Our Leadership

The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors. The board is composed of representatives from both designated national member organizations and Future of Nursing State Action coalitions.

Board of Directors include:

American Academy of Nursing
Brent MacWilliams, PhD, MSN, RN, APNO, ANP-BC, American Assembly of Men in Nursing
Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, American Nurses Association Enterprise
Kate Judge, American Nurses Foundation
Pam Rudisill, DNP, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, American Organization of Nurse Executives
Karen Kowalski, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Colorado Action Coalition
Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Debra Toney, PhD, RN, MS, National Black Nurses Association
Kimberly Harper, RN, MS, FAAN, National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Janice Brewington, PhD, RN, FAAN, National League for Nursing
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN, Sigma Theta Tau International
Dr. Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, Texas Action Coalition

NOBC’s Executive Committee consists of the officers of the Coalition and our Executive Director.


Kimberly Harper, RN, MS, FAAN Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Center for Nursing, Nursing Lead, Indiana Action Coalition-National Future of Nursing Campaign for Action 

Immediate Past Chair

Marla Weston PhD, RN, FAAN


Pam Rudisill, DNP, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President & CNO, Community Health Systems


Karren Kowalski, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President and CEO, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence


Kate Judge, Executive Director, American Nurses Foundation

Executive Director

Laurie Benson, BSN

Nurses on Boards Coalition