GNLC Structure


Executive Committee

The GNLC Executive Council is responsible for general oversight and coordination of the coalition.


Lisa Eichelberger, PhD, MSN, BSN, Dean and Professor of the College of Health at Clayton State University

Pat Horton, NEA-BC, MBA, MSN, RN, Workforce Initiatives Coordinator, Georgia Hospital Association

Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, Dean and Professor of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University Vice President

Karen Waters, RN, Senior Vice President of Professional Services at the Georgia Hospital Association 

Steering Committee

The GNLC Steering Committee includes the members of the Executive Council and is responsible for appointing and evaluating co-leaders of workgroups, providing input to strategic direction, disseminating information, and recruiting and cultivating stakeholders.


Karen Davis, President of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students

Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, Director at WellStar Health Systems

Celia Hay, MS, RN, President of the Georgia Association of Nursing Deans and Directors

Mini Jacobs, RN, representative for the Georgia Indian Nurses Association

Carole Jakeway, RN, BSN, MPH, Chief Nurse of the Georgia Department of Community Health

Marion Karr, Executive Vice President of Aery Partners

Richard Lamphier, RN, representative for the Georgia Nurses Association

Rita Mahmoud, PhD, RN, representative for Philippine Nurses Association of Georgia

Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at Georgia Regents University

Merlinda Pauleon, MSN, BSN, RN, President of the Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders

Heather Redrick, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Susan Smith

Lorine Spencer, MBS, BSN, representative for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Charlotte Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Gentiva Health Services (ret.)

Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association & Foundation

Diane White, PhD, RN, CCRN, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Georgia Gwinnett College