Candidate Corner 2019-01-15T21:44:23+00:00

Candidates Corner

Following is the Slate of Candidates for the 2019 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 22, 2019. Voting will be closed on Friday, February 8, 2019. Watch for an email notice of the availability of the ballot. Please vote for WIN’s future leadership in the upcoming election.

Please be aware there are several candidates this year – be certain you scroll to the bottom of the page to review. Thank you.

President Elect

Jane Lassetter, PhD, RN
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Nursing
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Statement: WIN has long been my professional home. During my 17 years of membership, I have enjoyed serving on WIN’s Nominating and Membership Committees and twice as Governor-at-Large on the Board. My leadership experience also includes serving as President of the International Family Nursing Association. As WIN President, I will be committed to moving this vibrant organization forward and will work closely with the Board and committees to foster opportunities for members to connect with each other and collaborate on research, education methods, and nursing practice. Let’s work together to make meaningful differences in people’s lives and health.


Cynthia Booher, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska

Statement: I am always looking to promote nursing research and have been to several WIN conferences and would like to be part of this group in a larger capacity.



Lauren Clark, PhD, RN
College of Nursing
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Statement: My appreciation for WIN has grown over the course of my 30-year attendance at WIN conferences. Through attending conferences and teaching NEXus course exchanges I have grown to appreciate the WIN mission and the strength of our membership. In service to WIN, I have chaired the WIN Program Committee and the WIN Nominating Committee. If elected to serve as Governor-at-Large on the Board, I would provide input into policy decisions and strategic planning. My vision for WIN is robust and vigorous future of excellence in nursing education, practice, and research.

Kimberly Shea, PhD, RN, CHPN
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Statement: The Western Institute of Nursing unites nurses from 13 diverse states to advance nursing science, education and practice. I have experience in and highly value each area of our nursing profession. I have contributed to conference activities yearly since 2002 and served in every board position for the GeroSIG. Currently, I serve on Arizona Nurses Association’s Bylaws Committee and in the past, held the position of Vice President and Treasurer for Beta Mu, local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. As the Governor-at-Large, I would respectfully contribute expertise in bylaws application and leadership to the membership assembly and board of governors.

Governor Representative of Nursing Research

Lorraine Evangelista, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, FAHA
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Statement: My scholarship includes over 100 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and two policies/position statements. I have helped shape the research agenda of keeping technological advancements in the care of patients with chronic disease at the forefront and have consistently disseminated my research findings through abstract presentations both nationally and internationally. I have successfully conducted clinical and translational research for which I have received internal and external funding. In 2016, I received the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award through the WIN and the UCI Faculty Mentorship Award. In 2017, I completed my tenure as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines.

Sheila Gephart, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Statement: WIN helped me learn what it meant to be a nurse scientist and I am eager to give back to the assembly my time to promote nursing research in the west. My research couples informatics and implementation science to impact the effective delivery of best practices, especially in the context of the neonatal intensive care unit. Reaching clinicians, parent advocates, and researchers in the quest to end the disease of necrotizing enterocolitis among fragile infants, my NEC-Zero project combines parent engagement, evidence-based practices and clinical decision support technology to help clinicians make best decisions every time for every baby.

Deborah Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Statement: I would be honored to serve as the Governor Representative of Nursing Research. WIN is a vibrant community of Faculty, Practitioners and Researchers, an organization of which I am proud to be a part. Being both a faculty member and a researcher, I believe I could provide leadership to work with the WIN leadership team to move WIN toward its strategic goals of collaboration between researchers and clinicians, to sustain and grow the visibility of WIN as an organization where ideas can be generated, researched and then implemented. I have the skills and desire to serve WIN in this capacity.

Paula Meek, PhD, FAAN
Professor & PhD Program Director
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado

Statement: I have been a member of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) since I was a Doctoral Student at the University of Arizona. I have actively participated in research at WIN by reviewing abstracts, poster judging, presenting my research and facilitating students participation. I previously served on the board of governors as secretary-treasurer in 2006-2008 and understand the effort involved. As the governor representative for Research, I am committed to maintaining the high standards and voice for research. I am committed to the WIN and would be honored to serve on the board of governors in this capacity.

Governor Representative of Student Members

Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C
PhD Student
College of Nursing
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Statement: I am a 2nd year PhD Student at the University of Arizona focused on nursing workforce and system issues. I am a board member of the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing, and on the membership committee for the Western Institute of Nursing. I have previous leadership experience as the president of my local student nurses association, director at large for the Student Nurses Association of Arizona, with active involvement in the Arizona Nurses Association. I am passionate about active engagement in nursing associations and empowering others to believe that their voice makes a difference.

Trisha Saul, BSN, RN-BC
PhD Student
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Statement: I am very excited about the opportunity to be the governing representative for student members. I am currently in my 2nd year of the PhD program at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, I am the Nursing Research Coordinator at my hospital and I have been a nurse for over thirteen years. At both UCI and work, I am able to gain knowledge, promote and disseminate nursing evidence-based practice and research. It would be my honor and pleasure to serve as the governing representative for students and to help continue to push nursing research forward.

LisaMarie Turk, MSN, RN
PhD Candidate
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing & Health Policy Collaborative Fellow
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Statement: I am a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing. I have served in various student government and leadership positions, including Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Graduate Student Nurses Association and Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s Legislative Finance Committee, where I developed communications systems and secured and managed organizational finances. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Nurses Association, where I focus on nursing mentorship. If elected, I will commit to mentorship-and capacity- building and to serving as a resource along our unique but shared journeys.

Nominating Committee Position #3

Trina Aguirre, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mitchell, Nebraska

Statement: As a nurse researcher in academia and research, I have had various leadership positions in the past 15 years that provide experience to strengthen my ability to serve as Nominations Chair. Previous positions in nursing organizations and institutions include: WIN member since 2015, Nebraska Nurses Association Treasurer, Student Nurses Advisor, State Student Nurses’ Consultant, UNMC Chair Nursing Research Committee, UNMC Chair Academic Review Committee, Vice President NSSNA. As Consultant, I have worked closely with Nominations Chairs in preparation for elections and continue to do so. I would be honored to serve as Nominations Chair for the Western Institute of Nursing.

Heather Coats, PhD, APRN-BC
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Statement: WIN has been a great organization for me to receive excellent mentorship in my 13 years of attendance. I value the WIN mission of education, research, and practice, a mission that values all the pillars of nursing. In prior service to WIN, I have been on the WIN Board of Governors- Student Representative. I now serve on the WIN Development committee and have been an abstract reviewer for the last two years. If elected to serve as a Nominating Committee member, I would be honored to provide input into the selection of candidates for the various WIN Leadership positions.

Susan Wechter, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC
Associate Professor
Chamberlain University
Downers Grove, Ilinois

Statement: Serving on the WIN nominating committee would be an honor and a privilege. I am committed to giving back the gifts of knowledge, networking, and scholarship that WIN colleagues and conferences offered me during my doctoral study at the University of New Mexico. On this committee, I would be representing colleagues and national relationships across 21 US Chamberlain University campuses and the online RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, MPH and MSW programs offered nationally. My enthusiasm and marketing skills for this organization will bring forth an exponential range of leadership and will sustain the excellence of WIN. Thanks for considering my candidacy.

Yunchaun (Lucy) Zhao, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

Statement: I am very interested in becoming a member of the Nominating Committee. I joined WIN since 2016 after I became a tenure-track faculty at Boise State University School of Nursing. My experiences with WIN have been very positive. I believe it is important to make positive and meaningful contributions to nursing profession and the community through serving a professional nursing organization. If selected, I will try my best to provide excellent service to WIN and its members.