Board Of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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

President (2021-2023)

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@cnlassociation.org

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

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

President-Elect (2021 - 2023)

Dr. Grace Buttriss is currently the Program Chair and Clinical Professor at the Charlotte campus of Northeastern University.
She is a 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 role as a Nursing Program Director she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner for the Newborn Services at 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 coauthor for the newly published Fa Davis textbook “Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment & Pharmacology” which offers a single approach to the 3 P’s and aligns with the new AACN essentials. She is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Clinical Nursing and Journal of Nursing Care Quality and 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 Role Innovation.

Please contact Grace 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 worked in the ICU at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg, Virginia and at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina.  In 2020, I worked as a CNL on a neurosurgery patient care unit that specialized in brain, spine and stroke related diagnoses at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I worked with stroke, spinal surgery and spinal cord injury patients.  Due to the increased need of ICU nurses during the Covid19 pandemic, I chose to return to my work in the ICU.  I will hopefully return to my work as a CNL soon, but will always remain PRN in critical care because I love it!

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 newer 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 and friends.  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

DAVID WOLF, MSN, RN, CNL

DAVID WOLF, MSN, RN, CNL

Communications and Marketing (2021 - 2022)

David Wolf graduated from Texas Christian University with his MSN Clinical Nurse Leader degree in 2016.  Since then, he has worked as a CNL at Texas Health Plano, Texas Health Alen, and the Reno VA Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.  Highlights of his stint as a Clinical Nurse Leader include having a clinical exemplar published in Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role (3rd ed.), by James L. Harris, Linda A. Roussel, and Patricia L. Thomas (p. 236), and being the practicing CNL winner of the Commission on Nurse Certification’s “I Have the CNL POWER!” essay contact in March 2019.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids when not at work.  Hobbies include watching the Dallas Cowboys play, reading, and trying to keep up with his two kids.  He looks forward to attending the CNL Summit and helping to advance the CNL role throughout the United States.

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

Tymeeka Davis

Tymeeka Davis

Secretary (2021-2023)

Tymeeka Davis, DNP, RN-BC, has more than 10 years of clinical and leadership experience in various areas. She began her career as a cardiac nurse and before transitioning into a clinical nurse leader role for Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Davis is currently a Nurse Manager at VA Southern Nevada. In her role as Nurse Manager, Dr. Davis continues to provide transitional leadership by actively mentoring nursing personnel. She instructs and mentors the next generation of nurses as adjunct clinical faculty at Nevada State College School of Nursing. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recognized Ms. Davis as Nurse Educator of the year for her incredible work as a Nurse educator at VA Southern Nevada and Nevada State College School of Nursing.

Dr. Davis has a long history of professional and public service. A strong advocate for the Clinical Nurse Leader role, she founded the West Regional Chapter of Clinical Nurse Leader Association. Dr. Davis works diligently to give back to the community. She serves as a community ambassador for Southern Nevada American Red Cross. As an advocate for improving care in underserved communities, Dr. Davis is an ongoing volunteer for the Barbershop Initiative, a cardiovascular outreach program for AfricanAmerican males. Dr. Davis is a member of several professional organizations where she serves in leadership roles. She is a founding member and financial secretary for Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, ETA ETA ETA Chapter. She was recently invited to serve as an Institutional Advisory Member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

Please contact Tymeeka using the following email address: secretary@cnlassociation.org

DARLA BANKS, MS, RN, CNL

DARLA BANKS, MS, RN, CNL

Past President (2021 - 2022)

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

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.