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

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 Fort 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.

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

Bonus

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 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