Nevada Nurses Foundation

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


2024 NNF Advisory Board

Mary Bondmass, PhD, RN, CNE, BSN, MSN, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, and her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has almost 30 years of critical care and emergency nursing experience, has been certified and practiced as a clinical nurse specialist, and is currently a certified nurse educator with more than 15 years in the academic setting. She has led grant-supported research focused on advanced practice tele-management of chronic heart failure, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation. More recently, her research has examined nursing education with an emphasis on teaching and learning evidence-based practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is interested in pre- and post-self-efficacy among undergraduate and graduate students regarding QSEN competencies, and has initial QSEN research in progress. Mary has published data in medical, nursing, and lay literature, and she has several research book chapters to her credit. She has reviewed manuscripts for professional publications including Journal of Nursing Education, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, and Research in Nursing and Health, and has served on several health advisory boards in Washington D.C. including the National Consumers League. Bondmass is currently a Professor in Residence at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where she teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing courses; since 2007, she has served in multiple administrative, service, and faculty roles. She has served on the Board of the Nevada Nursing Association (NNA) for multiple terms and was the Association's President from 2018 to 2022. She was the recipient of NNF's Distinguished Nurse Leader with Lifetime Achievement in 2019.
Vicky Catlin, MSN-Ed, RN, CLE, CNE, graduated from UNR with a BS in Health Education/teaching and a BS in Nursing. She attended the University of Phoenix for her MSN with a post-graduate certification in education. She has worked for local hospitals in nursing staff development and new graduate orientation to the MCH area. Vicky joined Carrington School of Nursing to teach Perinatal and Women Health in 2013. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at UNR. She belongs to AWHONN, NNA, and NONL, and serves as a March of Dimes education and grant reviewer.
BreAnna Connelly, BSN, RN, graduated with her BSN from Nevada State College in 2021. Since then she has moved from the Henderson/Las Vegas area to beautiful Reno. During college she was the Historian for NSC's student nurses association. She also served on the Nevada Nursing Student Association (NVNSA) as the Communications Director. She has since transitioned to being an advisory board member in the Nevada Nurses Foundation (NNF). She enjoys helping NNF in its efforts to supply scholarships to nursing students in Nevada, and that has become a passion of hers. BreAnna started her nursing career working in behaviorial health services at Carson Tahoe Hospital. She also worked a stent in home healthcare learning to care for babies and children on ventilators. In an effort to find her nursing niche she decided to leave the hospital and home health setting and enter the field of aesthetics. She is happy with the decision to go into aesthetics because it has given her the work-life balance to go back to school. In January of 2023 she started her FNP program at the University of North Alabama. She has two years to finish her graduate degree and plans to stay in in the aesthetic realm of healthcare, but she remains open to where her education will take her.
Elizabeth de Leon-Gamboa, MSN Ed., RN, CPHQ, CCM, CMCN, is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Philippines where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She is a healthcare quality practitioner who started her nursing career of 32 years as a rehabilitation nurse, medical surgical nurse, case manager, and clinical nurse educator in the Philippines, California, and Nevada facilities. Using her clinical and administrative nursing experience, she evolved into the health insurance industry landing quality and compliance roles in managed care. Liza is currently a Manager of Quality at Optum Medical Network of Nevada Medical Management. She is a Certified Practitioner in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Case Manager (CCM), and a Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN). Interests in nursing education, leadership, and innovation inspired her to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing, with emphasis on Nursing Education at Capella University, graduating with Distinction. She has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society – Omega Chapter.
She strives to advocate for the mental health and welfare of Nevada Nurses as one of the facilitators of the MindBodyStrong classes, served as a mentor to novice nurses through PNANV's Mentorship Program, CSN Preceptorship, and UNLV Mentorship Program. Liza is a co-writer of PNANV’s Caring Starts with Me: A Culturally Sensitive Self-Care Program for the Immigrant Nurses, to be launched in 2023. She currently serves as the Academic Research Collaborator (ARC) for the FAPCOR-NV Nayon to promote positive healthcare outcomes for Filipino Americans in Nevada. Liza is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Nevada Nurses Association, University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association, Inc., and University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Nevada (UPAAN), and serves as a board of directors member of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. She is the immediate past President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada for 2021-2023, and now serves in the Advisory Board. She has established the de Leon-Gamboa Seeds of Hope Nursing Scholarship to invest in the future generation of nurses by donating to scholarship programs of various non-profit organizations such as the University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International, the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada (PNANV), and of course the Nevada Nurses Foundation.
Alexx Echevarria has resided in Nevada since 1993 and is a successful Nevada business owner of Scrubs Carpet, providing exceptional service to the northern Nevada region since 2017. When not working, he enjoys being outdoors fishing, camping, and taking photographs. Alexx is pursuing a degree in Website Development at BYU Idaho. As a previous caregiver for twelve years, he holds the utmost respect for nurses and is committed to seeing the Nevada Nurses Foundation reach $1 million in scholarship and grant awards.
Kelly Farley, MS, 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.
Delos Jones, BSN, RN, MSN, DNP, started his nursing career with a Bachelor's degree from Idaho State University. After graduation, he worked on the telemetry unit and in the Cardiac Cath Lab for the hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Later, he served as the office RN for a cardiologist for several years. It was during his time at the cardiology office that Delos completed his MSN in Clinical Research from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He then managed a clinical research department for an endocrinology practice. Following his time in management, Delos moved into education working for two schools in the Salt Lake Valley as faculty and a program director. During this time, he learned about curriculum and higher education administration. He then moved to the Roseman University Of Health Sciences Utah campus and began his higher education administration career. When possible, Delos transferred to Roseman University’s Henderson, Nevada campus. At this time, he also completed his DNP in Education and Leadership at the George Washington University. Delos now serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Learning Innovation and as the Director for the Center for Innovation in Health Professions Education at the Henderson, Nevada, campus for Roseman University.
Darlene White Petaway, BS/A, RN, iCNA, has over 30 years of nursing experience which includes 29 years of nursing management. Darlene began her nursing journey taking care of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Much of her career has been focused in Ortho-Neuro injuries while working and traveling with the Paralyzed Veterans of America for the PVA games. She has experience teaching the use of adaptive equipment and promoting independent living for the disabled veteran. Her robust experience has led her to begin a career educating healthcare workers. Darlene joins the Nevada Nurses Foundation Advisory Board to support and advocate for the delivery of quality healthcare in Nevada.
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 37 years.
Dawn Taylor, MSN Ed, RN, CNN, COI, was born in Cambridge, England, and graduated nursing school with RN dip from West Suffolk Hospital in 1992. She certified in cardiothoracic nursing and worked in both a floor environment, coronary care unit, and ICU environments. She came to USA in 1998 and worked in a military facility as a pediatric tech. She passed the NCLEX exam in 1999 and completed the AACN program for Orientation to the Acute and Critically Ill Patient. She worked for one year in a critical care float pool. From 2000 to 2013 she worked in a variety of capacities as a certified nephrology nurse. She graduated with Honors from an RN-to-BSN program in 2008, returning almost immediately to complete her MSN Ed. in 2010. She completed a post-graduate certificate in nursing education in May, 2020. Dawn graduated in May, 2022, with a Ph.D. in Nursing with an emphasis in Caring Science at Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus. Her dissertation was entitled On The Journey To Healing: Sex/Gender Diverse Female Voices On The Road To Healing After Lived Experiences Of Intimate Partner Violence. Since 2014, she has been working in academia with undergraduate and RN-BSN nursing students at Nevada State College. She is certified in on-line teaching.
She has spoken at numerous nephrology conferences on a variety of topics ranging from home dialysis visits and safety to disaster and emergency preparedness for home dialysis patients. She has disseminated some work in Caring Science since beginning her Ph.D. program in 2016 at Research and Human Caring conferences. Dawn published a literature review in 2013 on The Barriers to Home Dialysis and in 2019 a manuscript on Faculty Advising Role in the International Journal of Human Caring. Finally, she volunteers in the Las Vegas community in a variety of capacities.
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.
Evette M. Wilson, DNP, RN, CHC, COI, obtained an Associate and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in nursing leadership from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a Professor of Nursing at Arizona College of Nursing Las Vegas Campus, and the CEO of Wilson Wellness, LLC, a small business providing Executive Leadership & Wellness Coaching and consultant services. Dr. Wilson helps individuals, business, and their teams achieve overall wellbeing, unlock peak potential, and grow their business results. She specializes in developing nurse leaders and leading people to discover, maximize, and lead with their strengths as well as those of fellow team members, while offering advanced strategies to achieve higher levels of performance.
As a seasoned nurse executive, she brings 29 years of first-hand experience of how strengths and leadership are keys to business effectiveness and growth. Her skills were honed through her leadership experience as a commissioned officer and combat nurse in the United States Air Force Nurse Corp. She has over two decades of leadership experience in a variety of Senior Nurse Leadership roles in healthcare. In these roles, Dr. Wilson has worked throughout the nation to create and develop leaders, and to seed and nurture high performance teams.

Past NNF Advisory Board Members

Yaraseth "Yara" Anya-Lugo
Caren Jaggers, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Mary Bemker PhD, MSN, CADC, LPCC, RN
Donnie Joy Henderson

Linda Bowman, RN
Heidi Johnston, DNP, RN, CNE

Darlene Bujold
Madelon Lawson

Greg Bermeosolo
Sherri Lindsey, DNP, MSA, RN

Michelle Briggs, MBA, RN
Jessica Lynch, MSN, RN

Judi Carrion, EdD, MSN/Ed, MSHS, RN-BC, CNOR
Shelley Martin, BPH, BSN, RN

Jackie Chapman, RN
Jennifer McCarthy, BSN, RN

Margaret Covelli, DNP, RN
Lillian McMorris

Stacy Crouch, DNP, RN, CNE
Mark Miller

Rocio Cruz, RN
Scott Norris, MS, BS

Ian Curley
David B. Owens

Maria D'Errico
Lauren B. Parker, APRN, FNP-C, IHC

Rhone D'Errico
Leonel Sanchez

Nahid Dastyar
Linda Sanders Jacks, MSN, RN

Kim Foote, MSN, RN
Elizabeth "Liz" Shepard

Jason Frederico
Larry Sickles, BS, MS, MBA

David Gamble Jr., Esq.
Dee Tison

Chris Griego
Rowena Trim, RN, BSN, MPH

Susan Growe, DNP, RN
Cedric A. Williams, BS

Cathy Hamel