Alumni Association Board

2021 Vision and Goals
  • Strengthen interaction amongst alumni globally through social media and networking events
  • Increase and sustain financial support for student professional engagement and/or endeavors
  • Maintain strong enthusiasm and participation from all alumni board members (directors and committee members)
  • Leverage knowledge and expertise from the Marian K. Shaughnessy Leadership Academy through educational offerings and mentorship
  • Support interdisciplinary collaboration across the healthcare spectrum (from the community to academic institutions to health systems)
Board Meeting Dates | 2021
  • Saturday, February 20:  Virtual Board Retreat
  • Wednesday May 26 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • Thursday August 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST via Zoom (potential for an in-person option)
  • Friday October 22 (annual community meeting at Homecoming) – time TBD
    Executive Board

    Erika Cheung, BSN'12

    Patricia Beam, DNP '15
    Past President

    Ramona Sowers, DNP'09

    Paula Forsythe, BSN'82, MSN'84
    Operational Director

    Kathryn Moore, DNP '07
    Alumni Engagement Director


    Board Members:

    Pat Beam, DNP '15

    Latina Brooks, PhD '02, MSN '98, BSN '95, BA '93

    Theresa Campo, DNP '08

    Erika Cheung, BSN '12

    Mary Alice Dombrowski, DNP '04, MSN '00

    Kathleen Frato, MSN, RN

    Paula Forsythe, MSN '82, BSN '84

    Heidi Ann Goodwin, MSN '08

    Karen Hogan, ND'83

    Helen Hurst, DNP '08, MSN '99

    Mary Jo Krivanek, DNP '18

    Colleen Leners, DNP '12, MSN

    Kathryn Moore, DNP '07

    Germaine Cheryl Nelson, DNP '17, MSN

    Laura Nosek, PhD '85, MSN '81, BSN '61

    George Peraza Smith, DNP'12, MSN

    Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP '08

    Ramona Sowers, DNP '09, MSN

    Mary Louise Tatum, MSN '20

    Jessica Vida-Clough, MSN, BSN '10

    Committee Members

    Christina Burrell Clark, MSN '08, BSN '04

    Ann Jenkins Farmer, BSN '99

    Heidi Filer, BSN '99

    Julia Golden, BSN '09

    Lauren Kusi, MSN ''20

    Ruth O'Brien, PhD, MSN '66

    Courtney Donahue Stathis, DNP '19

    Joanne Thanavaro, ND '04

    Nancy Wagner, DNP '09

    Alumni Association Board Members
    Photo of Patricia Beam

    Professional Development Specialist

    Areas of Expertise: 

    - Nursing Education

    - Pediatric Nursing


    - Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy


    Photo of Latina Brooks

    Assistant Professor and Director
    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Nursing Education
    - Women’s Health/Primary Care


    - National Black Nurses Association Triple Alumni (with PhD)


    Photo of Theresa Campo

    Chair (EMS), Director (ED NP), and Associate Professor Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Family Medicine
    - Emergency Medicine


    American Organization for Nursing Leaders

    photo of Erika Cheung, FPB Alumni Association Board President

    Alumni Board President

    Registered Nurse
    Special Pathogens Program Coordinator

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Nursing
    - Disaster preparedness
    - Emergency Management
    - Infectious Disease


    - Travel Nursing
    - Global Health Nursing

    Erika Cheung is currently working as a nurse in the Pediatric Float Pool at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She also serves as the nurse champion for the Special Pathogens Program and helps to keep CHLA prepared to care for patients with novel

    Prior to landing at CHLA, she got her start at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and then worked as a travel nurse in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. She was originally born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys playing indoor volleyball and traveling the world. So far, Erika has visited twenty countries... only 177 more to go! Her dream job is to work internationally for a humanitarian
    NGO, such as MSF or the UN.

    photo of Mary Alice Dombrowski

    Nurse Practitioner

    Area of Expertise:

    - Pediatric Gastroenterology


    - Holistic Nurses Association

    photo of Kathy Frato


    Areas of Expertise:

    - Nurse Management
    - Nursing Professional Development

    photo of Paula Forsythe

    Past Board President

    Document Writer


    Area of Expertise:

    - Neonatal Nursing

    photo of Heidi Goodwin

    Nurse Practitioner
    Certified Nurse Midwife

    Area of Expertise:

    - Women’s Health (breast cancer)


    Nurse Leader Fellowship

    photo of Karen Hogan

    Nursing Director

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Behavioral Health
    - Emergency Services


    - Magnet Program
    - Former CNO



    Photo of Helen Hurst

    Department Head and Associate to the Dean

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Obstetrics
    - Women’s Health


    - Editorial board for Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing


    photo of Mary Jo Krivanek

    Education Manager

    Areas of Expertise:

    -Leadership Development for nurse managers

    photo of Colleen Leners

    Director of Policy
    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Policy Fellow
    - Family Medicine


    Army Nurse Corps



    photo of Kathryn Moore

    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Acute and Critical Care
    - Nursing Research


    - Army Nurse Corps
    - Global Health nursing



    photo of Germaine Nelson

    Clinical Program Manager

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Emergency Medicine
    - Community Outreach


    Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy




    photo of George Peraza-Smith

    Department Chair
    Nurse Practitioner

    Areas of Expertise:

    - Gerontological Nursing
    - Primary Care
    - Nursing Education




    Associate Professor and Senior Dean for Academic Affairs

    Alumni Association Committee Members