Nurses' Alumni Association

2023-2025 Board Members

The Nurses' Alumni Association's mission is to strengthen relationships among alumni worldwide, provide lifelong learning and leadership opportunities, to advance nursing practice, education, and service and to enhance the image of the nursing profession.

You are part of the more than 10,000 school of nursing alumni living around the world. By working with other alumni and the School, we can help shape the future for the generations of nurses.

2023-2025 Board Members

Nurses' Alumni Association Board Members

The mission of the Nurses' Alumni Association Board is to provide a representative alumni body that will advise the NAA, work collaboratively with the office of alumni relations to provide leadership for developing programs that engage alumni and promote participation and support for Emory’s annual fundraising and scholarship efforts for advancement of the school and its mission.

If you would like to send a message to the Board or are interested in learning more about board member or committee member volunteer opportunities, please email

President - Donte Flanagan 04Ox 06BSN 10MSN

President-Elect - Colleen Closson 18ABSN

Past-President - Kay Bohanan Kennedy 80Ox 82N

  • Jewel Adams 05MSN
  • Amy Berk 01MSN
  • Joseph Costa 21MSN
  • Latronda Davis 16BSN
  • Chelsea Hagopian 12BSN 14MSN 18DNP
  • Leslie Jeter 17DNP
  • Stephanie Large 12MSN
  • Brianne Lienkamp 06MSN
  • Angela Murphy 92MN
  • Darrell Owens 90BSN
  • Serena Patel 22MN 23MSN
  • Amanda Sheripap 14BSN
  • Kara Short 22BSN
  • Sarah Woodmansee 17Ox 19BSN 24MSN

Emeritus Members

  • Rose Cannon 74MN
  • Betty Daniels 51BSN 67MN
  • Barbara Reed 57BSN 79MN
  • Betty Marie Stewart 52BSN

Ex Officio Members

  • Kay Lawton 78BSN 84MN - Emory Alumni Board Representative
  • Linda McCauley 79MN - School of Nursing Dean

NAA Board and Committees

The NAA nominating committee is now accepting applications for open positions for both the NAA Board and its committees for the 2023-2024 academic year.  

The NAA’s mission is "to advance the school’s mission by promoting lifelong relationships among alumni and strengthening their connection to the school through social, professional, and philanthropic opportunities."

N U R S E S '  A L U M N I  A S S O C I A T I O N  B O A R D

The NAA Board consists of no more than twenty (20) total members (not including ex-officio members) representing undergraduate and graduate alumni constituencies. Each year 6 NAA Board Members are elected/appointed to serve as an NAA Committee Co-Chair. The NAA Board oversees 3 committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Philanthropic Advancement Committee
  • Engagement Committee

Executive Committee

  • Consists of the current President, Past-President, President-Elect, 1 Philanthropic Advancement Committee Co-Chair, 1 Engagement Committee Co-Chair, and 2 Board members to serve as Philanthropic Advancement and Engagement Committee DEI Representatives (7 people)
  • Serves as Nominating Committee
  • Reviews, establishes, and cultivates Board leadership pipeline
  • Leads NAA Awards solicitation, selection, and recommendation to the Board
  • Establishes and implements annual strategic plan
  • Assesses strategic plan and committee goals annually
  • Past-President and President-Elect oversee NAA Mentor Program
  • Oversee Preceptor Ambassador Program
  • Promotes reunions and encourages reunion planning committee participation
  • Ensures DEI is infused across programming and planning efforts

Philanthropic Advancement Committee

  • Serves as Emory Advancement Volunteers
  • Serves as lead for NAA Emory Day of Giving initiatives (March), 2O36 Week (November), and Emory Thanks (October)
  • Encourages fellow graduates to invest in the NHWSN fund of their choice
  • Educates alumni on graduate degree and scholarship opportunities

Engagement Committee
*Engagement Committee will have several sub-committees established and will need Volunteer Leads for special events and initiatives.

  • Establishes and supports annual alumni engagement events
  • Oversees Emory Cares / Service-Learning initiatives
  • Hosts annual Candlelight Crossover events and engages with Legacy families (May)
  • Serves as NAA representatives and hosts at NAA, Emory, SON, and student events
  • Administers annual Recent Graduate Survey
  • Encourages students to follow social media platforms to stay informed
  • Generates social media, newsletter, and Emory Nursing magazine story/feature ideas
  • Encourages alumni to attend NAA events
  • Ensures accessibility via events/venues, as well as communications/website
  • Educates alumni on graduate degree and scholarship opportunities


Requirements of a NAA Committee member include:

  • Serve as alumni ambassadors and leaders representing the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN).
  • Attend and actively participate in at least 4 out of the 6 Committee meetings per year.
  • Serve on at least one standing committee per year and/or taskforce.
  • Respond with an annual gift to the NHWSN given by December of each year – 100% NAA Board member participation is expected.
  • Identify, encourage participation, and cultivate individuals who are willing to contribute time and service to the NHWSN, NAA, and Emory University.
  • Attend and serve in leadership roles at NHWSN, the NAA, and Emory University sponsored events – with a minimum of 3 NHWSN sponsored events attended a year.
  • Support the development and stewardship efforts of NHWSN through participation in activities such as calls, mailings and/or events.
  • Respond to emails, RSVPs, and other forms of communication in a timely and considerate manner.
  • Stay current and knowledgeable about NHWSN and Emory University.

Requirements of a NAA Board member include all of that for a Committee member, plus the following:

  • Commit to serving a two (2) year board term, and may serve up to 3 consecutive terms.
  • Attend and actively participate in at least 3 out of the 4 Board meetings per year.
  • Respond with an annual minimum gift to NHWSN:
    - Board Members are expected to make an annual philanthropic contribution of at least the Wise Heart Society Founders level
    - Board Members that have graduated in th elast decade are expected to make an annual philanthropic contribuion of at least $320
    - All students and committee members are expected to make an annual philanthropic contribution in the amount of their class year (i.e., $20.24)
  • Consider serving as a NAA Committee Co-Chair.

All newly elected members will begin their term on September 1, 2023.

A P P L I C A T I O N  P R O C E S S  & T I M E L I N E

  • Please complete the application linked below.
  • Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 26, 2023
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation of their application submission upon completion. If you do not receive a confirmation,it is likely that your application did not submit properly.
  • Once applications close, current members of the board will review applications and begin the selection process.
  • Final selections will be made on August 7 and elected board members and committee members will be notified by August 8, 2023.
  • Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available in early summer of 2024.

Please note: If you are selected to join the NAA Board in2023 you will be required to attend the board's first meeting of the fiscal year on Friday, October 20, 2023 at Noon EST. You may attend in person or virtually. *This is not applicable if appointed to a NAA Committee.*

 We look forward to reviewing your application! Please contact Director of Alumni Engagement, at with questions.

 To be considered, please complete the following form:
Emory Nurses' Alumni Association Board Nomination Form - Summer 2023


Nurses' Alumni Association Benefits

Check out the Nurses' Alumni Roadmap! 


The NAA hosts events throughout the year, including Homecoming & Alumni Weekend, guest lectures, networking events, student mentoring opportunities, and more. Check out our alumni events calendar for details about our upcoming events.

Class Reunions

During Homecoming Weekend, nursing alumni return to campus to celebrate their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 45-year reunions. Alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago are invited back to campus each year during commencement. These alumni are part of an exclusive group called Corpus Cordis Aureum, which is Latin for the golden corps of the heart.

Emory Nursing Magazine

Emory Nursing Magazine is published twice per year by the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. You can access the digital version of the magazine online.

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

Nursing alumni can access resources at the Woodruff Health Sciences Library, which houses more than 148,886 volumes of information.

Emory Alumni Association

The Emory Alumni Association (EAA) helps Emory's 133,000 alumni get informed about, get connected to, and get involved with their alma mater.

The EAA hosts presidential and faculty speakers, networking and professional gatherings, social events, and many more activities on the Emory campus, across the country, and around the world. The EAA keeps the spirit of Emory alive through its alumni and wants alumni to feel connected to the University so that you understand no matter where you are, Emory is with you. Click here to learn more about getting involved with the Emory Alumni Association.

Mission Statement

Nurses’ Alumni Association Mission
The mission of the Nurses’ Alumni Association (NAA) is to advance the school’s mission by promoting lifelong relationships among alumni and strengthening their connection to the school through social, professional and philanthropic opportunities.

Nurses’ Alumni Association Board Mission
The mission of the Nurses’ Alumni Association (NAA) Board is to represent the alumni body, serve as ambassadors, and collaborate with the school to lead efforts through engagement and philanthropy with students and alumni.


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