Co-chairs: Laura Caramica, PhD, RN, CENP, FACHE , FAAN, and Janis Dubow, MSN, RN

GNLC 2019 Nurses on Boards Training

When: Monday, April 22, 9:00am-5:00pm, followed by a reception at 5:30

Where: Clayton State University

Logistics: $150 for materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Parking is free. (Please note that due to the selective nature of this training, we will not necessarily be able to issue refunds for any last-minute changes.)

This invitation-only event is a comprehensive program for nurses preparing to serve on corporate and health related boards. The program kicks off with a day-long workshop to develop interested leaders in how to be effective Board members on April 22. The workshop will be followed by a Nurses on Boards Coalition reception offering the opportunity to engage with national leaders from the Association of Public Health Nurses, the Nurses on Boards Coalition, and members of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Self assessment and year-long coaching to help you find the right board service for you is all included.

Workshop leaders:


Marion Spears Karr, M.A.

Vice President, Tyler & Company

With over 27 years of experience in healthcare executive recruiting and talent acquisition, Marion brings a distinguished set of skills in leading successful recruitment teams that specialize in nursing leadership, C-level, vice president and senior director-level searches. He has developed a deep understanding of the complex challenges facing healthcare and nursing leaders in the current market. In addition to search, Marion participates in motivational speaking, leadership coaching, individual/team development, storytelling and clean stand up-comedy for a vast array of audiences.

Marion is involved with several nursing organizations and is a co-leader/developer for the Nurses on Board program, which prepares nurse leaders for roles in healthcare governance. Marion also serves as an advisory board member of the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition.


Kimberly McNally, M.N., R.N.

McNally & Associates

As an experienced leader and certified executive coach, Kimberly helps senior executives accelerate their leadership skills and build strong teams. She works with organizations to achieve board-management alignment and to increase board effectiveness. Kimberly has worked with leaders across the health care spectrum, including health systems, community health centers, ambulatory surgery centers, home care agencies, long term care facilities, physician practices, and health plans.

Kimberly has served on community boards for three decades. Currently, she serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association (AHA), Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), UW Medicine Health System, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and the National Board of Advisors of the AHA Center for Healthcare Governance.

Nurses on Boards - stand up and be counted!

Of the eight recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, two centered on increasing opportunities for nursing to lead. The IOM recommended increasing the numbers of nurses in crucial leadership roles, such as on boards and commissions.

GNLC has conducted two statewide workshops on skills needed to serve on boards.  The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), a national initiative, has been formed to count and enlist nurses to serve on boards and commissions. State affiliates of the national organizations forming NOBC are working at the local level to drive the initiative. GEORGIA Nurses on Boards Coalition is part of this effort and is working to develop state-level goals. If you are a nurse who serves on a healthcare board, please click on the link above and register your membership to be counted in the 10,000 by 2020. 

Past Activities:

2016 Leadership Conference: Nursing's Role: Advocacy & Action

October 5 from 7:30am-1:45pm at the Georgia Hospital Association

Featured speakers:

  • Terrie P. Sterling, MSN, RN, MBA - Chief Operating Officer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

  • Kimberly McNalley, MN, RN, BCC - President, McNalley & Associates

  • Lisa Eichelberger, DSN, RN - Dean, College of Nursing, Clayton State University

  • Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN - Dean Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University


Thank you to our sponsor:


2015 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2015, Widening Your Leadership Lens: Preparing for the Board

Monday, May 11, 2015 at Clayton State University

Terrie P. Sterling, MSN, RN, MBA

Terrie P. Sterling, MSN, RN, MBA

Kimberly McNalley, MN, RN, BCC

Kimberly McNalley, MN, RN, BCC

See some videos from the event!

Keynote: Sue Hassmiller

Workshop A: Rhonda Scott

Workshop B: Lavoy Bray

Workshop C: Lucy Marion

Workshop D: Jill Case-Wirth

Workshop E: Panel

Presentation by Eichelberger and Marion

Closing Keynote


From left to right: Lucy Marion, Sue Hassmiller, Lisa Eichelberger, Janis Dubow

From left to right: Lucy Marion, Sue Hassmiller, Lisa Eichelberger, Janis Dubow



Leadership Connections

March 26, 2014 - Meeting with Dr. James Madara, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Association (see photos)

February 6, 2014 - Meeting with Steve Lipstein, MHA, President and Chief Executive Officer, BJC Health Care (a non-profit health care delivery system), and Vice Chair of the PCORI Board of Governors

If you are interested in working with this group, please go to the "Contact" page and indicate your preferred committee in the appropriate box.