Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI) began with a retreat at Charlson Meadows, August, 2013. Seven people were in attendance. During that weekend, Mission and Vision Statements were developed. At that meeting the following were chosen to serve in leadership positions:
Chair – Bev Siegrist
V-Chair – Carrie Whyte
Secretary – JoVeta Wescott
Treasurer – Wanda Alexander
The office location was designated and responsible agent was selected: Faith Community Nurse Network. Preparations were made for a second meeting in November and assignments were made. Work went forward but several of the persons attending the first meeting chose to withdraw, leaving Bev Siegrist, Andy West and Wanda Alexander, who moved forward taking the necessary steps to form the new organization, i.e. Incorporation Application, 501(c)3 Application, presentation at Westberg , active campaign for members, and Bylaws. The Bylaws were sent to the membership for a vote of acceptance, which passed.
The new member application asked for interest in various tasks for the organization. An e-mail was sent out to all those indicating an interest in “leadership” asking about serving on the Board of Directors; six additional members were chosen by the three founding members and invited to a retreat at Charlson Meadows October 29 - November 1, 2015 as per the Bylaws allowing up to 9 directors. This group was Alice Murphy, Wanda Alexander, Tamara Otey, Beverly Siegrist, Donna Callaghan, Susan Dyess, Andy West, and Susan Richards, and Judy Shackelford, who was unable to attend. Since the Bylaws specified two year terms, it was decided by the group to draw lots initially for who would have either a 1 year term or a 2 year term. Also, in accordance with the Bylaws, the President and Secretary were to be elected in the odd years for terms beginning in the even years and V-President and Treasurer were to be elected in the even years for terms beginning in the odd years. The results of this election by the initial board were:
President – Bev Siegrist, term of office, 2015-2017
V-President – Andy West, term of office, 2015-2016
Secretary – Susan Dyess, term of office, 2015-2017
Treasurer – Wanda Alexander, term of office, 2015-2016
Board Members at Large – Susan Richards , 2015-2016
Tamara Otey, 2015-2016
A. Murphy, 2015-2017
D. Callaghan, 2015-2017
Judy Shackelford, 2015-2016
This set in place the staggered terms of the board members and officers.
There we were at a Parish Nurse Course sponsored by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. It was the Summer of 2001, the last year of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center being Sponsored by Advocate Lutheran General Health System. None of us knew it at the time. From Left to Right: Dr. Mary Ann McDermott, Faculty, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Rosemarie Matheus, Faculty , Marquette University School of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and P. Ann Solari-Twadell, then, Director, International Parish Nurse Resource Center, Advocate Lutheran General Health System. This was a great collaboration that supported the roots of what is today, The Foundation Course for Faith Community Nurses sponsored today by the Westberg Institute.