NCEMNA

Board of Directors

  • President — MILA C. VELASQUEZ, MN, RN

  • NCEMNA PRESIDENT 2015-2017   MILA C. VELASQUEZ, MN, RN is known within the nursing profession and community as a leader, educator, researcher and advanced practitioner. She has received numerous professional awards for her leadership achievements and outstanding public service at the local, national and international community. She’s a strong advocate for ethnic minorities as evidenced […]

  • Email:
    mila.velaquez@yahoo.com
  • Vice President — Elizabeth W. Gonzalez, PhD, APRN-BC

  • Elizabeth W. Gonzalez, PhD., PMHCNS-BC is President of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc. (AAPINA). She is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of Doctoral Nursing Programs in the College of Nursing & Health Professions at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental […]

  • Interim Treasurer — Angie Millan, MSN, RN/NP, CNS FAAN

  • Angie Millan currently serves the Nursing Director for Children’s Medical Services (CMS) at the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. In this position she plans, directs, coordinates and administers nursing programs in CMS. She is a Doctoral of Nursing Practice student at Western University in Pomona. Millan is past President of the National […]

  • Email:
    amillan@thehispanicnurses.org
  • Jose Alejandro, Vice-President —- PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN

  • Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN is the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Dr. Alejandro is the director of Case Management at Tampa General Hospital, a 1,116 bed Level One Trauma Center, and an international healthcare consultant specializing in care coordination and population health. He also currently serves […]

  • Secretary — Dr. Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN is the director of operations for Nevada Health Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada the state’s largest federally qualified community health center with 16 locations. For more than 30 years, she has been on the frontlines of patient care delivery. She is passionate about the organization’s mission of providing quality […]

  • President Emerita — Dr. Betty Smith Williams, PH, MN, MSN, RN, FAAN

  • President Emerita, NCEMNA Dr. Betty Smith Williams is an educator, spanning over 50 years in teaching, research, service and administration, beginning as the first African American nurse hired as faculty in higher education in California (1956). She served as Professor, Mount Saint Mary’s College, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and California State University Long […]

  • Email:
    betwilliam@aol.com
  • Birthdale Archie, DNP, MSN, BS, RN

  • Dr. Birthale Archie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nursing Care Force, LLC – a home health care agency in Kentwood, Michigan and faculty at Davenport University on the Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was the Visionary-Founder and President of the Kalamazoo-Muskegon Michigan Black Nurses Association (KMMBNA) headquartered in Kentwood. She […]

  • Anabell Castro Thompson, RN, MSN, ANP-C

  • Anabell Castro Thompson is President-Elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Castro Thompson is also Hispanic Program Director and Nurse Practitioner at Hospice of the Valley (HOV), the largest non-profit hospice in the nation. In her quest to decrease Hispanic cultural barriers which result in hospice underutilization, she has developed a culturally competent model […]

  • Misty Condif

  • Dr. Misty Wilkie-Condiff is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota. She grew up on multiple reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. As a minority nurse, she is interested in mentoring minority students seeking a career in health care. For the last decade she has been […]

  • Dino Doliente III, MBA, BSN, RN

  • Mr. Doliente graduated from Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. In 2005, he earned his Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Columbia Campus in Maryland.   Mr. Doliente began his career as an RN in New Jersey in 1995 and eventually relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. […]

  • Dr. Maria Christina Esperat, RN, PhD, FAAN

  • Dr. Maria Christina Esperat, RN, PhD, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Community Engagement of the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She is the CH Foundation Regents Professor in Rural Health Disparities at the School, and administers the School’s business enterprise, which includes […]

  • Leticia C. Hermosa, JD, PhD, MSN, RN

  • Dr. Leticia C. Hermosa is the President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. She earned her BSN from Philippine Women’s University, Manila, Philippines and her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from Boston University. She obtained her Law Degree from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Her previous leadership positions included Chairman of the Massachusetts […]

  • Oisaeng Hong, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Dr. OiSaeng Hong (Immediate Past President AAPINA) is a professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and Director of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Graduate Program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also an affiliated professor at University of California Berkeley’s Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Hong’s […]

  • Lola Denise Jefferson, BSN, RNC, CVRN

  • Lola Denise Jefferson, BSN, RNC, CVRN is the 1st Vice President of the National Black Nurses Association(NBNA).  Ms. Jefferson is the Founder & Executive Director of the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association which was the largest chapter of the NBNA for 10 consecutive years.  Ms. Jefferson has served in a supervisory role for over […]

  • Sandy Littlejohn, RN, BSN

  • Sandy is an enrolled member of Lower Sioux Mdewakanton Community, Morton, MN, and currently Executive Director of Hospital Operations at Gundersen Health System, in La Crosse, WI. She provides administrative leadership for the Hospitalist Program, Central Staffing Office and overall Hospital Operations. Sandy received her BSN St. Olaf College and pursued her master’s education at […]

  • Victoria B. Navarro, M.A.S., M.S.N., R.N.

  • Immediate Past and 17th President The Philippine Nurses Association of America co-Director Philippine Humanitarian Coalition Honorary Representative (USA) Commission on Filipinos Overseas Director of Clinical Quality Johns Hopkins Medicine International   Ms. Navarro is Past President (2012-2014) of the Philippine Nurses Association of America(PNAA). She is co-Chair of Philippine Humanitarian Coalition, re-building Philippine communities affected […]

  • Elected Treasurer — Dr. Lee Anne Nichols

  • Dr. Lee Anne Nichols (Cherokee) is on faculty at The University of Tulsa Health Science Center School of Nursing as an Associate Professor in Community Health Nursing. Dr. Nichols works in collaboration with American Indian tribes in the Southeastern part of the United States on research projects as well as program development. Her program of […]

  • Daniel M. Suarez, MA, RN

  • Daniel Suarez is a professional nurse with more than 30 years of experience in the nursing field. During his career, he has held several positions as a Clinician and Nurse Recruiter in several hospitals around New York City. Currently, he is the Assoc. Director of Sales for the NY Region at Nurse.com, the premier magazine […]

  • Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Director of Population Health Management Dr. Debra A. Toney is the Director of Population Health Management, at Nevada Health Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, the State’s largest federally qualified health center with 18 locations. Dr. Toney is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost effective care throughout Nevada Health Center Medical Practices. She is accountable […]

  • Eric Williams

  • On August 2, 2015, Dr. Williams was installed as the first male and 12th President of the National Black Nurses Association. Currently, Dr. Williams, is the Assistant Director/Faculty Leader and Professor of Nursing at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA. He is recognized as being the first African American male faculty member where he began […]