Nevada Nurses Foundation

Developing Quality Health Care for Nevada Citizens by Promoting The Development of Professional Nursing


NNF 2017 Advisory Board

Karen Bearer, MA Ed, BSN, RN is a full-time faculty member at College of Southern Nevada (CSN). She is an active faculty advisor to CSN-SNA and helped the school pass its first resolution at the NSNA national convention. She is also an active member of NNA and AACN. Karen continues to work part-time as an ICU float pool nurse at Dignity Health in Las Vegas and is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University for her MSN with an emphasis in Healthcare Informatics. A native of Ohio, she is a proud previous employee of the Cleveland Clinic where she worked in cardiac Step Down and CCU. She has a degree in Sports Medicine from Waynesburg College and received her Master's in Education from Walsh University.
Mary Bemker PhD, MSN, CADC, LPCC, RN is a recognized scholar and practitioner with a deep commitment to nursing and mental health. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Indiana University and Spalding University, Mary has taught in both traditional and online environments for over 20 years. She has be instrumental in the development and operation of RN to BSN, MSN and DNP programs as a faculty member, consultant and administrator. She is an international speaker and currently is under contract to edit a DNP textbook (release date March, 2016). She is currently an Associate Professor at Touro University Nevada. In her private practice, Dr. Bemker specializes in addictions, eating disorders, and family issues. Her research and speaking interests include educational innovation, compassion fatigue, substance abuse, and family relationships. Appointed by the state of KY, she serves as a Disaster Mental Health Lead for the American Red Cross.
Michelle Briggs, MBA, RN works for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) as the Recruitment Manager for the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Business Center North (BCN). Prior to working for the Nevada System of Higher Education, Michelle worked for Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (SMRMC) in Nursing Operations and Human Resources as a Nurse Recruiter and on the Telemetry Floor as a Registered Nurse. Michelle has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing (OSN) and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix (UOP) with an emphasis in health care. Michelle has served on various community committees and is a proud second generation native Nevadan.
Darlene C. Bujold, MSHI, BSN, RN is a practicing registered nurse and a health informaticist. Her current position in the home health arena allows her to bring broad based nursing and supervisory experience, health information technology education, and clinical skills to her vocation. She received a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics from Walden University. She attended Orvis School of Nursing where she graduated with distinction as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is certified from the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), and has participated, and been trained as a trainer by the NNA lateral violence initiative. Darlene is thrilled to be participating with the Nevada Nurses Foundation fundraising events such as with the "Big Hat Tea" event as an entertainer and entertainment liaison.
Judi Carrion, EdD, MSN/Ed, MSHS, RN-BC, CNOR has more than 20 years of nursing experience, including medical surgical nursing, operating room nursing, clinical nurse manager/director, staff development, and university teaching. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada (TUN) and was instrumental in the development and operation of the DNP program at TUN. She is a member of National League of Nursing (NLN), and Sigma Theta Tau, and serves as the secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Kappa Chapter at Large – UNLV/NSC. Dr. Carrion is also a member of the Nevada Alliance for Nursing Excellence Committee (NANE) and the Nevada Action Coalition. She recently served on the Nevada State Board of Nursing – Nursing Practice Advisory Committee from November 2010 - November 2014.
Ian Curley was born in the United Kingdom and now resides in rural Nevada. He attended a military apprentice college for 3 years, then served in the British Army in England, Ireland, Germany, Guyana, South America, and NATO in Belgium. Ian is a graduate of UNR with a B.A. in Social Services and Corrections. He worked in private, non-profit, and local government sectors before retiring in 2014. Ian has held numerous management positions for 25 years. He has extensive experience of serving on boards and committees over his career.
Kelly Farley is the Simulation Coordinator of the Nevada Clinical Simulation Lab and holds a Master's degree in Information Management from the University of Oregon as well as numerous technology certifications. Kelly comes to the simulation lab with 15 years of technical and teaching experience in the technology field as well as a background in law enforcement and photography. Kelly transitioned to the medical simulation field in 2011.
Jason Frederico is an Investment Advisory Representative with WestPac Wealth Partners in their Las Vegas office. A native of the town where he still resides, Jason graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Public Administration degree, Bachelor of Arts. Jason has been in the financial services industry since 2005, when he joined the New York Life Insurance Company. After four years with New York Life, he accepted a promotion of Sales Manager with The MassMutual Financial Group in 2009. In 2011, Jason joined WestPac Wealth Partners to assist in growing the Las Vegas locale in a grassroots effort with a vision to build the firm into the largest and most successful firm in the city.
Jason has an undying passion to assist clients in making well-informed, important, and conscientious decisions to best benefit their lives and families' lives for today, in retirement, and for generations into the future. "I believe the best thing that I can do for a client is to really understand what matters to them - what compels them to get up every day and go to work, care and provide for their family, how they envision their lives in retirement, and what's ultimately important to them for their life's legacy."
Jason assists clients in both individual and business markets, including occupational areas ranging from the medical and attorney field, to union workers and business owners with a primary emphasis of protecting, accumulating, and decumulating for retirement to be sure clients don't outlive their nest eggs. Most recently he's become a member and sponsor of the Nevada Nurse's Association and Nevada Nurse's Foundation to assist in raising financial awareness within that respective profession, for which he has the utmost respect.
In his personal life, Jason enjoys the camaraderie of spending time with close friends, and enjoying the wonderful relationship he has with his parents. He is active in various athletics, and manages a Little League baseball team and American Legion high school baseball team. Jason enjoys hosting a feed the homeless endeavor once each month at a local church and also is a volunteer Wish Granter with the Make a Wish Foundation. He has two adopted children, Titan and Ninja, a blue-nose pit bull, and a black chihuahua.
Jennifer McCarthy, BSN, RN is a resident of Las Vegas where she works as a psychiatric nurse at Montevista Behavioral Health Hospital. She is enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP program at the University of Nevada, Reno, with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2019. Jennifer is a member of the ANA, NNA, APNA Las Vegas Chapter, and she volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. As a graduate student and future DNP, she hopes to expand appreciation of psychiatric nursing and increase the number of new nurse graduates who choose to pursue careers in the mental health field.
Mark G. Miller is the General Manager and Co-Owner of Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc., which publishes 38 state nursing publications including the Nevada RNFormation. Mark is an active volunteer in his Cedar Falls, Iowa community. He is the President of the Cedar Falls Development Group and serves on several community boards, including the Sartori Hospital Foundation Board, the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation Investment Commission, the Cedar Falls Board of Adjustments, the St. Patrick's Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Lions Club Board of Directors. Mark has been married to Nancy, the President and Co-Owner of Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. for 27 years, and is the father of six children and grandfather of 2 granddaughters.
Arvin Operario, MBA, BSN, RN has extensive nursing and health care experience that spans more than two decades in nursing practice and nursing education. He has held multiple nursing positions in 3 countries including Philippines, Canada, and the United States. He has been a member of Nevada Nurses Association for the past 2 years.
Lyle Pritchett, MS, BS has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the computing field, including programming, Webmaster, systems administration, network engineering and management, database administration, and security. He worked at the Desert Research Institute, a world-renowned environmental research organization based in Nevada, for 24 years, including 6 years as Director of IT. He is currently owner and manager of Cliffson Solutions, LLC, which provides programming, Web site development, and Web hosting services for a wide range of clients and projects, including the National Weather Service, the US Forest Service, DRI, and the Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and Infragard. Lyle has lived in the Reno, Nevada, area for 29 years.
Betty Razor, BSN, RN, CWOCN has been a nurse for over 60 years with numerous leadership positions in the USA and Internationally. She has been instrumental in leading changes in nursing & research and is well-published in the field of wound, ostomy, and continence care. She has received several honors. She was awarded the Nevada Nurses Association Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement for demonstrating the “Voice of Nurses” in Nevada. She served as the Nevada Nurses Association, District One President for 8 years. As a leader in nursing, she chaired the Legislative Committee, Advocated for Nurses, and was instrumental in the success of Nurses Day at the Legislature. Betty was one of the founders of the Nevada Nurses Foundation.
Dave Tyrell, RN has been a nurse with University Medical Center in Las Vegas since October of 2006. He started working as a new grad in Med/Surg then moved to IMC in 2008. In August of 2010, Dave was promoted to clinical manager of IMC. Before becoming a nurse, Dave held management/leadership positions with several private companies. Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree from UNLV School of Nursing in 2006. He is an active member of the Nevada Nurses Association and has served as the President of the Southern Nevada District 3. He enjoys photography and has recently rediscovered running for exercise. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dave moved to Las Vegas Nevada in 1995. Dave is married to Lynn Comis Tyrell and the proud father of four daughters, Andrea, Nicole, Lee and Jordan.
Julie Wagner, PhD, MSN, RN has been active for many years as a nurse educator in health care agencies, nursing schools, and professional organizations. Her passion is to improve and advance nursing both in practice and education. Since making Nevada her home in 2006, Julie has been an active member of Nevada Nursing Association. She is a strong advocate of the "Healthy Nurse Initiative" by promoting health and wellness activities within the community.

Previous NNF Advisory Board Members

Yaraseth "Yara" Anya-Lugo
Jackie Chapman, RN

David Gamble Jr., Esq.
Chris Griego

Susan Growe, DNP, RN
Linda Sanders Jacks, MSN, RN

Peggy Lee, BSN
Lillian McMorris
Cedric A. Williams, BS