Gloria McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, was recently named a Well-Being Champion by the American Association of Retired Persons Public Policy Institute. Dr. McNeal was selected as part of an elite group of 10 leaders who are cultivating a culture of health in the transformation of her community. Dr. McNeal’s work currently focuses on improving access to care for residents of the underserved communities of Watts, Inglewood and Compton in Los Angeles County. Dr. McNeal serves as Project Director of the National University Nurse Managed Clinic, which is a HRSA-funded virtual nurse-led initiative that has delivered primary care services to over 600 patients in its three years of operation. Students and faculty in eight (8) different disciplines participate in this interprofessional collaborative practice model. Telehealth technologies are used by the clinic team to monitor biometric data remotely. Dr. McNeal’s work was also showcased in a recent issue of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Magazine.
Kathleen Parker, PhD, APRN-CNP is the current VP of ABNF. Dr. Parker works as Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager and Veterans Education Coordinator at the Oklahoma City VAHCC. Dr. Parker served as the Chief Nurse Ambulatory Care (detailed) and supported the activation of new VA clinics and expansion of telehealth in primary care to improve access to care for Veterans. She serves as the Champion for APRNs and with the implementation of full practice authority (FPA) federally, implemented the changes and drafted the local performance standards and privileging documents. Nationally, Dr. Parker serves as Chair of the VHA Office of Nursing Services (ONS) Evidenced Based Practice Field Advisory Council and as a part of the national consultation team. Dr. Parker provides leadership and guidance in EBP implementation across the VA Health Care System. Currently, Dr. Parker is working on funding towards establishing two local VA APRN residency programs.
LaDonna K. Northington, DNS, RN, BC was recently elected as president-elect for the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN). The SPN is the pediatric nursing organization for pediatric nurses. The mission of the Society of Pediatric Nurses is to advance the specialty of pediatric nursing through excellence in education, research and practice. Dr. Northington has been participating in the organization since 1991, holding various positions including membership on the Clinical Practice Committee, Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee. She served 4 years as a member of the Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Newsletter Editor. Her term as president elect is 2019-2020 and will assume the role as President from 2020 - 2022.
Barbara Washington, Ed.S, MSN, RN BC (Retired) was recently appointed as the chair for the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Foundation. As a lifelong learner, Barbara was a nursing education leaders of the greater Metropolitan Chicago area. She has been an active member, serving in various capacities, for ABNF for over 20 years. Most recently her volunteerism to the organization was past treasurer and she currently serves on the Board of Directors. Her community service involvement exemplifies the mission of ABNF, Inc.