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  • Name of Non-Profit Corporation:  The National Nursing Network Organization
  • Taxpayer ID Number:  20-3865653

Mission Statement:

The National Nursing Network Organization is dedicated to insuring that the same quality of health care afforded to past generations of Americans is available to future generations. Our mission is to promote, encourage, and support a National Nurse for Public Health and other projects that promote wellness and disease prevention. The National Nursing Network Organization supports the creation of opportunities for licensed practical and registered nurses to work together to solve our country’s health care crisis and improve the health of all Americans.

The work of the National Nursing Network Organization is focused on:

  • designating a National Nurse for Public Health to complement the work of the U.S.Surgeon General, filling this position from among the ranks of the existing USPHS nurse leaders.
  • building a network of volunteer teams of nurses and other health professionals who will promote, encourage, and support nationwide efforts that focus on wellness and disease prevention.

The National Nursing Network Organization invites you to visit www.nationalnurse.org and join the grassroots efforts underway to assure that a National Nurse for Public Health becomes a reality.  >> TOP <<

Executive Board:

Teri Mills MS, CNE (Ret.), RN

Teri Mills graduated from the College of San Mateo with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1973. She worked as a charge nurse on a medical-surgical floor before going on to complete her BSN at Sonoma State University.Teri Mills

Following graduation, Teri was hired to teach nursing at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. She was subsequently hired as a nursing faculty member in 1979 for Portland Community College (PCC) in Portland, Oregon and recently retired from this role.

In addition to teaching, Teri also worked for many years as a nurse and nurse practitioner for Multnomah and Washington County’s Health Departments. She graduated from the University of Portland, where she focused her graduate work on primary care of the adult and a minor in nursing education.

Teri received an excellence in teaching award from PCC in 2000. She was recognized in 2012 for Nursing Excellence by Nurse.com and Gannett Health Care and was chosen as a Mountain West Regional Finalist for Advancing and Leading the Nursing Profession. Teri also earned the coveted regional “2012 Faculty Member Award” for the Pacific Region from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Teri is the 2014 recipient of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Foundation Humanitarian Award. In 2016 Teri was recognized for her political activism and contributions, receiving the OR Nurses Association Honorary Political Involvement Award. Teri was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Oregon Nurse of the Year by the Oregon Nurses Foundation.

Teri continues to plan and carry out numerous volunteer activities in her own community, and is a trusted supporter of many political candidates Teri was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to serve on the Oregon Sexual Offenses Against Children Task Force and was a member of the Bradley Angle House, a shelter for abused women.

Teri has authored numerous articles, including “America’s Nurse”, published in the New York Times on May 20th, 2005. Teri co-authored “Office of the National Nurse-Leadership for a New Era of Prevention”, published February 2007 in Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice and “The Office of the National Nurse”, published November 2009 in the Journal of Nursing Law. In 2013 Teri was featured in the American Journal of Public Health as a champion for America's health.

Teri has retained her membership with the American Federation of Teachers. She continues her activism in her community, serving as a volunteer for the Washington County, OR Medical Reserve Corps and as a legislative chapter lead for Moms Demand Action. She also volunteers at a local elementary school helping children learn to read.

Elizabeth McPhee BSN, RN
Vice President

Liz McPhee Elizabeth McPhee graduated with double-cord honors and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society from Portland Community College (PCC) with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2010. Elizabeth served as Vice President and then President of the PCC National Student Nurses Association Chapter. In this role she led her SNA team to present resolutions at both the state and national SNA annual conventions. What she is most proud of is organizing numerous student nurse led community service projects. Health promotion and disease prevention is one of her passions. Elizabeth planned and organized multiple healthy living fairs including a Haunted Hospital and food drive and a Heart Smart in the Park for children and a Love Your Heart Fair during February for cardiovascular month.

During her education, Elizabeth was recognized for her leadership and scholastic excellence earning the USA Today Academic Team and Coca Cola Silver Scholar award and was named Outstanding Student Scholar by the Oregon Community College Association. Elizabeth graduated in 2019 from the RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).

Following graduation, Elizabeth was hired as an RN at OHSU and is now working on the Vascular Access Team. In 2013 she became a member of the Bargaining Team that negotiated the 2014-2017 Contract Agreement between the Association of University Registered Nurses (AURN, CA-52) and OHSU. She now acts as President of the AURN.

Elizabeth is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Elizabeth authored We Need a National Nurse! What YOU Can Do that was published in August 2010. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps of Clackamas County, Radiation Response Volunteer Corp of Oregon and the State Emergency Response Pool for Oregon.

During the 2016 ONA House of Delegates, Elizabeth was honored to be the first recipient of the Oregon Nurses Association Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award recognizing her leadership and political involvement. >> TOP <<

Holly Herrera BSN, RN, CHFN

Holly Herrera graduated from Portland Community with an AAS in Nursing in 2010 prior to completing a BSN at Western Governors University in 2014.Holly Herrera While at Portland Community College, Holly served as chapter president of the National Student Nurses' Association. She also supported health promotion and community service by organizing a volunteer first aid tent at a large community cycling event call Bridge Pedal, and led fundraising efforts for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Holly is currently a cohort member of the Oregon Nurses Association Nurse Leadership Institute, a seven-month intensive leadership development program.

Following graduation, Holly followed her passion for advocacy, social justice and health promotion working with individuals living with HIV in both long-term care and community-based settings. Currently, she works as Lead RN Care Manager at OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond, a large university-affiliated federally qualified health center. She leads a team of 12 nurses, and has been involved in quality improvement projects and innovations to create a clinic emergency response protocol and implement a new RN orientation process. She recently helped to start, and was elected chair of, a United Based Nursing Practice Counsel for shared governance.

Holly is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. In an effort to better meet the needs of the many patients she serves who live with heart failure, she is a board certified Heart Failure Nurse. >> TOP <<

Toni DiChiacchio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Board Member

Toni DiChiacchio first earned Baccalaureate of Science (BS) degrees in Accounting and Economics from Shepherd University in 1992. Toni DiChiacchioShe worked as a certified public account for 13 years prior to entering the nursing profession. In 2005, she was awarded an ADN from Indian River State College and began practicing as an RN in an Emergency Department. In 2008, she completed a MSN and began practicing as a family nurse practitioner. She has worked as a FNP in a variety of settings including her own primary care practice. In 2014, she completed a DNP from West Virginia University.

In 2015, she became the Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice, Community Engagement & Health Policy at the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Clinically she currently works in treating substance use disorder. Toni serves on a number of state and local health-related boards, including serving as Finance Chair for her local board of health. Nationally, she served on the 23 member group to design an alternative payment model for primary care through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched Health Care Payment and Learning Action Network (HCP-LAN). She has also served as content expert to the WV Legislature on practice and policy issues related to advanced practice registered nurses and collaborated with state and federal lawmakers and regulators to craft policy related to APRN practice and regulation, payment for APRN services, and treatment and funding for SUD.

Toni has been recognized for clinical excellence by several organizations including the AANP, the WV Center for Nursing, and Nursing Spectrum magazine. She is the WV state representative to AANP, immediate past-president and government liaison for the WVNA and regional leader in the WV chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addiction. >> TOP <<

Cathy Lodico MS, RN, CCM
Board Member

Anne LlewellynCathy Lodico has worked as an RN in health care for over four decades, in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Cathy has enjoyed hospital, long term care, home care and the insurance industry specializing in worker's compensation. Cathy transitioned to leadership roles and received her BA in business and MS in Healthcare Administration. Currently, she serves in an advocacy role for the National Nursing Network Organization. Cathy also is an active member of the Case Management Society of New England (CMSNE), recently fulfilling a term as the Public Policy Co-Chair for this chapter. Cathy presented a poster board featuring the National Nurse Act at CMSA's National Conference in Austin,Texas as well as in Southbridge, MA at the New England CMSA Chapters' Annual Conference. During her tenure as Public Policy Co-Chair, CMSNE awarded Cathy the Public Policy Award of Service Excellence.

Cathy recognizes the importance of becoming more politically active in order to make positive changes and impact outcomes. Cathy has made many visits to legislators' offices in her home state, New Hampshire, to discuss a wide array of policies needed to raise awareness of the case manager role and improve public health. She has participated in CMSA's Day on the Hill in Washington DC., visiting with many House and Senate members. Cathy recently published an article in CMSA's magazine highlighting the National Nurse Act with the goal of gaining support and attention for this legislation.

Throughout the past 44 years Cathy worked in the healthcare arena and was able to impact the lives of her patients and co-workers. The last 20 years before retirement were spent in case management. Case managers are influential and assist in coordinating the assessment, monitoring, planning, advocacy and linking of the consumer with rehabilitation and support services. As of August 1, 2016, Cathy retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance as a manager in the Workers Compensation field. Since retiring, Cathy enjoys spending more quality time with her husband, children and 17 grandchildren in New Hampshire and Florida. >> TOP <<

Joan Westgor MSN, RN, CCM
Board Member

Anne LlewellynJoan has over 40 years of dedicated healthcare experience and education progressing from the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing, diploma, a BSN from Northeastern University both in Boston. Joan attained her MSN focusing in Community Health and Administration from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a retired (Active Duty and Reservist) Air Force LtCol nurse. Joan maintains interest in public policy of the reserve forces and military healthcare. She recently retired after 18 years military case management/discharge planning in the acute care arena.

Joan has been Chair of Public Policy, Alamo chapter of Case Management Society of America (CMSA) from 2014 to present. Attending the 2015 CMSA Hill Day fueled Joan's involvement into the National Nursing Network Organization early in 2016. The Alamo chapter received CMSA's Annual Innovation and Excellence Award for Public Policy & Advocacy in 2017 and 2018. Serving on the NNNO Advocacy Team with participation at the NNNO and CMSA Sept 2017 Hill Day advanced her dedication to the National Nurse Act's advocacy activities. Joan continues to champion opportunities promoting state (enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact passage, 2017) and federal level nursing/healthcare advocacy.

Joan is an Executive Board Member of The Patient Institute, a non-profit organization in San Antonio. She is a life member of the Reserve Officer Association (ROA) dba Reserve Association of America. Joan is also a member of the Hadassah National Nurses Council, participating at May 2018 Hill Day advocating for Women's Health issues. >> TOP <<

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