Candidates Corner

Candidates Corner 2017-07-27T21:19:28+00:00

Following is the Slate of Candidates for the 2017 WIN Election. Names are placed alphabetically on this page. Names will be drawn by lot for the ballot. The ballot will be available to members on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Voting will be closed on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Watch for an email notice of the availability of the ballot. Please vote for WIN’s future leadership in the upcoming election.


Casey Shillam, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
School of Nursing
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon

Statement: Since attending my first WIN conference as an undergraduate nursing student, I have valued the opportunities offered by this exceptional organization. My own professional development as a nurse and a scholar has been consistently supported and nurtured by WIN. My background in health policy, academic and practice administrative leadership, and leading national professional organizations and initiatives provides me with the necessary skills to serve as President. I bring strong experience in effective collaboration and believe I can contribute to the functions of the WIN Board through active engagement of the WIN membership to advance nursing science, education, and practice.

Donna Velasquez, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Statement: As President-Elect, I would bring a depth of experience that began with my first position as the Governor Representative of Student Members. I have served as a member of the program committee, including two terms as chair, and am currently the Governor Representative of Nursing Education. My goal is to continue WIN’s tripartite vision to advance nursing science, practice, and education to improve the health outcomes of populations nationally and globally. I am passionate about sustaining and growing the organization fiscally and exploring innovative ways to serve our members and attract new members.


Maureen OMalley, PhD RN
Associate Director
School of Nursing
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska

Statement: I submit my name to seek a second term as Secretary/Treasurer of WIN, to be guardian of WIN’s finances and records. I served as the Secretary/Treasurer of WIN for the past two years and in this capacity on several other boards. I hope to continue to work with the Board to make sound financial decisions, to increase awards to members promoting scholarship in the region, and to hold conferences in sites that are profitable and increase membership. I also hope to assist the board to invest in strategies that will promote an engaged membership.

Governor Representative of Nursing Education

Amy A. Nichols, RN, EdD, CNS
Associate Clinical Professor
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
University of California Davis
Sacramento, California

Statement: I would like to offer my nursing education experience of 30 years to serve as the Governor Representative of Nursing Education. I am excited at the opportunity to participate in WIN’s strategic plan in fostering partnerships and bridging research and clinicians and building capacity for nursing scholarship especially in education. I believe my experience as an educator, clinical nurse researcher, and leader would assist to move the strategic plan forward. Thank you

Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor & Campus Associate Dean
School of Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University
Ashland, Oregon

Statement: I teach in the Masters in Nursing Education program at OHSU and am Campus Associate Dean of the Ashland campus. I am a member of the Oregon State Board of Nursing Education Advisory Group and the Oregon Nurses Association Cabinet on Nursing Education. I have been a member of WIN since 2007 and an abstract reviewer since 2008. I joined the WIN Finance Committee in 2016. Issues of interest to me include nursing workforce diversity, nurse faculty shortage and academic progression.

Shannon Ruff Dirksen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Statement: I am seeking this opportunity to have a more active role in WIN. Since 1986 when first attending WIN as a doctoral student, I have presented 17 times at the WIN research conference and through networking know many of its members. During the past 28 years, I been engaged with undergraduate and graduate nursing students (MS, DNP, PHD) at 4 universities whose organizations are all members of WIN. My depth and breadth of nursing education knowledge coupled with my recent 20 years as senior editor on a best-selling medical-surgical nursing textbook makes me an ideal candidate for this position.

Governor Representative of Nursing Practice

Mary Dellefield, PhD, RN
Research Nurse Scientist
VA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, California

Statement: Please consider selecting me for a second term as the Governor Representative of Nursing Practice. Having been a RN since 1978, I have worked in research, education, and practice settings. I now work as a Research Nurse Scientist at VA San Diego Healthcare System. My clinical and research interests involve gerontological nursing and post-acute care. I value RNs practicing in all settings regardless of their basic educational preparation. Through unity and mutual respect, RNs will be successful in advancing nursing practice by integrating empirical knowledge, clinical judgement, and consumer preferences to achieve optimal levels of health for all.

Annette Nasr, RN, PhD
Nurse Scientist
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Palo Alto, California

Statement: I came to WIN almost 10 years ago as a PhD student and as an Agency Member of WIN. I had the opportunity to work with WIN members at the last year’s WIN conference and found a great deal of satisfaction from this work. I would like to continue my involvement with WIN and become more involved in its future. My experiences in education as a Nurse Scientist and Assistant Clinical Professor at both Stanford School of Medicine and UCSF School of Nursing makes me an ideal candidate for the position of Governor Representative of Nursing Practice.

Governor Representative of Student Members

Jennifer Peterson, PhD(c), MS, RN
PhD Candidate
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Statement: I have enjoyed working with WIN for the past 2 years, as the Governor Representative of Student Members. I have represented student viewpoints in development of the strategic plan for WIN, and in the student content for the new website. I will continue to represent the needs of students, and further develop student resources. I am a PhD Candidate at University of California Irvine, enrolling subjects in my dissertation “Biobehavioral and Developmental Tactile Responses in Neonates Undergoing Cardiac Surgery”. I am the recipient of a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholarship and an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral fellowship.

Ruth Tadesse, MS, RN
2nd year PhD Student
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Statement: My background includes working as a staff nurse, teaching, and coordinating undergraduate clinical practicum courses at OHSU. Currently, I’m a full-time 2nd year Ph.D. student at the University of Utah College of Nursing. I also work part-time and serve as a nursing consultant for Project ECHO which is dedicated to providing psychiatric medication management education for PCPs. I’m a team player and effectively communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds. My background and skills along with my experience of being a WIN member and past presenter would help me to contribute immensely to the board.

Nominating Committee – Position #1

Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

Statement: I have been involved in WIN since beginning my doctoral studies in 2005. I have presented at WIN, am currently a reviewer, and have served as a moderator. I have enjoyed my experiences with WIN and am interested in increasing my involvement. I have served on many committees in the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, and the University. As a member of the Nominating Committee, my goal is to work collaboratively to prepare and present candidates to the general membership.

Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Program in Nursing Science
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Statement: Jung-Ah Lee is an Associate Professor at the University of California Irvine, Program in Nursing Science. After completing her doctoral study at the University of Washington, School of Nursing, she received several research grants with her collaborators in medicine, engineering, and computer science, focusing on theory based, culturally appropriate, and age-sensitive mobile health technology to improve treatment adherence and self-management in patients with chronic disease and their caregivers.

Cheryl Westlake, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FHFSA, FAHA
School of Nursing
Azusa Pacific University
Monrovia, California

Statement: Clinical – CV medical, surgical, rehab care. Leadership – department/program manager, house supervisor, nursing director, & associate dean. Teaching – BSN/MSN/PhD programs. WIN INVOLVEMENT: Began as PhD student; now – conference attendee & session moderator/presenter. POLICY: Fulbright Scholar (Ecuador). NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER GOALS: Provide candidates to support WIN’s mission/goals; & contribute to diverse nursing community who seek to advance nursing in our public’s service.