Board Of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DARLA BANKS, MS, BSN, CNL

DARLA BANKS, MS, BSN, CNL

President (2019-2021)

Darla Banks was the Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL) for Texas Health Resources (THR). She worked 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 involved ensuring that the role was implemented in a standardized manner throughout the hospitals and that it was positively impacting patient care outcomes. Implementation of the role was accomplished 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.

Please contact Darla using the following email address:  president@cnlassociation.org

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

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

President-Elect (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.

Please contact Tina using the following email address: president-elect@cnlassociation.org

ERICA FRAZIER, MSN, RN, CNL

ERICA FRAZIER, MSN, RN, CNL

Treasurer (2020-2022)

Nursing is a second career for me and prior to becoming a nurse, my background consisted of working in customer service, sales, engineering and operations over a 15 year period.  I graduated from a direct entry MSN program at Marquette University in 2017.  The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) curriculum was built into my 18 month nursing program and I knew early on that I wanted to one day work as a CNL.  I received my CNL certification in 2018, but I wanted to have at least two years of bedside nursing experience prior to looking for a CNL position.

After graduating nursing school in 2017, I accepted a position in the intensive care unit at a small level III trauma center in Blacksburg, Virginia at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.  In order to gain more experience, I made a move to work at Greenville Memorial Hospital, a level I trauma center, in the medical surgical intensive care unit in Greenville, South Carolina.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working in critical care and I still plan to do so PRN.  I now work as a CNL on a neurosurgery patient care unit that specializes in brain, spine and stroke related diagnoses at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I work specifically with spinal cord injury and spinal surgery patients.

I am a very motivated person that believes in continuing education to better myself, the environment in which I work and the quality of care I provide to my patients.  I am a new CNL, but I am extremely passionate about improving patient outcomes and working with other professionals to improve the overall quality of patient care.  I believe in the CNLA’s vision and I am excited to be a part of helping to continue carry out, expand and achieve its mission of promoting higher standards of practice through professional collaboration by way of evidence based practice.  As CNLA treasurer, I will continue networking with other healthcare professionals to promote the role and successes the CNL skillset can provide.  It is a privilege to serve as your CNLA Treasurer!

Outside of the professional world I enjoy Pilates, playing golf, fishing, cooking, eating, watching Dateline and the ever so magical Hallmark channel, and spending time with my family, friends and fur baby of a Shih Tzu (Mr. Beans) who enjoys cruising around the streets in his stroller.  I love watching different sports, but I really LOVE my Marquette Golden Eagles college basketball team!

Please contact Erica using the following email address: treasurer@cnlassociation.org

ALEX NAVA, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN

ALEX NAVA, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN

Communications and Marketing (2018 - 2022)

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 basketball coach and personal Uber driver to all other extra-curricular events. When Alex has some spare time, he enjoys running, suffering through Dallas Cowboys and Toronto Maple Leafs (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.

Please contact Alex using the following email address:  marketing@cnlassociation.org

VERONICA RANKIN, DNP, RN-BC, NP-C, CNL

VERONICA RANKIN, DNP, RN-BC, NP-C, CNL

Secretary (2019-2021)

Veronica Rankin serves as a Director of Nursing Services in the role of Magnet Program Director for Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center- Central Division, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also serves as the Administrator of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program at this magnet-designated Level 1 Trauma Center. Dr. Rankin has been a nurse for more than 16 years and a certified CNL for more than 8 years. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree as well as her Post-Masters certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from East Carolina University. She earned her master’s as a CNL from Queens University of Charlotte in 2011. She serves as adjunct faculty for Queen’s University’s graduate nursing program and teaches CNL exam certification review sessions with CNL students regularly. As a published author and member of various professional organizations including Sigma International where she serves as President of the Mu Psi Chapter, Dr. Rankin’s primary career goal is to promote and advance the profession of nursing.

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

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

Past President (2018 - 2019)

Dr. Grace Buttriss is currently the Undergraduate Nursing Chair for Queens
University of Charlotte. She is the Past President of the ICNLA, an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and is the Treasurer for the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association for Neonatal and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). In addition to her full-time faculty role, she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner in Newborn Services for Novant Health in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Buttriss has published chapters on Advanced Physical Assessment in the CNL Certification Review Textbook editions 1 and 2 and has served as an Item Writer for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam. She is 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. 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 and Innovation.

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

Kristen Noles, DNP, RN, CNL, LSSGB

Kristen Noles, DNP, RN, CNL, LSSGB

Advisory Practice Partner

Bob Lapointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN

Bob Lapointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN

VA Representative Advisory Member

SHANTAL HALL

SHANTAL HALL

Director, Commission on Nurse Certification

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.

Donna Ernst DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Donna Ernst DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Advisory Education Practice Partner

Anastashia Ballard, BSN, RN

Anastashia Ballard, BSN, RN

Student Representative