Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors


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 for defining and implementing strategies for managing population-specific patient care initiatives to ensure high quality care is provided throughout the organization. Dr. Toney is passionate about the organization’s mission of providing quality care to those in underserved communities.

She is the Patient-Centered Medical Home Champion and has facilitated practice teams in 14 sites to successfully achieve NCQA PCMH recognition. Dr. Toney obtained her PCMH Content Expert Certification from NCQA in 2014.

Her practice-related scholarship focuses on reducing/eliminating health disparities and increasing a diverse and culturally competent healthcare workforce. In both her professional and volunteer roles, she has been devoted to delivering and improving health care in under-served communities.

Dr. Toney works diligently on behalf of the nursing and health professions. She is a past president of the National Black Nurses Association and a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) where she serves as a project lead. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the secretary for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She has held board and officer positions for several national organizations.

She is active with the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nurses Campaign and is the Chair of the Nevada Action Coalition and also serves as chair of the Diversity Task Force. Dr. Debra A. Toney has been recognized for her contributions to society by numerous organizations including being selected as a Torchbearer in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

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 Beach; and Assistant Dean, School of Nursing, UCLA.; Dean & Professor, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and Founding Dean, School of Nursing, American University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Williams is a leader in the organization of Nurses since 1968, when she co-founded the Council of Black Nurses Los Angeles;. 1971, she was co-founder and charter member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) ; 1995 -1999 she was 7th National President NBNA.

In 1998,   she co-founded the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. (NCEMNA) .   She led the five NCEMNA organization members to create, “ NCEMNA: Nurse Scientist Stimulation Program,”. $2.4 M NIH/NIGMS/ DHHS grant as principal investigator and president.

A 2010, Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. She has received over 70 awards and citations including the 1998 Distinguished Alumnae Award, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) for outstanding work in nursing and health .

Vice President

Dr. Angie Millan, DNP, RN/NP, CNS, FAAN

Dr. Angie Millan is 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 for CMS, which encompasses California Children’s Services; Child, Health and Disability Prevention; and Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care programs. She has been with Children’s Medical Services since 1999.

Millan was previously national president and board member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), past member of the Nursing Advisory Council of the Joint Commission, and a member of the Commission to End Healthcare Disparities. She currently serves as a board member for NAHN, Los Angeles Chapter, and as commissioner for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission and a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees.

Millan was inducted as fellow of the American Nursing Academy in 2012 and is a recipient of the National Hispanic Medical Association’s Leadership Network Award and the Los Angeles County-Department of Public Health Innovation Award, among other recognitions.

Millan holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from California State University. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from Western University and she is licensed to practice nursing in the state of California and Washington D.C.


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 College, Northfield, MN and achieved her MA in nursing with a focus in transcultural nursing and community care, at Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, MN. Sandy is a member of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Committee and a past editorial board member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Leader journal. She has contributed to curriculum development for general diversity and clinical culturally sensitive education at Gundersen Health System, the La Crosse Health Science Consortium and nationally for the Center for Nursing Leadership (CNL). Sandy’s nursing career has spanned long-term care, clinic and hospital care settings as well as Human Resources. She notes that her current work brings together her clinical operational knowledge, leadership experience and transcultural nursing skills to guide workforce priorities, clinical care improvements for diverse patients and strengthens community relationships. Sandy is committed to fostering the next generation of nurses and healthcare leaders by mentoring students and colleagues as they discover their professional path in healthcare.

Dr. Patricia T. Alpert, DrPH, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, CNE, FAANP

Dr. Patricia T. Alpert is the Founding Dean of Arizona College, School of Nursing, Las Vegas campus. Prior to her current position she was the Chair of the Physiologic Department, School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). While at UNLV she taught in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She also taught health policy classes in both the MSN and DNP programs.

Dr. Alpert’s program of research is concentrated in obesity and the alternative exercise effects on balance, memory and mood in older adults. The long-term goal of her research is to strengthen knowledge in the areas of balance and obesity so that plausible interventions can be initiated. She just completed research on balance across the decades (20-60+ years), to identify the decade of life in which balance begins to decline and to identify which of the three systems involved in balance (visual, vestibular or somatosensory) is affected initially. Utilizing her prior research on vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency, Dr. Alpert hopes to assess the relationship of associated muscle weakness due to vitamin D deficiency and declining balance. Her current research on obesity centers on balance, quality of life and muscle strength in obese older women with knee osteoarthritis participating in a progressive exercise program. She has received both intramural and extramural grant funds to support research in these areas. Her published research reports and clinical articles have appeared in nursing, pediatric medicine and physical therapy journals.

Dr. Alpert is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and holds ANCC national certification as both a pediatric and family nurse practitioner. She is also an NLN certified nurse educator and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in maternal-child nursing. She has reviewed numerous articles for several health and nursing journals, reviewed grant for HRSA, CDC and NIH. She is a member of the editorial board for five peer reviewed journals; Home Health Care Management & Practice and Nursing Education Perspectives; Journal for Nurse Practitioner; Asian Pacific Islander Nursing Journal and the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (also an Associate Editor for this journal) . She also writes a bi-monthly column on preventive health care issues which appear in the Home Health Care Management & Practice journal.

AAPINA - Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association

Dr. Alona Angosta, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Alona Angosta, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C is a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs (MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing (UNLVSON). She has over 15 years of experience as board certified NP. She is the immediate past President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA). Under her leadership, two state chapters were formed, the AAPINA of Nevada and North Carolina, expanding the organization’s membership. She led numerous national conferences to advance health equity and nursing science and established collaborative partnerships with national and international organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action in building a Culture of Health and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also led AAPINA’s first national webinar with RWJF Campaign for Action highlighting mentorship of minority nurse leaders to promote a Culture of Health. Under her leadership at UNLVSON, the MSN program was ranked for the first time in the top 100 by the U.S. News and World Report (2019) and is currently ranked 11th among the best online nursing programs (2020) in the U.S.
Dr. Angosta’s research focuses primarily on cardiovascular disease, specifically lifestyle choices, and those most vulnerable. She is one of the few nurse scientists who is taking on the task of studying Filipino Americans in Nevada - the fastest-growing minority group in the state -with the intent of improving their cardiovascular health status. This work is desperately needed as Filipino Americans have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke. She designed and tested interdisciplinary and culturally-based physical activity programs aimed at enhancing cardiovascular health. She has published her work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at national, international, state, and regional nursing and scientific conferences.
Dr. Angosta gives back by serving in numerous committees/councils. Her passion for the profession is also visible in the southern Nevada community. She is a recipient of the 2020 Nevada State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Leadership Scholar from the Okura Grant Foundation, and UNLVSON Excellence in Service and Research. She is a Fellow of the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program and John Crawford Research Institute; and a member of numerous professional and nursing organizations. Dr. Angosta’s impact has facilitated the growth of the nursing profession, specifically in advancing diversity and health equity.

Dr. Eun Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN

Dr. Im is currently the president of Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), and was the president elect of the AAPINA (2018-2019). She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Edith Folsom Honeycutt Endowed Chair at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Im received a BSN with an honor (magna cum laude) and a MPH from Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her second Master's degree (MSN) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and finally a PhD in nursing from UCSF in 1997. She also had 1.5 years of postdoctoral study at UCSF. She has been an endowed chair/professor at the University of Texas at Austin (La Quinta Motor Inns Centennial Professor, 2007 to 2011), the University of Pennsylvania (Majorie O. Rendell Endowed Chair, 2011-2016), and Duke University (Mary T. Champagne Professor, 2016-2020). She has gained national and international recognition as a methodologist and theorist in international cross-cultural women’s health through more than 370 papers, abstracts, and chapters (over 185 refereed journal articles) and over 320 international and national multi-disciplinary presentations. She has obtained about 17.5 million dollars of research funding through R01s and other grants (4 R01s as the PI and over 30 other grants as the PI). Dr. Im has been on more than 50 research review panels of the NIH, and was a reviewer for the PCORI and the American Heart Association. Dr. Im is a senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, is on the editorial boards of 8 journals including the Advances in Nursing Science and the Research in Nursing and Health, and is on 13 editorial review boards. She has numerous national and international awards, one of which is the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2019, she received the Global Mentor Award from the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing for her work in mentoring international doctoral students and serving as a role model in doctoral education in nursing and research. Recently, she was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council. Also, she was selected as one of the 2019 NINR Director's lecturers.

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NAHN-National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL

Alana Cueto

NY-Presbyterian Hospital

Currently serve in the role of President-Elect of NAHN. In July 2020, I will be installed as the new national president of NAHN for a two year term.


Elizabeth Aquino,PhD, RN

Dr. Elizabeth Aquino is the Associate Director for the Master’s Entry to Practice Program at DePaul University’s School of Nursing. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the largest graduate nursing program at DePaul University.
Aquino is the current President of the American Nurses Association-Illinois, the professional association that represents the interests of Illinois’ 190,000+ registered nurses. She is the current Treasurer for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Immediate Past-President of the NAHN-Illinois Chapter. NAHN focuses on supporting, mentoring, and increasing the pipeline of Latinx nurses; and advancing the health in Latinx communities.
Through her nursing background, research, and community service, Aquino has focused on the many issues that ethnic minorities and underserved communities face that impact their health. Aquino has demonstrated her deep commitment to helping others through her volunteerism and community service with various non-profit organizations where she has shared her expertise to help address health disparities. She has promoted a vision of healthcare advancement in Illinois and nationally by serving as a leading voice for Latinx nurses on local and national boards, advocating for the nursing profession, and providing services and resources to Latinx communities.
Aquino’s clinical background is in critical care, specifically surgical-trauma intensive care nursing. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s of science in nursing from DePaul University, and a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing.

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NANAINA - American Indian/Alaska Native

Dr. Misty Wilkie-Condiff

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 a college instructor. She has taught in ADN, BSN, and MSN programs. She currently is an Assistant Professor at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. Prior to teaching, Dr. Wilkie-Condiff was a Maternal-Child Health coordinator, a medical-surgical and emergency room nurse, and a graduate research assistant. In addition to her passion for mentoring minority students, Dr. Wilkie-Condiff has devoted her research to learning more about the organ donation and transplantation process in American Indians. Her current research project will be to understand the quality of life after organ donation or transplantation surgery for members of two Ojibwe tribes. Dr. Wilkie-Condiff earned her Associate in Science degree in Nursing in 1997 (Hibbing Community College), a BSN in 2001 (Bemidji State University), a MSN in 2003 (University of North Dakota) and a PhD in 2009 (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities). She currently serves on the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the American Indian Work Group for AMAT, and the President Elect of National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association. She is married to Rich and is blessed with 3 children: Zachary, Quinn and Avaya

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NBNA - The National Black Nurses Association

Lola Denise Jefferson, ThD, MA, BSN, RNC, CVRN

1st Vice President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). She is the Founder, Past President & Executive Director of the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association which is the largest chapter of the NBNA for 19 years. She is a House Supervisor at Kindred Sugarland Hospital and has served in a supervisory role for over 19 years. Recently, she has accepted a position as a Nurse Student Learning Specialist at the Chamberlain College of Nursing. She maintains certifications in Cardiovascular Nursing, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Women's Health. She has taken a group of nurses to Pignon, Haiti on a medical mission trip to provide quality nursing care and to educate on preventive health care.

Patricia Lane, BSN, MBA, SCRN, FAAN

Patricia is currently the Administrative Director for Neuroscience and Emergency Medical Service Outreach at Bon Secours Mercy Health System in Richmond Virginia. She is responsible for Neuroscience Services at five hospitals incorporating Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurointerventional Surgery as well as outreach services for first responders for more than 120 agencies. She has over 30 years of Neuroscience expertise and was inducted in the Academy of Nursing in 2018.

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PNAA - The Philippine Nurses Association of America

Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia

Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia is the Program Director, Nursing Informatics, Information Technology Department at NewYork-Presbyterian. Mary Joy has been a member of the National Advisory Committee for Research on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. As the Immediate Chair of Kalusugan Coalition, a non-profit organization that promotes the health of Filipino-Americans in New York, Mary Joy's engagement and partnership with NYU-Center for the Study of Asian American Health and Asian Pacific Island American Health Forum (APIAHF) led to successful implementation of community based research on cardiovascular health and hypertension. Currently, Mary Joy is President-elect of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. She was recently inducted as Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in October 26, 2019 and by the New York Academy of Medicine in Nov. 7, 2019. She aims to continue her research interest in global health and mobile technology in addressing health equity, social determinants of health and disparity in the Asian-American community.

Mindy Ofiana Education MSN, RN

Works as Chief Operations Officer/Chief Nursing Officer. Currently the Legislative Chair of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. Member of American Nurses Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

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