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The Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI) Board of Directors is composed of officers 

and board members.  The Board meets monthly.  Approved meeting minutes will be maintained

on the Board Members Only portal with Committee Annual Reports available on the Members Only portal.  



Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, MPA, FAAN

P. Ann Solari-Twadell has a Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s in Public Administration from Roosevelt University. She was employed for twenty-five years at Advocate Health Care holding positions of Director of Nursing Services and Director, International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Ann holds the positions of Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and Chair, Expert Panel Primary Care for the American Academy of Nursing..

Vice President/President-Elect

Mary Lynne Knighten, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Mary Lynne Knighten is a nurse leader with over 37 years of experience in many areas of nursing, including being credentialed as a Faith Community Nurse, with a post-masters certificate in Faith Community Nursing from Azusa Pacific University.

She has been the Health Ministry Director at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Eagle Rock for 22 years and Adjunct Faculty at Azusa Pacific University. She has taught in the FCN Foundations course for various organizations since 2000, and is currently lead faculty for this course at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, CA. She is a regular guest speaker at California State University, Los Angeles on Health Ministry and Faith Community Nursing in the spirituality course for the last 19 years. Dr. Knighten is a member of FCNI, serves as President-Elect/Vice President, initiated the Practice Committee, actively participates on the Research Committee, and is passionate about translating research and evidence to practice.

Dr. Knighten is a published author, educator, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in leadership, palliative care, health policy, and patient-and family-centered care. She has authored the Evidence-Based Practice Position Statement for the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, and published articles regarding Evidence-Based Practice in the Role of the Faith Community Nurse.


Kathey Sanchez-Nelson, BSN, RN

Kathey received her RN in 1982 and her BSN in 2006. She also became a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant in 2012 and a Faith Community Nurse in 2016. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of specialties, from ICU/CCU to Cath Lab to school nurse to prison nurse and doctor’s office nurse.  But many years have been spent in long term care.  She has a special passion for the elderly and often sees herself as their advocate.  She has been active in her home church which is affiliated with the Evangelical Church of America. She especially enjoys teaching Sunday School for the Pre-K children.


Finance Committee Chair

Teri Beth Darnall, DM, MSN, RN,CNE

Teri Beth Darnall, DM, MSN, RN, CNE has a doctorate in management from University of Phoenix and a master’s in nursing education from Capella University. Teri Beth is a practicing Faith Community Nurse in Yancey County located in Western North Carolina. She is also an American Red Cross nurse. Her focus interests are in emergency management and chronic disease transitional care from acute care environments.

Chair, Resource Development Committee

Esther Brown, EdD, RN-BC, ThB

Dr. Brown received her Doctorate from Immaculata University and her Master’s in Community Health Nursing Administration from West Chester University in West Chester PA.

She was employed at Widener University School of Nursing as Associate Professor where she taught Population Health in the undergraduate program, Population health for the RN and Epidemiology and Population health for the APN. Dr. Brown remains adjunct Associate Professor at Widener University. Dr. Brown is a Board member of FCNI and the Chair of the Resource Development Committee.

She is President of Boulden Seminary and a Pastor. She is also the Founder of Stained-Glass Ministry

Chair, Research Committee

Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, CNE

Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, Chair of the Governance Committee, is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor at Widener University School of Nursing, Chester, PA. She is a certified faith community nurse and is the Coordinator of the Parish Nursing Ministry at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown, NJ. Dr. Callaghan is the lead faculty for the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing’s Foundation of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum at her university.

Chair, Fund Raising Committee

Paula Staab-Polk, BS, RN, FD/EMB, End of life Doula

Paula Staab Polk has an extensive professional background in nursing, funeral service, event planning, and volunteering. She is passionate about helping and serving others during difficult transitions in their life by offering physical, psychological, and spiritual resources and support to the individual, family, and community. Paula moved 2 years ago from Chatham, IL to Burbank, CA, and is a consultant, developing virtual programs for the homebound for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is the Health Ministry Leader for St. Finbar Church, in Burbank. Paula is fund-raising committee Chair for FCNI.

Chair, Practice Committee


Co-Chair, Marketing Committee

Debbie Duke, MSN, RN

Deborah Dutton Duke is a leader in the development of parish nursing and congregational health ministries in Alabama.. She led the Congregational Health Program at Baptist Health System and moved with the program to the Center for Faith and Health, College of Health Sciences, Samford University where she was the Program Director. Through her leadership, the Congregational Health Program grew from a few church partners to 175+ partners in 27 Alabama counties. She has conducted innumerable church health assessments, coordinated church-based health fairs, provided consultation to support congregational health ministries, and coordinated focus group meetings to strengthen the leadership of churches who partner with the Congregational Health Program. Through the Baptist Health System, Mrs. Duke coordinated the implementation of the American Heart Association’s Search Your Heart program in many area churches. This program touched countless lives and led to significant improvements in health outcomes as well as contributions to the evidence-based practice of Parish Nursing. Mrs. Duke serves as the coordinator for the Westberg Institute's Faith Community Nursing Basic Preparation course taught in Alabama, reaching over 700 participants. She has taught many of the topics in the course’s curriculum and she has developed a refresher course for nurses who have already attended the basic course. Mrs. Duke served in a leadership capacity within many community organizations. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She retired from Samford in July 2020 and is pursuing a Spiritual Christian Counseling Certification to offer spiritual counseling to the community.

Chair, Governance Committee

Chair, Education Committee

Linda F. Garner, PhD, RN

Linda F Garner earned a doctorate from North Texas University with doctoral nursing preparation from Texas Woman’s University.  Her Master’s degree is from the University of Minnesota with a focus on nursing education and medical-surgical nursing.  She earned a BSN from Baylor University.  She served as faculty at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing retiring after 40 years as Professor Emerita.  She organized the CNE program at Baylor. She served as Director of Nursing at Bangalore Baptist Hospital in Bangalore, India for two years as a missionary and has participated in missions in many other countries.  She has been Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas for nearly 20 years, beginning as faculty practice, then full time after retirement.  She is a Faith Community Nurse educator  and an End of Life Nursing educator and volunteers for hospice with her therapy dog.  She serves as a FCNI Director and Chair of the Education Committee.

Co-Chair, Marketing Committee

Eugenia Graves, BS, RN

Currently a contracted CPR instructor for the Corporate University of Huntsville Hospital for both hospital employees and community groups. Recently retired after 31 years as staff nurse at Huntsville Hospital. Developed materials and teaching methods for the Diabetic Education and Weight Control Programs.

1991 Veteran of Desert Storm serving in the King Kahalid Military Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Worked in the intensive care unit.

1970 Organized Mothers of Twins Club. 1987 & 1997 President of the Alabama Perianesthesia Nurses Organization.

 October 2000 Graduated from the Faith Community Nurse Program sponsored by Samford University.

 2001 to Present Spearheaded the Health Ministry Program at First Baptist Church Huntsville, Al serving as a volunteer Faith Community Nurse. That role includes being a health educator, health counselor and referral source, facilitator/coordinator of volunteers, support group developer, and advocate.

 2012 Completed Leadership Social Services sponsored by United Way, Madison County. Collaborated with local organizational and legislative members, brainstorming the development of the Community Free Dental Clinic, now known as Free Dental Clinic.

 2013 to Present. Free Dental Clinic  past Board President and current board member. Triage nurse and nurse volunteer coordinator. Instrumental in garnering community donations and grants.

Past-. Samford University Congregational Health Advisory Board member

Chair, Membership & Outreach

Chair, Technology Committee

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