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Nurse Educator SIG: Board of Directors
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Heidi Sanborn, MSN, RN, CCRN

Heidi is President of the chapter through October 2016. She advanced to that role after serving as the First Vice President in 2015. She is Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, teaching in the online RN-BSN and Concurrent Enrollment programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Her nursing career spans 15 years, including bedside clinical roles in M/S, PCU, and ICU as well as nursing leadership and clinical education roles before transitioning fully into the academic setting in 2014. She is passionate about the value of baccalaureate nursing, and has become increasingly involved in the development and implementation of interprofessional education for nurses.

Heidi and her family moved to Arizona from New Hampshire in 2009, forever saying goodbye to shovels and ice scrapers. She is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts as well as several local charities, and fulfills her creative side through photography, scrapbooking, and cooking.

Heidi sees her role as chapter president as an opportunity to champion the needs and goals of those involved in nursing education in the state of Arizona. She looks forward to continuing her work with AzNA and the education chapter for many years to come.


 1st Vice President

Laura J. Blank, MSN, RN, CNE

Laura J. Blank is nationally recognized as an expert in Care Coordination, serving on the American Nurses Association Care Coordination Quality Measure Advisory Committee. Ms. Blank has extensive experience in care coordination, transitional care, Medicare/Medicaid Managed Care as well care of the older adult and is completing her PhD as a Hartford Scholar at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Ms. Blank is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northern Arizona University for the past nine years. She has extensive knowledge in curricular development and implementation, and teaches in both online and classroom environments. She holds national certification as a Nurse Educator, serves as a content expert for Wolters Kluwer Health and is actively involved in many national as well as state organizations, such as ANA, AGS, NGNA, NLN and Sigma Theta Tau.



 2nd Vice President

Leanne Prenovost, MBA, MSN, CNE

Leanne has been a nurse for 36 years and graduated with herADN from NDSU in Fargo, ND. Her bedside nursing background has been primarily in Maternal Child Health and she has a passion for working with and advocating for cancer patients due to the passing of her only sister of ovarian cancer in 2011. She is on the board of directors of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizon. Leanne has been a nurse educator for almost 10 years (post licensure RN to BSN and pre-licensure BSN) and holds a Masters in Nursing, Business, and Health Care Administration as well as a post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education. She has been a member of AzNA for many years and has been most actively involved for the past three years.




Carol J. Stevens, PhD, RN

Dr. Carol Stevens is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and teaches in both the undergraduate (RN-BSN program) and graduate programs (Nurse Educator). Her teaching focuses on professionalism, evidence-based practice, research and nursing education. Her research interests include writing across the curriculum, particularly in RN-BSN students, healthy nursing work environments, and obesity prevention among Hispanic adolescents. As a Quality Matters peer reviewer, she was instrumental in achieving the first Quality Matters certification for an online course at ASU. She serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Barrett Honors Nursing Students. Dr. Stevens is the current President of the Arizona Nurses Association (2015-2017) and the Second Vice-President of Chapter 6 – Nurse Educator Chapter, where she leads and mentors others in advancing the nursing profession through advocacy, public policy and best-practices education pedagogy.


Selina Bliss, RN, PhD, CNE, RN-BC

An inaugural member of Chapter 6, now named the AzNA Nurse Educator Special Interest Group, Selina Bliss currently functions as Secretary. Selina also serves AzNA on a state-wide level, as she is on the Board of Directors of AzNA and serves as Secretary. She is active on both the AzNA Continuing Education Review Panel, as well as the AzNA Public Policy Committee. Living in Prescott, Selina currently practices at Yavapai Regional Medical Center on a part-time basis, while teaching full-time at Yavapai College.

 Director of Education

Cheryl Roat, EdD, RN

Dr. Cheryl Roat has been a nurse for 44 years, having worked most of that in nursing education with a focus on pediatrics. She retired from a full time position in April 2015 at Grand Canyon University where she was employed for over 27 years. She was the Associate Dean of Nursing for the Pre-licensure program for 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of the Nu Upsilon Chapter of STTI and is Director of Education for AzNA Chapter 6.

 Director of Membership

Susan Gonda, DNP, MSN, RN

Dr. Susan Gonda has nearly 40 years experience as a Maternal Child Health clinician, Service Line Administrator, faculty member, and Academic Nursing Program Director within both private and public sectors. Her initial licensure was obtained after graduating from an associate degree program in California. She is an example of a lifelong learner with Master’s degree in Nursing Administration received in 2002 and my DNP in System Leadership earned in 2013. She been a member of Arizona Nurses Association since 2010 upon relocating to Arizona and was elected to the Nurse Educator Special Interest Board of Directors in 2015. Prior to this appointment, she served on the Arizona Action Coalition Board of Directors and participated on the Education/Practice Collaborative subcommittee focused on implementing the “Nurse of the Future” leadership competency. She loves what nursing has to offer as a career, what nurses can offer to the patients, families, and community, and what nurse leaders can offer to the profession through active participation and advocacy.

 Director at Large  

Amy Johnson, MSN-Ed, RN

Amy Johnson is the Associate Director of Nursing for the Brown Mackie College Phoenix campus nursing program. She currently teaches throughout the curriculum on the Phoenix campus. She is involved in the coordination of clinical, faculty development, and curriculum writing. She serves as the Faculty advisor for the student nurses association (SNA) on the Phoenix campus. Amy Johnson currently serves as a Co-Director at Large for the Ch. 6- Nurse Educator Chapter. She is also an active member in the Arizona Action Coalition- Education/Practice collaborative working with the subcommittee focusing on the Nurse of the Future competencies focusing on Evidenced Based Practice.

 Director at Large  

Pamela Fuller, BSN, MSN, RN, EdD, 

Dr. Pamela Fuller is the president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix Campus. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she served as dean of the College of Nursing at University of Phoenix. Dr. Fuller started her nursing career as an Associate Degree nurse. She worked in a variety of clinical area including; medical ICU, CCU, Cardiac Rehab, and staff development. While completing her BSN and MSN at University of Phoenix, she began her rewarding career in nursing education and higher education at the University. She completed her Doctoral degree in education in higher education at Argosy University in 2007 specializing in educational leadership. Dr. Fuller serves on various governance committees within the Chamberlain College including President’s Leadership Council.  She currently holds a board position with the American Liver Foundation. In 2010 and again in 2012 she was selected to serve as a member of the Education Committee of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. She has volunteered on many committees through Arizona Nurses Association, and St. Mary’s food bank, advisory Board and is currently active with Sigma Theta Tau chapters Omicron Delta and Phi Pi.  

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