Sarah M. Killian, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

National President


Dr. Killian is a nationally recognized nurse leader in education, administration, and practice. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is board certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. She recently retired as a Clinical Associate Professor, from a 14-year stent at Georgia State University, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Although Dr. Killian completed her career in education, more than half of her work in nursing was spent in the practice setting as a nurse administrator and clinical nurse educator.

Dr. Killian also has a special interest in global nursing. She has participated in healthcare delegations to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The delegations focused on assessing and implementing healthcare practices to improve healthcare delivery systems and outcomes. The Dominican Republic delegation was coupled with a student nurse group immersion experience.

Dr. Killian’s research interest is formal mentoring of nurses in the practice, academic, and professional organization settings. The focus of research is on mentoring of nurses and retention in the three settings. Publications of this research include but is not limited to: “Examining Mentoring for Nurses” (NBNA News, Spring 2016) and “Examining Mentoring Relationships for Nurses: A Pilot Study” (JOCEPS, Fall 2015/2016).

Dr. Killian has given lifelong service as a volunteer, advisor, and or consultant to organizations for the improvement of health services within the community. While serving, she has assumed leadership roles in professional organizations on the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Her vision for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is to “Embrace, Honor, Elevate, & Empower the Core of Chi,” “Embracing our Legacy with Honor; Elevating our Presence in the Community; and Empowering Visionaries to Lead us into the Future. She states, “It is about our organization and the community, and I will do my best to maximize efforts of actualizing the organization’s vision, mission, and beyond.”

Deborah Stamps, EdD, MBA, MS, RN, GNP, NE-BC, CDE

First National Vice President


Dr. Deborah Stampsis the founder and chief executive officer of Deborah Stamps Consulting, LLC. Dr. Stamps has over thirty years of progressive healthcare leadership and is an internationally recognized authority on workforce development, diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, nursing education, and leadership. She has held a variety of roles, from LPN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety, and Innovation, including founding President of the Rochester General College of Health Careers and the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at Rochester Regional Health. Dr. Stamps created the professional academic workforce (PAW) model to advance the educational and economic mobility of underrepresented minorities in nursing through establishing partnerships between healthcare, community, and academic organizations

This fall, Dr. Stamps will receive the NYS Center for Nursing Driscoll Awardwhich is their highest honor given to an individual who stands out through their dedication and determination in supporting the mission of the Center for Nursing in their efforts to increase public knowledge and understanding of nursing, the nursing profession, and the arts and sciences upon which human health depends. In November 2022, Dr. Stamps was inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. In 2021 Dr. Stamps was named among 50 of the nation’s most influential diversity leaders, receiving the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award at the 2021 National Diversity and Leadership Conference. 

As a speaker and trainer, she uses her expertise and influence to deliver engaging training to teams and individuals. Dr. Stamps is the co-lead for the NYS Action Coalition and chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She is a member of the AARP’s Historically Black College and University’s Learning Collaborative for Diversifying the Nursing Workforce. She is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, the National Black Nurses Association, and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Dr. Stamps has published in peer-reviewed journals on the innovativecollaborative nurse leadership model, the Chief Nursing Officer Council and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, workforce development and academic clinical practice partnerships. 

She earned her associate degree in nursing from Monroe Community College, bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY College at Brockport, master’s degree in the Gerontological Nursing Practitioner program at Nazareth College, a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an education doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is nationally certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and recently achieved the credentials of Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®) through the Institute for Diversity System at the Society for Diversity. Dr. Stamps became an independent certified coach, teacher, and speaker with the John Maxwell Team.


Samantha Agee, MSN-Ed, RN, APRN, CRNA

Second National Vice President


Mrs. Agee is a servant leader with over 20 years of leadership experience. A member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated® over 13 years serving in leadership roles and contributing to education on the local, regional, and national levels. Her immediate past position as Assistant Regional Director of the Southwest Region of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated® has granted an insiders look of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accreditation process and requirements.

A native of Georgetown, Guyana and reared in New York, she enlisted in the Army in 1997, served as a Medic and License Practical Nurse (LPN), then entered a Reserve Officer Training Commissioning (ROTC) Program in 2001. Since commissioning to active duty in 2004, as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Hofstra University (NY), Lieutenant Colonel Agee serves in the Army Nurse Corps as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Mrs. Agee received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY (2004), a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ (2010), and a Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia from the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing and Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2013).

Mrs. Agee held numerous civilian and military staff and leadership positions in Telemetry and Orthopedic Units at Nassau County Trauma Hospital, Long Island, NY; Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC), Fort Gordon, GA; Intensive Care Units (ICU) while deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to New Orleans, LA and Camp Bucca, Iraq, conducting Detainee Healthcare in austere environments; Surgical Intensive Care/Open Heart Recovery Unit at EAMC; and Nursing Anesthesia in operating rooms in Hawaii, Kentucky, and South Korea.

In the ICU, Mrs. Agee earned national certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, while serving as staff and charge nurse, the unit scheduler, and preceptor of ROTC nursing cadets and medics. Her additional duties were President of the Junior Officer Council for two consecutive years with emphasis on officer development via mentorship and leadership. Thru the Hospital Education and Training Department, she served as coordinator and assistant instructor of a two-day Pediatric Workshop and presented continuing education courses on topics to include Guillain Barre Syndrome and Detainee Healthcare. As the senior nursing officer of a Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team, she developed and implemented a clinical rotation system which ensured Soldiers remained medically proficient and competent. While serving as Assistant Chief of the Anesthesia Department in South Korea, Mrs. Agee developed and implemented policies governing anesthesia services to a 60,000-patient population. She is serving a second term of Chapter Presidency (HI and KY) for ROCKS, Incorporated, an internationally recognized military mentorship organization.

Mrs. Agee published and served as keynote speaker on topics to include The Effects of QuikClot Combat Gauze on Hemorrhage Control in The Presence of Hemodilution in The AMEDD Journal of Medicine and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She earned multiple awards and attended numerous military and civilian leadership and communication courses to include COL C.J. Reedy and Command and General Staff College. Working to improve the community, increase awareness, and decrease disparities, she continues active membership in St. Anselm Episcopal Church; American Association of Nurse Anesthetist; Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; National Black Nurses Association, Life Member; NAACP, Life Member; ROCKS, Incorporated, Life Member; The Order of the Eastern Star; Daughters of the Imperial Court; and The Order of the Golden Circle.

Mrs. Agee became a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated® with an invitation and induction by the phenomenal Phi Chi Chapter of Augusta, GA in 2008; chartered Kappa Chi Chi Chapter of Honolulu, HI with 12 dynamic nurses in 2015; and provides “Service for Humanity” as a member of the awesome Alpha Chi Chapter of Nashville, TN.

Mrs. Agee is most proud of being married to Willie Agee III, MD, PhD and parenting their two daughters.

Chayla Avery, BSN, RN

Third National Vice President


Chayla M. Avery embodies the mission, vision, and values of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated. A new-to-practice nurse in the Neonatal ICU, Chayla received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a minor in Health Education from Howard University in May 2022. In the future, she plans to continue her education in hopes of becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner focused on underserved populations.

Chayla remains highly active in the community of her alma mater and back home in the Metro Detroit area. Her extracurricular activities include membership in the National Council of Negro Women and continuing to mentor underclass nursing majors whom she was paired with through the Health Connects program.

Since induction into the Alpha Delta Beta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated in Spring of 2019, she has committed herself fully to “Service for Humanity”. At the local level, she served as the President and Vice President of her undergraduate chapter. Although relatively new to the Sorority, her dedication has afforded her numerous scholarships, including the National Aliene Carrington Ewell Scholarship, the regional Henrietta Chisholm Scholarship, and several other chapter-sponsored awards. In addition, her commitment to extraordinarily compassionate patient care and outstanding clinical skills afforded her the regional Daisy in Training and Sandra Fisher Beta Image Awards. During the 2021 Sorority conference, Chayla received the National Beta Image Award for excellence in academics, creativity, leadership, and volunteer service.

As the Third National Vice President, her overarching goal is to serve as an advocate for all undergraduate members. She envisions stronger sisterly/brotherly relationships between chapters, mentorship for undergraduate presidents, increased participation in Sorority events, greater retention of undergraduate members after graduation, and additional interactive programs focusing on character development, education, and professionalism.

Stacey Johnson, DNP, RN, CCM, SAFE

National Secretary


Stacey Johnson started in Chi Eta Phi in the spring of 1996 at Hampton University, Hampton VA as a Beta (Tau Beta 96). She has 25 years of nursing with a multifaceted skill set and experience in clinical areas ranging from Acute care, Community Care and Executive Administration. She currently is the Senior Clinical Strategic Nurse Consultant at CareSparc Consulting Inc.; Chair of the Board at The Institute for Health and Social Equity, Inc. a 501(c)(3) designated organization whose mission is to reduce health disparities by improving the health and social equity of vulnerable populations and underrepresented groups. 

Stacey Johnson has held several roles in Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Locally she was her chapter’s Epistoleus, Anti-Basileus and charter President of the first Westchester County, NY Chapter in the Northeast Region. Regionally she held positions as the Assistant Regional Director and Regional Tamias. Nationally she has held co chair positions on committees and is now the National Secretary of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. She is an active member of the Westchester County Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.,  National Black Nurses Association and CMSA. 


Erica Underdown Palmer, MS, BSN, RN

National Treasurer


Erica Underdown was initiated into the Prince George’s County, Maryland chapter in March 2007.  She has served as Dean of Pledgees, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and President of Lambda Phi Chapter, Incorporated.  She has also served as the Financial Secretary for the Northeast Region of Ch Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated.  Nationally she has served as the Nominating Committee chair, Financial Secretary and currently serves as the National Treasurer.  She serves on numerous committees on the local, regional and national levels.

Erica received her BSN at Villa Julie College and her Master of Science in Administration from Trinity University in Washington, DC.  She serves as an Ambassador for the DC Diaper Bank and is an active member of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  Professionally she is the Senior Manager, Risk Management for Marriott International.

She serves on numerous committees on the local, regional and national levels.  Ms. Underdown Palmer received her BSN at Villa Julie College and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Administration at Trinity University in Washington, DC.  Professionally, she is the Senior Manager Associate Health at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Karen Rabb, MSN, RN, CCRA

National Financial Secretary


Karen Rabb has been a member of Xi Phi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated® since March 2005. A registered nurse for over 33 years, Mrs. Rabb has vast experiences in numerous therapeutic areas, including peri-operative nursing, cardiac and medical/surgical intensive care, home health, rare diseases (adult and pediatric), and over 20 years’ experience in clinical trial research. Mrs. Rabb has a propensity for leadership and mentoring, and has served in positions as unit manager, supervisor, director of nursing/quality assurance, NIH project manager, and her current role as a Senior Clinical Trial Manager, overseeing a gene therapy study at a rare-disease biopharmaceutical company. 

Leadership positions within Chi Eta Phi includes Middlesouth Regional Director (Immediate Past), Middlesouth Regional Secretary, Local Chapter President, Student Nurse (Beta) Sponsor, Chaplain, National Public Relations/Marketing Committee Chair, and National Protocol Committee Chair. Collaborations with National Partners/Affiliates include American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, American Red Cross, NCNW, Nurses on Boards Coalition, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, VITAS, Black Women’s Agenda, AARP, and the NAACP.

Mrs. Rabb graduated from El Centro Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Nursing in 1989. She completed a RN-to-MSN bridge program and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014. She currently holds an active certification in research monitoring- Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA), and has held previous certifications as a CCRN, CPAN, and CCRC.

Mrs. Rabb has been tremendously blessed, due above all else to her strong faith and love of people. She believes that in order to be a good leader, you must be a good follower. She believes people will follow you if you have a sense of direction and purpose. Her purpose in life is to be the best Christian, wife, mother, nurse, leader, and friend that she can be. She attends worship services regularly, she is a Deaconess at her church, she loves to read, and she used to travel quite a bit for her job (pre-pandemic ). She is a native of Detroit, MI and resides in DeSoto (Dallas), TX, has been married 37 years, has 3 adult children and one 17-year-old grandson.  She is indoctrinated with the notion that “Service for Humanity” is her true calling.

Zenobia Richbourgh, MSN, RN, FNP, CPN

National Organizer


Zenobia Richbourgh has been a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated for over 16 years. As a member of Kappa Eta Chapter, she has served on many committees, and has held the offices of Dean of Membership, Vice-President, and President. In addition to her role as National Organizer, she also serves as Nominating Committee Chair for the Northeast Region.

A nurse for over 17 years, Zenobia received her ASN from Nassau Community College in 2006 and a Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Molly College in 2016. She also holds a BS in Biology.  Her specialty is pediatrics.  

Nutrena Tate, PhD, MBA, APRN, CPNP-PC

National Dean of Membership


As a Life Member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated®, Dr. Tate has served in several capacities across all levels of the organization. On the local level, she has served as President, Vice President, Beta Sponsor, Parliamentarian, and Executive Assistant to the President.  She chaired several committees including, Founders Day, Mary Stewart Retreat, Technology, Program and Projects, Bylaws, Mentoring, and Education.. Regionally, Dr Tate served as the 16th Middlewest Regional Director and chaired several committees including E-Commerce, Historical Publication and Protocol.  On a National level, she served on the National Board of Directors as Middlewest Regional Director and currently as the National Dean of Membership. Dr Tate has served as chair of National Bylaws, Regional Conference Guidelines Task Force and Grant writing committees. She has received several awards from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated including Mabel Keaton Staupers National Award, Helen S. Miller National Award, Organizational Expansion National Award, and Lambda Chi Chapter Excellence in Community Service Award.

Dr. Tate is a funded and published researcher, whose area of expertise includes health disparities and self-management behaviors in historically underrepresented populations. She has served as a consultant through her role as President and CEO, Brand Nu Consulting, Inc. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, she managed several school based health and community clinics, including a homeless shelter for teens.  Dr. Tate has received numerous awards for her exemplary community service and exceptional nursing practice.  She has over 30 years of board and committee leadership experience in non-profit, service, academic, and professional nursing organizations.

Dr. Tate has provided over 75 peer-reviewed poster/podium presentations, invited featured and keynote speaking engagements, and panel discussions within academic, hospital, and community systems. She is also a missionary whose pediatric health care has spanned to Lesotho, Africa and St. Marc, Haiti. Current memberships include American College of Health Care Executives, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, National Association of Parliamentarians, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Incorporated.

Angela Hunt, MSN, BSN, RN

National Dean of Sponsors


Angela Hunt was born in Brooklyn, New York.  She graduated from Glen High School Kernersville, NC. Currently she resides in Winston Salem, North Carolina and has four grown children and eight grandchildren.  Her loving and supportive husband’s name is Tim, and she has two sisters.

Mrs. Hunt received her bachelor’s in arts (BA) from Winston Salem State University in 1999, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from North Carolina A&T University in 2001, and Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University.  She currently is enrolled at Grand Canyon University for a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Angela has 30 years of experience in healthcare. Her clinical areas include Med-surg, Acute Care, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Community health, and Jail nursing. Mrs. Hunt has held the following positions: Assistant Director of Nursing, Charge nurse of Long-term Acute Care hospital (LTAC), charge nurse for Psychiatric Unit, charge nurse at a jail, Staff Development Coordinator, and Clinical Instructor.

She is a member of Chi Eta Phi Professing Nursing Sorority, Order of the Eastern Star, Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, and National Women of Achievement. These memberships allow Angela to continue her passion to serve in the community. Angela was featured in POWER Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who Publication because of my contributions to the nursing profession.

Angela loves to dance, travel, and spend time with my family. She is an active member of St Paul United Methodist Church where she serves on Ushers board and health and wellness committee.  Nursing allows her to be comfortable communicating, collaborating, and caring for people in different areas.

Angela loves Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc because of the sisterhood and brotherhood. The members came from various aspects of nursing professions and the networking allows us to learn and be supportive of one another. Chi Eta Phi communicates and collaborates with other organizations that are all working for the same goal to serve humanity.

Angela Jourdain, DrPH, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC

Northeast Regional Director


Dr. Angela R. Jourdain attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a B.S. degree in Natural Science. She is also a graduate of the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York, NY. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration with Informatics from Molloy College.  She received a Doctorate in Public Health from Walden University. Dr. Jourdain’s research focused on exploring determinants within the health care delivery system which may contribute to increased mortality and morbidity among women diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy with a particular emphasis on women of color. Dr. Jourdain is currently a Nurse Administrator for Northwell Health System in Glen Cove, NY.

Dr. Jourdain is an active member of several local, national and international organizations, whose missions are grounded in public service. As an active member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. for Professional Nurses, Kappa Eta Chapter since 2004. Dr. Jourdain has served as the National Technology Committee Chairperson, and on the local level, Dean of Membership and a Past Chapter President. Dr. Jourdain previously served on the Northeast Region Board of Directors as the Assistant Director and Chair of the Projects and Programs Committee. Dr. Jourdain has served as Nurse Volunteer for the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Jourdain is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She has been inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society for Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses. She holds certifications in Adult Critical Nursing from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Nurse Executive Advanced Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Jourdain has been recognized for her contribution to nursing and public service. She received the Leadership Award for excellence in health education and critical care nursing from the Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of New York City, Outstanding Contribution to the nursing profession by the Queens County Black Nurses Association, the New York Alliance of Black School Educators Civic Leadership Award, the Kappa Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. with the Glovinia P. Wilkinson Member of the Year Award and the Northeast Region Member of the Year Award. Dr. Jourdain was also the recipient of the Maggie Jacobs Award for Exemplary Service to Nursing, the Dr. May Chinn Scholarship, Outstanding Member Awards and the Physical and Mental Health Award from the Nassau Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Mabel K. Staupers National Scholarship Award from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. In addition to being a nurse leader and community activist she is also a devoted wife and mother of two daughters.


Juanita Gibbons-Delaney, MSHA, BSN, RN

Southeast Regional Director


Juanita’s journey with Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. started in 1991, and she has been actively involved with uninterrupted membership in Gamma Chi Chapter since that time.  She has held many leadership roles, including the immediate Past Basileus.  She continually enhances her leadership and knowledge of the organization by attending and actively participating at Boule, Southeast Regional Conferences and Leadership Conferences.  On the local level, she champions the Heart Health and Kidney Disease programs.  She mentors members in new leadership roles and helps to develop recruitment and retention programs for the chapter.  She is instrumental in securing financial sponsorship that has afforded her chapter the ability to award thousands of dollars in nursing scholarships and grants annually.

Juanita holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL., and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, ILL.  Additionally, she is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing through ANCC.  Juanita holds membership in the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, NCNW, and Florida A&M University Nursing Alumni Association.  She is a member of the Healthcare Ministry at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA where she has presented several presentations on Heart Health and Kidney disease.  She is in the choir, on the Ladies Usher Board, and the Mission Union where she serves as the financial secretary.

Juanita is currently employed at Emory University Hospital Midtown, as an Administrative Nursing Supervisor.  She is married to Dominic Delaney, and they have three children and two grandchildren. 

Sylvia Page, MSN, RN, MBA

Middlewest Regional Director


Sylvia attended Purdue University Fort Wayne for her nursing degree. She also holds a graduate certification in informatics, a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in nursing education from Western Governors University (WGU).

Sylvia has been an active member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. since 1991. She has held several positions on the local level, including President, Vice President, Dean of Membership, and Secretary. On the Regional level, she held the position of Treasurer for six years and served as the Assistant Regional Director.

Sylvia has been in nursing for over 30 years and has always gone where opportunities have taken her. Her previous professional roles include Director of Clinical Services of homecare, Director of Nursing of Long-Term Care, Business Director of Perioperative Services, Quality and Outcomes Coordinator, Associate Consultant Case Manager of Clinical Trials, Clinical Trainer of Case Management, and Nurse Educator.

She also launched NJAN, which stands for Not Just A Nurse, where she does video clips on Facebook and YouTube to help others not to be defined by only what they do professionally but showcase their other talents. From the birth of NJAN, Sylvia was approached to be an on-air personality for WQSW 100.5 FM in Fort Wayne, IN, and in January 2017, the first live show was aired. Sylvia’s genuine love for people and her gift to gab made it a perfect fit to interview local healthcare professionals, community activists, and anyone with an exciting story to share (personally or professionally) that can help someone else.

She is an active member of the African-American Healthcare Alliance, VP of Operations Black Chamber of Commerce, and board member of Metro Youth Sports.

Family is significant to Sylvia; she has three children, Greg, Madison, and Jordan, and was married to minister LeRoy Page for 21 years before his passing. Her mother, Gertrude Timberlake, just celebrated her 100-year birthday.

Joycelyn Westbrooks, MPH, BSN, RN, RN-C

Middlesouth Regional Director


Soror Joycelyn (Joy) Westbrooks is a graduate of Hampton University, Hampton Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and The University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama with a Masters in Public Health (MPH).  She is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing through ANCC.  She is the Vice President for Professionals with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1633 (the largest VA Union Local in the country). She is the Treasurer for VA District 10 Council 227.  Her vast leadership skills and ability to work well with others have gained her respect and the ability to affect change.

She was initiated into Epsilon Chapter, Tuskegee, Alabama in 1991 and has been an active member of Zeta Chi Chapter, Houston, Texas for past 22 years. Positions she has held in Chi Eta Phi are Chapter President, Secretary, Dean of Membership, Fundraiser Chair, Historian and Regional Nominating Committee. She served as the Middlesouth Regional Conference Coordinator from 2018-2021.

Soror Westbrooks has coordinated two formal leadership development programs for the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Emerging VA Leaders, and the Leadership Development Institute. She is a certified mentor and serves as faculty for the medical center’s hospital-based coaching and mentorship program.

She is sought out for her “humorous” yet insightful presentations on leadership, personality styles and a Winning Mindset.

Soror Westbrooks enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and shopping. She believes you should let others see the God in you.  Her favorite scripture is “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.

She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Tau Zeta Omega Chapter and Signa Theta Tau Honor Society. She is an active member of the Health/First Aid Committee at her church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, where she has taught numerous staff CPR to include the usher boards, nursery staff, and church school staff. She and her husband Elanis Westbrooks of 23 years (Former Professional Baseball Scout) have two children, Elana Joy and Brian George.

Norlissa M. Cooper, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN

Southwest Regional Director


Norlissa M. Cooper, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Rochester, her M.S. in nursing with a concentration in education from Georgetown, and her PhD in nursing with a concentration in health policy from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cooper works as a Registered Nurse at San Francisco General in San Francisco, California. She has over 13 years of experience in the acute care setting working as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse educator, and continuing education committee co-chair.
Dr. Cooper is trained as a critical ethnographer and her research agenda focuses on examining the intersections of policy, practice/implementation, and community impact with the purpose of identifying policies that create and/or reinforce institutional and structural racism and contribute to health disparities. Dr. Cooper’s area of expertise is perinatal illicit substance screening policies and practices in the acute care setting.

Priscilla J. Murphy, MS, MEd, BSN, RN, LPCMH

Immediate Past National President


Ms. Murphy is a subject matter expert in counseling, education and healthcare training. Ms. Murphy has prided herself in understanding her community and the people she serves. During her many years as a Registered Nurse and Healthcare Advocate, she is dedicated to equity outcomes.

In 1999, she followed her passion moving into the field of mental health counseling.  She works tirelessly to make her clients understand that their voice is heard. As a strong advocate for eliminating mental health stigma, she focused on educating various populations to seek professional services and manage their life changes.

Appointed to National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee for five (5) years. She served as grant reviewer for the National Advisory Center for Healthcare Strategies Inc. for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she worked to improve asthma outcomes for children with asthma.

Ms. Murphy’s experience working multiple nursing specialties and internal counseling, has led her to motivational speaking and training. As an international trained mental health advocate, she emphasized “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” before it was the “popular” topic of discussion. Armed as a compassionate presenter, she challenges individuals to tackle the issues head on.

Ms. Murphy presented to the Wills Group, International Foundation of Accountants, QVC, Wilmington University, Chipotle, Newell Group, AIDS Delaware, and many other business and professional organizations on various sensitive topics. As a motivational speaker, she conducts seminars for higher educational systems, corporations and universities. Through her dynamic presentation style, she individualizes the presentation specifically to align with the organization’s mission, value and goal. Ms. Murphy is an Employee Assistant Program facilitator for 3M Company and provides training for Health Advocate Companies throughout the United States on various topics such as mindfulness mediation and civility in the workplace and more.

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