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 […]

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    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 […]

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  • Treasurer — Sandy Littlejohn, MA, BSN, RN

  • Sandy is an enrolled member of Lower Sioux Mdewakanton Community, Morton, MN, and currently Executive Consultant at Gundersen Health System, in La Crosse, WI. She is an active member of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) board, most recently served as Secretary of the organization. Sandy received her BSN at St. Olaf […]

  • Secretary —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 […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Dr. Norma Cuellar

  • Dr. Cuellar is a full professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is the President-Elect for NAHN for the 2016-18 biennium. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Dr. Cuellar has been a member of the NAHN for over 10 years and has served in a variety […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]