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Black Nurses Assoc. Elects New Members

SILVER SPRING, MD - The National Black Nurses Association is pleased to announce its newly elected officers and members of the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.  


“Congratulations to the new officers, board members and nominating Committee members in your new roles of service to the NBNA”, stated Dr. Debra A. Toney, President,   “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome you and look forward to working with this upcoming year.”


NBNA Officers


Deidre Woods-Walton, JD, MSN, RN

NBNA First Vice President


Lola Denise Jefferson, BSN, RNC, CVRN

NBNA Second Vice President


Irene Daniels-Lewis, DNSc, RN, APN, FAAN

NBNA Treasurer


Rita Wray, MBA, RN, FAAN  

NBNA Historian


NBNA Board of Directors

Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE

Barbara Crosby, MPA, BSN, RNBC

Marcia A. Lowe, RN, BSN, MSN


Continuing Board Members are:



Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN



Veronica Clarke-Tasker, PhD, RN, MBA, MPH

NBNA Secretary


Patricia McManus, PhD, RN, GCNPM



Bettye Davis Lewis, EdD, RN, FAAN

Immediate Past President


Board Members

Tonja Cook, RN

C. Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN

Patricia Lane

Linda Mitchell, RN, BSN

Patty Palmer, Student Representative
Rhonda Ruben, LPN

Gwendolyn Watford-Miller, RN, BSN

Ora Denise Williams, RN, BC, BSN MHCA


New Nominating Committee Members:


Ellen Durant, RN, MHSA

Brenda M. Ross, RN, MSN/ED, COHN-S

                                         Debra Boyd-Seale, PhD, MSN, MHA, RN


The National Black Nurses Association's mission is to provide a forum for collective action by black nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans and to implement strategies that ensure access to health care, equal to, or above health care standards of the larger society.

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