The NEXus Executive Committee is comprised of one representative from each Academic Collaborator Member Institution as well as a representative from the lead organization, the Western Institute of Nursing. Officers are elected to the Executive Committee.



Suzanne Ameringer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University

Gail E. Armstrong, PhD, DNP, CNE, ACNS-BC
Oregon Health and Science University*

Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep, PHD, RN – Chair
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Becky Christian, PhD, RN, FNAP
University of Kansas

Kristin G. Cloyes, PhD MN, RN – Past Chair
University of Utah*

Sandra Daack-Hirsch, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of Iowa

Catherine Dingley, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kathy Dunemn, PhD, APRN, CNM-BC
University of Northern Colorado*

Ellen D’Errico, PhD – Secretary/Treasurer
Loma Linda University

Stephen H. Hernandez, PhD, RN
University of New Mexico

Emily J. Jones, PHD, RN
The University of Oklahoma

Jacqueline Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado Denver*

Tara Spalla King, PhD, RN
The Ohio State University

Pauline Komnenich, PhD, RN
Arizona State University

Beth Mastel-Smith, RN, MS, PhD, FNGNA – Chair Elect
The University of Texas at Tyler

Gail Oneal, PhD, RN
Washington State University

Austin Nation, PhD, RN
California State University, Fullerton
Western Institute of Nursing Representative

* Founding member institution of the NEXus Collaborative