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

Majeda El-Banna, Associate Professor

  • Governor-At-Large for the NLN Board of Governors

Esther Emard, Instructor

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

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

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