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Faith Community Nurses International
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A new organization sets sail through uncharted territory, establishing a path for the future.  All of the members of Faith Community Nurses International recognize the dedication and efforts our Charter Board of Directors has extended to set sail for our future.  A sincere "Thank you" to all of you for your determination and your vision.


Wanda Alexander, RN, MPH, FCN 
​Treasurer, 2015-2017

Ms. Alexander is Treasurer and Operating Officer of the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities. Wanda obtained her BSN from the University of Iowa and the MPH from the University of Minnesota, focusing in both Public Health Nursing and Maternal and Child Health. Wanda is a member of Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, where she is active on the Health Ministry Team.

Susan MacLeod Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC, HWNC-BC
Secretary, 2015-2017   

​Dr. Susan Dyess is a Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  From 2000-2017, she served as the lead faculty for the former International Parish Nurse Resource Center’s, now Westberg Institute's  “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” education within a University course option and within the community as a contact hour option. Dr. Dyess’ program of research includes faith as an element of holistic health, holistic nursing leadership and faith community nursing.  She is a member of a nondenominational Christian church.

Beverly Sigreist, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
President, 2015 – 2017
Beverly Siegrist resides in Bowling Green, KY with her husband Dennis. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, Medical College of Georgia, Medical College of Virginia, and the University of Louisville with more than 40 years of experience as a nurse. Beverly has been a faculty member at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing for 28 years where she has served as the coordinator for graduate programs for the last 10 years. She has more than 20 years of experience in faith community nursing as a volunteer nurse and coordinator, and a faith community nurse educator providing the IPNRC course online in formal college courses for senior BSN and graduate students and community RNs (for CEU credit). Beverly is pleased to serve on the FCNI board and as an editor of the International Journal of Faith Community Nursing. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10

Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, CNE
2015-2017

Dr. Donna Callaghan is an Associate Professor in Widener University’s School of Nursing, Chester, PA. She teaches gerontology, research, and statistics in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist as well as a Faith Community Nurse. She is also certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Callaghan is the Coordinator of the Parish Nurse Ministry at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown, NJ since 2005 and is the immediate Past-President of the Parish Nurse Council of the Diocese of Camden where she served as vice president from 2006 - 2010 and president from 2010 - 2014.  She is the lead faculty for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center’s “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” curriculum for the Parish Nurse Council, an educational partner of the IPNRC. Dr. Callaghan’s program of research includes health promotion across the life span that focuses on spirituality as the foundation of health. She was the PI of numerous funded research studies which has resulted in numerous publications in nursing journals and presentations at the local, regional, national, and international levels

Judy Shackleford, PhD, RN, St. John's College of Nursing
2016 – 2018
Dr. Shackleford is a professor at St. John’s College, Department of Nursing and a Nurse Planner for the Department of Continuing Education. She has been an educator for 27 years and a Faith Community Nurse for six years. She obtained her BSN from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1983, her MS in Adult Health Nursing from University of Illinois at Champaign in 1988 and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 2007. ​

Andrea M. West, RN, PhD, FCN
Vice President, 2016 – 2018
Dr. West’s  education includes a BSN, University of Texas; a MEd-Counseling and Guidance, Mississippi State University; a MS in Nursing, University of Oklahoma; and PhD, Adult Education, University of Oklahoma. Her work experience includes over 30 years in nursing education at the diploma, baccalaureate and graduate levels. She became a faith community nurse in 1999 and coordinated the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing in Oklahoma from 2000 to 2007. She has been on the faculty teaching the course in Colorado since 2010. She served as the Director for Curriculum and Research at the International Parish Nurse Resource Center from 2009 to 2012. She was a founding member of the Faith Community Nursing Association of Oklahoma, and the immediate past-president of Rocky Mountain Parish Health Ministry Association, the membership organization for faith community nurses in Colorado. She has maintained membership in ANA throughout her professional life.  


2019 Board of Directors

Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FCN
President, 2018-2020

Dr. Donna Callaghan is a Professor at Widener University’s School of Nursing, Chester, PA.  She teaches fundamentals, gerontology, and faith community nursing in the undergraduate program, and statistics in the graduate program.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Faith Community Nurse.  She is also certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator.  Dr. Callaghan is the Coordinator of the Parish Nurse Ministry at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown, NJ since 2005 and is a member of the Parish Nurse Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Camden, NJ.  She is the lead faculty for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center’s “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” curriculum for Widener University School of Nursing, an educational partner of the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing.  Dr. Callaghan’s program of research includes health promotion across the life span that focuses on spirituality as the foundation of health.  She is the PI of numerous funded research studies, which has resulted in publications in nursing journals and presentations at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

​Marcus Gaut, DNP, RN-BC
Vice-President, 2019 – 2020
​President Elect

Dr. Marcus M. Gaut has served communities and our country as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Combat Medic in the Army National Guard.  He served as a part-time local pastor in the Louisiana Conference for six years and has twice been a certified candidate for ordained ministry.  In 2017, he was recognized as a Certified Lay Minister with specialization as a United Methodist Parish Nurse and received ANCC Certification in Faith Community Nursing.  Dr. Gaut has taught in associate degree, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs and served as an associate degree nursing program administrator.  He serves as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Dr. Gaut and his wife reside in Hattiesburg, MS, where together they parent three children, a grandson, and a miniature Schnauzer.

Yvette Dulohery, PhD (c), EdS, MSN, APRN, FCN
Secretary, 2019-2021
​Technlogy Committee Chair

​Yvette Dulohery has over 40 years of nursing experience.  She is currently starting a Health Ministry at a small rural church in Minnesota and completing a doctorate at Nova Southeastern University focusing on the effects of web-based learning for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses.  She recently retired as an oncology nurse practitioner.  Her clinical experience includes medical surgical, oncology, critical care, trauma, obstetrics with intermediate-risk nursery, chemical dependency, home health care, and administration.  She was among five colleagues who developed a hospice in DeKalb, IL, and was their first director.  She taught at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL and Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, where she was an Associate Professor teaching in the baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, and graduate nursing programs, and served on the Simulation Committee and Electronic Academy.

Teri Beth Darnall, DM, MSN, RN, CNE
​Treasurer, 
2019 – 2021
Teresa Darnall worked in health administration for over 15 years in Canada.  She started five asthma clinics in Northwestern Ontario and was a Project Manager at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center coordinating chronic disease management between TBRHSC and health care providers across a large geographical area.  Upon returning to the US in 2010, she worked for DaVita Inc. as a group facility manager over three dialysis clinics.  Teresa is a Faith Community Nurse with Higgins Memorial UMC, providing health education and promotion, assessments, transitional care, and referrals to county agencies.  She currently is the Assistant Dean of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.  Teresa has presented at several international and national conferences on leadership, nursing leadership, and strategic planning.  She has a BA (Spec) in political science from the University of Alberta, a MA in Management from Saint Scholastica College, a Doctorate in Management from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto and a MSN with a focus in Nursing Education from Capella University.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Lung Association, and Thunder Bay, ON Salvation Army, and currently is a member of the Yancey County School Health Advisory Council.  She held positions of Treasurer and Governance Chair for Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Omicron Chapter (2012-2015), North Carolina League of Nursing Finance Committee (2015-2016), and the Southern Nursing Research Society Finance Committee (2016-present). Her research interests are transitional care in rural nursing.  She holds a Certification as a Nurse Educator.


Brenda Cowan, RN, BSN
Director, 2018 – 2021
Membership & Outreach Chair


Linda F. Garner, PhD, RN
Director, 2019 – 2021
​Education Committee Chair


Eugenia Graves, RN, BS
Director, 2019 – 2021


Andrea M. West, RN, PhD
Vice President, 2017 – 2019
Dr. West’s  education includes a BSN, University of Texas; a MEd-Counseling and Guidance, Mississippi State University; a MS in Nursing, University of Oklahoma; and PhD, Adult Education, University of Oklahoma.  Her work experience includes over 30 years in nursing education at the diploma, baccalaureate and graduate levels.  She became a faith community nurse in 1999 and coordinated the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing in Oklahoma from 2000 to 2007.  She has been on the faculty teaching the Foundations course in Colorado since 2010.  She served as the Director for Curriculum and Research at the International Parish Nurse Resource Center from 2009 to 2012.  She was a founding member of the Faith Community Nursing Association of Oklahoma, and the immediate past-president of Rocky Mountain Parish Health Ministry Association, the membership organization for faith community nurses in Colorado.  She has maintained membership in ANA throughout her professional life.  


Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN Ed, RN-BC
Director, 2018 – 2020
​Research Committee Chair

Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN Ed, RN-BC, FCN, has over 30 years of experience in nursing.  She has worked extensively in the areas of Community Health, Global Health and Academic Education having received national recognition for the community-based nursing programs she managed from 1996-2011 (American Hospital Association 2006 “Nova Award” and the 2008 Volunteer Hospital Association “Best in Class” Award).  She was recognized in 2010 by Wisconsin Nursing Association with a “Face of Nursing” Award and published the Wisconsin Parish Nurse Minimum Educational Standards, which includes her research.  She is active on the Wisconsin Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Coalition Board. Deborah has consulted with the Westberg Institute International Parish Nurse Resource Center on various projects since 1995 and served as the FCN Research Project Manager from 2014 - 2016.  She developed the position statements that are used today and the FCN Transitional Care Program.  She has completed three transitional care research projects and is presently writing manuscripts for publication reporting the results of these studies.  She has published several faith community nursing research articles in peer reviewed journals and created the theoretical model of Faith Community Nursing.  She received her Master’s in Nursing Education from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Doctorate in Nursing Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 


Appointed Non-Voting Board Members

Beverly Siegrist, Chair of Journal Committee



2018-2019 Board of Directors

  • President - Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
  • Vice-President/President-Elect - Marcus Gaut, DNP, RN-BC
  • Secretary and Chair of Technology Committee - Yvette Dulohery, PhD(c), EdS,  MSN, APRN-BC
  • Treasurer -  Teri Beth Darnall, DM, MSN, RN, CNE
  • Directors:
    • Brenda Cowan, RN, BSN - Chair of Membership and Outreach Committee
    • Linda F. Garner, PhD, RN - Chair of Education Committee
    • Eugenia Graves, RN, BS -  Chair of Marketing Committee
    • Andrea West, RN, PhD - Chair of Governance Committee
    • Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN Ed, RN-BC - Chair of Research Committee
  • Leadership Succession - Cristy Daffron
  • Appointed Non-Voting Board Members
    • Beverly  Siegrist, - Chair of International Journal of Faith Community Nursing (IJFCN) Committee


Susan Mills, FCNI Board Member 2017-2019, Director, Program Committee Chair, and Research Committee member, unexpectedly passed from our midst on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.  She was a wonderful professional, colleague, and friend, and a vital member of Faith Community Nurses International.  She is dearly missed.

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