Faculty on Boards

Participating in professional organizations provides a critical piece of individual professional development and broadens the reach of the nursing profession. At GW Nursing, several faculty members serve on national boards where they influence the future of the profession and steer health policy.


Catherine Cox, Associate Professor

  • Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), Commissioner on Nursing Education

Karen Drenkard, Associate Professor

  • American Academy of Nursing (AAN) - Elected, Board of Directors

Mercedes Echevarria, Associate Professor

  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, board member at large

Esther Emard, Instructor

  • Director-at-Large, Board of Directors for the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)

Pamela Jeffries, Dean and Professor

  • American Academy of Nursing, board of directors
  • Global Network for Simulations and Healthcare, board member

David Keepnews, Professor

  • Board of Directors of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Karen Kesten, Associate Professor

  • AACN Certification Corporation, immediate past chair of the board of directors

Mayri Leslie, Associate Professor

  • International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, board of directors

Angela McNelis, Professor

  • National League for Nursing, board of governors

Jeanne Murphy, Assistant Professor

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (representative for Region II), board of directors

Christine Pintz, Professor

  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Board Member - Member-At-Large

Richard Ricciardi, Professor

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, president-elect

Mary Jean Schumann, Associate Professor

  • Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, chair of the advisory board
  • ACT/ProExam, advisory board member