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Board members of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Association serve as the governing body for the School’s Alumni Association, and thus the connection to more than 5,000 alumni of the School. Service on the Board is on a volunteer basis and demonstrates the highest level of commitment from our alumni community. Members are ambassadors for the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and are critical leaders in helping the Alumni Association implement strategic initiatives.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Association is to foster a continuing collaborative fellowship among graduates and to promote an ongoing supportive relationship between alumni and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Alumni Association Duties, Responsibilities, and Qualifications:

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies looks to the members of the Alumni Association to provide a model of leadership to all alumni of the school. The University greatly appreciates the dedication of its alumni volunteers that serve the health care community both within and beyond South Florida.

By accepting to serve on the Alumni Association, volunteers join other committed alumni leaders in working toward the Association’s success.

When evaluating the credentials of the nominee, the School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Association considers: (1) a nominee’s attainments and abilities; (2) devotion to the interests and welfare of the University and Alumni Association; (3) availability to participate in meetings; and (4) qualifications for the role of policy maker, ambassador, and guardian of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The participation of officers and members is crucial to the success of the Alumni Association. Below are board member key duties and responsibilities.

All Alumni Association members are expected to:
  • To promote continuing collaborative fellowship among alumni by organizing events, meetings, and participation on committees.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings per fiscal year planning; June 1 – May 31.
  • Attend seven meetings per year.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the University of Miami and Alumni Association in the community.
  • Attend key alumni programs and events.
  • Encourage participation in on-campus programming.
  • Make an annual gift to the School of Nursing and Health Studies Annual Fund, support the Homecoming Raffle Auction, and the Brick Campaign.

Officers are also asked to:
  • Develop leadership, membership, and support to benefit the goals and strategic plans of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.
  • Engage alumni more fully with their alma mater.
  • Develop membership for the Alumni Association.
  • Identify alumni leaders within an assigned region.
  • Chair committees.
  • Make a yearly leadership gift to the School of Nursing and Health Studies Annual Fund, support the Homecoming Raffle Auction, and the Brick Campaign.

By accepting to serve on the Alumni Association, volunteers join other committed alumni leaders in working toward the Association's success.


School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Association Officers 2013- 2014


    President:
    Sonique Sailsman, BSN `00
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    Immediate Past President:
    Leila Adderton, MSN `10, BSN `05, AB `79
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    Treasurer:
    Diane Tershakovec, MSN, ARNP
    Nurse Practitioner
    Grossman Roth.  Medical Investigator
    South Miami Emergency Department
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    Secretary:
    Betsy Fernandez, DNP, ARNP-BC
    Market Manager / Clinical Operations
    Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens
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Faculty Adviser

    Deborah Salani, DNP, ARNP, CPON, BC-NE
    Assistant Professor of Clinical
    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
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Event Officers

    LaToya Lewis-Pierre, EdD/CI '13, MSN, BSN `00
    Assistant Professor of Clinical
    University of Miami School of Nursing
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Members at Large

    Valerie Ann Halstead, BSN’12
    UM SONHS, PhD Student
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    Ruth M. Otto, RN, BSN’63
    Supply Chain Project Administrator
    Baptist Health South Florida
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    Melissa Perez, BSN ‘11, CCRN
    Clinical Staff Nurse, Trauma ICU
    Ryder Trauma Center
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