Board of Directors

Grace Buttriss, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNL

President 2017 – 2018

Dr. Grace Buttriss is currently the Clinical Nurse Leader Coordinator for the CNL Graduate Track at Queens University of Charlotte. Dr. Buttriss is the President of the CNLA, an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and a member of the Infusion Nurses Society. She is the Treasurer for the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association for Neonatal and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and also serves on the National Continuing Education Committee for NAPNAP. In addition to her fulltime faculty role, she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner in Newborn Services for Novant Health. Dr. Buttriss has developed and published chapters on Advanced Physical Assessment in the CNL Certification Review Textbook editions and has served as an Item Writer for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam as well as a Reviewer for the International Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association and Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is a Manuscript Reviewer for McMaster University, and is a member of the Editorial Board for JNCQ.
She has presented at the local, state and national levels on the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader and has conducted research on CNL Role Transition.

Darla Banks, MS, BSN, CNL

Vice President – 2017 to 2019

Darla Banks, MS, BSN, CNL is the Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program at Texas Health Resources.

Michael Culver, MSN, RN, CNL

Michael Culver, MSN, RN, CNL

Treasurer 2014 to 2018
Michael Culver has begun his 2nd term as the CNLA Treasurer!  Michael has 15 years of bedside experience; seven in differing settings from For Lauderdale to San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina in 1998. Michael was handpicked to pursue the CNL certification and completed the Texas Christian University graduate program in 2013. He works at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital: Hurst-Euless-Bedford (Texas Health HEB); one of the 14 wholly-owned facilities that make up Texas Health Resources.

Michael is engaged in the innovative work of being a CNL at the bedside and in the boardroom at Texas Health HEB while simultaneously participating in a system-wide process of redesigning care management that will indelibly feature the Clinical Nurse Leader and, quite possibly, set a standard for inpatient CNL practice. Michael will hold his position as Treasurer until April 2016.

Colleen Morgan, DNP, RN, CNL

Communications and Marketing 2016 to 2018

Dr. Colleen Morgan received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Miami, her Masters in Science in nursing degree from Florida Atlantic University, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from University of Miami, and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. She is presently employed at Keiser University as BSN Program Director for the Flagship Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, formerly the MSN Department Chair. Prior to this position she was employed at the Sylvester comprehensive cancer center as a site disease nurse coordinator for the Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma group. In this position she was offered an opportunity to informally actualize the CNL role. Since 1978 Colleen has been employed as a nurse excelling in a myriad of novel positions beginning in Med-Surg, Intensive care, pediatrics, telemetry, community health, School of nursing admissions, genetics, managed care, psychiatric nursing, hospice, school health, oncology, and currently education. Colleen completed an undergraduate social work degree from FAU specializing in child welfare. Colleen’s career has been diversified as her academic preparation as graduate of several universities in south Florida. Colleen is privileged to be a pioneer of the first FAU CNL graduating class, and the first UM DNP class. Colleen holds certifications as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and formerly from the National Association of School Nurses (NCSN) and Oncology Nursing Certification (OCN). Colleen is currently a member of the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau International Society (STTI). Colleen has a passion for nursing, and for the mainstream of her career has practiced at the clinical point of care with adults, and children. Most importantly throughout the span of her career her greatest contribution is the knowledge that her caring acts left footprints on the lives of the patients, students, and families she touched while practicing as a professional nurse. Several of her former students have gone on to pursue Doctorate degrees, leadership positions and Advanced practice nursing certifications. Empowering students to take the lead in our healthcare systems to create best evidenced based practices is her passion.

Kristen Noles, MSN, RN, CNL

Secretary 2017 to 2019

Kristen Noles is Clinical Nurse Leader .
One of Carrie’s goals as secretary of the CNLA is to advocate for the CNL role on a national level by speaking to the effectiveness and positive change the role can have on quality improvement measures and patient care.

Bobbi Shirley MS, RN, CNL, OCN

Past President – 2017 to 2018

Bobbi Shirley MS, RN, CNL, OCN has worked in a variety of roles within healthcare for over 25 years. Currently, she is a Clinical Nurse Leader on the 44 bed oncology unit at Maine Medical Center. Active in professional nursing organizations, she became a charter member of the CNLA in 2009. She has been a staunch advocate for recognition of the CNL role, presenting before both the Maine State Board of Nursing and the Oncology Nursing Society. She has been involved in the CNL Exam Development Committee in times past. Her published work includes: Evolution of an innovative role: the clinical nurse leader (2012) Journal of Nursing Management 21(1) 175-181. Immersed in many quality improvement initiatives, she has also presented her work at international and national conferences.

CNLA Advisory Board

Joan M. Stanley, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Chief Academic Officer of
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Veronica L. Rankin, MSN, RN-BC, NP-C, CMSRN, CNL

CNLA Advisory Marketing Board Member
CNL-Coordinator
Carolinas Medical Center/Carolinas Healthcare system

Peter Berry, BSN, RN, CCRN

CNLA Student Representative Advisory Board Member
Nurse Manager of the ICU and Neurosciences Step Down Units
Duke Raleigh Hospital/Duke University Health System, CNL Student at Queens University of Charlotte

Shantal Hall


Director, Commission on Nurse Certification

Susan Ottenfeld

VA Representative Advisory Member