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 is the Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL) for Texas Health Resources (THR). She works to establish and operationalize the CNL teams at the 14 wholly-owned THR facilities. Currently, there are over 130 CNL team members throughout the THR System. Much of her work involves ensuring that the role is implemented in a standardized manner throughout the hospitals and that it is positively impacting patient care outcomes. Implementation of the role has been done in med-surg, med-surg specialty and ICU units. Prior to becoming the CNL Director, Darla worked at the Texas Health Harris Methodist: Ft. Worth Hospital. She specialized in Cardiac Surgery ICU and served in many leadership roles within the cardiac division. She received her Masters of Science in Human Resources Training and Education from Amberton University and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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. Colleen’s experience spans areas such as Med-Surg, Intensive care, Pediatrics, Telemetry, Genetics, psychiatric nursing, hospice, education and many other areas. 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 CNLA, ANA, and STTI. Colleen has a passion for nursing. 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.

Kristen Noles, MSN, RN, CNL

Secretary 2017 to 2019

Kristen Noles has been a nurse since 2001 and held a variety of nursing roles in various hospital settings. She holds a BSN from Jacksonville State University, and a MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader. She is currently in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the UAB School of Nursing. As a staff nurse, she successfully implemented the hospital’s organizational shared governance structure in 2010. She served as an Advance Nursing Coordinator, responsible for nursing policies and procedures and acts as the facility’s liaison to the Alabama State Board of Nursing. In that role she also mentored staff in the development of shared governance structures throughout the organization. Currently, Kristen is the nurse manager for the Acute Trauma Care Unit and Clinical Decision Unit at UAB. She also is faculty with the UAB School of Nursing over the Clinical Nurse Leader program. .

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

Dana Dermody, PhD, RN, CNL

CNLA International Partner Advisory Board Member

Dr. Dermody has earned her Master’s degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago in 2011 and became CNL certified. She then earned a PhD in nursing and a certificate in applied gerontology from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Currently Dr. Dermody is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University. She has demonstrated past work as a CNL to improve hospital-based nursing care and health environments in Uganda and has also demonstrated the ability to develop sustainable international partnerships in her leading role in promoting CNL integration in Japan.

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

CNLA Advisory Marketing Board Member

Veronica coordinates the CNL program at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, also practicing at the bedside as a CNL when needed. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2011 and became a certified CNL that same year. Veronica holds additional certifications in gerontological nursing, medical-surgical nursing and as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She has been a member of CNLA since 2010 and also serves as secretary on the Mu Psi local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, advisory member to the Carolinas CNLA Chapter as well as serve as an active member in NCNA and the Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. She will complete her DNP program in August 2018 from ECU.

Teresa Davis, BSN, RN

CNLA Student Representative Advisory Board Member
Teresa is the Performance Improvement Manager of Surgical Services at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia SC. She is a member of AORN and Sigma Theta Tau. She is active in education and mentoring of those pursuing certification and further education. She is a CNL student at Queens University of Charlotte.

Shantal Hall


Director, Commission on Nurse Certification

Claire Gangware, MSN, RN, CNL

VA Representative Advisory Member

Claire is a MSN graduate of Elmhurst College in 2008, becoming CNL certified in 2008. In 2009 Claire left Hines VA Hospital to work as a CNL at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. She has been a member of CNLA since 2010. Claire serves as Chair of the VHA Office of Nursing Services (ONS) CNL Field Advisory Committee. This committee serves as an advisory board to ONS on matters related to the CNL role while simultaneously representing ONS in the field.