Seahawk Statute

Advisory Groups

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
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Augustine
(Joe & Carolyn)
Dr. Merrill Holden
Ms. Dorothy Bishop Mr. Joseph King
Ms. Mary Ellen Bonczek Ms. Derma Lambert
Ms. Ann Brown Ms. Roxana Miller
Ms. Lolita Bryant Ms. Anne Murchison
Ms. Janet Burkholder Ms. Lillian Newton
Ms. Beth Chadwick Dr. Susan Pierce
Dr. J. Richard Corbett Ms. Margaret Rorison
Ms. Lee Garrett Ms. Lillian Smith
Ms. Karen Gibson Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Varner
(Wayne & Becky)
Dr. Bettie Glenn

Community Advisory Council


  • Provides advice and counsel to the Director of the School of Nursing on issues related to current nursing practice, including quality of care and patient safety
  • Promotes enhanced communication regarding health care among nursing practice, nursing education, and the community
  • Provides advice/recommendations in the development of existing and future curriculum content
  • Provides guidance in the preparation of graduates who are qualified to provide quality health care to diverse populations in a variety of roles and settings in a changing health care environment
  • Identifies potential collaborative opportunities between the UNCW School of Nursing and the broader health care community

The Advisory Board includes nursing representatives from clinical and community agencies that the UNCW School of Nursing partners with in achieving its mission and strategic goals.

Community Advisory Council Members

Community Members
Angie Bertsch
Brunswick County Health Department
Cindy Edgell
Cornelia Nixon Davie Health Care Center
Beth Elmore
Coastal Carolina Community College
Saralyn Gillikin
South East Area Health Education Center
Cindy Simmons Glen
Brunswick County Health Department
Brenda Holland
Cape Fear Community College
Carol Northup
Dosher Memorial Hospital
Mary Ellen Bonczek
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Tracy Sobiesienski
Onslow Memorial Hospital
Shirley Steele
Pender County Health Department
Carla Turner
New Hanover County Health Department