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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.

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

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

    President:
    Jennifer Ashley Lopez, RN ’09, BSN `09
    Clinical Practice Manager, Nursing Administration
    University of Miami Hospital
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    Immediate Past President:
    Leila Adderton, MSN `10, BSN `05, AB `79
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    President Elect:
    Sonique Sailsman, RN, MSNeD, CPN, CCRN, BSN `00
    Faculty Student Mentor for Nursing
    Western Governors University
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    Secretary:
    Diana L. Hoppe, RN, BSN
    Registered Nurse
    University of Miami Hospital, Neurological Intensive Care Unit
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Faculty Adviser

    Johis Ortega, PhD, MSN
    Assistant Professor of Clinical, Director of Undergraduate Clinical Placement,
    International Programs Coordinator
    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
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Event Officers

    Bernice Jones, DNP’10
    Assistant Professor of Clinical
    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
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    LaToya Lewis-Pierre, EdD/CI '13, MSN, BSN `00
    Assistant Professor of Clinical
    University of Miami School of Nursing
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    Kenya Snowden
    Assistant Professor of Clinical
    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
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Members at Large

    Rafael A. Camejo, MSN `09, BSN `06, ARNP, ACNP-BC
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Anesthesiology/Pain
    Medicine UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
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    Betsy Fernandez, DNP, ARNP-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health/Workers Comp Clinic
    University of Miami Hospital
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    Valerie Ann Halstead, BSN’12
    Registered Nurse
    Joe Di Maggio Children’s Hospital
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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
    Clinical Staff Nurse, Trauma ICU
    Ryder Trauma Center
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