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

National President


Priscilla J. Murphy is a passionate leader who has an extensive history of serving Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated on the local, regional, and national levels. A member since 2002, Ms. Murphy has held several positions in the organization, including President of Tau Eta Chapter of Wilmington, DE from 2003-2007, Assistant Northeast Regional Director from 2006-2010, National Secretary from 2009-2013, National 1st Vice President from 2013-2017, and currently as the 21st National President of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated.

Ms. Murphy is the Founder and current CEO of Nylex Educational & Counseling Services Inc.  Her private practice is located in Wilmington, Delaware, where she practices as a board-certified counselor.  In her capacity as President of Nylex Counseling, Ms. Murphy is a Human Resource trainer and facilitator for the 3M Company and provides training for Health Advocate companies throughout the state of Delaware. Ms. Murphy has given numerous presentations and workshops on various topics related to women’s health issues, depression in men, leadership training, gambling, and motivational public speaking. She currently facilitates a women’s gambling support group for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems.

Ms. Murphy is a motivational speaker and conducts seminars in schools, businesses, and other venues both public and private.  She has a dynamic presentation style, and each seminar is developed personally for the organization or group participants. She graduated from Wilmington University with a dual Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and Education. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Widener University and her Diploma in Nursing from Bryn Mawr School of Nursing.

Ms. Murphy started her career as a Registered Nurse. During her career as a Registered Nurse, she has distinguished herself as a dedicated provider in the health field. Ms. Murphy practiced nursing for 31 years before following her heart and moving into the field of counseling in 1999. She works tirelessly to make her clients understand that they have a voice and their life can change. She is a strong advocate for individuals dealing with mental health issues.

Ms. Murphy is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Nurses Association, National Negro Council of Women, Delaware Professional Counseling Association, Past Executive Director for Delaware Professional Counseling Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  She initiated the establishment of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society for counselors at Wilmington University and is a member of the Delta Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society for Counselors. Ms. Murphy also served a five-year term as grant reviewer for the National Advisory Center for Health Care Strategies Inc. for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she worked to improve care for children with asthma.

Jonnie Hamilton, DNP, MSHSA, PNP-BC, NE-BC

First National Vice President



Nursing professional for over 40 years, with multiple clinical and administrative positions.  Presented at Local, Regional, National and International conferences on various topics including time management, asthma, sickle cell disease, Parliamentary procedure, stress, child abuse, public policy, advocacy to name a few. Currently a member of the Human Trafficking program for Ascension Health.            


  • Raising personal and organizational productivity
  • Delivering easy-to-use functional products
  • Producing products that positively impact bottom line
  • Policy and politics related to health care and the profession of nursing
  • Designing and implementation of cost saving measures
  •  Budget and planning expertise
  • Certified Nurse Administrator


  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical and Theory nursing instructor
  • Nurse Practitioner preceptor
  • BLS instructor


  • Develop and implement programs for orientation of new employees
  • Develop and implement health and prevention programs for patients


  • Developed and implemented criteria based job performance evaluations
  • Developed and implemented continuing education program for RN’s to earn BSN and for LPN’s to earn AND degree in collaboration with Wayne State University and Schoolcraft Community College


  • Manager School Based Health Centers Ascension St John Providence 2014 to present
  • Nurse Practitioner St. John Health 1999 – 2014
  • Adjunct Professor MSU College of Nursing and  Oakland University College of  Nursing 1995 – present
  • Nurse Practitioner Detroit Macomb Hospital System 1996 –1999
  • Education Coordinator Grace Hospital 1992 – 1995
  • Instructor College of Nursing Wayne State University 1992 – 1994
  • Instructor College of Nursing Oakland University 1991 – 1992 


Doctor of Nursing Practice Oakland University 2015

Doctoral Program – Wayne State University Detroit MI 2001

M.S. – Health Service Administration, University of Detroit 1987

BSN – Nursing University of Detroit 1985


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1980

Nursing Diploma, Providence Hospital School of Nursing, Southfield, MI 1973


American Nurses Association, ANA-Michigan, Life Member Michigan Nurses Association,  Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated life member, Sigma Theta Tau Nurses Honor Society, National Black Nurses Association, Life member . National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Life member NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Diamond Life Member


Deborah C. Stamps, EdD, MS, RN, GNP, NE – BC

Second National Vice President


Deb’s career has advanced from Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Vice President for the Rochester Regional Health’s Quality and Safety Institute. Deb works to develop and implement programs that drive continual improvement in our clinical services.  She also serves as the chief nursing officer council’s representative to the Executive Leadership Team.


She is recognized for her leadership.  To name a few the Athena Award Finalist, Dr. Arthur Walton, Executive Leadership Award , American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award Finalist,  Genesee Valley Nurses Association Nurses Administrator Award, the March of Dimes Volunteer of the Year, and  the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Sojourner Truth Award.  She was inducted in the Monroe Community Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame, is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rochester.


Deb is a newly elected member of the Rochester Academy of Medicine. The immediate past Northeast Regional Director for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., co-lead’s the New York State Action Coalition Future of Nursing. She has been published and conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence.  She leads the health ministry at Genesee Baptist Church. Providing ongoing health promotion, prevention, education and screening for the church congregation and Rochester community.


She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at the Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education, Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, is anticipating graduation with an Executive MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is nationally certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Ashleigh J. Anderson, BSPH, BSN, RN

Third National Vice President


Ashleigh J. Anderson is an ambitious graduate nurse with a commitment to the five-fold mission of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. She is a recent graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy and also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from Wayne State University to which she credits the development of her love for maternal and infant health.  Ashleigh served as the Basileus of Lambda Chi Beta Beta for the 2018-2019 school year and won the 2019 Beta Image Award for the Middlewest Region. Under her leadership, Lambda Chi Beta Beta welcomed seven new members and participated in various outreach efforts to feed the homeless and disenfranchised women in the greater Detroit area.

Ashleigh’s interest in the nursing field was ignited from a young age as she took interest in caring for babies at her neighborhood daycare. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted award winning research on emergency department utilization and birth outcomes and took active roles in local initiatives like Make Your Date, Alternatives for Girls, and Birth Detroit. She is particularly passionate about women’s health, and is starting her nursing career as a NICU nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital, ranked nationally in both its specialties and being a part of the Michigan Medicine health system. She believes that she can best serve her community by being an advocate for the health and welfare of premature babies and their mothers and has plans to further her education as an advanced practice nurse.

Ashleigh is an active member of the Lambda Chi Beta Beta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated in Detroit, MI.  Her primary focus for the Sorority at-large as the Third National Vice-President is not only to attract and retain membership of Betas but enrich their active status within the organization.


Constance Sumner, MSN, RN, CMSRN

National Secretary


Connie’s career paths include clinical practice, administration, education and research.  In 1999, she completed her education at LaSalle University, earning a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and has a post masters in nursing education.  Connie worked as a staff nurse and assistant nurse manager of an oncology unit.  Connie is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University, and Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Phoenix.  From 2002 to 2008, she worked as the Community Outreach Program Coordinator for Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Connie recently retired from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and from Fox Chase Cancer Center, as a nursing supervisor.


An integral part of Nurse Sumner’s life is social responsibility.  Connie is the Immediate Past National Dean of Membership and the Past Director of the Northeast Region, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc, a professional nurse’s organization.  She also served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter, Chi Eta Phi from 1999 to 2003.  In her period of influence as President, her commitment to the sorority’s motto “Service for Humanity” held true.  The organization grew in membership and in recognition for its commitment to foster education, training, mentorship, and community outreach in the Philadelphia area.


Other volunteer efforts include serving as Past Board President of the Black Women’s Health Alliance and member of the Advisory Committee for the American Cancer Society.  She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. 


Nurse Sumner has received several awards, which include the Nurse Scholars Grant from Independence Blue Cross, the Health Care Advocate award from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Black Nurses Association, and the National Fellows Leadership Award from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.  Lastly, she was the 2007 recipient of the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in Community Service for the states of PA, DE and NJ.

Fayrene J. Tolbert, BSN, RN

National Treasurer


Fayrene Jackson Tolbert has been a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated for over 25 years. Shewas initiated in 1993 and is a Life Member. She began her career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1967, graduating from the Dallas Independent School of Vocational Nurse Training

During her 13years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, she was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She worked in the areas of Medical- Surgical unit, MICU, SICU, and Cardiac Care Unit. She trained as a CPR Nurse and later trained as a CPR Nurse Trainer.

 While employed full-time, she enrolled in Dallas Baptist University School of Professional Nursing. She graduated in 1980 with a double major in Nursing and Psychology.  She received ANA Certification Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse.

 Fayrene has had a very interested and rewarding career over the past 34 years. She served as president of the Dallas Metropolitan Black Nurses Association 1988-1992. She served as on American Heart Association as an affiliated faculty member, Dallas Urban League Task Force Committee member, Texas Department of Health Committee on Minority AIDS, 100 Black Leaders Task Force on AIDS in the Black Community.

 She also volunteers as an AARP Tax-Aide Preparer for Seniors and Low-Income families, and as a certified Master Gardener in the Dallas area parks.

 Some of the awards she has received are: National Council of Negro Women, Texas State Coalition 2018 Community Family Matriarch Award. Other awards and inclusions are: Who’s Who in American Nursing-5th Edition 1993-1994, Community Leaders of America -14th Edition, Honored for Excellence in the Art and Science/Nursing by the State of Texas Nurses Association as “The Great One Hundred Nurses -1997.

 Fayrene states that her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of 3 daughters and 2 sons;  the grandmother to 14 and great-grandmother to 15 children. 

Erica Underdown Palmer, BSN, RN

National Financial Secretary



Erica Underdown Palmer was initiated into the Prince George’s County, Maryland chapter in March 2007.  She served as Dean of Membership and the President of Lambda Phi Chapter, Incorporated.  She currently serves as the Northeast Region Financial Secretary, as well as the National Financial Secretary.  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.

Darneta G. Brown, MSN, APRN-BC, BS

National Organizer


Felicia Foster-Gibson, BSN, RN

National Dean of Membership


Felicia Foster-Gibson has 27 years of nursing experience. Prior to becoming a nurse, she obtained certifications as Nursing Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician. In 1991 she earned her ADN and AS in 1993 from Wayne County Community College and Bachelor of Nursing from Oakland University in 2000.  She also has Nurse Aide Trainer Permit. She is currently employed with Detroit Public Schools Community District, Early Intervention Diagnostic Center as School Nurse Consultant, working with children birth to 3 years of age. She is Faith Community Nurse with Henry Ford Health System as well Home Care Nurse Case Manager. She Assistant Ministry Lead for EMRT for her church. Felicia has worked as Clinical Nurse II/Preceptor, Nurse Educator, Childbirth Educator, Inservice Director, Nurse Leader, Lead Cord blood Specialist, Nurse Manager, Interviewer and Abstractor, and Adjunct Professor. Felicia has a passion for serving the community. She has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Foster Mom, Cheer Coordinator and Cheer Head Coach.

Felicia was inducted into Lambda Chi Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated in Detroit, MI on March 16, 2002, where she serves as the chapter Vice President. She is the Immediate Past Dean of Membership, past Tamias and Newsletter Editor. She Chairs the Programs and Projects, Education, Bylaws and Newsletter Committee Member. She has served as the Middlewest Regional Liaison for Accelerated Membership Intake Pilot Project, Timekeeper Committee chair, and member of the Tellers, Philacter, Protocol, and awards Committees. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Felicia is on the Board of Directors of Pearls of Promise Foundation, Incorporated, where she is Chair of the Minor Hall Program and Advisor for Ivylettes Program. She is member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Board Member for Camp Michi Mac (camp for Asthmatic children).


Felicia coordinates the Gleaner Mobile Pantry for Early Intervention Diagnostic Center. She has coordinated H.O.W Project Healthy Living Health Fair and Asthma Camp for Henry Ford Health System Pediatric Clinic. In 2006, she received Healthy Mother’s Healthy Baby MI Coalition Regional Award and was 2004 Runner-up Nightingale Award Winner for Oakland University Alumni. Felicia lives by the following words “To live life to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised”. 

Nadirah Keith DNP, FNP-C 

National Dean of Sponsors


Nadirah Keith DNP, FNP-C is an advance practice clinician who currently practices as a lead provider within the Novant Health Corporate Health Group. In addition to clinical practice Dr. Keith is an adjunct professor at Simmons College and ECPI University, teaching courses at the associate, bachelors and masters level. Dr. Keith has also served as a preceptor to students pursuing their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and Masters Degree. 

Dr. Keith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from North Carolina A & T State University, Master of Science degree from Hampton University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University. She has served in the medical field for over 13 years and has a diverse background and experience. Her professional background includes nursing leadership, intermediate care and critical care as a registered nurse. Primary care, retail health, colorectal surgery and ortho-spine as a family nurse practitioner. Her passion in healthcare is promoting health and wellness and disease prevention.

She is an active member in her community. Dr. Keith is an active member of the Iota Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated in Charlotte, NC.  Where she serves as the chapter Vice President. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, National League of Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Novant Health African American Business Resources Group, Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

Juanita Hall, BSN, RN

Northeast Regional Director


Juanita Hall became a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated as a Beta member (Tau Beta Chapter) while attending Hampton University School of Nursing in Hampton, Virginia – November 1986. Her love and preparation for leadership and “Service for Humanity” started as an undergraduate member. Upon graduating she returned home and transferred membership into the Alpha Chapter, Incorporated, in Washington, DC and has continued with uninterrupted active membership and later became a Lifetime Member. She has served as Beta Sponsor, Anti-Basileus, and Basileus of the chapter. Currently serves as the Northeast Regional Director. She has also served on committees on the local, regional, and national levels. Juanita’s nursing career has been a rewarding one, with opportunities to grow and develop into a leader in clinical practice, administration, and education. She is currently employed by Ascension Health-Carroll manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center as the Manager of Staff Development & Education. She attended the John Hopkin’s Nurse Manager Academy and Ascension Health Leadership Certification Program. Juanita holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau International – Gamma Beta Chapter, Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area Chapter and American Business Women’s Association – DC Charter Chapter. Juanita is an ordained minister at the Corinthian Baptist Church – Lanham, MD. Juanita has been the recipient of awards and honors – 100 Extra Ordinary Nurse from Sigma Theta Tau International, Black Nurse of the Year from BNA of GWDCA, and Woman of the Year from ABWA. Personal Testimony: I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. Philippians 4:13.

Rhonda K. Hollis, PhD, RN

Southeast Regional Director


Rhonda K. Hollis is a God-fearing native of the West Central Georgia City of Columbus. She believes fervently that God orders her steps. Dr. Hollis accepted her Ph.D. degree in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago, 1995. Upon arriving on the campus, she was introduced immediately to fellow students, as not from Columbus, but from the “Deep South” or “Bible Belt” to her amazement. Yet another descriptor, although not self-identified by her. While at UIC, she received the American Nurses Association (ANA) Ethnic/Minority Doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, (1992-1995.) Her dissertation research focused on HIV/AIDS Risky Behavior in African American Women. In the year 2000, she received the Urban Health Program “Distinguished Alumni Award in Graduate College as a health advocate for quality health care” from UIC. She has presented her research at professional conferences: ANA, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, American Public Health Association, National Black Nurses Association, to name a few. Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL and Master of Science degree in nursing with major focus in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. Professor Hollis retired in 2010 from Columbus State University (CSU) Columbus, GA with 22 years as tenured faculty in the baccalaureate nursing program. Later in 2015, she was bestowed the honor and prestigious title of “Professor Emerita” from CSU. During her tenure at CSU, one of her leadership roles was as Assistant Dean for Health Sciences in the College of Science for five departments.

Rhonda is a licensed Registered Professional Nurse for over 45 years in the State of Georgia. She continues to serve her profession in various leadership roles. She was a Public Health Nurse Supervisor, Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, GA for 12 years. She began her membership with Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Chi Chapter, Columbus, GA in 1999. Her nearly 20-year uninterrupted service to the organization has been at the local, regional and national levels. Some leadership roles include: Chapter President, Vice President, Financial Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Regional Treasurer (2008-2012) and National Research Committee Chairperson. She is serving currently, a second term as 19th Southeast Regional Director (2016-2020.) Her regional theme is “Striving for Excellence through Unity.” Rhonda received the Mary Eliza Mahoney Award from Kappa Chi Chapter, for “Outstanding performance and dedication to the nursing profession, above and beyond the call of duty” in 1996.

Dr. Hollis is a passionate volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, Columbus, GA Chapter where she serves on the Leadership Council and as Advocacy Committee Chairperson. She has traveled to GA State Capitol in Atlanta each year since 2010 to advocate for increased funding from legislators in Alzheimer’s research. Moreover, she serves as a member on the CSU Nursing Advisory Board. Rhonda is a member of the National League for Nurses and American Nurses Association. She is an avid and frequent invited workshop speaker for Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated at the chapter, regional and national levels.


Middlewest Regional Director


Margaret was initiated into Eta Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated in March 1987.

Her 31 years of service have included local Chapter Offices of Historian, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Dean of Membership, Vice-President and President;  Regional Financial Secretary, Regional Treasurer, Regional Chair of Budget and Finance Committee, Regional Chair of Investment Committee, Regional Chair of Credentials and Registration Committee; and finally National Chair of Credentials and Registration Committee. Margaret strongly believes in adding value to whatever endeavor she undertakes. She facilitated the development of a Regional budget that accurately reflected the organization’s annual income and expenses, developed tracking systems for detailed documentation of all income sources and expenditures, and developed a system to streamline the conference registration processes.  

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing. Her nursing career consisted of 33 years of service at the Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her experience in nursing includes care of medical/surgical patients, general psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. At the time of her retirement, Margaret held the position of Program Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program.  Margaret received multiple recognitions for superior performance as well as a Hospital Director’s Commendation Award. Post retirement positions include 4 years as a classroom instructor for an LPN nursing program and 4 years as the Director of Nursing for a local home health agency. 

Margaret has always had a gift for service. Through the years, she has received certificates of appreciation from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and the American Legion.

Joycelyn Westbrooks

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, 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.

Sheila Grumbach MS, BSN, RN-CNOR

Southwest Regional Director


Sheila currently provides interim leadership across the nation providing stability during times of leadership gaps affording the organization time to make the best long-term hiring decision.

In her previous role as Nurse Manager (Perioperative Director equivalent) for the Department of Veterans Affairs, she was hired to lead and oversee the enterprise for the start up joint initiative program between the Air Force and Veterans Administration to provide Ambulatory Surgery to Veterans. She was hired because of expertise and knowledge of health administration and managed health care programs and practices as well as general clinical principles and practices as they relate to a military medical environment. Sheila assured the program integrated nursing staff and surgical resources to provide access for approximately 117,000 southern Colorado Veterans. Scope of services included orthopedics, general surgery, urology, ophthalmology, and endoscopy.  She managed technology and equipment to reduce errors, gain efficiencies, and comply with budget targets. Sought out as a subject matter expert for informatics and other technical trouble shooting in the operating room. Researched and submitted six equipment package requests to support the expansion of operations.

As a Perioperative Nursing Specialist at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, she

  • Provided consultative services to members/non-members via phone, fax, e-mail, and mail.
  • Represented AORN and work closely with a number of other regulatory and professional organizations, such as the Joint Commission, CDC, AAMI, OSHA, and NIOSH.
  • Developed the Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices book.
  • Contributed to monthly “Clinical Issues” column in the AORN Journal.
  • Liaison to AORN committees, specialty assemblies, and task forces.
  1. Co-developer of the Correct Site Surgery Tool Kit : Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
  2. Developed of the Human Factors Tool Kit: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Co-developer of the AORN “Chart my career path”

Sheila was a career Army Nurse since graduation from the University of Illinois College of Nursing to staff nurse as a new lieutenant, to head nurse, and educator. Later she would have her Masters in Nursing Administration conferred by the University of Illinois College of Nursing and inducted in to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. During this military career path, she deployed on two humanitarian missions to Pamerola Air Base in Honduras Central America, first as Head Nurse of Sterile Processing then later in her career as the Deputy Commander of the Medical Element. After two deployments to the Gulf in two separate Combat Campaigns and from the east to Midwest United States and Germany, Sheila settled in Colorado Springs, deciding to retire as Chief Nursing Officer.

Throughout her life, she has been an published, speaker, active volunteer in the community and in nursing.


  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), member
  • American Nurses Association, member
  • Colorado Nurses Association, member
  • Illinois Nurses Association, member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, member since 1994
  • Certified Nurse, Operating Room (CNOR) since 1991
  • Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN) since 1986
  • American Nurses Association Standards of Practice Revision Work Group 2014-2015
  • AORN Colorado State Legislative Coordinator- the liaison between AORN’s public policy interests and efforts in Colorado and the National Legislative Committee and AORN Government Affairs staff 2008-present.
  • Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. (non-profit)- Southwest Regional Director 2018- present, Assistant Regional Director 03/2015- 03/2018, Chapter President 2009-2015, secretary 2015-present. National Board Nominating Committee 07/2017-present.
  • Colorado Nurses Association Legislative Advisory Work Group 2017
  • Ella Mae Branson Sickle Cell Association (non-profit), secretary and communications director. 2006- present.
  • Appointed by Colorado Governor to the Governor’s Sickle Cell Advisory Board, 2013-present
  • Director of Operations, secretary, musician and musician liaison for the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (non-profit). This organization focuses on developing music appreciation throughout the state and Nationally.


  • Chi Eta Phi- Conducted a three month Fitness Program at Apple Senior Assisted Living.
  • African American Youth Leadership Conference presenter 2004-2006: providing education, information and mentoring to local youth.
  • Workplace violence and bullying, 10/12
  • Panelist on the “The Health Equity: Truth and Consequences Forum,” Colorado Springs,
  • Recommended Practices for Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Fire Prevention in the OR: What Is New?
  • Chasing Zero: Perioperative Skin Antisepsis
  • De-Stress and Refresh
  • Humor for Mental Health
  • Deployment Readiness
  • Mentoring future leaders
  • Giving Quality Presentations
  • Army Nursing as a Career
  • Army Nursing, Desert Storm


Coauthor, ANA Nurse Scope of Practice and Standards, 2015

Coauthor, Issues Up Close: Announcing The American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice 3rd Edition. American Nurse Today.

Lead Clinical Author for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items in AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices (2010).

 AORN J May 2010 Clinical Issues:

 Lead Clinical Editor for Recommended Practices for High-Level Disinfection in AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices (2009).

 AORN J August 2009 Clinical Issues: Class 6 emulating chemical indicators; placing count sheets in instrument trays; using a permanent marker to label items on the sterile field.

 Coauthor: Steam Sterilization: potential for cytotoxicity from internal count sheets. (FDA research collaboration). AORN J, March 2009.

 AORN J January 2009 Clinical Issues: Recommended practices for non-hospital surgery sites; Quality measures for ambulatory surgery centers; When to perform the surgical time out.

 AORN J May 2008 Clinical Issues: FDA Alert on Unretrieved device fragments; sterile storage.

 AORN J October 2007 Clinical Issues: Flash Sterilization, Prevention of unplanned perioperative hypothermia and Saline irrigation in warmers.

Lead Clinical Editor for Recommended Practices for Sterilization in in AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices (2008).

Flash Much?  Outpatient Surgery, March 2008.

Coauthored: Future of Surgery, AORN Influence in Future Healthcare Journal, Aug 2007.

Elcedo L. Bradley, Ed.D, MEd, M.P.A, PHN, RN

Immediate Past National President



Aleacia Guy

National Meeting Planner


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JoAnne West-Sims

Executive Assistant to President