ONS Announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) announced its 2011–2012 Board of Directors at its 36th Annual Congress in Boston, MA.
Carlton Brown, RN, PhD, AOCN®, continues in the second year of his two-year term as president. He is an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing in Newark, DE.
The newly-elected president-elect is Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, AOCN®, FAAN, associate chief nursing officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown and adjunct clinical faculty at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA. Gullatte will serve one year as president-elect, and she will take office as ONS president in 2012.
Officers continuing in their roles include secretary Julie Eggert, RN, PhD, GNP-C, AOCN®, associate professor and doctoral program coordinator, Clemson University, and cancer risk screening program, Bon Secours-St. Francis Eastside, Greenville, SC. Laura Fennimore, RN, DNP, director of clinical programs, Medicaid, special needs plans, and children’s insurance plan, UPMC Health Plan, in Pittsburgh, PA, will continue to serve as the Society’s treasurer.
Newly-elected ONS directors-at-large are Vicki Norton, RN, BSN, OCN®, inpatient oncology nurse manager at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN, and Lori Williams, PhD, RN, APN, OCN®, AOCN®, assistant professor in the Department of Symptom Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
ONS directors-at-large continuing their terms are Michele Gaguski, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CHPN, APN-C, clinical director for medical oncology/infusion services at the Atlanticare Cancer care Institute in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Mary Pat Johnston, RN, MS, AOCN®, oncology clinical nurse specialist at ProHealth Care, Regional Cancer Center in Waukesha, WI, and Emma Dann, RN, MS, OCN®, NE-BC, oncology clinical specialist with Amgen, Inc. in Scarborough, ME.
"The task set before ONS is monumental—to truly help navigate the future for oncology nurses and the patients and families we care for,” said Brown. “This Board of Directors is perhaps our most diverse in history, and we represent many different facets of nursing and the healthcare landscape. I’m confident we will move ONS forward to the next level of success—our members and patients deserve the best."
ONS is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care by initiating and actively supporting educational, legislative, and public-awareness efforts to improve the care of people with cancer. ONS provides nurses and healthcare professionals with access to the highest quality educational programs, cancer-care resources, research opportunities, and networks for peer support. Learn more at www.ons.org.