2015 Alumni Association Members


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 2015 - 2017


    President:
    Sonique Sailsman, PhD (c), MSNEd, BSN’00, RN
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    Western Governors University
    Nursing Learning Resource Specialist


    President-Elect:
    Debbie Anglade, PhD, MSN, RN
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    UM School of Nursing and Health Studies Faculty



    Immediate Past President:
    Jenny Ashley Lopez, CNUB ’13, BSN ‘09
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    University of Miami Hospital
    Director, Nursing


    Past President:
    Leila Adderton, MSN `10, BSN `05, AB `79
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    Treasurer:
    Diane Tershakovec, MSN, ARNP
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    South Miami Emergency Department
    ARNP


    Secretary:
    Ivette Cardelli, ARNP, MSN ’12
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    Aventura Hospital
    Nurse Practitioner



Faculty Advisor

    Deborah Salani, DNP ’13, MSN ‘90
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    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Assistant Professor of Clinical




Members at Large

    LaToya Janelle Lewis-Pierre, EDd, MSN, BSN ‘02
    UM degree: BSN ‘02
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    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Assistant Professor of Clinical


    Ruth M. Otto, BSN ‘63
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    Baptist Health South Florida
    Supply Chain Project Administrator



    Betsy Fernandez, DNP ‘12, MSN, ARNP-BC
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    Carmen Sierra, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR
    UM degree: BSN ‘96
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    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Associate Director, Transplant
    Peri-operative Services

    Valerie Halstead, PhD ’13, BSN ‘12
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    UM School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Student, PhD candidate



    Raeann B. Raisor, BSN ‘14
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    Holy Cross Hospital
    ICU Nurse