Board Of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DARLA BANKS, MS, BSN, CNL

DARLA BANKS, MS, BSN, CNL

President (2019-2021)

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.

MEREDITH GUTHRIE, MSN, RN, CNL

MEREDITH GUTHRIE, MSN, RN, CNL

President-Elect (2019 - 2021)

Meredith has been in her current role with UAB Care since 2015 as an RN Quality Improvement. Her nursing career began at Carraway Methodist Medical Center Emergency Department after graduating from Wallace State Community College in 2005 with her ADN. Her career at UAB began in 2003 in the Trauma Burn ICU (TBICU) and she went on to obtain her BSN from UAB in 2010. Meredith transitioned to Acute Trauma Care Unit (ATCU) in 2013 as an Assistant Nurse Manager while she started her journey to become a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) while working for her mentor, Kristen Noles. Meredith graduated with her Masters in the Science of Nursing in 2016 and certified as a CNL. Meredith is considered a repository of knowledge for the institution within her current role. Meredith is also retired from the United States Air Force, serving her country from 1997-2017. She is proud mommy to three baby girls, one human, named Adia and two pugs, Bernice and Bertha. She loves pugs, office supplies, polka dots and anything sparkly. Her life mottos are, “Go big or go home”, “If you don’t do something with passion, it’s not worth doing” and has recently added “is it really that big of a deal in the big scheme of things” to her life with a baby! Meredith has been nominated for the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the International Clinical Nurse Leader Association. Her passion, drive, ability to express herself and commitment to the role of the CNL would be a perfect fit for this position. She currently holds the Marketing and Social Media Chair for the Alabama state chapter for the CNLA and does an excellent job.

MICHAEL CULVER, MSN, RN, CNL

MICHAEL CULVER, MSN, RN, CNL

Treasurer (2014 - 2020)

Michael Culver has begun his 3rd 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 2020. Treasurer@cnlassociation.org

ALEX NAVA, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN

ALEX NAVA, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN

Communications and Marketing (2018 - 2020)

Alex Nava has been a nurse for nine years in Texas. Alex was recognized by his peers as a Great 100 Nurse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has worked in medical-surgical, neuroscience, and cardiac telemetry units. Alex has a son and daughter where he is their principal driver to basketball games, swim meets, and orchestra practices. In his spare time, he enjoys running, suffering through Dallas Cowboys and Toronto Maple Leafs (yes, Alex was born in Canada) seasons, and writing about himself in the third person. Alex became a Clinical Nurse Leader  to enhance patient care in our fragmented healthcare delivery system and improve patient outcomes. Alex has presented posters and delivered podium presentations concerning his CNL projects at local, regional, and national nursing conferences such as the AACN’s CNL Summit and ANCC’s Magnet conference. marketing@cnlassociation.org

TINA RALYEA, DNP, MBA, MS-NP, NE-BC, CNL, OCN, CCRN

TINA RALYEA, DNP, MBA, MS-NP, NE-BC, CNL, OCN, CCRN

Secretary (2019-2021)

Tina Ralyea (officially Christine, but not everyone knows that). I have been certified as a CNL since January 2015. I have been active with the growth and development of the CNL program at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. The program grew from 4 CNLs in 2010 to 38 currently CNL/students in 2019. I have spoken multiple years at the CNLA Research Symposium, annual conferences and at the ANCC Certified Nurse Webinar in 2018. I have been active in the planning committee for the 2019 Research Symposium, 2018 and 2016 Fall CNL conferences and review courses. Additionally, I have taught the CNL review class with 100% pass rates for the known attended who self-reported their passing scores with us. Additionally, I have been an adjunct faculty at Queens University for the CNL program and serve as a mentor for capstone projects for the CNL students. My most distant student was from Dubai. I was honored and humbled to receive the 2018 CNLA Educator of the Year Award. I have been an active member with CNLA, supporting new chapter development over the past two years. I served as the reinvigorating force behind our CNLA Carolinas Chapter. I love connecting with other CNLs throughout the region and helping mentor and supporting the role.

GRACE BUTTRISS, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNL

GRACE BUTTRISS, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNL

Past President (2018 - 2019)

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. 

BOBBI SHIRLEY MS, RN, CNL, OCN

BOBBI SHIRLEY MS, RN, CNL, OCN

Past President (2017 - 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

JOAN M. STANLEY, PHD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Chief Academic Officer of American Association of Colleges of Nursing

DANA DERMODY, PHD, RN, CNL

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

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

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

SHANTAL HALL

Director, Commission on Nurse Certification

CLAIRE GANGWARE, MSN, RN, CNL

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.