily in leading medical and scientific organizations. She has been serving in Interim C-Suite roles since 2014. Berry’s interim roles have included: Senior Advisor to the Executive Director overseeing Finance and special projects for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP); Senior Strategic Advisor to the CEO for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) overseeing education, examination, talent management and communication; Interim COO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); and Interim CEO of the American Diabetes Association. 


Berry founded Association Resources in 1983 along with Peter J. Berry, CAE. Prior to selling AR in 2007, she developed and led a broad portfolio of health care clients. She served as Executive Director of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics (ASENT) and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). She was a strategic advisor to many of AR’s clients, including the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and consulted with organizations to develop and design certification programs. She has facilitated many strategic planning sessions for nonprofit organizations. She has also worked with associations to develop governance and board training programs. 

Berry holds a Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  She is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), is a Certified Association Executive, and serves on the ASAE CAE Testing Committee and the ASAE Foundation Development Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

 
Ex-Officio Directors

Emily Drake, PhD, RN, FAAN

IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT

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). 

 

 


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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