Past Presidents

Dr. Betty Smith WilliamsPresident 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 .


Past President, NAHN, Inc.
Professor University of Michigan School of Nursing
Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Programs
2011-2014  Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D., RN.”Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D., RN.
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH Ph.D. Urban Education/Health Policy
University of Akron, Akron, OH MS ED- Education
Excelsior College Albany, NY BSN –Nursing
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner
Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing Diploma- Nursing
Work:She is currently retired and previous employers include:
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Chief Operating Officer, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and the International Commission on Health Care
Director, Summit County Department of Job & Family Services and County Coordinator for Social Services
Assistant Professor, Director of the Center for Urban & Minority Health, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and Nursing
Director, Cleveland Department of Public Health
Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Human Services
Branch Manager/Administrator, Staff Builders Home Health Care Services
Family Nurse Practitioner, Akron Health Department Volunteer: Current volunteer positions include:
Trustee, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Trustee, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation
The Kym Sellers Foundation
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses- Former President
Links, Inc. – Member, former Treasurer, Vice President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church-Health Ministry
She and husband, Ken have five children and 14 Grandchildren. The adult children are: Kym Sellers, Kelli Wilson, William Alford, Kenneth Smith, Jr. and Kim Cochran. The grandchildren range in age from 9 years to 27 years of age.Sydney 22
Sydney 18
Desi 18
Brennan 17
Bailee 16
Syarra 15
Traevon 15
Kendal 14
Shayla 13
Mychael 12
Shyanne 11
Evan 11
Blayke 9
Husband: Kenneth Smith
Favorite Desination:
Tied between Harare Zimbabwe and Paris France. Zimbabwe (having the ability to extend my knowledge and expertise in a foreign country to health professionals and groups of underserved individuals was extremely rewarding.
Paris, France- ”April in Paris” with my husband was fantastic!
Maria, choose either one if you like
Fun Fact:
In spare time, love to dance and play poker Term Began: May 14, 2014 – October, 2014
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