School of Nursing Newsletter

Profiles of Our Dedicated Staff

It is not infrequent that the contributions of those who comprise the staff of the SON go unnoticed. However, these individuals provide the framework for our success and remain cheerful throughout the workday despite the daily challenges. In alphabetical order, the SON staff are listed below:

Diane Bomba

BombaDiane is originally from Massachusetts and worked as a special education administration assistant for 16 years before moving to Wilmington in October 2015, when she became a temporary facilities coordinator. Last June Diane became an administration associate for the SON. Diane’s responsibilities include working at the front desk of SON director’s suite and working with the undergraduate faculty in ordering supplies, setting up offices for new faculty and recording minutes of meetings for the various councils: Faculty, RN-BS and Prelicensure. 

Diane has 2 daughters and a granddaughter, all of whom reside in New England.  Besides enjoying time with her daughters, Diane reports that she loves the beach and walking her rescue dog Coco (from the Virgin Islands).  In the summer Diane says she is “always on the beach with friends on weekends.”  We’re happy the weather and beach enticements brought and keep you here, Diane.   

Debra Simpson

SimpsonDebra has worked in the SON for the past 13 years. She has worn many hats throughout these years as personnel changes have occurred. Never one to complain and always getting the job done (and usually ahead of schedule), Debra not only advocates excellence – she practices it. 

Debra’s responsibilities include support for the graduate faculty, preparation of accreditation reports (NC Board of Nursing, NLN, and AACN annual reports) and to provide additional support for preparation of self-study documents. She also maintains faculty credentialing updates and interagency contract updating, as needed. She records the minutes for several committees within the SON, orders desk copies of books for faculty and supports faculty with surveys.

Debra’s favorite hobbies outside of work are card-making and scrapbooking, crocheting, reading, church activities and spending time with her family.

Jonia Smith

Jonia SmithJonia has been at UNCW since October 2002. She started at the Center for Marine Science, relocated to the budget office in 2004 and then in March 2007 became the business officer for the SON. In August 2013 the CHHS began its shared service and Jonia became the business coordinator for the college.  Last May she returned to the SON as an administrative specialist for Director Laurie Badzek.

Jonia says that she has been married to a wonderful man for 42 years who served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and now teaches history at Ashely High School. “God has blessed us with two wonderful daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren (three girls and two boys),” she says. God has blessed us with you, Jonia.