Seahawk Statute

Nurse Advocate Board


The Board's purpose is to ensure that the UNCW School of Nursing remains the southeastern region's leader in nursing education. The Board will advocate for and increase public awareness and support for the SON through a variety of strategies and venues, including:

  • Raising the profile and respect for the SON's academic programs
  • Informing key stakeholders of the SON's ongoing contributions to improving health care in the southeastern North Carolina region
  • Advocating for state, regional, and federal resources to enable the School of Nursing to advance its mission, vision, and strategic initiatives
  • Assisting the SON in identifying and cultivating sources of philanthropic support for nursing students, faculty development and scholarship, community outreach programs, and global health initiatives
  • Promoting SON programs and projects


The Board was established to promote a dedicated group of community leaders whose primary focus is to support the mission of the UNCW School of Nursing through advocacy. There are no specific term-limits and members are encouraged to continue to serve as many years as desired and/or mutually agreed. The SON will collect demographic profiles of new and continuing Board members and welcomes recommendations for membership.

The Board members meet with the SON administrative team, designated faculty, and staff in September, November, February and April. The Board is also invited to special events, e.g., nursing celebrations, graduations, research seminars and conferences, and community outreach activities.

Nurse Advocate Board Members

  • Virginia Adams
  • Amy Akers
  • Carolyn Augustine
  • Jaca Baynes
  • Mary Ellen Bonczek
  • Lolita Bryant
  • Janet Burkholder
  • Beth Chadwick
  • Gary and Jamie Combs
  • Trina Davis-Smith
  • Bettie Glenn
  • Jeanne Kemppainen
  • Karen King
  • Joseph King, III
  • Deborah J. Meyerson
  • Robert A. Moore
  • Anne Murchison
  • Carol Nasca
  • Sandra O'Donnell
  • Susan Pierce
  • Jane Rippy
  • Lillian Smith
  • Abe Walston, II
  • Wayne and Becky Varner